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THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN NEEDS
Why I think spiritual practice and meditation, and personal development and hypnosis, all have the same effect, why we need them, and some cool ideas you might not know about.
The universal most basic human needs identified by ancient and modern teachers have always been defined in similar ways. The psychologist Abraham Maslow’s definitive Hierarchy of Needs, and other people’s definitions, are more or less the same as the energetic needs and purposes of the major chakras, defined thousands of years ago in the Hindu, Yogic/Tantric texts.
Abraham Maslow’s Definition of The Human Needs are:
The 7 Major Chakras are:
Muladhara – The Root or Base Chakra connected with the most basic needs of food, water and shelter, structure, blood, bones, money, physical and emotional safety and security, freedom from real or imagined threat.
Svadhisthana – The Sacral Chakra connected with creativity, sexuality, fertility, emotional self expression, fun, playfulness, artistic taste, desire, enjoyment, giving and receiving.
Manipura – The Solar Plexus connected with sense of personal power and efficacy, self esteem, personal freedom and autonomy, the balance of unhealthy ego or lack of self esteem and positive confidence.
Anahata – The Heart Chakra connected with unconditional love, belonging, kindness, compassion, romance, family, friends, pets and community.
Vishuddha – The Throat Chakra, connected with personal truth, honesty, self expression, integrity, clarity and courage.
Ajna – The Third Eye, connected with intuition, sixth sense, psychic abilities, awareness of subtle energies and various layers of reality.
Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra, connected with a sense of universal one-ness, or connection with God, peace, wisdom, clarity, understanding, emptiness and enlightenment.
Tony Robbins and Hypnosis Downloads also have their own ways of describing the basic primal human needs that we all have as human beings, and it’s really a big part of becoming more healthy and conscious or insightful and aware, to be able to see how we try to get these needs met all the time, often in unconscious and counterproductive ways.
The Tony Robbins’ 6 Primal Human Needs are:
Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others
The Hypnosis Downloads/Uncommon Knowledge Human Needs are:
The need to give and receive attention
The need to heed the mind/body connection
The need for purpose, goals, and meaning
The need for community and making a contribution
The need for challenge and creativity
The need for intimacy
The need for control
The need for status
The need for safety and security
My needs will be met too if you get it, because I will get paid for it, and we will both be meeting another higher need that we both have which is to help each other.
Udemy have lots of cool spiritual and personal development courses, including these courses about the chakras.
All our human needs needs are very important to our happiness. Even though most of us will spend our lives learning how to have them all balanced at the same time, we are all responsible for achieving happiness in all these areas for ourselves. Everything is also only how we perceive it to be too, so if we think positively, no matter how bad our situations are, we can see that we do have a lot of them met already, even if it’s only in small ways.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT AND DO MYSELF
I have either practiced, or tried, lots of different kinds of meditation techniques in my life. I’m also a fairly experienced Tai Chi practitioner too (not going to classes atm. Well, I’m doing this!) and I learned Transcendental Meditation when I was 16.
If you want to check that out here is the UK T.M. website and here is the T.M. website in the U.S.
I’m sure if you’re reading this you’ve probably had experience too, with different meditation or personal development techniques and practices.
I have never really used any light and sound Meditation Technologies, but I know that they are really cool too, because I’ve had friends in the past who used them and thought they were amazing and life changing. You can see what You can see what Mind Place do by clicking here.
It would be a lot to describe all the different meditation methods, but I don’t think it really matters which one you choose, or even if you don’t stick at it. Just pick something that inspires you, and enjoy trying it out.
WE ARE ALL THE SAME
I had a couple of times in my life when I was using sitting meditation a lot. I kept on doing it, but I was incredibly busy and it was a strain at the time, and that’s not the point.
But what all that meditation made me realize, was that I was much too busy! And that is really true!
To fit in with what I’m doing now, I use affirmations and mindfulness, when I remember to, as I go about things, and every day I watch/listen to some personal development and do a hypnosis or guided meditation. But I think it’s just as important to do other normal things that I know cheer me up too!
