Level II Enlightenment

What is Level II Enlightenment?

Level II Enlightenment is the next evolutionary leap.  Over the millennia there have been enlightened individuals who have attained great awareness and shifted the course of history, Jesus, Lao Tzu, Buddha, to name but a few.  But at this time on the planet, level I enlightenment, great as it may be, is not enough.

Dr Jeff Eisen describes the evolutionary advance of humanity beyond survival consciousness into the actualization of this potential, as follows:

  • Awakening. Recognizing that your real or non-dual identity is Self, the ground of being, AKA no-thing, Buddha mind or God consciousness or whatever you want to call it. Awakening itself is a major step in human evolution and still a relatively rare one.
  • Level I Enlightenment. In this first phase of enlightenment we experience a figure ground shift, from our ordinary, egoic or dual identity to our Self or non-dual identity. After this shift we may be called enlightened; we are in Buddha mind or God consciousness. Yet, Level I Enlightenment, like Mindfulness, is impermanent. It is high maintenance, difficult to hold onto and easy to lose within the morphic field of non-Enlightened humanity because we still retain the structures of our egoic identities.
  • Level II Enlightenment. To attain this level of actualization, we learn to consciously deconstruct, to deprogram our survival consciousness identities.  When we become a deprogrammed human, the image of our ordinary identity reconstructs itself in the context of the bright light of the Self, that which is projected on the screen of our individual consciousness becomes harmonious with God consciousness, and we become aligned and unified on every level.

 From Level I to Level II

The problem with Level I Enlightenment and Mindfulness is that we still retain our egoic identity, with all of its many levels of programming intact. Not only do we retain this ordinary identity, we unconsciously perceive through it. It is as if there is a movie projector where the bright light of absolute or God consciousness shines through the film and projects images of ordinary life on the screen of our individual, human consciousness. As long as we identify with the light of absolute consciousness we are all right, but the image on the screen is always there, always calling our attention. All it takes is a momentary lapse in concentration, and we are once again caught up in it, in ordinary reality and its programs of competitive, separative survival.

In order to prevent this from happening, it is not enough to concentrate on Oneness; it is not enough to continually meditate, and it is not enough to control the circumstances of our lives and the people in it. We have to actually deconstruct our evolved and learned identities. We have to deprogram, delete the programs which that identity holds. We have to become a deprogrammed human and relax into Level II Enlightenment.

What are the implications of Level II Enlightenment?  

Level II enlightenment is about breaking the trance of our human programming, so that our absolute or God consciousness becomes the organizing principle for all the aspects of who we are.

More simply, it is about presence and sovereignty.

But what is presence? Presence is not the same as being present, not even present in yourself! Because being present in yourself, you can be present in or identified with- your beliefs, your emotions, your denials, your attachments, or any other part of your ordinary consciousness. Presence implies something more; it implies being present in absolute, unprogrammed consciousness, God consciousness – and from that perspective, witnessing the programmed consciousness of your humanity.

And what is sovereignty? Sovereignty in this respect does not mean having authority over anyone else, but centering on ourselves and having confidence in the wellspring of God consciousness.   The many aspects each of us embodies, emerge from this Well-Spring, and when we honor its authority and live from it, we truly become sovereign persons.

How do I know when I am in presence, what does it feel like, and how do I distinguish it from being present?

When you are merely present, i.e., present to your emotions, you can be consciously depressed, elated, angry, etc.  In fact, when you’re really present in those emotions, really one with them, which is the opposite of that selfawareness that characterizes true presence. However, when you are really present in absolute consciousness, really one with it, you are detached from your emotions, witnessing them.

Presence feels calm, peaceful, devoid of the urge to act or resist. Presence is expansive, not contracted. Presence recognizes other people who are in it and shies away from people who are merely present in some facet of themselves or another. However, this shying away is not judgmental, only sad… compassionate, but sad.

What does it feel like to be a sovereign being? 

A sovereign being is self-sufficient, self-reliant and self determined – in every way, his or her own person. This does not mean that he is not in the world and using that which humanity has provided.  This does not mean that he does not seek help when he needs it. This does not mean that he is closed to people and their influence.  It simply means that he doesn’t lean on others for support, reassurance and guidance. He or she is not subject to anyone else’s authority.  Instead, he listens to their opinions, takes their advice, and makes up his own mind.

