The Mazlow Revised Hierarchy

In our last blog, we explored a spiritual revision to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. We proposed that instead of structuring a hierarchy based on human needs, we can structure a hierarchy based on emotional development. By moving through various stages of this revised hierarchy, we can identify what is holding us back from reaching fulfillment.

In this blog, we continue our exploration of our revised hierarchy. We now examine the top four stages of the hierarchy, culminating in the ultimate emotional state – oneness.


Meditation is a means to transcend one’s identity

The previous stage of our hierarchy is the identity stage. When one recognizes that one is clinging to an identity, one can begin to transcend the identity state of consciousness. Since the act of recognition is awareness, the awareness stage  is the next state in our hierarchy.

In this state, one develops empathy for one’s constructed identity, and also develops empathy for others through recognition that each person must deal with his or her own constructed identity. While identity consciousness continues to keep us separate, with awareness, we can begin to find common ground with others.

In identity consciousness, there is often an effort to instill shame, guilt, and fear in others who do not agree with whatever we have identified with. In awareness consciousness, we go deeper, and begin to work towards finding the Truth. Therefore, it is the first positive step towards oneness.


In the intentional stage, we can make plans free from negative emotions

From a state of awareness, it is possible to set goals and undertake actions to achieve them. This is the intentional stage of consciousness. In this stage, we can become aware of intentions – things that we aim to do that we may not ordinarily be aware of.

Note that intentional behavior is distinct from wanting behavior. Wants arise from an emotional state. They arise from a sense of lack. We may want to be wealthy, successful, and popular, but these all stem from a lack of these things. Intentions, by contrast, come from a goal-oriented state. Instead of wanting to be wealthy, for example, we identify goals that align with the creation of wealth.

When one begins to work with intentions and the actions needed to reach them, there is a shift in consciousness. One moves from emotionally oriented behavior to goal oriented behavior. From this stage, it is now possible to work with others to achieve greater goals.


As more people awaken, we can come together to create a more sustainable future

The penultimate state of mental development is the cocreative plane. In this state, one is working with other intentional beings to actively create positive outcomes for oneself and others.

On the physical level, this may be done through co-creating a life together with someone, taking part in activities that require high levels of cooperation, and building systems that take into consideration the needs of larger and larger networks of organisms (not just humans).

When we all reach this stage, we may literally be able to create heaven on earth. Although this may sound fanciful, imagine a world where we all are working together for the common good. We clean our oceans, compost our waste, grow organic food, and take care of ourselves, each other, and the planet. This doesn’t seem so far-fetched, does it?


In the oneness stage, we see that everyone and everything is connected

The ultimate stage of mental development  is the oneness stage. In this state, a person recognizes that all beings spring from the same source, and that one actually is that source itself.

In this stage, the need to control, manipulate, or influence others is completely gone. One is solely motivated by the goal of bringing others into this state and experiences a deep gratitude just for life itself. One experiences a deep harmony with others and with nature, and recognizes that this harmony can be our collective future.


We propose a spiritual hierarchy as a complement to Maslow’s original Hierarchy

We have discussed the top four levels of our revision to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. In our revised hierarchy, the ultimate stage of emotional development is oneness. As humanity moves towards this stage collectively, we will begin to cocreate a more beautiful and harmonious earth.


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