“May you live in interesting times.” A scan of the internet finds that this quote is probably a late nineteenth century English version of what was thought to be a Chinese curse, however, with no real connection to the Chinese culture at all. Of course, the phrase might be a back handed blessing, with its real meaning being that living in interesting times is more challenging than living in uninteresting, peaceful times. I suspect it would serve us better to bless each other with the phrase, “May you live in compassionate times.” Even if this phrase doesn’t lend itself to the ages, it definitely lends itself to where we are in our evolution right now.
As I ponder this new phrase, “May you live in compassionate times,” I am guided to look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as a tool to help me be more compassionate. By discussing this model it might help us think about why others might believe and act the way they do. It allows us to contemplate why we believe or act the way we do. Hopefully, this will help us take the drama out of any situation and be more detached and less judgmental about the situation.
You may all be familiar with this model. It was originally put forward by Abraham Maslow in 1943. It is a psychological theory to help explain human motivation and eventual evolution. The idea is that you generally need to have the needs of the first level of the pyramid met before you move onto the next level. (Click here for an image of Maslow’s Pyramid.)
The first level is the physiological needs of air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing, and reproduction.
The next level is safety needs. It includes personal security, employment, resources, health, and property.
The third level is love / belonging. Included in this is friendship, family, intimacy, and sense of connection.
From our perspective, these first three levels of Maslow’s pyramid loosely equate to life at the 3D consciousness level. We need to have our physical needs met in order to have the ability to be motivated to work at having our emotional and mental needs met. At level three, this is love and belonging at the 3D consciousness level where there is still probably some co-dependence or conditions on receiving and giving the love. At this level, we still need to play by some, if not all, of society’s rules in order to be loved and accepted into the tribe.
The fourth level for Maslow’s pyramid is called Esteem. It is about respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength and freedom. At this level, we are starting to be more allowing of other people because we have a healthy sense of our own achievement and esteem. We don’t have to look out at other people to determine how we measure up. We don’t have to judge others negatively in order to feel good about ourselves.
The fifth level of the pyramid is self-actualization, the desire to become the most that one can be. At this level you no longer have to compare yourself to others in order to know who you are, in order to define yourself. Your sense of self and sense of power do not stem from what you have or what you command, but how you feel on the inner. People who hold power at this level may even look passive from the point of view of those who look at them from the 3D level of consciousness.
People who hold power and self-confidence at the self-actualization level do not need to prove to anyone else that they are powerful or wise, they simply feel it. In knowing and feeling themselves at this level of consciousness, a person does not need to look powerful, talk powerful, or “win” the point. They simply feel it and are willing to allow others to think them weak or foolish, because getting approval from anyone outside of themselves is no longer necessary. All of their power and self-esteem comes from within, from knowing who they are. Thus, the spiritual paradox is that those that are the most powerful don’t need to defend themselves or define themselves based on the outside world. They may look passive from the point of view of others. Don’t be fooled! And don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of needing to look a certain way to prove your own consciousness level!
Again, the reason the spiritual hierarchy wanted us to look at Maslow’s model is to use it to help us allow others to be where they are in their evolution, without judgement. If we can look at why someone might believe or act a certain way from the perspective of which of their needs are not being met, then maybe we can understand that they are reacting to a situation because of fear of lack of basic needs, lack of safety or lack of love and belonging. If a person doesn’t feel safe in one or more of these areas, then we might understand and have compassion for the fears they are still dealing with.
In the same vein, if we are struggling with our physiological needs, safety needs or our sense of belonging, we might have a better understanding why we are allowing others to sway us or to push our buttons. If we can be honest with ourselves where we might fall into Maslow’s pyramid, we might be able to start to look at where we need to heal our old beliefs, our discordant emotions and our old patterns of behaviors.
The spiritual hierarchy would like us to take an example and show how people at different stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy and even the spiritual hierarchy itself might see a situation.
Yes, this is a hot topic, but it seems to be a good example. The Corona Virus outbreak. By using this example, we are not saying that the spiritual hierarchy believes the outbreak is the highest plan. We are just using this to show that depending where you are in your evolution, where you are in getting your needs met, will determine how you feel about the situation.
For people who are at the first level of the pyramid for this topic, the concern is having physiological level needs met. If someone has an underlying lung issue, COPD, or other lung disease, or a compromised immune system, they might have good health insurance and enough money normally to feel secure, but they might be motivated by the fear of not being able to breathe (the first descriptor on this level – air). Their response is going to be based on that underlying need to breathe. We can all understand this group of people viewing the situation differently than maybe a healthy person with a relatively well working immune system. You can image this group of people wanting special help or being more panicked than the general population. They are afraid of not having this basic need met.
Next, let’s look at people at the second level – whether their safety needs are met. People at this level might be in panic mode and stock piling goods. Please note, we are not suggesting we should not buy extra supplies, as guided by our Souls. But, we are saying at this level the motivator for people is panic and fear, not simply being prudent and prepared. Other people at the safety level might be in panic mode because they are unable to afford to buy extra supplies. Maybe some at this level are not insured and fear running up large hospital bills. Coming from a place of fear, people at this level might try to figure out who is to blame for the outbreak and who is to blame for the response to the outbreak if they don’t believe the response is adequate. At this level, people may want something outside of themselves to do something so they feel secure, whether it is stockpiling supplies or hoping for the Federal Reserve to change the interest rates so that they feel financially secure. It is all about feeling secure and how can I feel secure.
For those who are at the third level – they want to feel loved and part of the community. It is possible that people at this level are in fear that they won’t be able to join in fellowship with others because of state mandated isolation / stay-at-home rules. People at this level might start to go stir crazy because they long for the need for human touch and community to be met.
Remember that feeling isolated, alone and disconnected is an illusion, too. Work with guidance to help feel connected whether it is through 3D technology with other people, with nature through walks or hikes, or through meditation and raising your vibration.
As we stated earlier, these first three levels are roughly equivalent to the third dimensional level of consciousness.
People at the fourth level – esteem – might be concerned about the outbreak but are not panicking about it. They may wonder how they can help family members, or what needs to be done to help the community move through the fear. People at this level may already be looking for the silver lining. The other day, I heard someone say that by having better overall hygiene, we would reduce the spread of the common cold and flu, too.
At the Self – Actualization level and from the Spiritual Hierarchy perspective, people might see the benefits in the lessons learned. Maybe the outbreak shows that we have an interconnectedness that we sometimes like to ignore or allow the human made barriers to keep us from seeing our oneness. Sanjay Gupta, a medical doctor said, “if there is infection somewhere, there is infection everywhere.” This can be viewed negatively, or it can be seen as the mirror that what happens in one place affects everyone. If we could see the world this way more, maybe we would be able to solve other problems by looking at the global impact.
On the other hand, maybe one of the outcomes of this will be that each country acts with more divine sovereignty by creating strategic products itself instead of importing them from other countries, for instance, having China make most of the world’s parts and supplies: drugs; computer parts, auto parts, clothes, etc. This situation may even motivate us to look for more local solutions for food production, with local farmers or even what they called during World War II, the individual family victory gardens.
Since the health of the community is addressed by the whole community, this has the potential to pull us together, to help us see the need to work with harmony, cooperation, unity and oneness.
We know that COVID 19 is going to have lasting effects on us individually, as a nation and as a species. We know we are already “living in interesting times.” Now let’s see if we can manifest that into living in compassionate times by recognizing why others might be feeling and reacting the way they are.