In this making up his or her own mind, he is open to a “higher authority”, but this higher authority is not a doctor, minister, or any other authority figure. It is the truth, his own truth, the truth that he intuits through his greater identity.  Thus, a sovereign human is not an angry renegade or a lonely loner, but a self-illuminated human.


Level II Meditation

At the heart of PsychoNoetics are strategies of deprogramming our consciousness on every level: personal-developmental, karmic, collective and evolutionary until we attain the clarity and compassion of absolute consciousness and radical sanity.  These transformational strategies are referred to as Level II Meditation or Level II Meditative Processing.

The significance of deprogramming cannot be overestimated. 

Many spiritual practices move us to beautiful clarity in the moment; as the feedback loop of our thinking is interrupted momentarily while we focus on a candle flame, a mantra or our breathing. But the conclusions drawn from experiences over an individual’s lifetime, or over a species timeline, don’t go away without conscious attention.  They remain to tempt us back into familiar thinking and responses whenever the right stimulus comes our way.  This phenomenon, that new characteristics become superimposed upon the old, rather than replacing them, is a characteristic of evolution itself.  For example, as the evolutionary truism ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny indicates, we may “read” previous evolutionary stages through the embryological development of the new one.

This layering of new upon old is also seen clearly in the human brain, and unfortunately, lived by all of us.  Consider how fight or flight responses may be activated within reptilian parts of our brain when our social rank is ‘threatened’ through mammalian brain structures, and our cognitive interpretations ‘read’ this hormonal story as the judgment of a person we are relating to.

This is a small taste of the complexity of our inner programming.  While meditation is the beginning of mastery over it, without PsychoNoetic, ‘meditative processing’ or some other releasing strategy, mastery comes slowly and takes lifetimes.  To keep our consciousness growing at a pace that can keep up with the growth in our technology, we must consciously remove not only the erroneous conclusions of this lifetime, but also most of the programming, both learned and evolved, we have accumulated over generations, collectively and evolutionarily.

PsychoNoetic meditative processing is vital if we are to evolve rapidly enough for our species to survive.

The development of the evolutionary science of PsychoNoetics allows us, for the first time, to directly access our consciousness.  It allows us to intentionally reconstruct it by releasing prior beliefs, emotions and intentions and setting ourselves on a path to radical sanity and unconditional enlightenment.  As a psychically facilitated transformational therapy, PsychoNoetics is embedded in an original teaching context that combines the highest wisdom traditions with the science of consciousness.  Although many of its parts will seem familiar, as a whole PsychoNoetics provides a new way of approaching reality, one that proceeds first by letting go rather than adding on.


PsychoNoetics as Buddhist Healing

In many ways PsychoNoetics fits squarely within the Buddhist tradition and can be seen as Buddhist healing. First of all it, like the whole of Buddhism, is a program for escaping suffering.  What’s more, the conception of suffering is the same in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism, namely it is the suffering we create for ourselves.  Furthermore the origination and continuation of suffering are seen in the same way in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism.  Some of these similarities are:

  1. The laws of cause and effect (karma), as they are held and work in the consciousness of the individual.  (On the level of the physical body as well as the enoeic {karmic or soul} and egoic levels)
  2. The ways in which karmic cause-and-effect work through perception, both sensory and cognitive.
  3. The way sensory and cognitive perception is formed through prior learning and the way prior learning is formed through perception creating an unconscious feedback loop.
  4. The way this feedback loop needs to be brought to consciousness before it can be revised.
  5. The need to gradually revise this feedback loop by letting go of the beliefs, emotions and intentions, (BEI’s) that underlie these perceptions.

Some Differences

PsychoNoetics of course differs from Buddhism in the means or technology to revise these beliefs.  The principal technologies of Buddhism are meditation, education, insight and affirmation.  To these, PsychoNoetics adds autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing.

In PsychoNoetics, the first and by far the most significant clearing is Karmic clearing or memory clearing.  In this, consciousness itself is cleared of a stream of memories, whether they originated in a past lifetime or the present one.  This washes clean the window of perception.

Although autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing are an addition to Buddhist techniques they are an addition that creates further differences.  One of these is that, as the clearing proceeds, the mind holds fewer obstacles to stillness so there is less need for meditation.

