The 3 Main Dimensions of Consciousness

by Paul Shepherd
| December 20, 2020
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Where are you in the scheme of things when it comes to your current level of awareness?

Most people haven’t given this much thought, so here’s a brief overview of only one way of looking at different dimensions of consciousness. There are more levels of course, but these 3 is where the majority of humanity operates from.

This is a more widely used in a spiritual context vs mainstream psychology context.

So here are 3 basic dimensions of consciousness.


3D sees us solely focused on the physical, with our body being a major influencer. Most people live with a 3D consciousness. Living from a purely 3D perspective (which operates within duality or a dimension of opposites), survival, sexuality, personality, fear, competition, lack and jealousy are key drivers. We’re often in a state of worry or concern for what we do or do not have. To move beyond 3D, we need to raise our consciousness and invoke the spiritual dimension.



A comprehension of the fourth dimension or 4D, usually breaks through when we have a life challenge or crisis and receive our ‘wake-up call’. The ancients often referred to us, as ‘sleepers’ or those who ‘sleep walk’, if we live entirely from a 3D perspective. Living from a 4D perspective, means that you still physically live in 3D and are aware of and working with all that it entails, but you are also focused on love, sharing, service, compassion, the power of the soul and mind and the ability to attract and create what it is you desire. Your psychic skills are vastly stronger with a 4D level of consciousness. You can sense what will happen before it does and intuition also amps up. Living in a 3D world, with 4D consciousness is the norm for most people who are now on a conscious spiritual, holistic path.



Then we come to the fifth dimension, or 5D. There are hundreds of thousands of people living with this level of awareness now on Earth. It is rising daily. When we’ve lifted our consciousness to the 5D level, we truly have a deep compassion for all living beings. At this level a lot of people are vegetarian, if not vegan. It can be difficult for someone living in 5D to eat their brother and sister souls in animal bodies. From the 5D perspective we base most of our decisions on what our soul governs. You will still make personality (mind) based decisions because you are still firmly living within a 3D world and must interact with people and organizations on all levels in your daily life.


When your awareness is operating in 5D, a lot of the 3D world becomes almost ‘invisible’ to you. You may literally not see other people, who are operating on a purely 3D level. You will literally walk right past people you know and have not ‘see’ them. Likewise, these people might not see you either. It’s why so many relationships shift and change once our awareness levels rise. You’ll also find that what used to bother you about the 3D world becomes less of your focus, as instead, you are firmly focused on leading your best life so that you can uplift the planet and all those you come into contact with. It’s like you’re on a ‘mission’ when you operate from 5D. You’re dedicated, self-responsible and ready to serve the whole.


5D is not up there and 3D down here, dimensional realities are NOT places – they are states of consciousness and states of being that are reflected back to us in our physical reality.


So, do you know where you are?

Perhaps you’ve already worked this one out. Each of us is already walking between dimensions in our every day life. It’s just that some people who are dedicated to becoming self-aware, raising their consciousness, walk more knowingly between these dimensions, than others do. As you learn more about your soulful origins, you will automatically begin to raise your awareness and contact these higher dimensional states. Many of us are already operating out of 5D, whilst living our normal 3D lives. There are of course many dimensions beyond 5D, and yes, some people operate out of these and are also firmly grounded here on Earth.


In short, know that just because you are aware of higher dimensions and living with this awareness, it doesn’t mean that you leave your body and Earth and not deal with all of the normal 3D issues which arise. You still do. It means that you become a more conscious cosmic person and can cope with the 3D world on a wiser level, that truly is better for all of us.