Friday, November 20, 2009

Maslow Predicted The Shift

A friend forwarded me this article by Owen Waters. It's always good to get various points of view about the transformation process.

Abraham Maslow (1908-70) was a psychologist who became famous for his hierarchy of human needs. When he developed his theory in the 1950s, he predicted the transformation of humanity into a realm of spiritual transcendence, but he had no idea just how soon this would develop into a major movement. Maslow's hierarchy of human needs shows that basic human needs have to be fulfilled before people can attend to higher needs and values.

First, the basic physiological needs of food and shelter must be catered for in order to ensure survival. Second, once food and shelter are obtained, safety and security must be achieved. Third, acceptance by others is sought, in both the social and romantic senses. To fulfill this 'belonging' need, people become part of a group, a tribe, an extended family or a community. When these deficiency, or outer-directed, needs are satisfied, then the individual works to acquire self-respect. Recognition by others produces self-esteem.

Once the outer needs are fulfilled, the inner-directed need for self-actualization comes into play. To self-actualize means to become the best you personally can be. Self-actualized people include those who have achieved material abundance, and also those who, as a decision of personal power, have chosen simplicity over the pursuit of further abundance. At some point, when a person says "that's enough" to the endless pursuit of additional financial security, then they become free to accomplish anything that inspires their inner joy the most.

Self-actualization is achieved after the individual ceases to have deference to hierarchical authority, and instead matures into the ability to make their own rules of personal responsibility. Personal responsibility is always more powerful and effective than any system of imposed rules. For example, you can threaten to punish someone if they steal and hope that the threat works. But a self-responsible person simply wouldn't steal because they would feel empathy for the loss that a would-be victim would feel. They simply wouldn't have the heart to do such a thing to another person.

It's a matter of increased maturity. When a person abandons the impositions of external authority and becomes their own, self-directed authority, then they become far more functional in the world. This is, in fact, a higher state of consciousness, one which provides a higher vista of awareness. From this expanded vista, they see clearly how they as an individual can best serve humanity.

In this state of awareness, the person acquires the ability to think and analyze situations independently. As a result, new and creative solutions spring to mind. They have enough self-esteem to be able to clearly see their own needs, skills, strengths and weaknesses, and from that they see where they can best be of service to humanity. Once basic needs are fulfilled, the next values to require attention relate to being. The first of these being-values is self-actualization, which is the instinctual need of a human to make the most of their unique abilities.

Above that, Maslow placed transcendence, which he considered a spiritual value. Traditional universities typically presume that spiritual matters are beyond the understanding of their students, so they present the Maslow hierarchy of human needs differently. They present it with self-actualization as the ultimate human goal, and omit the transcendence stage beyond that.

The being-values of self-actualization and transcendence are the higher, more beautiful aspects of human consciousness. They include unconditional love, altruism, inner joy, a love of nature, the development of intuition (in males as well as females), idealism, and a sense of wisdom which springs from within. These skills develop the right-brain functions of creativity and intuition.

In the 1950s, Maslow believed that only 2% of the population had achieved self-actualization. The mid-1960s changed all that when masses of people began the search for the higher values, such as unconditional love and spiritual wisdom. Today, that core group of progressive society has blossomed from 2% to over 20%, and is climbing every year.

The Shift is not a temporary byproduct of the baby boom generation, or any other generation of modern society. It is not a passing fad. It is not going away. It is a cosmic pressure that is unfolding and relentlessly increasing the frequency of all consciousness upon the planet. It is a part of the plan of Infinite Being that we progress to the next stage of conscious human achievement. The Shift is, to put it simply, the most wonderful transformation in recorded history. This is where humanity gets to build, literally, Heaven on Earth.


Toxic Reverend said...

The Sacrilege Of the Traditions
In 12 Step Recovery Programs

The article is given after this background information;

For those unfamiliar with the history of the
Twelve Steps from Twelve Step Programs being
taken from the Sermon On The Mount (+ rhe beatitudes, +) and the fact
that it has been translated into every language and
practiced the world over. All of the anonymous twelve
step programs are based on the "Alcoholics
Anonymous Twelve Steps". This includes Narcotics
Anonymous, Over Eaters Anonymous,Gamblers
Anonymous and many more. The first 164 pages of
the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous and the
Twelve Traditions are posted on line, for free. A.A.
was started in the 1930's by two men and has grown
to millions, the world over. And people from every
faith are members of these groups. Including
Christians Muslims and Buddhists, Pagans Wicca, to
name but a few. And many of these various religions
are often represented at a single meeting at which
everyone gets along. The Twelfth Step states "Having
had a Spiritual Awaking from practicing these steps"..
and is demonstrated by the millions of people that
have adopted it as a way of life.

Note that all of the anonymous 12 Step programs have
what are called the 12 Traditions and all are patterned after
the 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. Each of which
are Spiritual Programs. Since this blog exposes some
fundamental factors that can hinder Spiritual Progress, it
is applicable to all of the 12 Step Anonymous Programs.

End of excerpt from;
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The Sacrilege Of the Traditions
In 12 Step Recovery Programs

gabrielle said...

Thank you, Penney, for this enlightening piece.

Maslow and you (heard you on Coast to Coast last night for a few moments before I fell asleep!) are two new authors I'll be adding to my list of guides to the "next paradigm"...

Liara Covert said...

Penney, it is in a cosmic burst of love that many changes are accelerated. As you say, many views exist on the transformation. I am excited to discuss this with you in more detail during our interview on the Dreambuilders Australia Blog Talk Radio show on December 13th at 5h30pm EST. Listeners can tune in live or after the show by accessing the archies at