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Maslow and His Unclimbable Pyramid

Todd Hayen

Everyone knows Maslow and his pyramid of needs, right? Don’t feel bad if you don’t; it is just one of those psychological concepts psychologists like to come up with to illustrate explanations of the weird human mind.

Not to diss Maslow, he was pretty cool. And a lot of these guys (and gals) were rather brilliant in what they came up with. I only know who Maslow was because I had to study him in therapy school.

Here’s the skinny on Maslow—courtesy of Wikipedia:

“Abraham Harold Maslow (/ˈmæzloʊ/; April 1, 1908 – June 8, 1970) was an American psychologist who created Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis UniversityBrooklyn CollegeNew School for Social Research, and Columbia University. He stressed the importance of focusing on the positive qualities in people, as opposed to treating them as a “bag of symptoms”. A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Maslow as the tenth most cited psychologist of the 20th century.

“Bag of symptoms”? I like him already. Anyway, I will focus on his famous “Pyramid of Needs” for this article.

Let’s take a look at it.

As the diagram illustrates, Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs is in a pyramid shape. The shape is divided into five levels. The first, base, level is described as “physiological needs.” This is where food, water, shelter, clothing, breathing, etc. are sought as a “need.” A large portion of people on earth have satisfied this level, but of course, many have not. Certainly, in North America, most have moved to the second level.

Here we find “safety and security.” This is the level of need that includes health, employment, property, family, and security. I am proposing that we are essentially stuck at this level, and this is the level that the agenda is primarily focused on keeping us. I will come back to this after going through the other levels.

Next up is “love and belonging.” You would think that most of the developed world would be here. This is where relationships become the priority—romance, friendship, family, children, intimacy, and most importantly, a sense of connection. Although the culture struggles to reach this level, the agenda puts forth most of its effort to push us back down into Level 2. Level 3 is dangerous to the agenda, it is where humans begin to function as humans, and not as consumer machines.

Level 4 very few of us are engaged with. This is the level of “self-esteem.” Here we focus on confidence, personal achievement, and most importantly, the need to be a unique individual. Of course, the agenda will do everything in its power to keep us from spending any time here at all.

The last level (5) is “self-actualization” which encompasses the need for a sense of morality, creativity, spontaneity, purpose, meaning, and inner potential. How many of us are at this elusive level? How many sheep are here? This level, according to the agenda, must be avoided at all costs. Spirituality, religion, and deep insight are all major taboos to the agenda whose primary aim is the complete acquiescence of the masses. Their goal, of course, is total control. They wish to be the “god,” the “religion” and the “spiritual center” of everyone’s universe. One way to accomplish this is through the conversion of science to a religion—scientism—and to make the purpose and meaning of life, consumption—consumerism.

Let’s go back to Level 2 for a moment. I had forgotten after the many years that have passed since I studied Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs as a student that this level consists of the need for security. Here is a quote from the website “Simply Psychology” that sheds a bit more light on this concept:

“Safety needs can be fulfilled by the family and society (e.g., police, schools, business, and medical care). For example, emotional security, financial security (e.g., employment, social welfare), law and order, freedom from fear, social stability, property, health, and wellbeing (e.g., safety against accidents and injury).”

I found this intriguing after my recent revisit to Maslow’s concepts. “Police, schools, business, and medical care,” not to mention “government” are primary “need fulfillment” sources in Level 2. It all started to make sense why the agenda must make every effort to keep us all as deeply ensconced in Level 2 as possible. Fearmongering, consumerism, and medical dependence are all essential elements to keep us from passing through this level onto the higher levels of individuation and self-actualization.

Just about everything that is happening in the world today seems designed to keep us at Level 2. The dangers, to the agenda, of Levels 3, 4 and 5 are simply unacceptable to them.

Keeping us all in a state of perpetual fear is one of the key strategies for ensuring that security is just beyond reach. I don’t have to describe how that tactic has been utilized and is continuing to be utilized, for decades. There is a direct infusion of fear as we saw during the first months (years actually) of the Covid nonsense. Then there is the medical fear that is continually thrown at us day in and day out—fear of cancer, fear of heart disease, fear of mental illness, fear of sugar, fear of cholesterol, fear of this and fear of that. The entire medical industry is dependent on fostering fear, and then offering a “solution” for what we are afraid of (which, more often than not, entails more drugs, and more treatments to treat the side effects of the original treatment).

Then there is the general fear of life itself, fear of financial disaster, fear of terrorism, fear of natural disaster, fear of fires, fear of earthquakes, fear of flooding, fear of tropical storms, fear of climate warming (the Grandaddy of all fears).

So, it is clear that inciting fear is a very powerful method to keep a sense of security at bay. Therefore, we stay at Level 2, and as Maslow said, we cannot comfortably move to the next level until the needs of the lower level we occupy are met.

Fear isn’t the only tactic at the disposal of the agenda; there are others, such as keeping the culture at a constant level of overwhelming consumption of “things”—thus creating a sense of worth only through consumption and acquisition. Dependence on cell phones, video games, drugs (alcohol and marijuana in particular), pornography, and, of course, dependence on the government itself. All these dependencies can be manipulated from the top. They can be taken away, or the need for them increased, whatever is necessary to keep us feeling insecure, thus the needs of Level 2 are never met.

Take a closer look at the levels above Level 2. The next one is a connection with other human beings. See how the agenda has done its darndest to keep us from filling those needs? Love of family, of each other, deep sexual intimacy that only comes through meaningful encounters with the object of one’s sexual orientation (how many of you know that transsexualism is not about sexual intimacy?) are all needs of Level 3. It is clear the agenda does not want us venturing into Level 3, let alone Levels 4 and 5. If we do, we might actually start functioning like human beings, and it is quite clear no one in the elite class wants that.

