Self Empowerment: Overcoming the Ego (LOC 200 - 400)
Breaching the crucial threshold of LOC 200 might feel like an internal pole shift. Suddenly your head is above water and you can see the sun again. Above LOC 200 starts the journey of true self-empowerment and having an ability to change your life for better.
LOC 200 to 400 is where the dense and compressed mind starts to melt and decompress it’s rigid beliefs. The major part of humanity finds itself within these levels, and life and living conditions are significantly better here than in the sub 200 levels.
While the sub 200 levels would correspond to the yogic term “Tamas” (darkness, imbalance, disorder, chaos, anxiety, impure, destructive, delusion, negative, dull or inactive, apathy, inertia or lethargy, violent, vicious, ignorant, entropy), the levels between LOC 200 and 400 is all about “Rajas” (activity, passion, transition, individualizing, driven, moving, dynamic, ambitious).
The “hellish realms” below 200 is now replaced by the “purgatory realms” and “in between” states that you need to go through to reach the “heavenly states” above LOC 500.
In the LOC 200’s (and especially lower 200’s) you are still circling the drain of the sub 200 levels and you will feel the pull strongly. It still takes a lot of energy to “keep afloat” here. In the LOC 300’s this changes.
People become increasingly more positive and optimistic in the 300’s which again is reflected by increased positive support from Life itself, and the occurrence of seemingly “miraculous” synchronicities ranging from simple things like a book you really needed to read falling into your lap or meeting just the right person or teacher at the perfect timing.
This is also a level full of traps and pitfalls as the Seeker is still very innocently naive at this stage. The ego will often try to stop it’s own unraveling by dressing up with a brand new “spiritual identity” and hope you will be satisfied with that.
The Release of Compressed Negative Emotions
Emotionality and sensitivity increases up this level as the repressed negative emotions from the lower levels are released and processed out of the system. This is usually known as a learning to “Let it go..” and can be a bumpy ride of emotional ups and downs.
Restlessness and excess of unbalanced energy is common. Longing for peace and harmony, the words and concepts in spiritual teachings really starts to resonate at the medium/higher end of LOC 300 – 439. The downside is that it’s also very easy for the innocently naive seeker to be fooled by wishful thinking or to mistake intellectual understanding with true Beingness and Realization.
Paradoxically, this is also the level where concepts and words starts to be perceived for the “pointers” that they are instead of the unconscious and automatic assignment of rigid, preconceived meaning that happens at the lower levels.
The medium/upper end of LOC 300 to 400 is also the first level where the “spiritual ego” truly present itself and dominates a lot of people on the path. Lacking in self-honesty or a point of reference (Enlightened Master above LOC 700) it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of “feeling” more enlightened than you truly are based on wishful thinking combined with intellectual understandings and meditative experiences.
It’s also easy to be delayed or derailed from the path by all sorts of seemingly impressive “spiritual sideshows” you encounter along the way (lucid dreaming and out-of-body techniques, kundalini meditation, third eye visions or chakra experiences) . The whole “spiritual/alternative scene”, with all its circus like ways and requisita, plays out mostly within the medium/upper end of 300 – 400.
As a lot of the negativity is cleansed out and the space of the heart begins to open. It becomes an increasingly dominating influence from the mid 300’s and upwards. The person is no longer just functioning from the 3 lower chakras, but have now started to awaken the all-important “motor” of the heart chakra. Unbalanced and exaggerated empathy is common, and there is usually a lot of crying and releasing as the heart keeps expanding and opening more and more.
“Non-spiritual” Inhabitants of LOC 200 – 400
Non-spiritual people “native” to the LOC 200’s will usually be decent working class people or just “regular people” oriented towards worldly pleasures/security/survival/materialism and distractions from “negativity”.
In the LOC 300 you will find many artists, creative people and also educated and success or career-minded people. The LOC 400’s is a level where people start to reach excellence in whatever field or interest they pursue. In the corporate world you will find successful and powerful business people here, people with strong leadership abilities who have already mastered the emotional states of their employees.
Since most of the intense emotional cleansing has been taken care of in the 300’s, the 400’s is a level where intellect, inner understandings and reason gets to dominate. Many genius scientists, inventors and artists will be found in the LOC 400’s. This is truly the level of “worldly excellence” and success, but Only the Beginning of the real spiritual knowledge, even if the person “knows it all” because spirituality is not about knowledge and understandings, but about real experience, real connectedness, “living the talk” and finally about the real Love, Bliss, Presence, Awareness and pure Consciousness itself.