By Peter Shepherd
Those who seek the frontiers of their creativity and who strive to reach higher levels of consciousness and wisdom, were described by Maslow as '
We all have needs for oxygen, food, water and a relatively constant body temperature. These needs are the strongest because if deprived, we would die. Our safety is the next priority: children often display signs of insecurity and their need to be safe. Adults, too, need the security of a home and means of income, and often have an underlying fear that these may be lost, e.g. in war or times of social unrest, or due to misfortune.
We have mastery needs: to be able to get our own way, to establish some control over our situation and environment, to express some degree of personal power, to be able to communicate and obtain objectives. And we have needs for love, affection and belonging. People need to escape feelings of loneliness and alienation and to give (and receive) love and affection, and to have a sense of belonging with high quality communication (with understanding and empathy).
People then need to feel good about themselves, to feel that they have earned the respect of others, in order to feel satisfied, self confident and valuable. If these self-esteem needs are not met, a person may feel inferior, weak, helpless and worthless.
Maslow describes self-
One reason that a person does not move through the needs to self-
To promote our personal growth, we can learn to be authentic, to be aware of our inner selves and to hear our inner feelings and needs. We can begin to transcend our own cultural conditioning and become world citizens. We can help our children discover their talents and creative skills, to find the appropriate career and complementary partner. We can demonstrate that life is precious, that there is joy to be experienced in life, and that if one is open to seeing the good - and humorous - in all kinds of situations, this makes life worth living.
It is only by having at least a glimmer of this spirituality that we each are part of, that we can aspire to the highest potential of being human. To be able to genuinely love and to forgive unconditionally
The path of personal transformation is primarily a process of becoming aware of, facing up to and taking responsibility for one's thoughts, feelings and actions, and then expanding this self-