Week 43: Self-actualization and Integrity

Integrity – Wholeness – Character

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of
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Unification

Unification is the process of bringing the elements of life and of self together into harmony.
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Purification

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it! [Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XII: “The Minister’s Vigil” (1851).] Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. [George Bernard Shaw, “Man and Superman, The Revolutionist’s Handbook”: Honor (1922).] In our model, purification does
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Authenticity

What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, the most precious he has. . . . he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness
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Confronting, Being Introspective

We were both crucified by the truth. [Barry Hannah, “The Water Liars,” a short story about how “how the worst truth to be confronted with is always the one you already know.”] Nobel prize-winning author Günter Grass admitted in 2006 that he had served in Hitler’s Waffen SS when he
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Maturity

Self-actualization is essential to the development of maturity. In fact, seen spiritually, maturity is just another word for self-actualization: coming to one’s full self. Still, in our culture, people are inclined to judge according to prevailing standards. Self-actualization is also a means by which we develop the traits that most
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Self-actualization – Self-realization

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. [Abraham Maslow] Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. [Erich
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