Saturday, August 29, 2015

Humanist Approach, Self-Actualization, McKenna

You need to ask yourself. How do I live in the world?

~~~~Theories of Personality Second Edition
Maslow: Holistic - Dynamic Theory. Concept of Humanity:
In Maslow's view, people are not inherently evil, hostile, or destructive, but
rather neutral or good. The basic needs that motivate us are not negative or
pathological, but precisely those which ultimately result in positive growth
and health. Human nature is structured in such a happy way that the basic needs
are exactly what people desire most. For example, children first want food,
then protection, love, praise, and finally self-fulfillment.

~~~~Humanistic psychology
Humanistic psychology is a psychological perspective which rose to prominence in the
mid-20th century in response to the limitations of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory
and B.F. Skinner's behaviorism With its roots running from Socrates through the
Renaissance, this approach emphasizes individuals' inherent drive towards
self-actualization, the process of realizing and expressing one's own capabilities,
and creativity.

Maslow, the term's inventor, says that  "peak experiences are sudden feelings
of intense happiness and well-being, possibly the awareness of an "ultimate truth"
and the unity of all things ... the experience fills the individual with wonder and
awe....he  feels at one with the world, and is pleased with it ...."
They are moments when you feel more at one with yourself and the world,
more integrated. You feel happy, even ecstatic, interconnected and in harmony.
Peak experiences are one type of mystical experiences, and perhaps one of
the most interesting in that Maslow aims to talk about mystical experiences in
non-supernatural terms.

****In my life and in the many places I worked I seen much, and know
you should not take life seriously, take life as happy!
It's about the pursuit of happiness, not the pursuit of un-happiness!
You don't buy a couch made out of sand paper, so why sit there
to make the world happy on a sand paper couch?

A willingness for the wife to take me home with her to have that talk with her
husband. Who, is who to who, what are you to her? 
Supportive, stable, stabilizing, long term, adaptive to her needs.
One should grab a great equalizer, lover, a value in ones life
and go ride a bike naked together at the Burning man!
To learn there is more to life than they are living!

Or the morning after like being hit in the head with a ton of gold!
In the 90's realizing your date, a lady hair dresser, barfed that night then took you 
to a gay bar and there she is next to you sleeping. All on the same first date!

It's all nothing new. Just look into your family values in your past.
"Every man and boy wanted to have one last fling before the real war got him. 
One shot at it in a real house before he went off and maybe was killed. 
I’ve noticed it before, the way the idea of war and dying makes a man raunchy, 
and wanting to have it as much as he could. It wasn’t really pleasure at times, 
but a kind of nervous breakdown that could only be treated with a girl and a set-to." 

"I think that people don't understand. As the Firesign Theater used to say,  
'Everything you know is wrong.' But that is a very liberating understanding,
because if everything you know is wrong, then all the problems you thought were
insoluble can be framed differently. And there's a way to take the world apart and
put it back unrecognizably. We don't really understand what consciousness is at the
really deep levels. With some of the tryptamine hallucinogens, you see into possibilities
where questions like, 'are you alive?' 'are you dead?' 'are you you?' seem to have been
transcended. I think people have a very narrow conception of what is possible with reality,
that we're surrounded by the howling abyss of the unknowable and nobody
knows what's out there."

"Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the
top down. No king, no parliament, no government ever extended to the people more
rights than the people insisted upon."

Also you do need to ask am I going or living in nothingness.
Where like in the dark ages the many poor died in a corn field and no one ever
known they existed. Having no self-actualization / human experience
in a dieing world.

I lean with Terence McKenna! But I have to push more responsibility on the use
of drugs. The drugs did not shorten his life. "McKenna was worried that his tumor
was caused by his 35 years of smoking cannabis, although his doctors assured him
But still know how and if you are developed enough to use them.

I would say to take what Terence says to heart, but also note there is more
information now since he died in 1999, more is known now.
There is more to Christianity than the holy rollers then and today!
Proof of afterlife, reincarnation, angels running things etc. It's a different world,
in religion, it is changing, what people think it is.

Religion is more non linear I see these days. The old rules don't seem to apply
with points like reincarnation. Also no religion should be pointed to suppress anyone.
Religion is to free you! To trust yourself. Pointed like the Gnostic:
3. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,'
then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,'
then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and
it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will
understand that you are children of the living Father.
But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

"McKenna was opposed to Christianity and most forms of organized religion or
guru-based forms of spiritual awakening, favoring shamanism, which he believed was
the broadest spiritual paradigm available, stating that:"

"What I think happened is that in the world of prehistory all religion was experiential,
and it was based on the pursuit of ecstasy through plants. And at some time, very early,
a group interposed itself between people and direct experience of the 'Other.'
This created hierarchies, priesthoods, theological systems, castes, ritual, taboos.
Shamanism, on the other hand, is an experiential science that deals with an area where
we know nothing. It is important to remember that our epistemological tools have
developed very unevenly in the West. We know a tremendous amount about what is
going on in the heart of the atom, but we know absolutely nothing about the
nature of the mind."