Can you save the world?

Well, that may be some people’s mission, and that’s great and we can all do our bit. But sometimes it’s all a bit overwhelming.

Where do we start? What can we actually do? What is the right thing to do? The information is contradictory, or all the choices are as bad as every other. (Or they’re all good, and I can’t decide which is the best.)

RSA Animate – The Paradox of Choice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bqMY82xzWo&feature=share&list=PL39BF9545D740ECFF

So, if saving the planet is too big a concept to wrap your mind around, for the moment how about simply saving yourself, your family and your immediate environment?

You never know. You throw a stone in one end of a pond, and the ripples could just come to land on shores you may never have dreamed of.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs

In 1954, after a decade of developing his theories, US Developmental Psychologist Abraham Maslow identified the needs of the human individual on a hierarchy of several levels. He based his research not on people who had psychological problems, but the healthiest 1% of the college student population, so he could describe an ideal, not a psychologically stunted model of human aspiration.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs shows human qualities at their different levels of needs

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow identified five sets of needs in ascending levels of abstraction and sophistication: Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence. The image at left shows the general layers and the specific needs within each.

The lowest order needs are those we have for basic survival and propagation of the species. As we move up the pyramid, the first four levels can be defined as ‘deficiency’ needs – if these needs are not met, the individual will feel anxiety. The pyramid structure suggests that (with the exception of basic survival needs) the individual’s needs must be substantially met in each level before attention is turned to meeting needs in the level above.

At the highest level of self-actualisation, which only comes into play once the ‘deficiency levels’ are mastered, Maslow describes the awakened desire to accomplish everything that one can, to become the most that one can be.

No Burden in Proof!

You won’t find any advice here on this website about the healing power of crystals, how to live with fairies, on getting in tune with your alien contacts and so on.

That’s because I don’t see them as relevant to this site and because I have seen no convincing evidence for them myself. And I work on the requirement of the things I do recommend working for me in a very practical, not abstract, way.

Not that I would necessarily rule out the things I have mentioned above. I believe in being open-minded and open to new ideas.

Certainly, established scientific ‘fact’ is not immutable. Various points in history are littered with examples of respected ‘scientific experts’ being asked for their predictions on all kinds of questions. Many have been proven by later events to have been spectacularly and embarrassingly short-sighted and wrong. Before Galileo, the Earth’s place as the centre of the Solar System was almost unquestioned. 150 years ago, scientific wisdom told us that humans would never fly and that speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour would kill us. Quantum Mechanics and such ideas as String Theory are even now modifying the established rules of Newtonian Physics.

New progress and new scientific discoveries prove continuously that established scientific theory is fluid, that what we one day hold to be a self-evident fact can be proven on the next day to be wrong, or at least incomplete.

However, for this site I will work on the basis of what can be objectively seen to work, at least for me, and preferably for most people.

Now, before I go on, where did I put my crystal fairy and UFO detector?

The following pages

The following pages are divided up into three broad sections:

  1. Physical Wellbeing
  2. Mental and Emotional Wellbeing; and
  3. Spiritual Wellbeing

You will find that, within these broad categories, various topics are examined and discussed. (And you are encouraged to join in!)

You will also find that occasionally the same topic keeps emerging, each time at a higher level. For example, meditation can be a solution to problems people have with pure physical relaxation or sleeping. But on a higher level, it is a vehicle for mental and emotional relaxation or growth. And on a still higher level, it can become a spiritual practice – even a means to ‘enlightenment’.

Likewise, creativity can exist across a number of levels from the pure physicality of dance or the pleasure of singing with a group, through the developing mental discipline of ballet training or professional singing, to the creation of a work of ballet or opera that has the capacity to inspire and move millions of people over centuries.

We want to inspire you and encourage you to believe, once you have thrown your first pebble into that pond, that the sky is the limit.

  • “It is never too late to be who you might have been.George Eliot, English Novelist (1819-1880)