Power vs Force by Dr. David R. HawkinsLet’s look at the level of consciousness of neutrality and the definition of staying neutral or holding neutral ground. It’s far more powerful (in consciousness) to hold a neutral position on any topic than “being right to prove another wrong” or having to hold a position on anything.

This week’s episode of The Awakening Quest: 1001 Ways to True Power and Conscious, Elevated Living, aka “Your Weekly Dose of Higher Consciousness,” looks at the level of consciousness of neutrality. This is based on the life’s work of Dr. David R. Hawkins’ research into consciousness, as it is now conveyed on the Map of Consciousness® from his renowned book, Power vs. Force.

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Let Go of Pride & Being Right. Step Into the True Power of Staying Neutral
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Definition of Neutrality MeaningIf you are tired of the battle within you and of the ego battle with others, I invite you to the POWERFUL level of consciousness of staying neutral and holding neutral ground, which is 250 on the Map of Consciousness®.

I consider it a “power-play” in consciousness because 85% of the planet operates from the level of consciousness below 200 on the Map of Consciousness, which, at best, is righteous pride or having to “be right.”

Any way of being below 200 is a negatively oriented, downward-pulling energy field that is destructive, not constructive. It is not a level of consciousness that can solve problems. It only creates problems.

So, let’s look at the definition of neutrality from the Merriam Webster Dictionary:

The Meaning of Neutrality is:

: the quality or state of not supporting either side in an argument, fight, war, etc. : the quality or state of being neutral

It may not seem logical to the lower mind or mind of the ego that letting go of pride or being right or having a position on everything is necessary to “be in control” of one’s life and safe.

Having to be in control, right, and perfect is actually a lower level of consciousness for which there is no power and no real safety!

Listen in as I discuss the power of the neutral level of consciousness on Dr. David R. Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness®.

Today, I discuss what a freeing and powerful position it takes to step into NEUTRAL.

I also discuss everything that is going on at the level of NEUTRAL, including the:

Break Free from the Struggle into the Level of Consciousness of NeutralityConsciousness Calibration of Neutrality is 250 or 10 to the 250th power on the Map of Spiritual Progress.

To put this level into context, most of the planet calibrates below 200 on the MOC. There is no “energy” or power to create below 200 ( or 10 to the 200th power) on the map.

Process Going on in Neutrality – and at this level of consciousness is RELEASE.

The process of letting go is a release. When you let go of pride and have to “be right and prove others wrong,” there’s an energy surge into what I have experienced as freedom!

When you realize you are breaking free from energy fields that inherently drag you down and back into the “bucket of crabs,” you can’t help but experience freedom and the higher level of consciousness known as neutrality.

Emotion at this level of neutrality is TRUST- feel the energy of release and trust and step into neutrality. This is an impersonal attractor field of energy. As simple as that. There is no judgment on which energy field you focus on. Now that you have come to the awareness of the energy field of righteous pride (190) , as opposed to neutral (250), then you can consciously choose where you want to be and how you want to feel. If your life reflects struggle, stepping into the true meaning of neutrality is a significant leap in consciousness.

Self-view at the Level of Consciousness of Neutrality is SATISFACTORY- self-criticism and self-judgment have essentially died away. It’s an old destructive toy in your box that no longer serves you. You ARE worthy. At the level of consciousness of neutrality, unworthiness is a non-issue. It’s a fleeting look back at what you may have held true in the past. Again, it’s really freeing to step into the consciousness level of neutrality on any issue in your life.

Your GOD view at the Level of Consciousness of Neutral is ENABLING. Take a minute and consider what your God view is. Listen to my videocast as I help you understand what’s going on in your own energy field as it relates to how you view God, if you even view God as existing at all.

Again, the “energy” of this field is reflected in all of these: the process, the emotion, the self-view, and the GOD view.

When you experience the power level of consciousness of NEUTRALITY, you step into FREEDOM!

Give it a try!

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Let Go of Being Right and Step Into the Power of Holding Neutral Ground

How Else Can You Be More Neutral in Your Life? What Else Does Neutrality Mean or Look Like?

Here are some calibrated levels of consciousness* that are around the energy field of the level of consciousness of neutrality:

Other Ways of Being-Calibrated Level of Consciousness = 250

  • Standing on Neutral Ground is a Power Play in Consciousness-Understand NeutralitySublimation (psychology)–“a mature type of defense mechanism, in which socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are transformed into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a long-term conversion of the initial impulse” – wikipedia
  • Mindfulness of speech -Request: Ask yourself if what you are about to say is true. Kind? Necessary?
  • Allow yourself to have negative feelingsWhen one experiences negative emotions, hold an attitude of allowance.
  • Neutral-250
  • Disliking being under other people’s authority—excluding vague things like being a citizen subject to laws but including more personal ones like having bosses, having senior family members, etc. Technically, one can leave a job and break up with family, but the consequences may not make it a viable option.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ –by Daniel Goleman. “Although shaped by childhood experiences, emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened throughout our adulthood—with immediate benefits to our health, our relationships, and our work” — amazon.
  • Swallowing your pride –to decide to do something although it will make you feel embarrassed or ashamed — dictionary.cambridge.com

All of these consciousness calibrations come from ConsciousnessCalibrations.com.

