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THE MEANING OF MIRACLES > The Illusion of Needs

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A Course in Miracles states: "The idea of order of needs arose because, having made this fundamental error, you had already fragmented yourself into levels with different needs." T-1.VI.2. (Emphasis added.

Ah yes, 'order of needs' - something I learned about in psychology. It was called - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs - see http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslo.... Any of us who have studied basic psychology should have a understanding of what these needs are. And if we haven't, I would suggest that we at least go to the site - provided above - and obtain an understanding of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. The site will allow us to print or to download the subject in pdf format.

Why should we understand these needs? Well, in light of our journey through A Course in Miracles, a working understanding of what we believe our basic needs are, can be useful as our journey progresses. By now, we should know that:

(1) Helen Schucman and William Thetford, were Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and would know Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs;

(2) "The Self That God created needs nothing. It is forever complete, safe, loved and loving. It seeks to share rather than to get; to extend rather than project. It has no needs and wants to join with others out of their mutual awareness of abundance."; and,

(3) "While lack does not exist in the creation of God, it is very apparent in what you have made. It is, in fact, the essential difference between them. Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the one you are in. Until the “separation,” which is the meaning of the “fall,” nothing was lacking. There were no needs at all. Needs arise only when you deprive yourself. You act according to the particular order of needs you establish. This, in turn, depends on your perception of what you are." T-1.VI.1. (Emphasis added).

Your average Joe does not go through life consciously aware of where he is concerning Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. And even many of us who know of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, don't use that knowledge in any constructive way.

But students of A Course in Miracles may find Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs useful in understanding the structure of our belief in lack - at least from a psychological point of view.

Take a look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and share your thoughts on whether you think this information could be of any value.


Angelanadine | 17 comments I enjoyed that link, thank you! How very human of us to have levels of needs, to have separation even in the priority ranking of meeting needs.


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