Unifying Our Contributions

Most individuals at this level talk about their Contribution as an act of service. This means their primary focus is to make a conscious contribution, not driven by personal enrichment. The enrichment they are seeking is Creative enrichment. They want to grow, express themselves and feel that they can make a difference. Individuals committed to service speak about their motivations and aspirations to contribute to a particular constituent group. Mostly, they have unified a sub-segment of their Constituent group to receive their blessings and support.

Initially, they work to define the Intent of any activity or proposed opportunity to determine if it is inspirationally congruent with the people supporting their project. Examples of this can be found in companies that attempt to define their purpose, core values and audacious Mission Statement. This problem is even more challenging if the company does not have a formal Mission Statement and the employees have vastly different objectives for the organization. Our recommendation is to define the Mission Statements at the beginning of an organization’s lifespan, hiring each person with a process that allows them to choose to serve the company’s Mission. This is the best way to create an alignment of Motives to increase an organization’s potential for success.

Skillful Means is the description we use to talk about our inner knowing about what works. It requires that we understand Compatibility Factors, Motives, Attractions and Relationship Skill frameworks. It helps to have a background in the three types of distortions: Objectification, Subjectification and Idealization. Life, Light, and Love become the consciousness tools that allow us to assess where we are versus where we want to be. Using energy to reflect where we are in the process and what we have to do next. Only when we focus on a process and reveal the underlying limitations of that process (Life, Light and Love) can we bring it back into its abundant state. We are learning to pay attention to what our partner needs, which aligns to what we need. This is the capacity to Co-Measure our creative contributions so the best total solution can emerge. Some individuals express this as an ability to talk in shortcuts to convey the big picture so we immediately know what to do. Others talk about creating their own language so there are no misunderstandings between partners. When we have greater Creative Alignment, we do not need to explain ourselves and our communication can easily become specialized.

Skillful Means allows us to understand creative differences between individuals and provide a translation mechanism pointing out where we align and where we need further coordination. This can occur only when we are honoring the wholeness of our creative process more than worrying about our personal needs. When everyone in a process is focusing on the whole, ways for us to synergize our impact as partners or as a group are created. This coordination and cooperation process allows us to use the creative diversity of the team to produce unexpected and surprising results. It is a major indication that we have shifted into a more comprehensive Context where we now possess the Skills to achieve a major contribution. This is why Orchestrators excel at this level. What we are learning is mutual creative action. This is the indication that we are operating on the Fifth Level.

The duality of Level 3 between our Feelings and Emotions, where we get caught up in Idealization, needs to be made into an embodied, real expression in the world. This means when we are aligned with others on a Feeling and Emotional level and we can be connected in this way, it reflects a state of Radiant Self-Unifying Love. This unconditional love becomes stronger and therefore we are encouraged to share it with others. Eventually, it allows us to see the Feelings and Emotions of others clearly. When we begin using a CNG, we can directly experience when our Feelings and Emotions correspond to the Feelings and Emotions of others. This allows us to love in a much more expanded and self-affirming manner.

On Level 5 of embodying a CNG, we learn how to consciously connect our Context to the Context of others, creating a more inclusive variety of opportunities to choose from. This is the same as taking our experience and combining it with another’s experience to flesh out and understand common patterns so we will be able to work together more effectively. In a fully formed CNG, with two conscious individuals, we are likely to see a three to seven times improvement over our individual power outside of a CNG. This is completely due to the fact that we can focus mutual strengths and use them to offset any weaknesses. Whenever we can work together from mutual strengths, it always brings greater harmony and power to our circumstances. Anything previously limiting one party or the other is no longer an obstruction at this level of CNG.

When we clarify differences with others, we discover how charged most group interactions are. This creates the need to clarify our Intentions and make sure that others are staying grounded in their intentions as well. It requires greater sensitivity to what is being communicated and a capacity to distinguish our assumptions from another’s. We call this Physical Discernment because it is an embodied way of knowing what is true. In CNG, we learn how to neutralize our perceptions by putting aside fixed goals and creating open possibilities as a substitute. What this means is that we are no longer motivated by maintaining the status quo or fixated on using Expectations as a standard of behavior. When we release ourselves from conditioning and Expectations, we become more proficient at getting things done, realizing that we need to start with the underlying foundation and build up from there.