Todd Hayen is a registered psychotherapist practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD in depth psychotherapy and an MA in Consciousness Studies. He specializes in Jungian, archetypal, psychology. Todd also writes for his own substack, which you can read here

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America's Worse Nightmare
America's Worse Nightmare
Jan 25, 2024 4:41 PM

Religion as is understood by most westerners only involves Levels 4 and 5 in the case of eastern religions (Buddhism and Daoism mostly) and only if you happen to be born in an upper caste. These religions, while still (in the case of Buddhism and Hinduism at least) having become inhumane mechanisms of hierarchical social control, are fundamentally different to abrahamic monotheism.

Abrahamic religion is the core part of the parasite agenda and actively blocks access to these levels – assuming Maslow’s model is not a house of cards…

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 11:24 AM

The inversion or reversal of Natural Law is effected by ‘thinking’ or rather of the interplay of a socially reinforcing identity set by judgemental values.
Self-actualisation offers the fallacy by which God as source of All That Is ‘dies’ or is dissociated from and masked against.
A true integrality is of a self acceptance for being.
If such acceptance is framed as a personal achievement or status – then an ‘act’ of integral being is redefined as a personal responsibility in terms of blame for failure and hence projection of blame ‘downwards’ as a means to ‘stay up’ or boost against fear of pain of loss.
I can write this – but there is no way to read it as making sense in an upside down system of defended identity.
At what point does the cost of a lie of a life become greater than the survival of a lie as our life? We all have different tipping points for a turnabout & release of vested identity, and we are all part of each other in ways we are trained not to recognise – such as to be objects of affliction rather than affection or appreciation for being.

Insofar as we invest in definitions of ‘unintended’ consequence, we can set our own private agenda or purposes dark while gaining function from the ‘blind eye’ that knows not what it does.Social masking is not just against fear of pain of loss, but as a means to gain function within its predicates.
Once a Papal Revolution set power of investiture of office under its centralised ‘perfect society’ now the same ‘entity’ dispenses definitions of official reality – even to the point of medical murder and mass starvations as mandatory ‘care’.
The ‘pushdown’ or suppression of compounded debt and conflict in the ‘system of order as active – not as presented) will trigger critical breakdown – such as to reveal an ‘insanely destructive order’ – as the contra-diction of self-attack in our own framing. We are not self-actualising, but in a roundabout way the ‘ego’ of a Prodigal mis-take serves a greater consciousness – by the yielding of a claim to self-actualise to a real relationship – NOT a defined obligation of collective sacrifice to instruments of definition claiming ‘morally overriding authority’.

Antonym
Antonym
Jan 22, 2024 11:43 AM

Maslow’s level 1 makes sense, but all above are variant on egoistic desires so unachievable and potentially harmful to others around. A need for heath sure, but for property? Renting does have its advantages too. If the body is the vehicle, the driver here is desire / want / greed. Having the mind steering is a bit better, but the soul as autopilot is the solution. For the latter the ego has to be sacrificed through renunciation, aspiration, faith etc. hard but the best. Not asking a “God” the stuff you want, but letting “God” hint you what IT wants in the greater scheme of events through clean intuition. No human leader or ideology needed, not even Internet.

America's Worse Nightmare
America's Worse Nightmare
Jan 25, 2024 4:45 PM
Reply to  Antonym

OK, I will borrow your car and your tools since they are not your property. Maybe your house is too big for you and can be shared too…

Edwige
Edwige
Jan 22, 2024 9:23 AM

David Livingstone on Maslow in ‘Ordo ab Chao 5’ p.139:
“In 1961, [Marilyn] Ferguson along with Abraham Maslow, renowned psychologist known for his theory of ‘Maslow’ Hierarchy of Needs’, founded the Association for Humanistic Psychology, of which fururist Barbara Marx Hubbard was a past president. While in New York teaching at Brooklyn College, Maslow had helped sexologist Alfred Kinsey with sex research”.

The reference for the last claim is the mainstream book ‘The Age of Atheists’ by Peter Watson.

Does it need explaining what absolute monsters Ferguson, Hubbard and Kinsey were? Kinsey, for example was a Rockefeller-funded Crowleyite who visited the Abbey of Thelema in Sicily with Kenneth Anger to pay homage and who included the grossest child abuse in his research, even trying to pass off torture as “pleasure”.

Maybe Maslow was a dupe who was repeatedly taken in – but it sure seems to have happened to him a lot.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 2:21 AM
Reply to  Edwige

Barbara Marx Hubbard

She was a founding member and co-director of the Soviet-American Council for Joint Projects.
Some connection to LRH by marriage?
I distinctly remember hearing her speak at some women’s event. I was creeped out by her.

Marilyn Ferguson, book The Aquarian Conspiracy (1980) which I read in ’80’s sounded good to me at the time. Don’t know if I’d buy in now.
re “that the big change is manifesting in a rising groundswell to a new level of human benevolence, kindness and love leading to a planetary order of peace.” (book review) Nice thought but look around.

Re connections of the book (from article by Brian Desborough
1999)
“The Tavistock Institute published a report in 1974 which revealed that environmentalist, New Age and religious organizations are, in actuality, all part of a unified, planned social engineering conspiracy. At the request of the Institute’s director, Dr. Willis Harmon, key elements of the report were published in book form as The Aquarian Conspiracy by Harmon protégé Marilyn Ferguson….The last thing that the Illuminati (and/or NWO) wants is a populace which thinks for itself, something most New Agers fail to do…”

(Interesting that The Tavistock, was involved in some drug experiments and ?MKUltra in 60’s I believe, has been in the news last coupla years because of questionable practices related to the “gender issues” of children. I think that section was closed down.)

