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PostSubject: self actualization   Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:40 am

I guess there are many things I am curious about.
A. When we die do we just die and that's it? In other words we can't further our selves?
B. Do we get a chance and is it possible to actually achieve a form of self actualization here on
earth, and grow & evolve, but that's still it! We die and that's it.
C. We can actualize and attain nirvana & transcend to a higher self here on this planet. We can
achieve a state of enlightenment and become masters. We can achieve this state and when we
die we move on to the next level.
D. We can move on while still in this lifetime. We can transcend and leave our bodies behind
willingly and be cognizant about it. More so we do it under our own power.
E. We are so good that God lifts us up into heaven while still alive.
F. God comes down and there is heaven on earth and we are immortal here.
G. We are immortal in a heaven.
H. We reincarnate but do not retain our original identities or experiences.
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PostSubject: actualize   Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:52 am

MASLOW'S HEIRARCHY OF NEEDS :
Maslow believed that self-actualization was a need, the highest need in a hierarchy of human
needs. Self-actualization needs are metaneeds or growth oriented needs including uniqueness,
aliveness, playfulness, truth, beauty, perfection, creativity, joy, and goodness.
However these growth oriented metaneeds cannot be satisfied until lower needs are satisfied.
The lowest most animalistic needs are physiological needs for food, water and physical satisfaction.
The next level in Maslow's hierarchy of needs contains our needs for safety and security that
must be satisfied before we can focus on higher levels. Threats to one's safety or security can
trigger fear and animalistic responses of aggression. Imagined fears in places such as dark alleys
can also motivate primitive escape responses.
The third level of Maslow's hierarchy includes needs we feel for love and belongingness, human
affection and friendships that give psychological security and a feeling of connectedness and
worth. The fourth level includes ego-esteem needs, our needs for status, recognition, respect
and admiration from others. To feel self pride and self-esteem we try to achieve prestige, status
and influence over others.
The four levels of basic needs-physiological, safety, love, self-esteem-are deficiency needs.
Metaneeds, growth oriented striving, cannot be actualized until the defiency needs are satisfied.
Maslow believed that the fulfillment of growth oriented self-actualization needs were crucial to
psychological health and well being. When our metaneeds are not fulfilled we may become
alienated, hostile, depressed, cynical, manipulative and maladjusted. The key to psychological
health was satisfaction of lower needs so that one could self-actualize one's potential and fulfill
the self. As Maslow stated, "What a man can be, he must be."
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PostSubject: actualize   Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:07 am

Abraham Maslow spent his lifetime as a humanistic psychologist studying healthy persons who
had self-actualized their potential. He identified the characteristics of persons who had fulfilled
their potential so that we could understand the process of self-actualization. Humanistic
psychologists focused on mental health, personal growth and self development.
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PostSubject: Re: self actualization   Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:49 am

Unfortunately, much of the world is still working to satisfy the first two levels. Perhaps this is why we have not made more progress in the areas you often bring up: how to reach our potential, minimize conflict, spread peace and foster positive creativity, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: self actualization   Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:33 am

this may seem curious, and normally i do not bother to relate personal stories to an anonymous public.

this morning i had the name abraham maslow pop up in a dream and woke up knowing it would probably mean another \!! confrontation of a thought world i had left too often ... and yet being forced to make this sacrifice over and over again.

what would jesus mean when saying, "seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be added unto you...".
maslow comes from the other end and most people evidently got no reason whatsoever to challenge that.

if not expressed in religious terms and context, then there is the much anticpated (by modern science) paradigm shift and consciousness leap (marx), and yet the most elaborate findings and thoughts most elegantly expressed can hardly be said to find confirmation with the experience of a critical mass in accord.

there are people like rupert sheldrake suggesting a unified field. and we, with all that knowledge at hand, have "needs" as defined by maslow.

not to mention eastern wisdom which encourages practices simply incompatible with maslow.

lightsun, i owe you thanks, all the same, you know. a frequency spectrum shared..
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