The other big difference is that, while the pointing, inquiry and understanding aspects of Buddhist education are not only retained but emphasized, PsychoNoetics eschews all beliefs and affirmations for the path of letting go, of neti neti, not this not that. While this is not in accord with all Buddhist teaching, it does agree with the highest Buddhist teaching.


Even beyond beliefs, Buddhism teaches that attachment is the root of all suffering and that letting go of attachments is one of the gateways to enlightenment.  Not only is PsychoNoetics in agreement with this, it extends the principal from the psychospiritual level to the physical level.  One of its discoveries is that all sorts of dis-eases, from allergies and autoimmune disorders to toxic reactions, diseases and even injuries can be “energy blocks and imbalances”, and are the physical analogs to psychospiritual beliefs and attachments.  Following this insight, the diagnosis and treatment of physical dis-ease converges with the diagnosis and treatment of psychospiritual dis-ease.

Presence or Nirvana

Finally PsychoNoetics, like Buddhism, points to an unknowable place, a place beyond words, beyond any designation, a place of no-thingness in which some no-thing arises.  That which arises when the causes of dis-ease are cleared is absolute ease, ultimate well-being.  It is calm, clarity and compassion.  It is inner freedom.  It is presence, the presence of that state Buddhism calls Nirvana.  And it heals the body as well as the mind and spirit.

9 Responses to Level II Enlightenment

  1. Peter Rae says:

    Thanks, Jeffrey. At last an idea that treats the planet as one shared space in which everybody has an equal right to demand certain basic rights of access. The idea of rewarding ecologically balanced, or positive, productive activity and penalising, even stopping, negative ones becomes logical the moment whole-earth thinking comes into play. The genius lies in dealing with human nature as it is, not as we hope it will be sometime in the future.

    I have reviewed the Manifesto in my blog and placed it into a number of my Facebook groups. I am adding this to my rather small collection of practical whole-planet suggestions. I have published one on pegging the value of currency to the Erg, an internationally accepted unit of energy, to take the value of currency out of the realm of manipulation. An idea for a no-party political system will be next. These dovetail in with your arguments for urgent changes to the definition of profitability.

    • Dear Peter,
      thank you for your review, and thank you for calling my attention to the Erg. My next blog on the economy is called Consciousness Backed Currency, where I propose a calorie backed currency as an intermediate step, so we are definitely on the same page. I have read your blog proposing an erg backed currency and will review it in the near future.
      Jeff ( Jeffrey Eisen PhD)

      • An Open Letter
        Posted on September 20, 2018 by Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Ph.D.

        About five years ago, as some of you might know, I underwent my second brain operation for a recurrent meningioma and have been in a wheelchair ever since. This is the explanation for my periods of web silence through these years. However, I have been thinking and writing all the while, and I have immensely widened my view of human nature and how we got that way.

        Now I am now ready to resume sending posts out. I am going to start by reposting something that I wrote and posted before my operation – the Omnius Manifesto – and I’m going to post it in two sections. What it is, for the information of those who did not receive it the first time, is an evolutionary plan to change society for the better through acknowledging and refocusing human nature.

        Our nature, the deep qualities of who we are as a biological species, needs to be considered at every level of every organization. In order to survive as a species, we must now be asking these questions of everything we do: ‘Does this policy evoke the better part of human beings? Does it lead human nature in the right direction?’

        If, after reading and considering the Manifesto, you like it – please disseminate it in any way you can –first forward it to your friends and contacts; then post it on social media. Help send its message out, that more and more of us may come to understand ourselves, and move toward an ‘enlightened self-interest’ in these critical times.

        Then stand by for the next post – for I mean to keep them coming.


    • Hi Peter

      Hope you are getting this – and feeling well. I was reviewing some old comments on my website, and remembered talking to you about energy backed currency. Now is seven years later and if anything things have changed for the worse. But I see from your comment that you have really grasped what I was trying to do with the Omnius manifesto. “The genius lies in dealing with human nature as it is, not as we hope it will be sometime in the future.”

      I I see that you are among the few people that are on my wavelength and I would like to renew our acquaintance – and even perhaps work together.

      Let me hear from you. Let’s start by emailing one another. You can email me at drjeisen@gmail.com and if you use Skype include your Skype info.

