[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”2/3″ id=”” class=”post-content” style=””][text_output]If you have been following this series, you will see that we have been talking a lot about the levels of the mind. Let us take some time to restate and explain those levels. There are actually five (5) levels of the mindset, one being the highest:

People at the fifth level have a particular deception: they don’t know themselves. The first step in treating an alcoholic is always getting them to admit they are addicts; only then can they be helped. We stay at this level when we trust ourselves so much that we think we are okay and can stop whenever we want to. Consider someone who says, “I’m not glued to my smartphone” but MUST check it every 10 minutes regardless of where they are. Addiction consumes its victims and leaves little time for communication. Worse, they trust themselves so much that they doom themselves to a life of that addiction.

At the fourth level, we have people who just live to have fun, as they would put it. They live for the moment, the next big thrill, but can’t think beyond now. Consumed by lust, they give their body everything it asks for. Nowadays, the popular phrase is, “I do what I want!” That sounds okay, but truth be told, my flesh will never be happy. It tells me to eat more of the food I love and then complains when I am too full, overweight and unhealthy. Once again, there is little or no space here for meaningful relationships; no time for anything except the flood of desires.

The third level is what is called normal. Just doing what we need to do to get by, we never push ourselves because we know what we can and cannot do. We draw a line and no one can get us to cross it. We don’t exercise, because we hate that, even if we need it. If something is burdensome, we avoid it; no risk, no danger. Yet, we admire people who take risks, who challenged themselves, risking failure for a chance at greater success. Our conclusion – I am not like them.

That brings us to the second level, where people thrive on challenges. There are risk takers and successful people including athletes who push themselves every day. They hate just sitting back and being normal. Oftentimes, people such as famous singers who have lived in the spotlight, can’t function without that attention; they HATE normal. Success at this level is just that: a drive to do well. It doesn’t necessarily come with happiness; instead, this fervent drive to win can make their personal lives miserable.

The final and highest level is where we all aim to be: where we have success and happiness. We don’t want to just live for the sake of living or being dragged around by our desires. The mind should control the body and not the reverse.

It is very important to ask yourself – At what level am I?

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