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Definitions - Tone Scale

[This particular document is from a chart describing the tone scale. Since I'm not able to duplicate it due to the complexity and diagrams, I've had to put the material in a little different format. This material is covered in the "Basic Section" Tape 7, Levels of Consciousness. It is explained a little differently there. I felt that a quick reference would be valuable for all of us. It can be a way of seeing what state we are in at the moment and what condition goes with it. It can also be used for the think, act, feel exercise. If we have an idea of the attitude-action of one in higher states of consciousness, we can begin to act that way and see what condition it brings about…………Marsha]

Apathy 1

Attitude-Action - One regrets the past, dreads the future. Tells lies to get pity, anxious about self, refuses to listen, and talks piteous about self. Slumped mouth way down. Head to one side or other as though unable to hold it up. Begs for pity by sad stories about self, blames others all the time. Cries. Makes moaning sounds. Says, "I hope so." With the tone of voice that indicates, "what's the use, It'll all turn out bad anyway."

Condition - Chronic illness, if not one thing then two others. Malfunction of all organs. Irregular discharge of body waste. Sighing breathing. Skin hands from flesh.

Fear 2

Attitude-Action - One tries to prove others wrong. Anxious about the future. Flips hands away from self when talking. Stooped, mouth down, head down, always hurries. Doesn't look directly at anyone. Doubts any idea that is new, likes and dislikes being alone at the same time. Talks of the past with regret. Looks for some way to criticize the motives of others. Voice rises and falls.

Condition - Chronic glandular and nervous disorders, headaches, digestive upsets, rapid weak heart action, breathing fast and shallow, fatigued, hungry. Accidents and many serious illnesses. Subject o mental disorders. Obese.

Held Resentment - 3

Attitude-Action - Gossips, makes insinuating remarks. Talks of the past. Says, "I can't." Doesn't accept as true anything told. Speech halting. Forgetful. Says, "I just don't know." Dishonest with self and thinks others are dishonest with them. Poor ability. Tense never relaxes. Walks, stands and sits leaned forward. Mouth set. Looks out to side.

Condition - Fast heart action, spastic conditions. Skin disorders, cramps, muscular soreness, seizures, accidents, low-grade infections. Never feels good, serious illness frequently. Serious respiratory conditions. Dry and underweight.

Anger - 4

Attitude-Action - Antagonistic without reason. Finds fault with everything and everybody. Talks of death, war and punishment. Believes all alarming statements. Keeps shoulders set, squints, keeps teeth clinched. Neck rigid. Fast loud speech, tries to control people by threats. Takes over conversation by butting in, invalidates all new ideas without investigation.

Condition - Fast heart action, blood pressure high. Arthritic conditions. Stones, gallbladder, kidney, bladder. Constipation, gas. Eye and ear trouble. Congestive disorders. Has pot belly.

Boredom - 5

Attitude-Action - Sloppy in personal habits, lazy. Likes crude humor. Doesn't see much or hear much. Not interested in new ideas. Doesn't want much. Doesn't want job with responsibility. Posture sloppy, leans on things. Grumpy most of the time Yawns frequently. Always puts off till tomorrow. Frequently says, "I'm going to do that when I have time."

Condition - Has occasional acute illness, usually respiratory or digestive disorders. Accidents. Always tired, much below par. Getting old. Has infections from even slight wounds.


Attitude-Action - Likes people that like him. Allows others the right to their ideas. Talks on personal interest subjects, enjoys self most of time. Looks neat, seldom grumpy, usually sober, kind. Does work well, not apt to study for improvement. Keeps attention on present time and place. Inclined to let well enough alone. Inclined to let unfinished jobs accumulate.

Condition - General body tone tends to be flabby. Tires easily. Seldom sick, recuperates quickly. However generally below par and ageing.

Vital Interest - 7

Attitude-Action - Likes people, likes to investigate, and discuss new ideas. Mostly talks on serious subjects. Looks, sees, listens-hears. Likes humor. Accepts responsibility for self and betterment of environment. Erect, sober, pleasant, sees reason in events and behavior of all people. Has pleasure in creative work and play. Continues on a job until finished.

