How your personal evolution could save the planet.

September 11, 2008

According to the Clare Graves (who is a man) individuals and groups evolve through certain levels according to their values.  According to the work of Clare Graves, communities, populations and cultures evolve through what he calls “values” levels. Please note this is just a model which is useful to help us understand evolution of communities. It should not be used to judge people as being better or worse.

Evolution of values systems takes place within populations and cultures. Cultures evolve through these levels. In addition, people experience evolving through these levels in their lifetime. Organisations / groups of people also evolve through these levels.

1. Survival Oriented:
This person is totally alone. They have no associations with anyone else. No-one is currently living at this level except in very unusual situations where someone has been stranded somewhere – e.g. soldiers stranded after 2nd world war. Some people in abusive families exist at survival level.

2. Tribal Oriented This level occurs where there is a group with a chief, who is often a medicine man or woman. Within the group no-one has personal choice. Everyone does what the chief says. They live in a magical, mystical world. The village they live in is magic, and everything outside was “scary”. As long as they stayed in the village they were OK. The elements – wind, rain, etc were messages from the gods. The medicine man/woman/chief interprets the messages. They know what they needed to do as a tribe to stay safe from the “scary elements”. No one has choice. Everything they do is to please the medicine man, and everything he told them to do was to please the gods/ goddesses.

They evolve to the next level when:
Certain people become disenchanted with the tribe / medicine man and they strike out on their own. They let go of being a victim and get understanding.

3. Aggression oriented
Then they become totally alone again. They live like a Wild West Gunfighter. They have no respect for anyone or anything. Their model of the world is “Kill or be killed”. It is a regression of sorts. They have no guilt, and are into instant gratification. Their motto would be “I do what suites me and only me right now”. They live in a dangerous place but handle it by taking out the danger before it takes them out. Inner city gangs are at this level.

They evolve to the next level when:
They become disenchanted or guilt kicks in. so they go back into joining the system again. They get caught and go to prison (prison is a values level 4 system) They let go of hurt and rejection and get acceptance of self.

4. System oriented (the loyalist)
Most large businesses, governments, and organised religions are at 4.In a values level 4 system there is someone in charge and it’s not you. You sacrifice yourself now for salvation later.

You do what the boss, government, or leader says, even if you didn’t like it because you believed there would be some pay off later, e.g a pension or you go to heaven.

Very guilt oriented – fear of doing something other than you are told, and the guilt you feel after you’ve done it.

They evolve to the next level when:
Someone decides they don’t want to sacrifice now for a pay off later. They want it NOW. So I’m going to go out and get it. I’m not going to wait until I’m 65. I want it now.
They let go of guilt and unworthiness and get forgiveness (of self)

5. Materialist oriented – Entrepreneur (Achiever)
This person is money, goal, materialist, oriented. They are into Instant gratification – they are not going to save up for a Porsche and say “I’m going to buy it now.” They are hard driven, acquire more things and more money

They evolve to the next level when:

For some reason their money disappears, Burn out / business / stock market crashes and they loose all their money and they look up and say “There must be more to life than this.” They let go of unfulfilled expectations and totally let go and go with the flow.

6. Group and Cause oriented (Involver)So they become group and cause oriented. Ban the bomb, Save the whale, Greenpeace.

They are into not going out and getting things for themselves, they want everyone to have the same. They value equality – so they form groups. Unfortunately the groups don’t achieve much because they want group consensus. So they don’t do anything unless everyone agrees. Which in practice means – nothing gets done. Everything is shared out. Fairness. Everyone is involved, everyone votes.

Interestingly Level 6’s (and 4’s) can’t understand Level 5 or 7. so they don’t understand the need to sell themselves, and get annoyed when people try to sell to them, and often ask for “energy exchanges”

They evolve to the next level when:
You realise you are doing all the work, but are sharing the rewards equally. You get tired of things not working and you say “Sod this” and strike out on your own again at a higher level.

7. Existential (choice seeker) – a quantum leap / water shed
People at this level can adopt any of the values levels below when it suites them, in order to get the results they need. They are results oriented as long as – it doesn’t harm anyone else. Whereas at level 5 – you don’t care if someone else loses, as long as you get your result. At level 7 you develop the true win – win. I am results oriented, but with the condition that I don’t harm anyone, I don’t take from anyone else.

They believe “The way for me to win is by other people winning.” But not at their own expense (that’s level 6).

They are significantly more integrated, as they move beyond the notion of roles in their life. Prior to 7 they might be a different person in different situations. They might be a different person at work, to how they are with their kids to how they are with their parents.

As level 7 they lose these “roles”. They just are who they are. They are the same in every single context. It’s just me. They are very comfortable with themselves and others. They have true flexibility. They can handle change and don’t take other’s behaviour personally.

Level 7’s can do business and sell, and they do, but it must be a fair exchange. Whereas 6’s will give it away or want things for free.

I am passionate about evolution because it will ultimately save the planet and our society. Left unchecked 6’s can squander the wealth accumulated by 5’s but without the compassion of 6’s, 5’s will strip the planet and society bare. The ideal is to become a fully actualised in value level 7.

We need the compassion of level 6 but the business approach of level 5. We need to marry heart (6) and mind (5). We need to bring spirit into business and business into sprit.

At level 7’s will use the win-win business approach to ensure that all win and no-one’s expense.

The good news is that not everyone has to get to level 7 just enough of the population and enough in power. Will it be you? Do you want to help others to evolve like this?

On our NLP prac and NLP master coach training you will evolve yourself and learn to help others do the same. Call me to find out how you can evolve yourself and help others to evolve.  0800 0409115


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