Self-actualisation and Self-transcendence is the personal development goal of Corporate Meditation.
Corporate Meditation programs incorporate self-actualisation and self-realisation techniques that quickly empower practitioners to awaken intrinsic harmonious integrating powers that manifest as peacefulness, mental silence and balance. Through the practice of mental silence, self-actualising qualities manifest and are enhanced. These characteristics or B Values were closely observed by psychologist Abraham Maslow, famous for his ‘Pyramid of Needs’.
Abraham Maslow studied healthy people, and believed that man has a natural drive to healthiness, or self actualisation. He believed that man has basic biological and psychological needs that have to be fulfilled in order to be free enough to feel the desire for the higher levels of realisation and ultimately self-transcendence.
Maslow’s Basic Principles:
- The normal healthy personality is characterised by unity, integration, consistency, and coherence. (Man is basically good not evil).
- The organism has one sovereign drive, that of self-actualisation, to produce this healthy, integrated personality.
- When the four basic needs have been satisfied, the self-actualisation need arises: A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write.
To become self-actualised, Maslow said we need two things, inner exploration, and action.
Meditation is a methodology of discovering and activating your innermost being. In effect you find, or realise this self, your true self, is pure, silent, awareness. Further we realise that your individual self is capable of unity with Source, or Universal awareness. Maslow says:
“If our hope is to describe the world fully, a place is necessary for preverbal, ineffable, metaphorical, primary process, concrete-experience, intuitive and esthetic types of cognition, for there are certain aspects of reality which can be cognized in no other way.”
“An important existential problem is posed by the fact that self-actualising persons occasionally live out-of-time and out-of-the-world even though mostly they must live in the outer world. The person who is not afraid of this inner, psychic world, can enjoy it to such an extent that it may be called Heaven, by contrast with the more effortful, fatiguing, externally responsible world.”
MASLOW EXPLAINED : “It is so easy to forget the ultimates in the rush and hurry of daily life, especially for young people. So often we are merely responders, so to speak, simply reacting to stimuli, to rewards and punishments, to emergencies, to pains and fears, to demands of other people, to superficialities.
“It takes a specific, conscious ad hoc effort, at least at first, to turn one’s attention to intrinsic things and values. Only after practice do these strategies become easy and automatic so that one can be living in the B-realm (B Values) even without wishing or trying, i.e., the ‘unitive life’, the ‘meta-life’, the ‘life of being’.”
At the very top of the pyramid then is the desire for self-transcendence — to experience, unite with and serve that which is beyond the individual self: the unity of all being. (The word Yoga means Union or Connection)