A powerful tool for managing your energy and influence.
David Hawkins, M.D., was a world famous medical doctor, psychologist and psychiatrist. He had over 50 consultation rooms in New York City and people would come from all over the world to see him. Later on in his career, he left that practice to study how our energy and emotional state would affect those around us. He developed a compelling scale of human consciousness (or vitality) where he took those emotions (or states of being) and assigned a log rhythmic number to them depicting how much energy or vitality was given off when we were in that state of being. At the bottom you will see Death is valued at zero, Courage is at 200, Love at 500 and so on.
It is important to note that the scale is divided into two parts above and below the Courage Line of 200. What lies above the Courage Line is what we call the “Giving” or Generous side of life. What lies below is the “taking,” or self-centered side of life. His research found that 85% of people live below the line of 200. In other words, 85% of people live on the taking/draining side of life and may pull the energy of others down with them. That leaves only 15% of people to live above the line where they give energy vs. drain it.
The terms “Above the Line” and “Below the Line” are a quick and easy way to communicate where your energy is at with a group or clients you work with. Many people use this tool to help their teams, families, and clients easy communicate their current emotional state and often times tends to become part of the organization’s vocabulary.
Where ever you find yourself on this scale...IS A CHOICE! A lot of people don't like hearing that but research shows that after three seconds of an emotional response, we have a choice on how we feel. Just by looking at the scale, you can choose to move up Above the Line. Try it and see for yourself.
Where do I generally spend me time...above or below the line?
What are the best ways that I can move my energy back above the line?
Or do we drain energy from below the line?
Do you know people who live below the line?
If so, how long does it take for you to feel drained by them?
Have you worked in a group that lived (or lives) below the line? How does it affect you?
Do you look forward to being with them or attending their meetings?
Do people look forward to your meetings?
Does lasting success and happiness require us to rise higher on the Courage Scale?
Do leaders inspire more trust when they stay above the Courage Line?
What kind of leader do you want to be?
We can choose to be above the Courage Line because Consciousness and personal vitality are a choice.
My experience is that people prefer leaders who live above the Courage line and are more likely to follow them. Working alongside selfish leader and/or colleagues is unpleasant, draining and disempowering.
I have also found that people and groups who live below the line can be very high maintenance. They engage in expensive, costly behavior that sabotages and slows progress.