This chart lists various attitudes and behaviors in the left-hand column, and then shows how a person’s response evolves with gradually expanding consciousness through the stages of “heavy” through “ego-active” to “light”.
no energy or awareness of others’ needs
energy but little awareness
Striving to Improve
energy with growing awareness
energy plus awareness
|Response to Great People||Intimidated; Avoids contact||Disrespectful; Competitive||Observant; Questioning||Inspired; Cooperative|
|Work Ethic||Negligent; Dutiful through fear of punishment||Sporadic effort; Works for self-gain; Impatient||Hardworking; Dutiful for friends or attachment to result||Serviceful; Works with willingness and joy|
|Self-Image||Lack of self-respect||Proud; Egotistical||Self-esteem based on support of others or accomplishments||Calm, enduring sense of self-worth; Contented|
|Response to Challenge||Complaining; Lack of self-confidence||Imitative; Responds in a conventional manner||Capable of initiative; Fearless, but lacks perspective||Courageous; Solution-oriented; Innovative|
|Use of Mental Faculties||Ignorant; Slow; Narrow-minded||Over-clever; Arrogant||Discriminating; Intelligent||Intuitive; Wise|
|Decision-Making||Procrastinating; Submissive||Showing partiality; Coercive||Decisive, but from a limited frame of reference||Impartial; Authoritative; Inspires willing cooperation|
|Reaction When Corrected||Denies responsibility; Tries to please authority figures with insincere words and actions||Gets angry when chastised, but is careless when simply asked to mend faults||Correctible through reason, if affection is shown, or when reminded of past misfortune||Seeks out and willingly accepts wise counsel|
For more information on the categories of Heavy, Ego-Active, and Light, and the concept of Progressive Development, see chapter 11 of the book Education for Life by J. Donald Walters.