Larry Mullins

January 12, 2013

A VICTORIOUS LIFE on EARTH

“Today, like every other day we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
RUMI

The brilliant poet suggests a way to fill the void we feel each day. I personally hate that vacuous feeling. But, I do not have a musical instrument. How do I fill the inner void with beauty? I recall other great words: “Without vision, the people perish.” It seems to me vision–the consciousness of possibilities–is the answer. But also, without faith in that vision, the people still perish. So my daily problem seems to be: First the vision. Next, impregnable faith in that vision.

This begs two questions. What will the vision look like? And, how to I kindle the mustard seed of faith necessary to ignite that vision with passionate meaning and purpose?

What is my ultimate vision? What is my legacy to be? How do I want people to remember me? The clearer, more vivid, more charged this vision is, the more replete it will fill the emptiness. And if we add this infallible mantra, we can attain, or begin to attain, the consciousness of a victorious life on earth:

“The consciousness of a victorious human life on earth is born of that creature faith which dares to challenge each recurring episode of existence when confronted with the awful spectacle of human limitations, by the unfailing declaration: Even if I cannot do this, there lives in me one who can and will do it, a part of the Father-Absolute of the universe of universes. And that is ‘the victory which overcomes the world, even your faith.’”

The Urantia Book

LARRY MULLINS

July 28, 2009

RESPONSE TO ANIL

Good day Anil. Let me preface my remarks with a disclaimer. I know Western thinkers generally embrace models such as Maslow’s pyramid. However, when discussing a model, such as the pyramid, we must keep in mind that it is an imaginary concept that we are imposing upon reality. It makes us more comfortable, but it does not really exist.

On the other hand, when discussing immensely complex issues such as human motivation it is helpful to have an idea what conceptual model of the human psyche a particular individual subscribes to. My understanding of one Eastern view is that the essence of a mortal (forgive the brevity and crudeness) could be viewed as concentric circles, with the spiritual essence of the individual in the center, and increasingly grosser levels of matter enveloping it. Freud used a different, more simplistic idea of the ID, the EGO and the SUPER EGO, with no concession to a spiritual component. Maslow himself was a professed atheist, yet he hinted at transcendent qualities in the mortal being, while insisting that such qualities as the highest values were somehow biological in nature. I find neither Maslow or Freud’s models satisfactory, in that they fail to explain transcendent qualities in mortals that appear to impinge upon the materialistic situational field, especially in critical moments. Maslow and Freud also fail to explain the continuity of consciousness that we all experience and sense to be valid. The Eastern model comes close to explaining both phenomenon, but still seemed to fall a bit short.

Victor Frankl offered a much more viable option than any of the three above, in my judgment. He explained his model at length in the book he wrote immediately after his concentration camp experience, “The Unconscious God.” Later this book was republished a few years ago as “Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning.” (Not to be confused with his “Man’s Search for Meaning.” They are very different.) Frankl believed in two spiritual components are essential parts of mortal being, two “irreducible essences.” One was very similar to the Eastern spiritual essence … the changeless, personal “I am” that is uniquely us, yet part of the ultimate whole. Yet, Frankl declared that this immortal essence “should not be a judge unto itself.” He suggested that a second spiritual essence, objective, impersonal, and transcendent was necessary to guide the mortal. In this way he brushed aside ethical “rules” and declared the second ultimate essence capable of operating infallibly to provide mortal guidance in the present. I found this hybrid model (that is dual components of spiritual influence, one personal and the other objective and impersonal) in only one other place, “The Urantia Book.” This huge and challenging tome claims to be a revelation that synthesizes science, religion and philosophy. I find many useful ideas in it.

With these caveats in mind, I will attempt to offer you a response to your questions.

QUESTION: 1. How does his theory explain Victor Frankl’s case who chose to live at the top of the Maslow’s pyramid even when his most basic needs were not being fulfilled in the Nazi concentration camps. Galileo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, were poor to the extent that their most basic needs were not being fulfilled when they produced some finest works in their fields contributions that can at least fit in the middle of the pyramid, if not at the highest levels. (By the way does he ever talk about the pyramid in his book. Some people say the concept of pyramid was added later)

Maslow’s model does not really explain instances of spiritual transcendence that makes possible virtual miracles of the human spirit. Unlike many people, I believe the self-actualizing process may engage on any level of the pyramid. I find the pyramid helpful in explaining immature behavior, but once we enter the self-actualizing process material cause and effect is less and less significant. The self-actualizer becomes lost in his or her quest. Ironically, we become more and more our real self as we become less and less concerned with its welfare. Maslow presented his pyramid about In 1943, in a paper that featured his Hierarchy of Human Needs. This would turn out to be the one piece of his work that nearly all his academic peers in psychology enthusiastically embraced. Yet, in my judgment, his later work was much more important.