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The Power of Neutrality in Conflict Resolution

What Does It Mean to Hold Neutral Ground?

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In today’s ever-evolving world, embracing and upholding neutrality can significantly impact how we navigate conflicts and arguments. From reducing tension to fostering better understanding, neutrality offers a balanced approach. Let’s dive into the facets of holding neutral ground and understand its transformative power.

What Does It Mean to Hold Neutral Ground?

Neutrality means not having or expressing a position on a matter that stirs controversy. This non-expressive stance isn’t merely about avoiding assertions but extends to the way we ask questions and engage in discussions. In the context of mediation or conflict resolution, neutrality ensures that the process is transparent and unbiased[1].

Benefits of Staying Neutral

Remaining neutral can bring about numerous benefits. Firstly, it prevents the escalation of negative emotions that typically arise from taking sides. By maintaining an objective stance, we can assess different perspectives more comprehensively and make informed decisions. Moreover, neutrality helps sustain relationships by averting unnecessary divisions[2].

How to Maintain Neutrality

To remain neutral gather diverse perspectives

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Gather Diverse Perspectives

One keystone of maintaining neutrality is gathering facts and viewpoints from all parties involved. Avoid making assumptions or judgments based on incomplete information. This practice ensures you base your evaluations on objective data[3].

Focus on Facts

Before expressing an opinion, ensure you have all the facts. Strip down communication to its basics, making it fact-based rather than embellished with persuasive language that could reflect bias[4].

Check Emotions at the Door

Keep your emotions in check. Acknowledge your biases and strive to set them aside. Recognize the emotional states of those you’re engaging with, but don’t let those emotions dictate your stance[4:1].

Create Neutral Spaces

For productive disagreements, choose neutral spaces, both physically and metaphorically. This setting encourages the free exchange of ideas and reduces the feeling of territorial defense, fostering a more open dialogue[5].

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Strategies for Effective Neutral Communication

Practice active listening. Let go of pride.

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Practice Active Listening

Listen actively without planning your response while the other person is speaking. This practice shows respect and helps you understand their perspective fully before reacting[6].

Stay Curious and Open-Minded

Approach discussions with curiosity. Ask open-ended questions and remain genuinely interested in understanding the other person’s viewpoint. By doing so, you can guide the conversation in a balanced manner[6:1].

The Impact of Neutrality on Relationships

Conflicts, if unresolved, can take a toll on mental and physical health. Neutrality helps facilitate fair and balanced dialogues, essential for resolving disputes amicably. It also contributes to peace by ensuring that all parties feel heard and respected[7].

Fair Outcomes and Win-Win Solutions

Facilitating a fair dialogue where all parties’ perspectives are considered fosters a culture of respect and understanding. This approach is key to finding mutually acceptable solutions in conflicts[8].

Intending Win-Win Solutions

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Intending Win-Win Solutions

The concept of win-win solutions in conflict resolution is rooted in the idea that both parties can emerge with their needs met and their dignity intact. This approach is influenced by principles found in integrative negotiation and collaborative problem-solving. Here’s a holistic look at the significance of win-win solutions:

Enhanced Collaboration

Striving for win-win solutions encourages collaboration rather than competition. When all parties are invested in finding a mutually beneficial outcome, they are more likely to share information openly, consider each other’s perspectives, and work together to overcome obstacles. This collaborative effort can lead to innovative solutions that might not be discovered in adversarial settings[1].

Long-Term Relationships

Win-win solutions are essential for maintaining and even strengthening relationships post-conflict. In scenarios where parties continue to interact after a resolution—such as workplace disputes or community conflicts—a win-win outcome helps ensure ongoing cooperation and respect, minimizing future friction[2].

Decreased Recurrence of Conflict

When parties feel that their needs have been fairly addressed, they are less likely to harbor resentment or feel the need to revisit the conflict. This satisfaction reduces the likelihood of recurring disputes, contributing to longer-lasting peace and stability[3].

The Role of Consciousness in Conflict Resolution

Consciousness research demonstrates that our mental states, intentions, and awareness significantly impact how we experience and resolve conflicts. Here’s a deeper look at the power of consciousness:

Stay Neutral and Intentionality and Positive Outcomes

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Intentionality and Positive Outcomes

Intentionality is a critical element in shaping conflict outcomes. Research in consciousness studies suggests that individuals approaching conflict to achieve a win-win solution activate cognitive and emotional processes conducive to positive outcomes[4]. This intentional mindset fosters empathy, patience, and creativity—all crucial for effective conflict resolution.

