|Level your Life - [Pride 175-199] yes, it is ugly like that|
Pride, which calibrates at 175, has enough energy to run the United States Marine Corps.It´s the level aspired to by the majority of our kind today. In contrast to the lower energy fields, people feel positive as they reach this level. This rise in self-esteem is a balm to all the pain experienced at lower levels of consciousness. Pride looks good and knows it; it struts its stuff in the parade of life.
Pride is far enough removed from Shame,Guilt, or Fear that to rise, for instance, out of the despair of the ghetto to the self-respect of being a Marine is an enormous jump.
Pride generally has a good reuputation and is socially encouraged, yet as we see from the chart of the energy levels,it`s sufficiently negative to remain below the critical level of 200. This is why Pride feels good only in contrast to the lower levels.
The problem, as we all know, is that "Pride goeth before a fall." Pride is defensive and vulnerable because it´s dependent upon external conditions, without which it can suddenly revert to a lower level.
The inflated ego is vulnerable to attack. Pride remains weak because it can be knocked off its pedestal back to shame, which is the threat that fires the fear of loss and pride.
Pride is divisive and gives rise to factionalism; the consequences are costly. Man has habitually died for Pride - armies still regularly slaughter each other for that aspect of it called nationalism. Religious wars, political terrorism and zealotry, the ghastly history of the Middle East and Central Europe - these are all the price of Pride, which all of society pays.
The downside of Pride is arrogance and denial.
These characteristics block growth; in Pride, recovery from addictions is impossible because emotional problems or character defects are denied.The whole problem of denial is one of Pride.
Thus Pride is a very sizeable block to the acquisition of real power, which displaces Pride with true stature and prestige.