The level of hopelessness and despair; this is the basic consciousness found among those who are homeless or living in poverty. At this level, one has abdicated themselves to their current situation and feels dead to life around them.
Apathy – Feeling hopeless or exploited. The state of instructed helplessness. Many homeless individuals are bound here.
In dealing with apathetic individuals, I often wish I could rip my heart out of my chest and stick it in their chest to give them the courage they need to get moving. But I’d never do that because it would make a real mess of my cardiovascular system, I’d die an agonizing death, and there’s no guarantee the other individual is the same blood type as me.
It’s absolutely OK to admit you’re on the wrong path and to be uncertain and frustrated about what to do next. This is a very human situation. The benefit of dealing with those hard feelings is that they’ll help you clarify what you do want, and therein lies the energy to pursue new opportunities for greater happiness and fulfillment.
Many of us have felt this at times of calamity in our lives. However, having this as your primary level of consciousness, you live a life of ceaseless regret and remorse. This is the level where you feel all your chances have passed you by. You ultimately feel you’re a failure.
Sorrow – A state of ceaseless sadness and loss. You may sink here after losing a loved one.
As the years go by, life has a way of dealing it’s pain and challenges to everybody. And the longer you live, the greater your chances of being hit by a major sorrow. And there’s no easy way out or quick cure for it. Such is life.
You may be tempted to lessen this tragedy in your life by numbing your mind with alcohol or drugs, or escape from it by reading or watching TV incessantly. But it is an important part of eventual grief resolution that you experience and express grief fully, especially in the beginning.
Staying active is one way to take one’s mind off sorrow chiefly, activities help distract inhabit from whatever it is that’s causing their sorrow and it likewise helps channel unspent energies that build up when one is sad. Keeping active also releases endorphins – natural mood boosters that somehow cheer people up.