I won’t start in on The Beast Al Crow and The Abbey today but you’re connecting some dots here via Maslow for the big picture. Always good.

Are you familiar with this alternative archive: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ Some of it is totally WTF? but there’s plenty of dot connecting if you like that sort of thing.

America's Worse Nightmare
America's Worse Nightmare
Jan 25, 2024 4:53 PM
Reply to  Edwige

who included the grossest child abuse in his research,

Yes, that is what witch hunters have been repeating since the days of the Inquisition… Evidence has yet to surface…. Not a single photograph or video!

Of course this ancient blood libel is a core part of the parasites’ scapegoating tactics but christians such as those posting on this site are too lobotomised by “faith” to even conceive of such tactics. Keep shouting about babies and see where it gets you, while they laugh at your naivety.

Luís
Luís
Jan 21, 2024 11:42 PM

Maslow’s original pyramid of needs has zero to do with the one shown on this article or any modern version of it. The original only focused on the 5 things needed for man’s survival, like warmth, shelter, food, water and I don’t remember the rest.
Only afterwards sex, relationships, etc, were added…

Junious Ricardo Stanton
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Jan 21, 2024 7:45 PM

The plutocrats don’t want us to contemplate the higher meaning and purpose of life let alone cultivate and actualize our innate talents, gifts and skills to create a better self and society. So many people are conditioned to be afraid of life, we are deliberately sabotaged and prevented from living lives of meaning, purpose and fulfillment. We have become commodities to the plutocrats, mere cogs in their machinery living lives of not so quiet desperation (see the rising suicide, abuse and depression rates in Western society) that enriches them.
The psychopaths no longer need billions of us so they are killing us off softly. They are working to transform us and transport us into some posthuman state of being: cyborgs chimeras and zonked out Zombies. They are hellbent of terraforming the planet with their GMO seeds, biodigital convergence and synthetic biology. This is the Brave New World/NWO the Davos miscreants wants to impose upon us.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 8:31 PM

Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Junious Ricardo Stanton
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Jan 22, 2024 3:43 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Self discovery and actualization are personal inside jobs which is why we are discouraged from embarking on this rewarding life long journey. Thanks for the thought provoking piece.

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 11:42 AM

Do ‘they’ represent and embody something of ‘us’?
I’m not interested in the frame of blame for this question but uncovering the energetic of deceits by which or upon which a ‘consciousness’ is framed.

The signature of the deceit is in all its works runs a mask of hack and hijack of truth seeking gain of fiction as a partial or personal bias given power to usurp in exchange for ‘power & protection’.
But WHO told you you were naked?
Read ‘naked’ as undefended to fear & threat of pain and loss of self.
Taking thought for self takes a self out of living thought to run in emulation – as a novel way of ‘seeing’ while beholding not.

America's Worse Nightmare
America's Worse Nightmare
Jan 25, 2024 4:56 PM
Reply to  Binra

Do ‘they’ represent and embody something of ‘us’?

No, they do not qualify as human in any sense other than strictly biological (and they are working hard to undo that)

Elixir
Elixir
Jan 21, 2024 5:51 PM

Level 2 and security… strange… I have always thought of security as a feeling coming from within me, with little or nothing to do with outside forces

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 8:33 PM
Reply to  Elixir

Well, that is how it should be. I think Maslow’s idea is that the organism cannot go on to “higher endeavours” until the organism is safe.

Lost in a dark wood
Lost in a dark wood
Jan 21, 2024 12:31 PM

And the winner in the TWO YEARS LATER category goes to:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-10407717/MIKE-DICKSON-Novak-Djokovic-TRASHED-reputation-repair.html
Jan 16, 2022
MIKE DICKSON: Novak Djokovic will remain a hero to some, but to many others he has TRASHED his reputation beyond repair… the world No 1 thought he could work the system, but it turns out favourable treatment only goes so far
Novak Djokovic lost his last-ditch appeal to stay in Australia and will be deported
It brings to an end a saga that has tarnished all associated with it
You can recognise that Djokovic was not a grievous threat to anyone’s health, and yet still recognise that he has behaved arrogantly and deplorably
Given that Djokovic keeps getting in his own way, the competition to see who ends up with the most Grand Slam titles is still very much alive

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-12972713/Goodbye-Mr-Wimbledon-Legendary-Mail-Sport-tennis-correspondent-Mike-Dickson-dies-aged-59.html
Jan 17, 2024
Mike Dickson, the Daily Mail’s legendary tennis correspondent, has tragically died at the age of 59. . . . Dickson was in Melbourne covering the Australian Open when he died and a matter of days away from his 60th birthday, on January 27.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novak_Djokovic
Novak Djokovic . . . is currently ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Djokovic has been ranked No. 1 for a record total of 408 weeks in a record 13 different years, and finished as the year-end No. 1 a record eight times. Djokovic has won an all-time record 24 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record ten Australian Open titles. . . .

The nearest rival is Nadal on 22 titles, but he’s effectively retired due to injury. So the most likely challenge will be from Alcaraz who’s currently on two Grand Slam titles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Grand_Slam_men%27s_singles_champions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (born 5 May 2003) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 1 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and is the current world No. 2. Alcaraz has won twelve ATP Tour-level singles titles, including two major titles (at the 2022 US Open and 2023 Wimbledon Championships) and four Masters 1000 titles. Following his win at the 2022 US Open, Alcaraz became the youngest man and the first teenager in the Open Era to top the singles rankings, at 19 years, 4 months, and 6 days old.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 9:47 PM

You neglected to mention that Novak Djokovic is a vegan.

