Levels of Mind
Any time you are experiencing negative emotions such as sadness, anger or anxiety, it’s never because of something you’re seeing or hearing that’s outside of you.
Negative emotions are always the result of the limiting thoughts and beliefs being held in your mind.
The process of getting in touch with negative thoughts and beliefs is especially difficult when you’re experiencing intense emotions. In these moments of intensity, the Levels of Mind/Instrument for Peace process walks you step-by-step back to the thoughts and beliefs in your mind that are generating the upset. Once you identify the thoughts and beliefs, you are in the best position to let the upset go.
You can download the form here to your desktop so you have it ready and available when you need it.
Levels of Mind is a unique process designed by David Hoffmeister that offers a visual diagram to help you access the levels in the mind that determine perception, so you can choose a different experience. As soon as you learn how things work in the mind, you have the tools to undo the ego completely. You will know of your mind training “success” by the peace you feel.
Levels of Mind Introduction
Levels of Mind Form with Instructions:
After watching the above video introducing the Levels of Mind, you can start your online form below. Fill-in the form step by step and refer to the instructions on the right for each step as needed.
On the outer circle draw, or write, something that you perceive as problematic or disturbing (e.g. a thief, an environmental problem, sickness, a victim).
This cosmos is just a projection of what is going on in consciousness. What perception sees and hears appears to be real because it permits into awareness only what conforms to the wishes of the perceiver. This leads to a world of illusions, a world which needs constant defense precisely because it is not real. The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference, the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. “Projection makes perception.” We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is we are seeing.
Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward. W-304.1
If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes—our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take—we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being “good” and “charitable, ” but because what we are seeing is not true. We have distorted the world with our twisted defenses, and are therefore seeing what is not there. As we learn to recognize our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them and “forgive” them. Perception is a function of the body, and therefore represents a limit on awareness. Perception sees through the body’s eyes and hears through the body’s ears. It evokes the limited responses which the body makes.
Judge how well you have done this by your own feelings, for this is the one right use of judgment. T-4.IV.8
What is the Present Upset I’m Feeling?
This list can help you dial in to the precise upset in the mind when completing the Levels of Mind Worksheet. The more specific you can be about the feelings that are arising during a movie, the greater likelihood that you’ll be able to identify the specific beliefs underlying the upsetting thoughts and emotions.