Let’s Talk Afghanistan — Why the US Plan Failed

September 3, 2021
By: Bruce Bernstein 
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Let’s Talk Afghanistan — Why the US Plan Failed

Spiritually speaking, the collective calibrated level of consciousness of the Afghan people – excluding the Taliban or Isis – rendered the plan to ‘democratize’ Afghanistan difficult, if not impossible.


A Spiritual Perspective

Democracy and true democratic processes are higher consciousness governing tenets. A truly democratic government and society calibrates above the level 400 on Dr. David R. Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness (Map of Consciousness is a Registered Trademark of David R. Hawkins and his publishing company, Veritas).

While 400 is not the highest level attainable in the physical world — the Map is a scale from 0 to 1,000, with 1,000 being the highest level here on Earth — it is quite high for a society and government.

The Afghan people, collectively, excluding the Taliban and Isis, calibrate at a level much lower than that. In fact, their collective level of consciousness is just below the level 200, which is the level of Integrity.

Key Takeaway...

Calibrated Levels of Consciousness

  • Afghani People (Excluding Taliban and Isis Groups) - Just below 200
  • Talban - just below 100
  • Isis and related Groups - just below 80

For comparison purposes, when Dr. Hawkins calibrated the collective consciousness of the people of the United States of America, it calibrated in the mid 400’s.

As a result, the likelihood that the Afghani people would be able to adopt and make workable a higher form of government is low. It was a very tough ask, not one easy to successfully implement. So, the entire plan to democratize Afghanistan had a very high likelihood of failure, which is what we saw happen.

Interpreting the Levels Of Consciousness

However, this does not make the Afghanis bad people. They are not. They simply were not ready for a democratic government. One day, perhaps,  they will be. But not now.

In addition, as a lower consciousness society, they also lacked belief — conviction — in democracy as a governing ideal. They did not trust democracy to the degree necessary for a successful transition and were not fervent in their desire for it. They were  not willing to 'fight' for it. This all points to the outcome we all saw. Unfortunately, but inevitably, democracy failed to take hold and the government the United States worked and sacrificed so much to create quickly fell.

On the other hand, we have the Taliban and their armies. Collectively, the Taliban calibrate even lower than the rest of the Afghani people. Their calibrated level of consciousness is around the 100 level. And Isis comes in even lower, just below 80.

So, how is it that they were able to so quickly overcome the higher calibrating Afghanis?

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The Power of Belief and Conviction

The Taliban had belief. Conviction. Whatever their inner motivations and, certainly, none of these are virtuous or from a perspective of love, they truly believe in their vicious ideology. They revel in control, compliance, and even death and destruction. Their actions have displayed this many times during the last several years.

As a result, they did have the will and desire to die for their erroneous and misguided beliefs. The Afghani people did not have this level of belief and conviction so the country fell into the soul of darkness in a very short period of time.

True Spirituality is a Power That Can be Used for Better Outcomes

Had these sorts of things been considered and properly accounted for at the outset, when the invasion of Afghanistan was first planned back in the early 2,000’s, perhaps the outcome we see now could have been avoided.

In fact, it is a likelihood that all the years of war, and all the money spent on this war, could have been reduced substantially. Knowing the calibrated level of consciousness of the different sects and their players would have been useful information to have had and employed during the planning process.

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Bruce is a published author, speaker, student/teacher of Spirituality, and founder of The Spiritual Workshop. Beginning in the 1980's, he was guided to look inside for his answers and information and is now teaching the Wisdom gained and the processes for introspective self-learning.

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  • I have been thinking about levels consciousness concerning Afghanistan as well. I have no way to measure but intuited that the presence of Americans, and other foreign helpers, effected the consciousness of the general population. It is my hope and prayer that this will continue in spite of the withdrawal.

    • Effected the overall consciousness?… Likely so. But when the influence causing the ‘artificial’ bump in consciousness is removed, will the level stay at the higher level, or revert back. Since the level had not been greatly increased, I believe it will revert back, but I have not checked.

  • This is very interesting and resonates as absolutely true. It’s too bad that more people do not understand the levels of consciousness, how to calibrate, and what those levels mean for different situations. Thank you for sharing this. It gives so much clarity!

    • Thank you, Heidi, for the kind words. I will be teaching a new method to make calibrates, one that people can do by themselves and that is able to be used by all, even those calibrating below 200. I feel it is more accurate than the applied kinesiology techniques Dr. Hawkins teaches.

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