A dietary choice made by those who perceive that it is healthier and more ethical than to continue eating some of the billions of sentient creatures slaughtered every year, for the profit and pleasure of a few.

Just sayin.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 10:33 PM

Mike Dickson certainly won’t be ‘getting in his own way’ anymore.

Vale the vaxxed, and vain?

ariel'
ariel'
Jan 23, 2024 12:12 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Vaingloriously !
I was very proud of and pleased with Djokovic and his epic stand against ruining his health, his career and possible death.
A few DO, most DON’T. And bigmouthed self-righteous reporters?

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Jan 21, 2024 11:48 AM

self worth is the thing to go for, rather than esteem. i recommend ”a course in miracles” can be read free online. there’s intro materials , books, and free videos on tube. for instance ” the heart of a course of miracles” by michael mirdad. i’m glad i watched all the older vids pre tube forcing ads on/into them. .

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 2:05 PM
Reply to  sabelmouse

A Course in Miracles is brilliant.

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Jan 21, 2024 2:46 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

yes!

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 11:58 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Of all the works that I am aware which offer a reflection to the nature of deceit & delusions (as being suffered, struggled and died in as real) while extending the invitation to recognition of the miraculous within the ordinary moment at hand – A Course in Miracles shines. But without true willingness of a desire to heal it can be misinterpreted as can any teaching or scripture – and will be as the nature of the ego subverts all forms to serve its agenda.
A true sense of self-worth is evident by its extension. A false MUST frame itself better in relation to something worse.
The understanding of innocence of being as integral to being, also allows giving to God what is to be corrected or healed rather than judging our self in others AS IF to cast out the hated from our awareness by projecting onto the scapegoated Other – to be sacrificed as social credit for a system of managing unhealed inner conflict.

davetherave
davetherave
Jan 21, 2024 11:31 AM

Todd, hello. I do have a question.

Have you or your colleagues seen a increase of patients (clients) more prone to OCD behavior due to the televised covid cleaning protocols they sold the masses and more people being more scared about the virus and being around people due to possible contact to contact transmission of virus’s germs etc.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 3:00 PM
Reply to  davetherave

I have, in general, seen an increase in OCD behaviour, but it is difficult to determine what is causing it. Like with most everything else attributed to Covid and the vaccine, it is more a demonstration of exacerbated pre-existing conditions. That said, nearly everyone has a bit of OCD living in this “manipulated” culture.

I would agree that this acceleration in symptoms is likely due to the intense trauma laid upon all of us during the Covid “scare”…although, as with all of this, it is difficult to be certain what the causes are.

ariel'
ariel'
Jan 22, 2024 6:52 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

I refused to enter any shop or establishment which demanded OCD covid-cleaning rituals, as I had already given up Roman Catholicism when finally able to permanently walk out of the Salesian College at the age of 18.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 2:46 AM
Reply to  ariel'

Agree! I was very aware of the Covid Rituals triggering my childhood RC upbringing that I fought so hard to eradicate/heal.

ariel'
ariel'
Jan 23, 2024 12:13 PM
Reply to  Lupa

Exactly.

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 12:15 PM
Reply to  ariel'

Have you met Ivan Illich’s perspective on the corruption of Christianity as the nature (or anti-nature) of Modernity?
It’s not that I espouse anyone’s particular views but that few offer the recognition of a cultural framing operating as a cultural automata.

ariel'
ariel'
Jan 23, 2024 12:37 PM
Reply to  Binra

‘Deus ex machina’ literally?
I read Illich but it was a long time ago.

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 12:09 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

While I appreciate the pathways of misguided self-protective identity are framed in a complex world experience, I stand in the recognition that psychic shock can and does embody physical expression, such as to limit and even die in a masking persona rather than relive exposure to horror or terror of a self-dissociation or splitting of mind to a fragmentation of evasive experience.

Thus the key I see is spiritual re-cognition of the trauma or pain of separation and its drive to ‘regain’ a lost quality of felt participation in external terms – that boost the lack,conflict and burden of management as sacrifices to forfend overwhelming loss. (That is projected by the same mindset that offers protection).

Kevin Kervick
Kevin Kervick
Jan 21, 2024 11:22 AM

This great piece hits on where you and I may disagree about COVID. The people I know that took the shots and bought the narratives are stage 3. They did not want to bew separated from their relationships. The CIA knows this by the way.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 3:04 PM
Reply to  Kevin Kervick

Yes, I suppose we might disagree on the nuance. I see stage 3 as an “advancement” from stage 2, the movement is an expression of a higher understanding and higher, soul-felt, priorities. I believe that the “relationships” people feared being separated from were false relationships with “safety” and not heart relationships as level 3 describes. People feared losing their relationship with comfort, going to movies, travelling, dining, etc. I do not believe that people took the vaccine to preserve any soul relationship they thought they might lose.

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 1:30 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Under stress or challenge of shock the ‘organism’ locks down to lockstep in core functions under survival dictates, when the crisis is past, the awareness rises from the release of the temporary reflex – as both regeneration and repair within life.
Repeated or persistent shock prevents the rebalancing and repair to condition functioning within shock as normalised fragmented identity of defence predicated in attack. Attack may be masked as manipulative controls, but will reveal its nature when brought to question – which it regards as exposure to attack and therefore as vector of threat to mask out and defend against.

Our ‘self-consciousness’ or self-image can so limit self-awareness as to render unconscious within its own framing of judgements & rules of terms and conditions, even while passing off defence & control as a relationship or communication. When we align in such externalised socially coded ‘permissions’ for relationship, we are no longer extending our nature of being a relational expression of a wholeness or integrality of being.

