self-actualization

A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on love, self-actualization, and authenticity

When people appear to be something other than good and decent, it is only because they are reacting to stress, pain, or the deprivation of basic human needs such as security, love, and self-esteem.

The greater our need for food or safety or affection or self-esteem, the more we will see and treat the items of reality, including ourselves and other people, in accordance with their respective abilities to facilitate or obstruct the satisfaction of that need. Laboring under the effects of deficiency motivation is like looking at the world through a clouded lens, and removing those effects is like replacing the clouded lens with a clear one. Self-actualizing persons' contact with reality is simply more direct. And along with this unfiltered, unmediated directness of their contact with reality comes also a vastly heightened ability to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy, however stale those experiences may have become for others.

Practically every serious description of the "authentic person" extant implies that such a person, by virtue of what he has become, assumes a new relation to his society and indeed, to society in general. He not only transcends himself in various ways; he also transcends his/her own culture.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being

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A Quote by Mark E. Firehammer on belief, self-actualization, success, living large, and paradigm

 I believe this "_____"  because it allows me to be happy, healthy, wealthy and whole in every way that I can imagine.

Mark Firehammer

Source: "Problem Solved" self-actualization workshop series. Rumetagro, Florence Massachusetts

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on consciousness, awareness, mind, manifestation, lightbody, ascension, descension, immanence, transcendence, enlightenment, healing, health, creator, creativity, co-create, image, similitude, hologram, transformation, mastery, uni

As we raise our consciousness and activate our lightbody, we realize we are our own creators made, or making ourselves, in the image and similitude of the one Creator. Indeed, since in a hologram the part contains the whole, we are the one Creator. By learning this truly transformative lesson, we return to unity consciousness while mastering physicality. In other words, we achieve god-realization as the light of soul descends into a divine or soul body healed of duality and freed from the instructional cycle of karma.

Sol Luckman

Source: Conscious Healing: Book One on the Regenetics Method, Pages: 147..148

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on growth, fear, safety, and self-actualization

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth.  Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on spirituality, emptiness, thomas merton, and self-actualization

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on spirituality, emptiness, thomas merton, self-actualization, and dharma

God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of him. A word will never be able to comprehend the voice that utters it. But if I am true to the concept that God utters in me, if I am true to the thought of Him that I was meant to embody, I shall be full of his actuality and find him everywhere in myself, and find myself nowhere.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on self-actualization, tao, fulfillment, god, gods, and present moment

Something of the sort has already been described for the self-actualizing person. Everything now comes of its own accord, pouring out, without will, effortlessly, purposelessly. He acts now totally and without deficiency, not homeostatically or need-reductively, not to avoid pain or displeasure or death, not for the sake of a goal further on in the future, not for any end other than itself. His behavior and experience becomes per se, and self-validating, end-behavior and end-experience, rather than means-behavior or means-experience. At this level, I have called the person godlike because most gods have been considered to have no needs or wants, no deficiencies, nothing lacking, to be gratified in all things. The characteristics and especially actions of the “highest,” “best” gods have then been deduced as based upon not-wanting.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being, 3rd Edition, Pages: 121

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on peak experience, self-actualization, fulfillment, and agency

The person in peak-experiences feels himself, more than other times, to be the responsible, active, creating center of his activities and of his perceptions. He feels more like a prime-mover, more self-determined (rather than caused, determined, helpless, dependent, passive, weak, bossed). He feels himself to be his own boss, fully responsible, fully volitional, with more “free-will” than at other times, master of his fate, an agent.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being, 3rd Edition, Pages: 118

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on authenticity, peak experience, deficiency, lack, fulfillment, and self-actualization

Probably the authentic person is himself complete or final in some sense; he certainly experiences subjective finality, completion or perfection at times; and he certainly perceives it in the world. It may turn out that only peakers can achieve full identity; that non-peakers must always remain incomplete, deficient, striving, lacking something, living among means rather than among ends; or if the correlation turns out not to e perfect, I am certain at least that it is positive, between authenticity and peak-experiencing.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being, 3rd Edition, Pages: 123

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on capacity, self-actualization, needs, health, and psychology

People with intelligence must use their intelligence, people with eyes must use their eyes, people with the capacity to love have the impulse to love and the need to love in order to feel healthy. Capacities clamor to be used, and cease in their clamor only when they are used sufficiently. That is to say, capacities are needs, and therefore are intrinsic values as well.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Toward a Psychology of Being, 3rd Edition, Pages: 168

Contributed by: Jessica

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