Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Energy Contact. I recently discovered a series of youtube videos created by one Joseph Willenbrink called “Energy Contact”. It appears to have been a public access show for somewhere along the west coast. Anyways, although I have been learning a lot from watching these daily (approximately 4 videos a day) and have been taking notes, this was the first episode I felt warranted a session to sit down and examine how it applies to me. Funny note: my girlfriend recently shared a link on facebook to a video that claims it can “Open Your Third Eye in 2o mins.”. I commented that these videos do not work unless you have already activated and charged your Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart and Throat Chakras first and in that sequence because you have to draw the Kundalini energy up through your Chakras in order to activate them. Another one of my friends commented that it echoes Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need and I had no idea what he was talking about. Well, it just so happens that one of the episodes I watched later that night was on this very subject (talk about synchronicity). So without further adieu…

Physiological Needs This includes life sustaining needs like food, water, air, sex sleep, homeostasis and excretion. I see now reason why I would think any of these are not being met.

Safety Involves the security of: body, employment, resources, morality, family, health, and property. Although I am a little concerned with finding additional employment and or resources at the moment, it feels as if it is fulfilled for now. It feels as if I am meant for a higher purpose and honestly the material world of wealth and property is so far beneath me at this point that I wish I could just walk away from it all. Knowing full well that it also means releasing my grip on technology, money and lifestyle… I would hand it all over in a heartbeat for even the passing chance to reconnect with nature, with my inner self and just live a happy life by improving the the lives of other people. Otherwise, the rest of the needs related to safety are also being met.

Love & Belonging Ideas of friendship, family and sexual intimacy. I see now reason why I would think any of these are not being met. I will admit that this is a bit of a sore subject for me because one friendship that I probably cherished the most was the one that not only betrayed me but made me feel guilty for putting them in a position where they felt it necessary to betray me. Long story short, I was unable to support someone (a first in our relationship) and rather than be a decent human being about it, they took it personal and we haven’t really spoken since then. To be honest, I am not entirely sure I want to be their friend anymore because if this is what friendship means to them then who would want to be their friend knowing how they would be getting treated? Aside from that? I take solace in the fact that my entire family and extended family have become so much closer than we could have ever imagined! Problem is that I have been without the company of close friends for so long that I have pretty much forgotten how to act around people. Although I do enjoy certain people’s company… when we speak to each other I struggle to turn off this defense I have of calling them pointless names or having pointless comments about them; all within my internal dialogue. If they were to ever hear my thoughts we probably wouldn’t be friends at all. The worse part is that I do not even know why I do it! I certainly do not mean any of it or take any of it to heart. It feels more like a reflex, a coping mechanism for all of my daily interactions with people whom I do not know that well.

On the positive side, I have that sense of belonging thanks to Tina and reconnecting with some of my previous friends and again strengthening my relationship with my family. That being said I feel like this is where my needs have stopped being. Maybe because friendship is still damaged or maybe because the next level of need really does not appeal to me. Is it possible to have higher needs met when the lower ones are not? Many would argue that it is NOT possible, but thing is that is exactly how it feels to me right now.

Esteem This level is really broken down into two parts; Self-Esteem and Respect. The self-esteem side includes personal growth, confidence and achievement. While the respect side has more to do with having respect FOR others and having the respect OF others. Self-Esteem is more internal and personal where Respect is more external and social. Personally, I have no concern for respect from others nor do I have any issue with confidence or desire for additional achievement. Could it be because I am still working through those lower levels? Particularly the need to belong? Is it possible that the only needs we concern ourselves with are those that are immediately in front of us? Maybe, I have no concern for the Esteem level of needs because the final piece of the need to belong is yet to be met? Maybe once it is met then the esteem needs will concern me. ~2013-12-01

Self-Actualization Morality, creativity, spontaneity, problem solving, lack of prejudice and the acceptance of facts. The reason why I have a hard time accepting “the reason why I have no concern for the fourth level of needs is because my third level is incomplete” is because now, more than ever I am deeply concerning myself with the final level of needs; self-actualization. For a while now I have expressed my deep seeded desire to walk away from the mundane and just devote the rest of my life and resources to improving the quality of life for other people around the globe. To use the example given in the video… after having won the lottery I would pay off all of my bills and debts because with them there is no true freedom. Next, take a modest vacation. NOT for myself but for Tina because I have seen how hard she works at her job and then comes home to provide dinner and then do homework day after day, week after week and if there was any person who deserved it more… I have not met them. When that is all done, there would not be any lavish purchases. Absolutely not! I may improve the quality of living for the two of us by taking simple steps at a time but after the bills and vacation, the VAST majority of that money would go to improving the human experience around the planet in as many ways as I can possibly afford. My heart and soul is desperately calling out for the opportunity to make a difference in the world for at least one person on the planet who does not work for or control a multi-national company. I will say this though; that most if not all of my efforts would be based in the USA because I firmly believe that if we can make a country who is truly grateful for the support that is being handed to them, out of the kindness of another person’s heart, they WILL pay it forward. I think we do not give each other enough faith to act as a human being should… HUMANELY. Can you imagine an entire nation working towards helping those who are less fortunate around the world? It would be amazing! and the people that believe they hold sway over the people would be witnessing the start of their very own downfall.

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