Fear of healing is set in fear of exposure to pain and loss – including invalidation or rejection in loss of face, status and accepted worth.
Thus the business of managing inner conflicts is set in magical ‘solutions’ by which to buy time against disclosure, in attempts to boost or shift a narrative identity to a position of dominance over the blamed, scapegoated or discarded Others.

Pass the parcel of blame in a game of musical chairs.
The music stops when contradictory illusions of continuity cannot BUT be noticed – so someone must be sacrificed to regain or reset the defences of control (that wind up the game of judgement set over life.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Jan 21, 2024 3:40 PM
Reply to  Kevin Kervick

Sometimes one may need to forgo the lower levels in order to reach the higher ones. Sacrifices and choices must be made; self actualizing isn’t supposed to be easy.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 8:36 PM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

This has been proven to be correct particularly if one sets out on a spiritual quest early on. Obviously, many spiritual ascetics bypass physical as well as social comforts and needs.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 3:05 AM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

Thanks for the interesting article examining Maslow’s hierarchy.
I’m comparing it to the Chakra system, though I’m not an expert, in that many believe they can skip over the “lower chakras”, the ones that are about being in a human body and wanting safety, comfort, etc. They want to zoom up to 7th Chakra (enlightenment/connection to the Divine) which I think is a mistake because we are spirit here in human form so it’s about balancing the energies of the chakras. Or Maslow’s levels.

Bob
Bob
Jan 21, 2024 10:35 AM

this is funny because my neighbouring town council have just decided needs for all.

” independently, they have decided to support the Climate and Ecology Bill and then inform local residents/electorate and inform local press/media of this decision”

notice, there is no local mandate, the people have simply not been asked because this corrupt council, which has 6 vacancies leaving about 6 councillors to determine their future are doing what they like, acting above their station and ignoring any democratic process

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 3:09 PM
Reply to  Bob

This is an example of the city-level infiltration of the UN “Sustainable Development” mandates. Here is what happened recently in our municipality of Aurora, ON, Canada…

Wachtower
Wachtower
Jan 21, 2024 10:06 AM

Self-actualization is not the last stage of accumulating material goodies. Rather it’s a sense of wholeness achieved through spiritual and transcendental exercises… This involves prayers, deep reflection, sacrifice, patience, altruistic service and so on.
Food and security are the only real basic needs! Secure those and the rest is yours if you want.

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 1:39 PM
Reply to  Wachtower

You can make welcome rather than set terms and conditions of exclusion, but you cannot make God or Self your instrument or tool for achievement – though that IS the implicit assumption of the ego-operating system of a separate self-sense of lack driven struggle to get or achieve in its own terms.
I am not dissing anyone’s path here, but what actually & already extends or embodies life as the quality of self-awareness in all it parts?

Matt Black
Matt Black
Jan 21, 2024 9:58 AM

sheeesh can u guys get anymore masonic?

Edwige
Edwige
Jan 21, 2024 9:46 AM

I’m sure I heard something that looked ultra-sus about Maslow not that long ago but can’t remember at the moment what it was. His fondness for constructing pyramids should raise an eyebrow at least and it shouldn’t be difficult to see how this theory could be weaponised. A couple of causes for concern are mentioned here:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/05/the-immoral-misuse-of-psychology-in-support-of-empire/

Anyway, here’s a peach of an example of fusing three major agendas together – climate, pandemics and Russia – and mushing them together in one big ball of “terrifying”:
https://dumptheguardian.com/society/2024/jan/21/arctic-zombie-viruses-in-siberia-could-spark-terrifying-new-pandemic-scientists-warn

Binra
Binra
Jan 23, 2024 1:48 PM
Reply to  Edwige

The lure of rational understanding as a framework for predictive control does not seem an evil when raised against a current sense of evils to be addressed.
Those who articulate insight are the food source for marketising and weaponising subversions that will reframe or cherry pick to suit or serve gain of function.
This is the way our minds work until & unless restored a truly participative self-awareness of extension – of giving and receiving life in terms of a qualities of shared worth.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 8:10 AM

The US of Addiction:

sabelmouse
sabelmouse
Jan 21, 2024 11:49 AM
Reply to  Johnny

spice? horrendous stuff! i’ve seen this myself.

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 22, 2024 6:35 AM
Reply to  Johnny

Enslavement through narcotics including “opoids” is a lot simpler for the manipulators. They may even offer a jab that cannot be refused.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 7:56 AM

Wanna read a diatribe of self serving tripe?
It could have been, and maybe it was, written by the Psychos at Big pHarmer.

The personal accounts of the ‘scientists’ are pathetic:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-01-21/covid-safe-strategies-australian-scientists-virus-infection/103335466

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Jan 21, 2024 5:52 AM

Where we are actually at is rather different to Dr Hayen’s contentions.

What we actually have are a large number of young people reaching level 5 before actually having to go out to work.

The fallacy in Dr Hayen’s arguments is that people in the first 21 years of life are miraculously free of this hierarchy and only start on this tree when they leave home.

The reality is that young people of high self-esteem and seeking to live the best lives they can are then thrown into society’s trashy rules-based order and told to revert from where they were to a far, far lower level.

That’s the true tragedy: millions upon millions of people knowing that life can be so, so much better than the absolute garbage imposed by psychopaths, sociopaths and billionaire murderers.

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 21, 2024 3:11 PM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Why is this a fallacy in my “argument”?