Exploration is needed to create a network of aligned contributors. Currently, more individuals are taking greater responsibility for the ways they contribute by discovering the gaps in the industries in which they work, and finding ways to solve them. The more these contributors are operating in the Inner Success WorldView, the more they will be prepared to re-define their contribution in terms of the new supply chain. In other words, we will individually seek to optimize ‘the adding of value’ to serve our Constituents. Our Constituents are not just people who want our products or services, but also people in industries and supply chains who are having problems improving the efficiency of what they are doing. We are being attracted to show up in places that can use our Skills and gifts. We need to learn to do this without compromising ourselves or the contributions we can make.

In today’s world, there is an increasing opportunity to supersede existing supply chains because they serve customers based on yesterday’s needs. With so many younger individuals and their different ways of approaching what they need, there is increasing desire for customized solutions. We see examples of this reinvention in the ‘apps’ revolution. Now, more than ever, individuals can insert themselves and build their own contribution framework. In every industry, there is increasing sophistication as individuals and technologies become more distributed for solutions-on-demand frameworks. This means every individual will be in a more plug-and-play circumstance and might even have several different job expressions, where their particular expertise and talents can be applied. It is our Creative diversity, which is pushing this change as individuals become more actualized around the possible ways they can contribute. These changes are likely to accelerate.

Obstacles To Unification

In Higher Alignment, we do not talk about WorldView very much. This is because it can be easily interpreted as a Subjectification or justification for treating someone unfairly. It is useful because it helps us recognize the amount of complexity another can deal with. WorldView is not about intelligence. It is actually more about Context and it is important to recognize how people perceive things with different degrees of interest. The higher the WorldView, the more complex we can be in explaining ourselves. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult when we speak to a lower WorldView individual because that individual may feel that we are speaking over their head. The simple solution is to speak to a level where they can respond to us with a sense of equality. The other practical aspect of WorldView is that it tells us what general lessons are of interest at that particular level. For example, I wouldn’t assume that a late Outer Success WorldView individual would understand a person who is talking about Relationship WorldView issues. Outer Success focuses on careers and how we are seen in the community. Relationship Worldview individuals give acknowledgement to individuals who are more sensitive and responsive to their questions. This means that there is typically a stratification of different WorldViews in most groups. Unless a group like Higher Alignment is learning a particular issue that relates to one WorldView, then there will be confusion and constant restating of what is being said for different people to hear it at different levels.

One example of WorldView is Donald Trump compared to Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio is more in early Relationship lessons, which means he cares more about the people than winning the game. This does not mean that he does not want to win, it is just that he has different skills in working with people and he has more desire to come to some kind of consensus viewpoint. Donald Trump does not listen, speaks belligerently about others he seems to know little about, and he likes firing people because they disagree with him. One of the key indicators of Outer Success is how they are always valuing themselves by how much they own, which tends to vacillate a lot. This fixates them on Security issues, where ownership is the only way to possess success. It is important to understand differences in WorldView so we can compassionately and clearly serve individuals where they are. It is much harder to deal with people with greater WorldView, but this is where the growth opportunities really lie.

What makes seeing the intentions of others clear is being able to calibrate to their WorldView. When we expand and integrate our Intent, Content and Context, it allows us to operate with greater complexity and capacity. Otherwise, we are caught up in superficial perceptions and do not see the underlying forces at play. WorldView allows us to tune into this awareness so we can be appropriate to how a person is operating. There are seven levels of WorldView, starting with the least developed: Survival, Safety and Security, Outer Success, Relationship, Inner Success, Personality Integration, and World Service. We need to be careful not to judge individuals on different levels, but instead to have compassion and understanding for where they are. Here we need to reduce the complexity so that lower WorldView individuals can understand us. We can also take in more complexity from those WorldView individuals who are higher than we are. Notice that WorldView is the only hierarchical framework in this entire process. We need to be extremely careful that we do not fall into the trap of elevating our WorldView to make ourselves feel more important.

The seven levels of WorldView are:

  1. Survival is a circumstance where we have no ability to deal with anything but food, shelter and rarely, sex. At this level, we do not even have long-term connections with others beyond our family unit. Fear is predominant, meaning  that we have very little trust in others. Most individuals at this stage are found in tropical environments doing hunting/gathering and subsistence agriculture. Fishing is also an important source of well-being. When we have a higher WorldView and we engage individuals with a Survival WorldView, it is important to recognize that they have a distrust of everyone and they will not be able to look you in the eye. Mirror the way they are engaging you and they will slowly come around.

