“The secret to happiness is contentment”
If we are content with what we have, and where we are, then we are
This means not grasping for attainment of material objects or even
spiritual understanding, but being content and just allowing life
How does this help us to achieve the things we “want”?
I’m glad you asked! This brings me to Maslow’s theory on the
hierarchy of human “needs”, the answer to that question is
revealed within the following explanation and its accompanying
Maslow, was an eminent Psychologist who developed a theory on the
psychological need of humans; it is often demonstrated in the form
of a pyramid, and referred to in relation to Education, Motivation
and Sales training.
A summary of his theory would be: that we humans have “needs”
that must be satisfied in an order of priority, before higher
ideals can be achieved the lower ideals MUST be met.
The order of these needs doesn’t change from individual to
individual, they are as follows:
If we don’t meet all the needs in the lower levels we will
always be in deficit and be trying to meet them before we can
obtain the highest levels of complete self actualization and
- PHYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS, air, water, food,
rest, exercise, etc
- SAFETY NEEDS, shelter, job security,
retirement plan, insurance
- LOVE AND BELONGING, children, friends,
- SELF ESTEEM (1), fame, recognition,
- SELF ESTEEM (2) Confidence,
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Here’s a story I wrote to illustrate Maslow’s theory in a
practical situation, it’s illustrated in a negative context
because most of us will understand it better this way. Note: (L5)
means level 5 as per above.
The following is based on a true story; some details have been
changed to allow for publishing here.
A Person’s car breaks down on an old dirt road in the Barclay
plains it’s a scorching 44 degrees in the shade, but there
aren’t any trees to provide shelter, he’s in the middle of
nowhere, outback, Australia.
He was on his way to Darwin to give a lecture
on Self Defence. He had been giving these talks for some time now
and really enjoyed sharing his knowledge, not for the respect that
others gave him, but because he is a master of the subject and it
felt good doing it.
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At first he wasn’t concerned about the situation and he allowed
his mind to be free and ‘take in’, the beauty of the
landscape, he started to reminisce about his friends and family,
wondering what they’re doing at that time, then he turned on the
radio and drifted off to sleep.
When he woke up he realized that he was feeling lonely and would
love to have someone to talk to. (L3)
After a few hours he started to feel a little uncomfortable and
realized that he could be in some danger so he tried to think of a
plan for his safety.
After some time he decided to head off in search for help.
It started getting dark and he became really worried; his senses
were tuned into every sound.
Then he realized that he hadn’t eaten since breakfast and that
he was hungry and thirsty.
After two more days his only thoughts were about finding water to
stay alive, he wasn’t concerned about eating because his body
knew it could survive for weeks without food, but only a few days
So then his immediate concern was for the basic need of water.
SUDDENLY!! Someone jumped on him from behind, and started to choke
him he couldn’t breathe! Then his need for air was stronger than
his need for water!
It was only a joke; his best friend had come looking for him when
he didn’t show up in Darwin on time.
He found the car then tracked his mate to where he found him,
looking pretty rugged. Then as all good mates do, he decided to
play a practical joke to give him a fright! They are still good
The simple lesson here is this:
This story shows a person who had met all his needs and was at the
highest level. He had truly manifested his dream into reality and
how he quickly went into “Needs Deficit” (ND)
Clearly we must walk before we can run, If we can’t breath we
aren’t worried about water, we NEED air, our ND is air; this is
a very basic example.
To look at it another way we could say that; trying to be a highly
regarded successful whatever (4/5) will not be possible if we are
in ND of (1, 2, or 3).
Our ND needs attention first; this doesn’t mean that if we
don’t have a house and family we can’t achieve our dream
On the contrary it means that we should, let go of our graving,
yearning and striving to achieve success at any cost type of
attitude, and maintain our lower levels of needs so that we can
open the path to the higher levels.
Many of us, myself included have been guilty of forgetting about
our needs for friends and family when we are trying to obtain the
higher ideals of success.
This area can be a particular problem with the internet, because
it uses up so much of our time and attention.
If we maintain our basic needs we will be able share our dreams
and talk about them and believe in them and be content and happy
Thus allowing our dreams to manifest into reality.
Doesn’t it make sense that with this kind of thinking we will
all be able to move on to the higher levels of self actualization?
Maintain your ND and believe in your DREAMS the rest will happen!