Big Al
Big Al
Jan 21, 2024 3:50 AM

Personally, “we”, i.e., me, my family, and close friends, don’t let no stinking “agenda”, or some psych dude’s pyramid drawing, “keep” us at any of their made-up levels. I studied that bullshit too, years ago in a liberal arts college. Whatever happened to common sense and independent thought? So, I don’t know who the “we” and “us” the author is talking about, but it ain’t us. Life’s too short to let them take it away.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 5:25 AM
Reply to  Big Al

Common sense?
That went the way of button up boots and outhouses.

Edward Bearnausauce
Edward Bearnausauce
Jan 21, 2024 2:11 AM

If we’re stuck at the 2nd level- then we’re functioning under the needs the ‘hierarchy’…‘

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Jan 20, 2024 11:55 PM

The bottom levels 1 and 2 are the Matrix. Here’s a book and various articles online about the great Paradigm Conspiracy that’s keeping us from being empowered to work towards our full human potential. Sounds cliched, I know, but I think it’s true.

The Paradigm Conspiracy – Why Our Social Systems Violate Human Potential And How We Can Change Them, by Denise Breton and Christopher Largent

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 20, 2024 11:10 PM

What is also required of course is the wisdom to know and accept when one has enough of these needs.

Our dishonourable leaders seem to have a surfeit of the bottom two and a self indulgent excess of esteem, status and recognition.

As for the other two, Love and self actualisation, well, they appear to be devoid and above such ‘irrelevant and fanciful’ needs.

That would explain why the world is in such a mess.
We are led by husks of humans.

loopner
loopner
Jan 21, 2024 12:53 AM
Reply to  Johnny

can you man up? lead yourself? johnny?

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 5:27 AM
Reply to  loopner

Always have, always will.
No jabbed Johnny here.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 3:13 AM
Reply to  Johnny

I think there might be a different “pyramid” for psychopaths and sociopaths.

loopner
loopner
Jan 20, 2024 9:46 PM

number 2 seems a bit suspect with all the talk of his island lately

loopner
loopner
Jan 21, 2024 12:55 AM
Reply to  loopner

oops read that all wrong

KiwiJoker
KiwiJoker
Jan 20, 2024 8:03 PM

DIOGENES

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Johnny
Johnny
Jan 20, 2024 11:52 PM
Reply to  KiwiJoker

His story reads like a cross between an anarchist, a provocateur and an onanist.
At least he wasn’t a psychopath.

Isaac Ellerman
Isaac Ellerman
Jan 20, 2024 6:41 PM

Its easy talking without having children, that’s for sure.

My parents excluded me partly from society, we were Rosicrucians, TV, alcohol, tobacco, drugs (vaccines included), meat, all that was not allowed. My mother still worships El, its even in her name (Elisabeth, Google the meaning of that name). Back then I got bullied in school, now I see my parents had a point about some things (but El is not my Lord)..

I have no idea how I could be a parent in this time, even more difficult than the ’80s. I spoke to some fellow some time ago, he told his 18 years old son to do his own research about to get the covid ‘vaccine’ or not, son chose to take it (no surprise here), freedom of choice, smart boy. My parents were old school, don’t do drugs.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 20, 2024 11:16 PM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

Isaac, your story sounds similar to that of Douglas Harding:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Harding

He used self actualisation in a very practical way:

https://www.headless.org/

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Jan 24, 2024 5:35 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

EI was Superman’s father. So this tells a lot about your parents and YOU. Your public school was jealous because your family had contact with Superman and his Father!

sandy
sandy
Jan 20, 2024 6:13 PM

In my last year at a very infamously tough art college, i stumbled onto Maslow and his description of self-actualization. It saved my life at the time and pushed me into reading Carl Jung and then a whole host of wise ancestors speaking truth about our stifling capitalist ruling class SYSTEM. It’s not us, it’s the system. And it’s design and implementation is the tool to keep a few, in nasty Paternal totalitarianism over the many, us Children. The truth, that we are self-actualizing adults treated as Children, was a revelation, a liberation of the mind. Thank you, eternally, Mr. Maslow.

Isaac Ellerman
Isaac Ellerman
Jan 20, 2024 5:34 PM

Am I the only one, not feeling stuck in one of those levels of the pyramid? I feel like bouncing from level 1 to 5.

I left my job nine years ago, bought a little quinta in Portugal, since then I live here, off grid, on a very low budget, comparable with a minor street vendor in Delhi. For a part its a struggle, in level one.

My financial freedom is very limited, but my overall freedom is great. I have a lot of free time, so there is time to be creative, or study something.

The plandemic made me see (with help of Mathis et al) how basically all major events are manufactured, how all fear narratives are totally fake. This insight feels so liberating! Real knowledge is real power, I see that now.

I just ignore the bullshit and live my life, they don’t control me anymore. Its kind of ironic that all those end of the world fear narratives brought me here where I am now, but so I escaped the system..

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Jan 20, 2024 5:47 PM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

Isaac

That’s great when you don’t have to service a mortgage/rent and kids. I did it myself for some twenty years.

We are lucky that we have that freedom.

For most, though, paying for life’s essentials means complying

It’s difficult to rebel when your paycheque relies on you not rebelling.

Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Jan 20, 2024 6:14 PM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

I too have recently found Miles and his perspective is, like you’ve mentioned, very liberating. I find myself feeling so much more positive and less anxious.
I’m not sure if EVERYTHING is a scam but just today my son was asking me about the origins of “ring a ring of rosies” (or however you spell it 😂 ) and instead of trumpeting the usual plague story, I was like “you know what, I’m not even sure if that’s even true about the rats and diseases.” Maybe it was all a lie. It felt great to be so honest to my 5yr old (but it’s going to be tricky to help him with his future history homework😂).