QUESTION 2. Does a person shift to the next level of hierarchy when his needs in the current level get satisfied substantially or satisfied at least to the most basic level. In case it is substantial, what makes a human decide how much is substantial? How does he know that level has been achieved? Isn’t it something within him that decides it? If that is so how much control he wields in manipulating that feeling?

The different levels are defused, not clearly defined. Moreover, except for very basic needs, an individual does not consciously decide to move to another level. as one moves up the pyramid the “needs” become more like “urges.” If we are hungry, we clearly know it. But if we perceive we are not sufficiently respected, the urge is very subjective. How do we decide the situation of a lack of respect? It may be true, or it may be an immature feeling that is not justified. Therefore, we can hardly consciously decide that this emotional need has been satisfied in the manner a big hamburger satisfies our hunger. Indeed, it is “something in him” (as you say) that may enlighten his perspective of self-worth and appreciation. Virtually every distasteful thing a person does is when he strives to be loved and appreciated long after he should be striving to love and appreciate others.

QUESTION 3. Do we really need to go through these levels first hand or can we by pass them through our mental imagination?

In my judgment we cannot self-actualize in a vacuum. While it is possible to exercise integrity and excellence (truth and beauty) to some degree alone, it is very difficult to manifest goodness without a human relationship of some kind. Imagination is of immense importance to spiritual growth, but nothing can replace the reality of personal experience of human relationships. Personality relationships are ends in themselves, and transcend all other realities we can know as humans.

QUESTION 4. Don’t our actions often stem from the confluence of many needs–a
combination of needs from many levels?

Yes, I agree. And probably the most significant is the presence of a spiritual component in the mortal being.

QUESTION 5. Maslow’s theory tells us how most of us would respond in a certain situation but could we take “what people are likely to do in a certain situation” as “what they ought to be doing”? Our needs should be decided by what most of people may be doing at a certain level of human consciousness or should we see our needs in the context of a possible purpose we have been brought on earth?

In his later writings Dr. Maslow expressed the existence of two components that determine the behavior of self-actualizers. These remarkable human being are the flowers of humankind, only one percent of the population. The first component or attitude Maslow detected was the fact that all self-actualizers are committed to a mission (or purpose, as you describe it) larger and more important than self. The second component (which I call his lost discovery) was the self-actualizers passionate love for. and expression of, the MetaValues of truth, beauty and goodness, which in synthesis manifest as love. Self-actualizers become channels for the ultimate values and express them in their lives. Although Maslow believed MetaValues are biologically based, while I believe they come from our Creator.

I hope this is helpful.

Larry Mullins

June 30, 2009

Your Prison Door is Open

The late Peter Drucker once observed that when the history of this age is written, it will not be wonder-struck by the technology explosion, nor the web, not any on the technical advances so much. What will intrigue the historians of the future will be the fact that for the first time ever in recorded history, large groups of human beings were actually free, and they did not know what to do with their freedom. The prison door is open. But the masses of humanity are afraid to step out the door. Never before has it been possible to actualize your gifts and make them known to the world on a scale that would have been inconceivable a couple of decades ago. We were all born with a unique gift, but most of us have not learned to unwrap it yet. To learn how to unwrap yours check out the free video at http://metavalues.net/video/video2.htm .

June 29, 2009

The killer Paradigm shifts

Several dramatic paradigm shifts were originally proposed by the later work of Abraham Maslow, but have been ignored or discarded by too many modern gurus.
[1]. The first paradigm shift for modern thinkers and leaders is Maslow’s contention that the MetaValues of Integrity, Excellence, and Caring (Truth, Beauty and Goodness) are not relative artifacts, but rather are transcendent realities.
[2]. MetaValues are not learned, they are discovered. MetaValues are latent forces that exist in every normal human being and become activated as individuals reach the preliminary stages of Self-Actualization. Once activated, MetaValues configure the personalities of Self-Actualizers along specific lines. Although driven by the same MetaValue forces, Self Actualizers are immensely diverse in their expression of these intrinsic energies.
[3]. The ideal leadership model can be crafted not by studying individuals who happen to be in leadership roles, but rather by studying Dr. Maslow’s findings about healthy, Self-Actualizing human beings. In these findings he delineated specific MetaValue qualities that appear in virtually all Self-Actualizing individuals. Self-Actualizers are always leaders, but do not always occupy classic roles nor possess impressive titles.
The paramount principle above is the first one, and this principle is the key to Dr. Maslow’s entire conception of MetaValues and metamotivation: MetaValues are not relative, but rather transcendent realities. See www.metavalues.net .

