The Fundamental Question of Our Identity

 “Our job is to be an awake people…utterly conscious, to attend to our world.” Louis Owens, Native American

We must recognize that the society of the future is going to be shaped more by talented individuals than by capital. The “talentism” is replacing the capitalism. We all bear global responsibility and thus need a global identity to enable us to cope with the multicultural and environmental challenges. What characterizes really talented people is more than their outstanding professionalism. Through training and experience, they have learned to foster within themselves all the various identities that are necessary today. These types of people are adept at rapidly assimilating into new environments.

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization
Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
Resistance to enculturation

Artist: Jose De la Barra

Artist: Jose De la Barra


In spite of the ability to see beyond the confines of culture and era, the Self-actualized individual is resistant to enculturation. These people live according to their own standards and do not accept the rules of others. According to Maslow they are less flattened out, less molded.

Spread Joy. Chase Your Wildest Dreams.

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
William James

 

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

 

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization
Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
Philosophical Sense of Humor

Another aspect or characteristic of Self-actualizers are their philosophical sense of humor. Self-actualizing people tend to take pleasure in humor. They enjoy laughing and like to joke, but not at the expense of others. They do not appreciate humor in putting down others. They are able to poke fun at themselves, but not in a negative way. Their humor is used to inform, teach, and point out ambiguities. It is often difficult to retell the joke of self-actualized person; one must be there to grasp the implication.

William James (1842-1910), referred to as the father of modern psychology, was one of the most influential pioneer theorists in psychology. James thought of psychology as a division of biology, and he argued that it should study adaptation. He believed utility is one of the most valid indices of value, and talked about the relevance of investigating the role of consciousness, the nature and effect of emotions, and the usefulness of habits and instincts.

The Lotus Feet of the Guru

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization
Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
Humility and respect

The Lotus Feet of the Guru


Self-actualized people are said to be humble. They are able to be friendly with anyone no matter what their background or beliefs are. They trust that even the worst person has redeeming features. These people enjoy learning from anybody. Recognize that they do not know all the answers or have all the skills and they are willing to learn these from others. Because of democratic, attitude they are often known to become more defensive.


“The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth.”

Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth

I am that I am. Priceless…

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“Everyone should consider his
body as a priceless gift from
one whom he loves above all, a
marvelous work of art, of
indescribable beauty, and
mystery beyond human conception,
and so delicate that
a word, a breath, a look, nay, a
thought may injure it.”

Nikola Tesla

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization
Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
Dealing with imperfections

The Gift: I am that I am

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization

Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
Dealing with imperfections

Dante Meditating the Episode of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1852

Dante Meditating the Episode of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, 1852

Self actualized individuals were found to have acceptance of self, others, and nature. These individuals accept themselves without embarrassment or complaint, and with really no thought about the issue. They are also able to accept others in the same without trying to control them or perfect them in any way. They are comforted and accept their human nature. They can see human nature as it is, not what they wish it to be. They welcome the imperfections (all the guilt, anxiety, self-blame etc. regular people experience, but these do not stem from neurosis) easily and without judgement.

Love. Timeless…

“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

La Belle Dame Sans Merci (The Beautiful Lady Without Pity, 1902), by English Victorian painter & illustrator, Sir Frank Dicksee

La Belle Dame Sans Merci (The Beautiful Lady Without Pity, 1902), by English Victorian painter & illustrator, Sir Frank Dicksee

Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization

Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
The partnership aspect

Profound interpersonal relationships are another aspect of the self actualized person. Self-actualizing people have deeper and more profound interpersonal relations than other adults. These relationships are more likely to be with others who are also self-actualized. They generally tend to have relatively few friends, but those relationships are deep and very meaningful. It is also found that self-actualizers often have followers or worshippers. The relationship is often one-sided, where the followers wish to have more than the self-actualized individual is willing to give.

 

Hypnosys in day-to-day life

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Although most of us believe that hypnosis is merely a system in which a hypnotists induces a trance state in his subject, many have grasped the fact that hypnosis is, and always has been, one of the fundamental facts of life within the human condition. Every day we are hypnotized by or are hypnotizing someone. We are continually being brainwashed by the media, newspapers, advertising, cinema, and other people’s ideas, opinions and belief systems, as to what we should and should not believe. We are being hypnotized because hypnosis involves programming the subconscious mind with data so as to effect certain changes within the psyche.