  2. Safety and Security is where we become more engaged in trying to get others to do what we want. While fear is predominant, there is a commitment to following the rules in order to feel safe. This can lead to black and white (or literal) interpretations of the rules. Family structures can be compromised when individuals become enmeshed in each other. Herd instinct comes into play so that if you do not agree with the group, you can be made a scapegoat. This compromises a lot of the value of the rules because it suggests that some individuals are beyond the rules. On the other hand, fear keeps individuals from naturally growing and taking advantage of opportunities on their path. When we have a higher WorldView and are dealing with Safety and Security individuals, we need to recognize that their rules matter more than any relationship. We need to find out what the rules are to be effective with them. Some individuals at this level do not even know how to articulate their own rules, which means that you have to observe them to see what creates trauma. Most of the time, any departure from the rules leads to reactions.

  3. Outer Success is when we identify with our possessions, meaning that if we acquire many things making us thing that we must be more important. A lot of us in this stage gain a lot of possessions only to lose them and regain them. This accelerates our lessons so that we learn not to be dependent on things. We also believe that defensive power is the only way to make an impact on those around us. This means that we attract individuals who agree with us and only make alliances when we can make money off of others. Otherwise, everyone is out for themselves and competition rules the day. We want prestige or social-economic success and acknowledgment. We enjoy proving ourselves superior and do not realize that this leads to over-inflated egoic expressions that invite attack. When we are a higher WorldView and working with Outer Success individuals, they need validation about their success. Usually they manifest a degree of narcissism, where they are trying to prove they are much more than even they think they are. Do not get in the way of their self-importance. Acknowledge them for their accomplishments and move on.

  4. Relationship is where we start to realize that we have not taken care of ourselves and that we are attracting no one that sees or gets us. This leads us to ask ourselves who we are as a creative being and what exactly are the ways we want to live our lives. Sometimes we learn this lesson by having a family, which we come to appreciate and deeply love; other times it is about awakening to the possibility that having a better relationship would actually transform us. Initially, we try to create guidelines for what we think improves our relationships, but it is our interactions with others that make these frameworks real. This opens our awareness to seeing how treating others a certain way leads to being treated well ourselves. We also need to learn better conflict remediation skills so we do not take on the issues of our partners or inflict our issues on them. This means that we have to become self-aware as a creative being and not over-identify with our actions, Feelings, Emotions or Thoughts. Eventually, we begin to customize the way we like to interact with others and stretch ourselves to include new ways that work better for us. When we have a higher WorldView and are working with Relationship individuals, it is important that we acknowledge how they are growing in their relationships and the values and virtues they are seeking to manifest. What they will unconsciously respond to is the way we treat them.

  5. Inner Success occurs when we begin to identify ourselves by the contribution we make in a unique way. Rather than trying to do ‘jobs’ defined by others, this means we find a unique way to contribute and define our own jobs that maximize our contribution. It also means we establish our own standards for how we treat the universe, so the universe supports us to the degree we support it. It is all about having a direct connection with our selves and our creativity so we can define our own path. It is our improved quality of relationships that actually makes Inner Success possible. The first phase of this process is that we attract Constituents that want to support us so we do not have to compromise our work. The second aspect of this is that we attract business partners who actually have a high degree of integrity and value what we bring to the table. 

  6. Personality Integration is where we release the angst of our history and accept that the lessons and pain were all necessary to get us to where we wanted to be. Part of the way we heal this is to share our experiences and insights with others so they do not have to be caught in the pain or trauma as long as we were. Another part of the process is to see how well we can do just by listening to the universe. What we discover is that any effort or attachment to particular outcomes creates an obstacle to manifesting that which we want. This means we learn to release all of our fears and Personality Desires in favor of Transpersonal Desires where we work with others to serve larger needs. Personality Integration is also a tuning process where we initially centralize our creativity in relation to our Primary Creative Expression and then work to de-centralize it by sharing it with others.

  7. World Service is the stage we come to when there is nothing left for us to accomplish personally and so we commit ourselves to Universal Intent. We let the universe guide us and seek to serve those around us by integrating and coordinating mutual, transpersonal needs. Some would say that World Service is where our full Creative Nature completely emerges. The irony of this is that we do not seek any personal attention at all. In fact, we feel that any personal attention is distracting from the real intention we have. Some individuals do not know how to relate to others on this level because it becomes truly Impersonal, meaning that we do not engage in personality interactions for their own benefit.

