Level 1: Survival – This level focuses on
matters to do with physical survival. It includes values such as
financial stability, wealth, safety, self-discipline and health. The
potentially limiting aspects of this level are generated from fears
around survival. Limiting values include greed, control and caution.
Level 2: Relationships – This level
concerns the quality of interpersonal relationships in an
individual’s life. It includes values such as open communication,
family, friendship, conflict resolution and respect. The potentially
limiting aspects of this level result from fears around loss of
control or regard. Limiting values include rivalry, intolerance and
Level 3: Self-Esteem – This level
addresses an individual’s need for recognition. It includes such
values as being the best, ambition, professional growth and reward.
The potentially limiting aspects of this level come from low
self-esteem and being out of control. Potentially limiting values
include status, arrogance and image.
There are no potentially limiting values in
levels 4 through 7.
Level 4: Transformation – The focus at
this level is on self-actualization and personal growth. It contains
values such as courage, responsibility, knowledge and independence.
This is the level where people work to overcome their fears. It
requires continuous questioning of beliefs and assumptions. It is
also the level where they begin to find balance in their lives.
Level 5: Internal Cohesion - Level 5
concerns the individual’s search for meaning and community.
Individuals operating at this level no longer think in terms of a
job or career, but in terms of a mission. This level contains values
such as commitment, creativity, enthusiasm, humour/fun, excellence,
generosity and honesty.
Level 6: Making a Difference - Level 6
focuses on making a difference in the world. It is also the level of
active involvement in the local community. Individuals operating at
this level honour intuition and contribution. They may be concerned
about the environment or local issues. This level contains values
such as counseling, community work, empathy and environmental
Level 7: Service - Level 7 reflects the
highest order of internal and external connectedness. It focuses on
service to others. Individuals operating at this level are at ease
with uncertainty. They display wisdom, compassion and forgiveness.
They have a global perspective. They are concerned about issues such
as social justice, human rights and future generations.
Distribution of Consciousness -
Individuals do not operate from any one single level of
consciousness. They tend to be clustered around three or four
levels. Most individuals tend be focused at levels 1 through 5,
usually with a particular emphasis at level 5. Gender, age, ethnic
background and nationality can affect the distribution of values.
Individual Values Assessment