Studies from positive psychology indicate that intention setting can alter our perception and behavior during negotiations. Participants who consciously intend to find mutually beneficial solutions exhibit higher trust and cooperation, leading to more equitable outcomes[5].

Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation

Engaging in mindfulness enhances one’s ability to remain neutral by improving emotional regulation and reducing automatic reactions to stress[6]. A mediator or negotiator who practices mindfulness can more easily maintain a balanced stance, better manage their biases, and facilitate a more calm and focused dialogue.

Furthermore, mindfulness can help parties in conflict to remain centered and open to compromise. By fostering a state of present-moment awareness, parties can better listen deeply and respond rather than react impulsively[7].

Proven Power in Consciousness Research

Consciousness research has provided empirical evidence that our awareness and intentions can significantly influence interpersonal dynamics. Here are some key findings:

Discover The Observer Effect in Holding Neutral Ground & Letting Go of Pride

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The Observer Effect

Studies suggest that being observed or perceiving oneself as being observed can alter behavior—a concept related to the observer effect in quantum mechanics but applied to social interactions. In conflict resolution, being aware that one’s behavior is under scrutiny can encourage more thoughtful and respectful engagement[8].

Neural Plasticity

Research in neuroscience shows that intention and mindfulness practices can lead to changes in brain structures associated with empathy, emotional regulation, and problem-solving[9]. These changes enhance a mediator’s or negotiator’s ability to handle conflicts constructively and compassionately.

Attunement and Resonance

Interpersonal neurobiology explores how our neural systems resonate with one another. A mediator or conflict resolution specialist who remains calm and centered can help regulate the emotional states of the parties involved, facilitating a more constructive and less adversarial negotiation environment[10]

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By integrating win-win solutions and harnessing the power of consciousness, mediators and conflict resolution specialists can transform how conflicts are navigated and resolved. Intentionality, mindfulness, and an understanding of the underlying cognitive and emotional processes empower facilitators to guide parties toward fair and sustainable outcomes. This approach resolves current disputes and sets a precedent for handling future conflicts constructively.

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Can Serious or Difficult Conflicts Benefit from a Neutral?

Can Serious or Difficult Conflicts Benefit from a Neutral Party?

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The role of a neutral third party in conflict resolution cannot be overstated. When serious or difficult conflicts arise, emotions often run high, and parties involved may find it challenging to communicate effectively.

A neutral mediator can facilitate these discussions by providing an unbiased perspective, ensuring that all voices are heard equally. This impartiality helps de-escalate tensions and fosters a more collaborative environment where parties can focus on their underlying interests rather than their entrenched positions[1].

Moreover, engaging a neutral party in conflict resolution can lead to more sustainable and mutually acceptable solutions. The mediator guides the conversation, helping parties articulate their concerns and explore potential compromises.

This process not only aids in resolving the immediate conflict but also equips individuals with better communication skills for future disputes. By maintaining neutrality, mediators help build trust among the parties, which is crucial for achieving long-term peace and understanding[2].

Neutrality in conflict resolution also ensures that the process remains fair and transparent. When parties perceive the mediator as unbiased, they are more likely to engage openly and honestly in the discussions.

This transparency is vital for uncovering the root causes of the conflict and addressing them effectively. In essence, a neutral mediator catalyzes constructive dialogue, enabling parties to move past their differences and work towards a common goal[3].

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Understanding Neutrality and Impartiality in Mediation

Understanding Neutrality and Impartiality in Mediation


When discussing the power of neutrality in conflict resolution, it’s essential to distinguish between neutrality and impartiality, especially in mediation. Neutrality refers to a mediator’s lack of interest in the dispute’s outcome, ensuring they do not favor any party involved.

This concept is crucial for maintaining a balanced process where all parties feel heard and treated justly[1]. On the other hand, impartiality means that the mediator remains free from bias and treats all parties fairly throughout the mediation process[2].

While neutrality focuses on the mediator’s stance towards the outcome, impartiality emphasizes their behavior during the mediation.

The distinction between neutrality and impartiality can significantly impact the effectiveness of mediation. A neutral mediator does not have a personal stake in the dispute’s resolution, which helps them facilitate open communication and guide the parties toward a mutually acceptable solution[3].

Impartiality ensures that the mediator’s actions and decisions are fair and unbiased, fostering trust and cooperation among the parties[4]. By understanding and upholding both principles, mediators can create an environment conducive to resolving conflicts amicably and equitably.


Holding neutral ground in conflicts isn’t about disengaging or being apathetic. It’s about fostering an environment where all perspectives are valued and consensus is built on mutual understanding and fact-based communication. By embracing neutrality, we enhance our decision-making abilities and cultivate stronger, more resilient relationships.


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