It is the mind which makes us like and dislike, which drives our life in a certain direction so as to fulfil our ambitions and desires programmed by our parents, friends, society and culture. At the same time we are constantly hypnotizing ourselves, reinforcing absorbed material. This is called autohypnosis. We think one thing about ourselves or others and by constantly repeating this over and over in our minds we come to actually believe it. This is the basis of many forms of psychiatric illness characterized by delusion, denial, and in severe cases, psychosis.

To overcome hypnosis, our state of waking sleep, we must gradually decondition ourselves by becoming aware of our mental process. In order to regain control we have to use various techniques. Meditation is one of these and autohypnosis is another. We cannot stop the hypnotic process because it is an integral part of our lives and so ingrained that we must first take time to become acquinted with it in all its manifestations, both externally and internally. To deal effectively with such a large problem we need certain tools or tricks. We use a thorn to dig out a thorn and when the work is finished we throw both away. Thus we must use a combination of authohypnosis and meditation practices to wake up and become better people.

Meditation is essential to aid the process of becoming aware of programming and reprogramming, because it is in essence a process of inner awareness and it is only by becoming internally aware that we can start the work. However, the processes of meditation and autohypnosis are opposed, so that when we reach a certain stage of consciousness we have to drop autohypnosis and proceed with meditation alone.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

KNOW THYSELF

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The old maxim “Know thyself” appears far back in time. It is traditionally ascribed to ancient Greece. The saying was engraved on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, also known as the Oracle of Delphi. It was later adopted by Socrates and Plato, who grappled with the mysterious nature of knowledge and identity. Legend tells that the Seven Sages of ancient Greece, philosophers, statesmen and law-givers who laid the foundation for western culture, gathered together in Delphi and encapsulated their wisdom into this command.

According to Plato, Solon, one of the Seven Sages, received his education in Egypt. Although Egyptian quotations on “Know thyself” have surfaced in modern times, it is impossible to ascertain their authenticity. It is likely that Ancient Egypt emphasized Self-knowledge, especially in relation to the journey into the afterlife, a topic widely explored in the burial texts, including the Coffin Texts. Therefore, it is probable that the early Greeks imported their philosophical foundation from the banks of the Nile.

The call to Self-knowledge also appears in the east, independently, as far as we can tell, from its Greek emphasis. The Hindu scriptures bring the Self into prominence, speaking of its realization as the means to immortality. Even in farther east, in Imperial China, Confucius draws from the ancient texts of the I-Ching and calls for a system of Self-government, which implies Self-knowledge.

Thus, the call to knowing the Self is universal historically and cannot easily be attributed to a single individual or even a single culture. In modern times, two of the most prominent protagonists of “Know thyself” are Osho and Jung.

Meditation: A Worldwide Culture

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In meditation one tries to make himself pure and humble so as to be open to something higher and divine. We may well wonder for what purpose so many people, from varying cultures and religions would want to disassociate themselves from their senses and fix their full awareness on one object, one thought or feeling.

In higher states of meditation what each person experiences is basically the same despite wide differences that may exist in cultural backgrounds and expectations. If there is ever to be unity amongst our religions, it may just be that meditation will bridge the gap between all faiths.

Meditation will never become a religion, nor a replacement for religion, but it will be commonly practiced by people of all religions and for basically the same purpose. There will be greater acceptance and understanding, and rather than the emphasis being on differences, the similarities will be stressed.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

“If a writer stops observing he is finished.

But he does not have to observe consciously nor think how it will be useful. Perhaps that would be true at the beginning. But later everything he sees goes into the great reserve of things he knows or has seen.

If it is any use to know it, I always try to write on the principle of the iceberg. There is seven-eighths of it underwater for every part that shows. Anything you know you can eliminate and it only strengthens your iceberg.

It is the part that doesn’t show.”

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

The part that doesn’t show… The Principle of the Iceberg.