Myrddin
Myrddin
Jan 21, 2024 12:16 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

What is your off-grid setup? Solar power and Starlink? Do you grow your own food? I’m hoping to make the jump to off-grid myself soon, but I never thought of doing it in Portugal.

Isaac Ellerman
Isaac Ellerman
Jan 21, 2024 8:53 AM
Reply to  Myrddin

Hi Myrddin,

Yes, I do have a small solar system, internet is provided by Vodafone, that is the only monthly bill I have to pay.

I have about an acre of land, with olive and fruit trees, (cork) oaks, grapes and berries. I started a vegetable garden, but I have to admit its a challenge still, to grow my own food. Once a month I hitchhike to a nearby town to buy some groceries.

My water is from my well, I drink it after filtering it. The whole year I have plenty of water, also for the garden. I have a pump that runs on my solar power. I also have plenty of trees on my land for firewood, which I use for heating and cooking.

I chose Portugal because I knew there was already a bunch of people (mostly foreigners) here that went off grid, and (try to) do permaculture. The cheap land prices (from a Dutch perspective) are one of the reasons a lot of people came here.

Jonas Carling
Jonas Carling
Jan 21, 2024 9:30 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

And also because the relatively warm weather and plenty of sunshine (that helps with the solar panels and mild winters).

Being off-grid is great. But lets be honest: if everyone was trying to achieve that, we’d all have to be moving to a relatively narrow strip of land between 2 temperate parallels and we’d face the real meaning of “overpopulation”.

Besides, being off-grid with solar panels still relies on high-tech solution that still make you dependant on the “system”. And It would be impossible to satisfy the demand of solar panels if everyone was really truly going into that path.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 9:48 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

You might find this book interesting Isaac.
It’s from the horse’s mouth, so to speak:

https://store.holmgren.com.au/product/retrosuburbia/

Good advice for small landholders.

davetherave
davetherave
Jan 21, 2024 11:34 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

always something about pyramid schemes that seem suspect.

Isaac Ellerman
Isaac Ellerman
Jan 21, 2024 11:41 AM
Reply to  davetherave

What are you talking about?

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 3:38 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

I’ve never been much into any sort of pyramid/hierarchy system. With Maslow, as you said, bouncing from level to level. It’s not a constant moving upward. It varies based on what life throws at us.
What Todd’s saying about how the Maslow levels relate to the psycho controllers seems accurate, especially about the overarching influence of fear.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Jan 24, 2024 7:25 AM
Reply to  Isaac Ellerman

No you are not the only. I just felt and feel it as a mentally jump up in the right dimension.
Completely liberated and I dont need to isolate. I can have that calm feeling and getting around even in hard places.
The only annoying trouble appearing occasionally is the sheeple and Karens. But when they feel they cant get hold, they at least keep distance. But your/our cases are rare here where I am.
You know there is a lot of hippies out there, trailer parks, claiming they do the same thing, but its not what we are talking about.
Its a mental state, a connection to cosmos ABOVE their silly primitive IoT and synthetic usury maker quantum AI full of holes and loose ends.

Freecus
Freecus
Jan 20, 2024 5:19 PM

Fear isn’t the only tactic at the disposal of the agenda; there are others […]

The greatest deception by the State is the fraudulent conversion of the People into Persons. It’s fraudulent since there was not full disclosure and informed consent.
Dr Andrew Kaufman, a psychiatrist whom many here will recognize, has expanded his ability for deep research into this, the greatest of all deceptions & limitations imposed upon the People.
Checkout ‘Lawful Rebellion’ from his channel; https://www.youtube.com/@AndrewKaufmanMD

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 12:00 AM
Reply to  Freecus

‘Persons’ of course comes from persona, or mask.
The mask of the personality.

I think most sane PEOPLE have had a gut full of masks.

Vagabard
Vagabard
Jan 20, 2024 5:06 PM

Maybe start at the top of the pyramid and climb downwards? Beginning with religion and then seeing what else is essential for the mix.

Physical needs being easily satisfied. A few slices of bread a day + water are actually sufficient for human needs. Consider those who lived for many years in the Egyptian deserts circa 300 AD. And when physical needs are reduced, then so are the financial requirements. Clothing needs likewise can be satisfied if you’re not too proud.

Security? I forget the precise quote from the Philokalia, but it was something along the lines of the “empty-pocketed person has no fear of robbers”. Consider how you feel walking along the road with a few hundred in your pocket, versus empty-pocketed. Most security needs are in the mind.

Social needs? Largely uncontrollable imho, since it’s a two-way matter. But there’s a distinction between being alone and feeling lonely. They’re not the same. Anything else being a bonus.

Self-esteem? I guess we all want social approval but truth is generally downvoted, so take your pick.

Health? There are relatively few instances when we need outside help. A broken limb or loss of teeth might be a couple. Otherwise Time + a few offline medical encyclopedias are more than sufficient.

So food, clothing, shelter, plus a few good books are the basic needs of life. Other than that, for the average day, religion should surely be the focus

Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Jan 20, 2024 6:24 PM
Reply to  Vagabard

I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think that we can just live on bread and water these days. Also the bread they were mainly eating was completely different to today’s hybridized crap and in addition to eating ancient Emmer or Einkorn, I wonder if they sprouted it too and ate it like the raw “Ezekiel bread” you can get in some places.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Jan 20, 2024 7:18 PM
Reply to  Esmeralda

You can subsist on bread and water, and then, if you need a little bit more, or a change of pace, it’s easy, cheap and convenient to supplement them with some bugs.

