LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
This conceptual framework was first developed by David Hawkins M.D, Ph.D, after many decades of research. It looks at various psychological and mental states as they clearly correspond to the different levels of consciousness from 20-1000. This approach is very new, yet it is still in line with the wisdom traditions, where higher levels of consciousness correspond to greater psychological integration and harmony with life. This conceptual approach delineates how one moves from the lower self or small I (lower sates of consciousness), to a higher self or the Absolute I. Through this journey, various conditioning: Vasanas and Samskaras, along with different impurities start to dissolve. This process of dismantling and purification allows for a greater expression of one’s True Nature at the level of the person.
However, this model itself is an expression of the relative and therefore should not be taken as an expression of Absolute Truth which is both inclusive and also beyond forms and concepts. It serves as a map and may be helpful to some. No need to make a new religion out of it. :) Also please note that Enlightenment on the map of spirituality is not the same as Enlightenment in the Eastern traditions of Buddhism, Vedanta or Tantra, where only the Buddhas and Tathagatas are considered to be Enlightened. Here, Enlightenment equates itself to a state of Full consciousness which is no where close to Buddhahood. This Enlightenment by Eastern standards would be considered as a stage, that allows for the beginning of true Yoga or Union which too is a very rare attainment (Not to be mistaken by someone starting a Yoga class). :)