      Best regards, Jeff Eisen

  2. Chuck Kottke says:

    Just some rambling thoughts: Systems run by a few to primarily benefit a few generally become myopic and self-interested to the exclusion of all else. So corporations as such, with so few controlling the top and then controlling politics via their money, lobbyists, TV ads, and positions, need to become better entities, and we must remove the big money from campaigns, for the protection of all rights rests on a fairly elected representative governing body. The right to fair elections is essential to safeguard the rights of press, of speech, of protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, and so forth. And to prevent the concentration of unchecked power being sequestered into the hands of the few, business entities need to be truly diversified in their ownership, democratically run, and made to account for their social impacts as well as all other externalities (how they affect the environment, how they source their materials so, for example, so the cocoa beans they use are not produced using slave labor elsewhere, so as to foster wellness across the whole earth). More worker-owned companies, cooperatives, and benevolently run businesses must be the new standard. Clearly limits on campaign donations, and donations from only real people, would be a great start! No TV ads, just equally allotted times for all candidates to communicate to the voters. Term limits too – to prevent the entrenchment of individuals, and the negative affect that has. A system renewed with greater checks and balances, and guarantees that all citizens have equal pull with their duly elected representatives, be those elected as Senators, House Members, Presidents, Parliamentarians, Mayors, or Judges. Then corporate charters and structures can be examined, effective fair regulations enacted, and the best of behaviors promoted both economically and socially. More socially responsible businesses, non-profit hospitals and insurers, greater equity and harmony as a result.

  3. Jim says:

    As a humanity we are making a living, not living for life. If we were living for life we would cooperate rather than compete. Our lives are spent myopically pursuing a single career when we would be happier actually growing our own food crops part-time in towns and cities that are self-sustainable, and using our careers to serve our community the other part of our time. We are too removed from nature and the process of living for life – growing our own organic foods, learning to tend humanely our own farm animals which would enhance our own well-being and that of farm animals, creating and making our own clothing, learning to creatively cook our own foods, cooperatively building our own houses. Our lives could be more multi-dimensional, and more intimately involved in creating our own solutions to our needs for food, clothing, shelter, and community. We have been hood-winked into believing in monetary systems that create false needs just so we can “make a living” rather than answer our true needs. Our true longing for community would also be answered if we were living more cooperatively. Nuclear families cannot answer our communal needs. Towns could be more pedestrian-friendly with public outdoor spaces where people can gather and get to know one another, and share in the joy of living, not the monotony of “making a living”. More examination of what truly makes people happy is necessary. Having meaningful and real connections to one another and to the natural world would bring us more real joy and fulfillment.

  4. The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion,love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

  5. i want to be your protégé

  6. Sam Zervitz says:

    Jeff, my broad and smplistic take on this is that we live in our own personal time and place, while struggling to fit into a societal place, a work place, a global sphere, a community situation, and any number of realms where we lose who we are and become parts of a larger human machine, often at the expense of existence(s) you have defined here. I fear to reach the state of existence you’ve described, you would have to depart the worldly for an interior which, while it gives us a “clarity” about ourselves we can reach no other way, it also removes, or robs us, of our earthbound roles and responsibilities. It would be wonderful, as we struggle through our time here, to retreat into a Thoreau-like lifestyle. My new wife, an eminently practical girl, has an idea that ultimately, in order to survive, we must relocate ourselves beyond any dependency on others. She’s sort of old Amish in her thinking here. Grow our own food, have our own well water, solar energy, conquet the wildereness, etc. She takes her ideas from a father who crash landed in Belgium during WW11 and survived by outsmarting the Nazis, saving his fellow pilots, and making it across Europe with the underground to Normandy. Apparently his Eagle Scout training prepared him. So he returns home and becomes a psychologist, an educator and a minister. My regret is he passed away before I had the chance to meet him. He’s one of those people you put in the woods a zillion miles from civilization and he returns a year later, just fine. That’s where my wife’s thinking comes from. She’s also a classical musician who’s performed here and in Europe, and a lapsed Seventh Day Adventist who knows more about religion, the Torah, spiritual and historical Jesus, the Old Testament, and the intricacies of bible lore than anyone I’ve ever met. She sees our relationship as a Ruth and Boaz parallel, and because I’m related to a sixteenth century theologian, “The Shach” (Israel has no king and no prince”) who is related to King David, who is related to Jesus, my biblical resume and bloodlines have earned her approval. Anyway, I like what you’ve written very much, but again, it’s done for a limited readership when it could be meaningful to many more people, with a more comprehensible overview. Keep in touch, Sam

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