His name was Dr. David Hawkins.

A renowned psychiatrist with a keen interest in identifying levels of human consciousness, Dr. Hawkins developed and published his famous “Map of Consciousness” in his bestselling book Power vs. Force.

The map assigned a numerical value to each level of consciousness based on its energetic frequency (what we often call vibration) and associated emotional state.

For example, Peace is scored a 600 and associated with a state of bliss.

Love (500) correlates with a feeling of reverence.

Acceptance (350) aligns with a sense of forgiveness.

As we move down Hawkins’ map, we find the lowest levels of human consciousness, Guilt (30) and Shame (20).

For Guilt, the associated emotional state is one of blame and unabating remorse.

At a level of Shame, one feels humiliated, incapable, not good enough.

According to author and research professor Dr. Brene Brown, shame is highly correlated with addiction, depression, violence, aggression, bullying, suicide, and eating disorders. It is the darkness circulating through the veins of a troubled society.

And the thing about shame is that we’re ashamed to talk about it. It makes us feel uncomfortable. Unmasked. Exposed. Vulnerable. Weak.

So the question is, how do we move past shame when we our tendency is to keep it disguised and concealed?

On today’s episode, Dr. Brown gives us some answers.

Source: Listening to shame | Brené Brown