June 24, 2009

“Ask not what the Universe can do for You … Ask what you can do for the Universe.”

“And so my fellow Americans, Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Fifty years ago John F. Kennedy inspired a nation with those words …

Yet today we are being told that we should ask the Universe for what we want and the power of attraction will bring it to us. Is this really the secret? Or is something missing?
The answer may surprise you.

In the Metavalues Breakthrough, Larry Mullins reveals the ingredient that will revolutionize your life. The MetaValues Breakthrough is unlike any book you have ever read. It is Not science, not religion, not philosophy, not new age …But rather a synthesis of the most powerful ideas of science, religion, and philosophy. In it you will learn the code that truly cracks the riches of the Universe …

“Ask not what the Universe can do for you, Ask what you can do for the Universe.”

We all have a precious gift to give to the Universe. The problem is that most people have not learned to unwrap it. When You Learn how to unwrap your unique gift to the Universe, Everything else will follow. That is the promise of The MetaValues Breakthrough. To learn how to unwrap your unique gift, watch the free videos at www.Metavalues.net

June 11, 2009

The One Thing No Earthly Power Can Deny You

Filed under: Basics of MetaValues,psychology,values — Tags: , , , , — LarryMullins @ 1:35 am

The first requisite of  setting the self-actualizing process into motion is Respect. Respect for self, balanced by an equal respect for others.

The second part of the secret is a precious attitude that Maslow uncovered in Self-Actualizers: they assume a nonnegotiable responsibility for the inner life experience. Again, most of us don’t have this attitude. For instance, how often do you say things like, “He makes me angry”? How often do you hold resentments about past injustices? How often do you rehash them? What Maslow saw in Self-Actualizers is that they refused to see themselves as victims, regardless of their circumstances. They perceived their lives as their own and understood that, while they did not have absolute control of their fates, they had absolute control over how they felt about their fates. They understood that we cannot control what others may do or say—but we have total control over our attitudes and responses.

Responsiblity for the quality of your own inner kingdom, your inner life, must be embraced fully. It must be nonnegotiable.

June 10, 2009

What Self-Actualizers DON’T Have

Filed under: Basics of MetaValues,psychology,values — Tags: , , , , — LarryMullins @ 3:51 pm

Early on, Dr. Maslow uncovered three attitudes that are unique to Self-Actualizers and potential Self-Actualizers. When he began his studies, Maslow accepted the conventional wisdom that it is natural for most people in our culture to feel unwarranted guilt, crippling shame, and stressful anxiety. As he studied Self-Actualizers, though, he detected that they were relatively free of this baggage. Over time, they developed an attitude of impregnable self-respect. This self-respect was not overbearing or narcissistic, but rather balanced by an equal degree of respect for other people.
How does such extraordinary self-respect evolve? Self-Actualizers are able to endure challenges to their self-worth because they believe that there is a higher, more effective version of themselves to actualize—a more fully developed model. Self-Actualizers sense, in a matter-of-fact way, that there is greatness within them. Most of us share an intuitive belief that we have a higher, better self within. However, the majority of us feel we can’t access this self. We believe that, if there was a time when we could have become the best versions of ourselves, that time has passed. We beat ourselves up for our failures. We exaggerate the losses and minimize the wins. We accept that we have limitations. In doing so, we lose the self-respect necessary to release our inner power. The first part of the secret, then, is to restore the natural, innocent self-respect we had as children while also increasing to an equal degree the respect we have for other people.

June 2, 2009

How to actualize a new life of incredible happiness

The concept Maslow called his most important finding, MetaValues (or what he designated as Being values), has been neglected and is in danger of being lost. MetaValues are inner resources available to everyone. They change lives. They drive and inspire the top one percent of the world’s achievers, people Dr. Maslow designated as Self-Actualizers. MetaValues will one day lead to an explosion of human potential that will revolutionize the world we live in. This pronouncement may seem to some to be grandiose. It did not originate with me, it originated with Abraham Maslow. I believe he was right. Dr. Maslow was convinced—as I am—that when that day comes, MetaValues will foster “A new image of man, a new image of society, a new image of nature, a new philosophy of science, a new economics, a new everything…” For more information and to view free videos, go to www.metavalues.net .