Not everyone learns from their mistakes, but I do. I’ve had painful experiences like everyone else and done the wrong things because of them. The only way to ‘learn’ from mistakes or traumatic experiences, is to stop doing that and put a new way of doing things into place. We can carry on doing the same stupid crapness, or take the karmic hint. It’s no good just knowing the theory and talking about it. We have to actually do it.
Other Meditation Teachers and Courses
A really cool place to learn to meditate, or learn more, is The Chopra Center. I’m sure you know that. The Chopra Center are making some changes at the moment, but there are some cool courses you can take with Deepak Chopra at Udemy here.
Udemy is cool. I am passionately addicted to it. You can learn anything, and they are quality, expensive courses, but Udemy regularly have them on sale really cheap! Check out all the Udemy meditation courses here and the mindfulness courses here.
As well as Deepak Chopra, some other well loved meditation and mindfulness teachers that have courses available to take at Udemy are Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, and Rick Hanson is also another cool teacher.
If you want to try a taste of Udemy, you can take one of these FREE Udemy courses on all different topics here.
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WHY I THINK SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICES AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS ARE SIMILAR AND HAVE THE SAME EFFECT
All religions/spiritual practices use prayer, affirmations, symbolic rituals and meditation/contemplation, as well as religious teachings and texts. Whether you believe the creative force or God is external or not, these things have the practical ‘effect’ of disciplining our minds and help us have more productive, ethical and co-operative behavior, and more fulfilling lives.
Also, all religious, spiritual or pagan faiths have the same themes and the same sort of universal God energies/saints and angels/deities, or elemental energies, which correspond to what psychology knows as the psychological ‘archetypes’, which are strong basic universal psychological concepts or themes that inform the rest of the way we think, like the most basic ones include our collective notion of the energy of (or ideal of) ‘the mother’ and ‘the father’ and there are many others.
All of the world religions have influenced and blended into each other throughout history. All, or most of them, use symbolic rituals and repetition.
There is no real difference between mala beads and rosary beads. There’s no technical difference between saying sanskrit mantras, and saying prayers or affirmations in your own language, although it is known that there are some holy languages containing healing vibrational sounds that affect physical matter.
I still use mantras too sometimes, but I also think that saying something positive to yourself in a language you understand can often get into your brain more. If you feel that something works, it works.
Spirituality and religion is an inextricable part of our psychology and psychology based personal development has the same positive effect on growth as what we perceive as the path to enlightenment.
Practicality and spirituality are not separate things and I don’t think it matters which of these you do, as long as you try to keep yourself tuned in to God/positivity/yourself and your own mind.
We have all had bad experiences, and things that we don’t like happen to us every day. Negativity is vibrationally ‘heavier’. It is more energetically dense. So it literally has more ‘weight’ and ‘pull’.
It’s a fact of human life that we need to get control over our own thoughts and usually we need help with it from each other.
Hypnosis and other tools are cool because it’s always easier when someone who knows what they are doing is helping you, but it’s also self-help. We don’t need to put our negativity onto anyone else, and I’m sure you know that people can make you worse when they help you too much.
Hypnosis is amazing these days too. Hypnotherapists combine layers of scientifically researched tools like storytelling, psychology, counselling and communication techniques, imagery, affirmations, NLP, binaural beats, solfeggio tones, and lots of others, designed for really specific issues. That’s obviously better than just saying affirmations on your own.
I think hypnosis or hypnotherapy and guided meditations are the same thing really too,except that hypnosis is better!
Personal Development gurus, psychologists and even psychiatrists see psychology and mental health much more as a spiritual thing now than they ever did. Everything is coming together and we’re coming to a new understanding.
WHY WE NEED TO USE THINGS LIKE THESE
We all have to cope with external triggers and it’s important for everyone to keep their emotional footing. Everyone has insecurities, some people are more emotionally vulnerable and some have higher social status, but nobody is king of the world and it’s the same way for everyone.
I hope some people feel encouraged to have a go at something. Look up some of the ideas if you want to know more about them, or click on any of the highlighted links. I have suggested Transcendental Meditation, Hemi-Sync, Mindplace, Udemy Meditation and Mindfulness Courses and Hypnosis Downloads.
Coolness if you want to try any of those out.
It’s interesting to have a go at and it’s important to fit them in, because it improves everything else in your life, and you’ve only got one, right?