Condition - No sickness. Very few minor accidents. General body tone firm. Endurance moderate. Few signs of aging.


Attitude-Action - Loves mankind, (agape), Grants independence to all, recognizes others' viewpoints as sincere. Sees relationships. Talks on any subject. Sees difference in people and things. Creative, gentle, spontaneous. Speech strong, swift. Listens and understands the other's communication. Erect, balanced, smiles most of the time. Looks and sees balance in all events. Likes good music and art.

Condition - No illness. Near accident proof. Great endurance. Excellent general body tone. No signs of aging (Ageless.)


Attitude Action - This is not written as it can only be experienced

Condition - A state wherein there are no obstructions to creative action


On the chart that I'm unable to duplicate, there are certain of the states grouped together with a heading of Agreement-Attention-Way of Seeing. The first one groups apathy, fear, held resentment anger and boredom. It says that within these states, one is interested in self and wants to control others. The action includes stress-the attitude includes dissatisfaction and the feeling is fear.

Also on the chart. there is an overlapping triangle which groups held resentment, anger, boredom, contentment, vital interest and exhilaration, which has some properties of both. These properties have a breaking point just below contentment and above boredom. Those below this breaking point exhibit the properties of placing blame and being interested in objects. The properties at the breaking point of contentment and going up in vibration to vital interest and exhilaration include accepting responsibility for self and being interested in objectives.

On the chart, there is also a group including contentment, vital interest, Exhilaration and unknown. The properties of Agreement-Attention-Way of Living include interest in others and no desire to control others. It also includes controlling self. The action is harmony. The attitude is satisfaction and the feeling is confidence.

The following notes offer some definition and description of the terms used in this tone chart.


1. Tone - indicates rate of tissue cell speed or rate of vibration. Tone is a matter of degree. There is a continuous ascending degree of tone or tissue rate of vibration from apathy (being the lowest) to Exhilaration (being the highest described.)
2. Agreement - what one has decided or believes to be true, whether conscious or not, what one lives by, usually unknown, decisions distort perception. To change or remove the decision is to improve perception or to remove distortion from perception.
3. Action - is always corrections for the situation as perceived. If the perception is distorted due to decisions, there is inadequate response resulting in held motion, thus stress. If the perception is for the actual situation, there is adequate response to the situation--thus creative action.
4. All points on the tone scale are continuous. A person may vary temporarily; but each individual has his habitual tone due to unrecognized decisions or agreements that distort perception. As the decisions are recognized the tone raises.
5. Feeling - always either a degree of fear or confidence. Fear may be referred to as a false feeling of emergency. Confidence may be referred to as true perception. The more the person understands the decisions that have been made, the more he or she accepts responsibility for self and the betterment of his or her world. The less the person understands of forgotten decisions, the more dependent he is; and the more he places blame--thus, the lower he or she is on the AAC.
attitude - action = condition as noted on the tone scale.
6. Objects/Objectives-in the area between contentment and vital interest on the AAC tone scale, the individual is more conscious of having the objectives of life rather than striving for objects. The person is enthusiastic rather than ambitious. Value is in work rather than what work may bring. Below this point on the tone scale, the decision is that objects make life worthwhile.
7. Responsibility/Blame Placing - when an individual nears #6 "Contentment" on the tone scale, he answers to self as cause--he no longer looks for someone or something outside of himself. Neither does he create an entity such as a diagnosis on which to place blame as cause. He accepts responsibility for self and the betterment of his environment.
8. Attitude - is the reflection of the decisions of the person in action as feeling.
9. The higher degrees on the tone scale indicate an individual that sees relationships rather than thinking in terms of cause-effect.

The study of self or personal integration opens the way for the person to see and feel responsibility for self and to differentiate between duty or responsibility for others. No one can be responsible for another. There can be duty for another.

Responsibility or independence is a matter of degree. Some may study self to achieve enough responsibility to rid themselves of headaches and indigestion. Some may study and observe to raise themselves to the tone of contentment-some to exhilaration-some to points unknown to the usual human awareness at present.