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What are Values and Value Intelligence? Let’s explore

I believe the most challenges of our time is result from the failure to understand the value laden aspects of Life itself. Life itself needs a huge variety and harmonization. The many different societies are like different cells in the larger organism of unity. Each society has it’s own coherence. However, too often people have different criteria for coherence. Some societies are seen as analogous to cancer cells needing to be destroyed. Finding ways to harmonize and utilize that variety creates a healthy body/world. However, not being aware of the possibility of harmonization we resort to violence and destruction.

In this moment, what are you aware of? It is certainly not restricted to sensory input. If you only believe in what you can touch and measure, you are disconnected from primary knowing based on connectedness of all life. Your intuitions and feelings are telling you all about this connectedness, unless you choose to ignore it. In your holistic awareness of the moment, there are three distinct interwoven value domains. Each value requires a different way of knowing.

The three distinct domains of value are: Intrinsic, Extrinsic and Systemic described as follows:

“Living entities” that are self-defining, self-valuing and self-acting. Any interaction with a living entity will produce results beyond our expectations and, perhaps, beyond our control. Living entities are valued intrinsically; living entities must be valued for their own uniqueness; that is unconditional loving, “beholding.”

“Things or parts” are passive. They cannot violate forces of nature. Otherwise we can control what they do. Things are judged extrinsically by comparison to other members of the class concepts to which they belong, i.e., chairs or jobs, any concept.

Structures and rules that are invented by us. They are invented to provide order, reason, agreement and the possibility of creativity. Since we invent them, they are what we say they are. We judge them by applying them to our experience and then judging them as to whether or not they work, judging them as right or wrong. This is the domain of systemic values.

Now begins valuation leading to harmonization-valuation using all these value ways of knowing.  These ways of valuing have evolved and are passed along as inherent “living” abilities to use, develop as navigation tools in process living.  Acts are evaluated as good and they are experienced as “effective acts or not.” Acts that fulfill intentions of an “actual occasion” are experienced as successful because they bring all three dimensions together in harmony, in hierarchical alignment with Intrinsic, the aliveness being highest. When dealing with numbers, systems of ordering, the use of Systemic valuing need to be in support and in relationship to higher values. Systemic inventions made without relationship to higher Intrinsic “Aliveness” making is like using a rudder that is unreliable. It makes no sense without the living engagement.

So let’s play with how to use these value skills and knowing. Join me for forming conversations. Contact me at skye@jitcc.org. to participate.

By Skye Hirst

With aliveness centering, I have discovered how health and quiet joy are the results. With PhD in communication from Union Institute and University, Bachelor of Music, Certification in Jin Shin Jyutsu, and as Minister, I offer over 40 years of coaching and consulting experience helping a wide range of professionals from CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists and individuals to realize their path to aliveness, fulfillment and meaning.

I bring 30 years of research in Organic, Living Processes, and Inherent Value Intelligence. To whatever profession, passion or pursuit, I accompany clients seeking to know themselves deeply, radically, to align their hearts/mind/body to experience a foundation of self trust. Of great influence are Robert S. Hartman and Norm F. Hirst who introduced Value Intelligence and it's primary role in how humans navigate their lives. I now add the work of Dr. Iain McGilchrist's expansive work on the Divided Brain and how we need to use reason, AND intuition, imagination and values in the creation of lives with aliveness, meaning and fulfillment. The work of Harrison Owen and his Open Space Technology reflect my thinking on open conversations, listening, self-direction and responsibility for creating what we want in organizations, groups, governing and culture.
Above all, the Divine in each living creature has wisdom, self-direction and purpose to be realized, shared and honored. I open to the Spirit of life-itself with each breath, allowing myself to know, listen into my felt-sense awareness to find right action, Just in Time as needed, one step at a time. The Sedona Method of feeling feelings, releasing what's holding, allows greatest and highest good to emerge as I do. Embodied knowing, listening and sensing the whole of myself and encouraging clients to 1st feel the feelings and know their humanness good, their embodied wisdom. This is aliveness, this is how it can be, Just in Time.

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