Johnny
Johnny
Jan 21, 2024 12:04 AM
Reply to  Pilgrim Shadow

Or, if you leave the bread out, the cockroaches, ants and mould will magically appear.

Pilgrim Shadow
Pilgrim Shadow
Jan 21, 2024 3:00 PM
Reply to  Johnny

A self-perpetuating pantry.

Veri Tas
Veri Tas
Jan 20, 2024 11:40 PM
Reply to  Vagabard

Bread and water? You’ll be toothless in no time.

les online
les online
Jan 21, 2024 12:30 AM
Reply to  Veri Tas

Today’s bread is bread in name only (esp – in Australia)…
How can Fresh Food be fresh when it’s been kept in cold
storage for months ?
Then there’s those shortbread biscuits & cakes – their
‘Use By’ date is 12 months hence & not even cockroaches
will nibble on them…

A diet of Todays Bread and (fluoridated) water is a suicide
diet…

mgeo
mgeo
Jan 21, 2024 6:42 AM
Reply to  Vagabard

There are a few flaws in the pyramid. The top level is little more than a respectable twist to the level below it. One should be aiming to free oneself of delusion, dependence and parasites.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 3:50 AM
Reply to  Vagabard

Nowadays a person can get the crap kicked out of them if they have no $ in pocket. Or get their phone/laptop/lunch stolen and then get the crap kicked out of them anyway.
What century was Philokalia writing in?

Ennes
Ennes
Jan 20, 2024 3:23 PM

“The last level (5) is “self-actualization” which encompasses the need for a sense of morality, creativity, spontaneity, purpose, meaning, and inner potential. How many of us are at this elusive level? How many sheep are here? This level, according to the agenda, must be avoided at all costs. Spirituality, religion, and deep insight are all major taboos to the agenda whose primary aim is the complete acquiescence of the masses. Their goal, of course, is total control. They wish to be the “god,” the “religion” and the “spiritual center” of everyone’s universe. One way to accomplish this is through the conversion of science to a religion—scientism—and to make the purpose and meaning of life, consumption—consumerism.”

This is probably the crux of humanity’s problems here in the modern era, more than most people care to believe. Yes indeed, there are vital reasons why the global establishment want the masses to be continually conditioned to think we are only physical/material beings and nothing more, and one of the main ones is — yes, you’ve guessed correctly again — control.

Why, a whole area of crucial ‘foundational’ knowledge has been wiped-off our modern knowledge and education systems – the study of ‘energetics’: that all is frequency/vibration and the whole universe/multiverse is electric/electromagnetic. Hoarding vital information away from the masses about the basis of everything gives the global establishment untold power over us. Ancient ideas and concepts like the ‘cosmic egg’, ‘plasma’ and ‘aether’ were still commonplace just over a hundred years ago but hardly known nowadays especially not in the mainstream. Modern science tells us about three states of matter: liquid, gas solid yet omit aether/plasma from the list. We should really wonder why this is so. People in general in our current era have been conditioned from an early age to not be vigilant or curious nor have any critical thinking skills – we really should remember this, focus on it, and try to regain them all again.

Vagabard
Vagabard
Jan 20, 2024 5:10 PM
Reply to  Ennes

An ‘aether’ makes more sense as a medium for light to travel through. Sound travels in air/water, so why not light in an aether? Vacuums, as a rule, don’t seem to tally with physical reality

Edwige
Edwige
Jan 21, 2024 9:55 AM
Reply to  Vagabard

Waves are defined as a pertubation in a medium so there has to be a medium for waves to exist. Light cannot travel through a vacuum – unless you believe their claim that light is somehow both a wave and a particle and can’t see it for the blatant attempt to patch up a profound flaw in their cosmology that it is.

Think how delicate an eye is – yet it’s being bombarded by particles at the speed of light!?

The most powerful vacuum chamber on earth can’t reproduce anything like the vacuum they claim exists in “space”. The one time they tried to test a space suit in a vacuum chamber had to be abanonned when the test subject reported his spittle was boiling. However space suits would work in a water tank….

Esmeralda
Esmeralda
Jan 20, 2024 6:27 PM
Reply to  Ennes

Have you read the science articles by Miles Mathis? He talks a lot about all this and his charge theory.

Ennes
Ennes
Jan 21, 2024 12:09 AM
Reply to  Esmeralda

Thanks. Haven’t seen Mathis’s work but will definitely have a look when I get the chance.

Lupa
Lupa
Jan 23, 2024 3:57 AM
Reply to  Ennes

Maybe I’ll go reread Crack in th Cosmic Egg. I liked that book.
Aether – maybe you’re talking about alchemy here?

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Jan 20, 2024 3:10 PM

Todd

Never mind progressing past level 2, getting past level 1 for most people is a pipe dream..

With the advent of NACs the very air and water are monetised.

The food the farmers produce is being centrally controlled.

Planned Inflation makes shelter, sleep and clothing more difficult to obtain.

And as for reproduction, you’re gonna need a bigger turkey baster to keep up with the depopulation programme !

Bastards !

Todd Hayen
Todd Hayen
Jan 20, 2024 3:46 PM

Yep, I agree. I do think it is possible that the agenda’s goal is to get us all struggling at level 1. Although we may get stuck in a pseudo-level 2 state for eternity…ala Brave New World or Fahrenheit 451. Level 1 is more expensive for the agenda to maintain…Level 2 is self-feeding…think the “Soylent Green” metaphor…humans feeding on their own bodies to stay alive.

underground poet
underground poet
Jan 20, 2024 6:46 PM
Reply to  Todd Hayen

And they have monetized themselves into characters of debt with their bodies to stay alive, its a predator world and i’m glad i’ve separated myself from it.