Personal Values and Universal Caring

Mick Quinn


Mick Quinn is co-founder of The Integral Heart Foundation a non-profit whose mission it is to empower the dreams of 3rd World youth through Sponsorship, Education, and Portable Solar Lighting. He is the author of The Uncommon Path, a book about the future of human potential, published by O-Books UK/USA that reached No. 1 in several Amazon categories upon release 2009. Mick was also the co-founder of several multi-million dollar NYC-based technology companies in the 90’s. He lives with his wife Debora and their two dogs in Antigua Guatemala. For more information visit: www.integralheartfoundation.org


Humanity has come a long way in the 4,000 years that have elapsed since we first became aware of our individuality, of a distinct sense of self, and of a separate sense of self at the level of thought. In language, this evolution is referred to as ‘I’. The emergence of individuality also brought with it the amazing ability of ‘personal choice’.

Prior to the awareness of a separate self-sense, or the ability to think about your ‘self’ at the level of thought, personal choice did not exist, simply because there was no mental self present to weigh our options.

We have crafted personal choices with the options afforded to us as individuals over the course of this time period by using our personal values and those values are given to us by our culture. The ‘I’ is aware of what is important and it uses its values to guide its decisions. What has been important for the past 4,000 years are mostly the needs and desires of the separate ‘I’ sense.

However, a new wave of consciousness is now beginning to wash over our planet. This cause for Universal Caring is comprised of millions of concerned individuals, whose center of attention has begun to evolve from an exclusive focus on ‘I’, to include a focus as ‘All of us’. 

evolutionary pointer: ‘All of us’ is humanity – no one is left out.

How then can more of us move our center of attention from a focus on ‘I’, to include and share a focus as ‘All of us’ and so embrace and propel the evolutionary cause of Universal Caring? How can we sustain great choices on a consistent path of growth and development, and so allow more of us to move from a focus on ‘I’, to a focus as ‘All of us’?

Often we declare a desire to change with great gusto and conviction, but find that within a few days or weeks that enthusiasm has almost completely dissipated. Why is this so?

The core of the issue is that, although our intentions are great, the way in which we use our values to direct our intentions is unknowingly subject to both individual and collective conditioning; hence, the purest objectives are misdirected by that hidden habituation.

Intention is classically defined as the aim or anticipated outcome of an action. Values are core psychological structures by which all major decisions are made and, as such, they greatly influence our world. Our values guide our intentions to fruition.

evolutionary pointer: Conditioned values are sufficient for a successful material life; however, they cannot guide an intention to awaken to the level of Universal Caring. Awakening to the level of Universal Caring does not mean we must abandon caring for the self. We need only to expand our perspective to include ‘All of us’ as our worldview.

Therefore, our intention to awaken to the level of Universal Caring will be completely ineffective without a supportive decision-making process. Though we mean well, conditioned values and the way in which they are arranged can't support or manifest a pure intention to awaken to a perspective that includes ‘All of us’. To sustain the conditions for discovering and expressing our full potential, our decision-making structures, our values, must be capable of influencing and guiding such a pure intention.

By simply looking at our current life situations we can uncover much evidence of what we value and of what is important to us–we can determine what our current values are by simply looking at the tangible evidence for them in our life. How we spend our time reflects our values.

evolutionary pointer:  The conditioned arrangement values cannot direct our pure intentions, because conditioned values and awakened intentions are drawn to parallel outcomes.

For example: If our values are arranged to ensure a lucrative career path, and we also have an intention to embrace Universal Caring–it will be difficult for us to manifest the latter without first being clear that our values are capable of directing that intention.

The most humble of intentions would be to awaken to the level of Universal Caring.

Therefore, to stabilize the circumstances for our pure intentions and to yield changes that "stick," we must reclaim consciousness that will otherwise be consumed in a continuous struggle with the outcomes of decisions that are based on a conditioned arrangement of our values.

Because of this conditioning, it is considered normal to have separate groups or spheres of values representing various components of our lives. For example, values related to our career may not be the same as those used in major decisions about our hobbies or our relationships. For 4,000 years we have been creating multiple groups of values, one to suit each of our life domains. These value spheres guide our decisions within each role and across our lives in general.

It is obvious that the life domains such as Source of Income, Shelter and Company are widespread and the application of the values that are grouped together within each of these areas is advanced. Yet these values are necessary but not sufficient to sustain a perspective that includes Universal Caring.

evolutionary pointer: Conditioning segregates values into distinct and concurrent groups - related to career, home, family, friends, hobbies, and so on.

For example: A working mother would have different groups of values for decisions about her career than she would for decisions about the welfare of her children, her own spiritual development or her position as a humanitarian. The struggle experienced with major life decisions and their subsequent outcomes is the result of the conflict between all of these groups of guiding principles. This is the hidden clash of unconscious values.

This arrangement ensures that concealed conditioning remains in firm control of our lives. Because most of us are not aware of the existence of these multiple groups of values, we experience great anguish and confusion in times of making important choices. This drains our attention and leaves us feeling unprepared, unable and unwilling to embrace Universal Caring.

evolutionary pointer: Liberation from the effects of hand-me-down values is the outcome when those values are rearranged into one conscious group.

The primary value we select for this single hierarchy always represents our interest in awakening Universal Caring marginally more important than other interests in our life. Making a decision, an awakened choice, based on such a conscious primary principle will produce an awakened effect. This sustains the optimal conditions for ‘All of us’ by reclaiming our awareness that would ordinarily be lost in on-going attempts to resolve the troubling outcomes of conditioned choices.

By making all major life decisions, regardless of the circumstances surrounding that choice, by conscious embracing a single hierarchy of values, we will discover that awakening to a perspective that includes ‘All of us’ is not dependent on options or outcomes, but on how consistently our intentions to live such a life are directed by a conscious primary value.

Eventually, it becomes clear that we are "choiceless", and we will approach change, transformation, and the evolution of consciousness and culture with unbending confidence, because we now know that our intention to awaken ‘All of us’ is always going to be our outcome.

Are you ready to be choiceless?

Practical Tips:

  1. 1.Make a list your most important (5-6) life domains or life spheres.

  2. 2.Look at how you spend your time across each of the areas of your life.

  3. 3.List as many values from within each of those life domains as possible.

  4. 4.rrange your values within each group according to the time you spend expressing each one.

  5. 5.Arrange your values into a single list according to the time you spend expressing each one.

  6. 6.Is the value at the top of this list consistent with your intention to embrace and sustain the cause for Universal Caring?

© 2010 All Rivers Inc.