March 9, 2011

Accept it, Take Hold of it & Follow it.

"Toward a Psychology of Being" - Maslow on the Intrinsic Conscience 

This is the “intrinsic conscience”. This is based upon the unconscious and preconscious perception of our own nature, of our own destiny, or own capacities, of our own “call” in life. It insists that we be true to our inner nature and that we do not deny it out of weakness or for advantage or for any other reason.

 He who denies his talent; the born painter who sells stockings instead, the intelligent man who lives a stupid life, the man who sees the truth and keeps his mouth shut, the coward who gives up his manliness- all these people perceive in a deep way that they have done wrong to themselves and despise themselves for it.

 Out of this self-punishment may come only neurosis, but there may equally well come renewed courage, righteous indignation, increased self-respect, because of thereafter doing the right thing. In a word, growth and improvement can come through pain and conflict.

-          Abraham H. Maslow

Toward a Psychology of Being: Second Edition

Once you discover your nature, your identity, your destiny, your potential- accept it, take hold of it and follow it.
Do not hurt yourself- do not deny yourself of who you are, what you are capable of doing. Often it seems easier to take the other path, mold yourself into what society may expect from you. Be strong. 

Do not allow yourself to be the intelligent man who lives a stupid life, the woman who values truth but lives in lies, the artist who sits typing numbers at a desk. Sometimes we may need to take on these roles to get where we are going- but do not let them become you. Hold fast to your dreams and continue to reach for them. Again, it may seem easier to give up and give in but that would be doing wrong to yourself. 

Things in life are not always easy, but as Maslow suggests, growth and improvement can come through pain and conflict. Make mistakes, but don't forever dwell on them... pick up the pieces, learn your lesson and move on. You will forever be a better person from each mistake you make and lesson you learn. 

Pursue your happiness. Keep in mind that your emotions are there to guide you, negative emotions often indicate you're pursuing the wrong thing/on the wrong path. Positive emotions often work as reinforcement; you're doing the right thing and thus it feels good. Listen to those feelings. 

Respect yourself, respect who you are and what you wish to do. 
Do not deny yourself of your own nature. 

Be you. 


  1. This is exactly what I needed today, this week. Thank you so much for my daily dose of inspiration!


  2. I love this site. You are amazing!!

  3. To simply "be" is one of our greatest challenges in life. Society wants us to be everything but ourselves. Great post!

    T.C. Street