I’ve been inspired by the far-reaching psychology of Abraham H Maslow (1908 – 1970) and the timeless spirituality of Lao-Tzu’s (600 BC) ‘Tao Te Ching’ to create The Way of Personal Development.

​Abraham Maslow pointed out that “only a few of us reach Self Actualization (being your true self – fully human). This is because so many people get stuck in striving for their lower needs and never get to realize their exalted realms of purpose and meaning”.

The Way of Personal Development

I feel as if the game of life has been rather like playing a subconscious game of Snakes and Ladders (Chutes and Ladders for my American friends) within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It seems to me that too many climb and fall in the three lower levels of the hierarchy. Those between basic physiological survival, foundational safety in health, work, finances and family matters, and the mid-level striving for love and belongingness. Maslow was right in identifying that not enough of us rise up to feel self-confidence, worth, and strength. Or find the capability and adequacy of being useful and necessary in the world. Very few aspire to find the ultimate happiness of self-actualization. Even less go beyond our ordinary human level of consciousness and experience oneness with the greater whole, the higher truth in self-transcendence, whatever that may be to each of us individually. Perhaps the ultimate goal in personal development.

In my opinion the ancient wisdom of the Tao-Te-Ching (Book of the Way and Virtue) has long taught, what Maslow called, the Being Values or Metaneeds and his Self-Actualizing characteristics. By self-assessing against the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs and adopting Maslow’s Self-Actualizing characteristics I have found, what I call, The Way of Personal Development. And in doing so, I have devised a blueprint that can guide others, across the stepping stones of destiny, towards realizing lives of purpose and meaning too.

(The Way of Personal Development helps us play the game of life in a new way – one where we climb the ladders in the hierarchy of needs without chuting down the snakes.)

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Ian Parkin

Web Writer / Visionary