The most important lesson that we can learn from WorldView is to trust individuals only to the degree that they trust themselves. At each level of WorldView, there is a level of consciousness where they know what they can be accountable to. You would not trust an Outer Success individual to manage your money, or a Safety and Security individual to manage your growth process because they do not have the same perspective. Each individual can only be trusted to the degree that they have developed personal mastery over a particular area of their life. When they have this mastery, and we know it, we can trust them. Otherwise, they will apply their consciousness to the circumstances and do what they would do for themselves. This probably will not work for us unless they are operating at our level of WorldView or greater.

WorldView is one of the key tools used to screen others in conscious relationships. When an individual is not close to our WorldView, we need to recognize that we will be the one in charge of the relationship, assuming that they have a lower WorldView. If they have a higher WorldView, they will likely be in charge. That is because they can see more of what is going on around them and people tend to defer to those who have the greatest insights. The higher the WorldView, the more flexibility an individual will have in meeting others of a lower WorldView. One reason we do not choose partners of the same WorldView is because we could feel that we will not be in control. This is true. The thing we need to recognize is that without partnership, we do not optimize our growth, nor do we confront the opportunities that show up. It is better if we choose partners who have our WorldView.

In most areas, Higher Alignment and Ken Wilbur have either come to the same conclusion or are in a parallel process. When it comes to states of consciousness, Higher Alignment breaks down defensive differences, separating them from WorldView. From Higher Alignment’s perspective, this makes the process of identifying where we are and what we are reacting to much cleaner. The usefulness of Ken Wilber’s AQAL model or more correctly (the Spiral Dynamics Integral model) for higher WorldView people gives them a bit more texture and flavor of the opportunities and challenges ahead. Spiral Dynamics focuses on paradigm shifts. The problem is that it does not particularly clarify the patterns of defensive identity that take hold in our day-to-day relationships. Spiral Dynamics seeks to explain the meanings of things. Our defenses describe behavioral patterns that are easily confirmed. Alignment Technologies focuses on people and their practical concerns. Higher Alignment also suggests that it is important to address the defense style differently than our growth processes. Primarily, Defenses slow us down and inhibit the growth of our Creativity. Each Creative Expression has their own method of actualizing themselves, which is a completely separate process.

WorldView is the final Compatibility Factor we are discussing in this document. It permits us now to assess all of our relationships by how they contribute to us. We could start organizing our relationship choices and investments by their natural, creative resonance with us. This would allow us to develop and manifest common strengths with others before dealing with individuals with whom we have major differences. While we have all had many challenging relationships, making these choices consciously, is a new thing. This is not to say we should dump relationships that are not the same, but rather go through an assessment process where we examine the cost/benefit of engaging them.

This Making a Choice chart helps us to think through the cost/benefits of any particular individual. It helps us to understand that every relationship consumes energy, time and space, and generates a degree of Life, Light and Love. We can also talk about our natural attractions to similar lessons in terms of Cellular Affinity, Vibratory Response, and Vibratory Expansion. What we commonly discover is that twenty percent consume eighty percent of our resources. Unless individuals are co-creative with you and can uplift you to some degree, we need to wonder if we could make a better choice. While this does not mean we have to cut off everyone, perhaps placing the intention that we become more able to be supported in the universe would be a reasonable thing. The more we come to recognize that some individuals are not the best investments, the more space we will create by minimizing our association. This will create room for new people to show up.

The Making a Choice chart on one axis, has Primary, Secondary, WorldView and Defensive Patterns, and on the horizontal axis, has the Pacing, Communication Process and Decision-Making Approach, which are major supports in achieving alignment with individuals. Some individuals also have an Overall Compatibility Assessment done, which is a number between one hundred and zero that is calculated using the formulas of Higher Alignment. While this does take into account Compatibility Factors, Motives, Attractions, and Relationship Skills, it does not take into account (other than in a general way) the degree of common life lessons. While these are great tools to start with, over time, you will develop shorthand assessments based on your own perceived strengths and weaknesses. This will make the process much more natural.

It is interesting to recognize that we always make a transition from person to person when we need to. Throughout our life, we have made commitments to people, and we have attempted to live up to them and demonstrate our integrity. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it does not. As we get more conscious, the real benefit is that the integrity becomes real on a mutual level. Many times this is the result of discovering new things about ourselves that we need to pursue that our partner does not want to do. These things can lead to breakups even though we love each other. The whole purpose of this level of growth is to be able to be responsible for our choices on a more conscious level. The first part of this is recognizing when we are not aligned. Let us proceed with as much harmless truth telling as possible.

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