If your intelligence is not attached to anything, it will look for life fulfilment. As Abraham Maslow’s theory goes, it will look for self actualization and beyond. For this to happen, your intelligence should not be attached to your mind, your thought, your body or anything for that matter. If you get attached to any one thing, at the lower stands of Maslow’s pyramid, the higher dimensions will not open up for you. If you are entangled with biological requirements or protection needs or social needs or reputation and dignity, you are stuck in the growth process. All these desires will kill your thirst for realizing your full potential and exploring the higher dimensions. Whatever you are attached to, your intelligence will cycle around that, never to go beyond.

If you are stuck to food, sex and sleep, where is the scope for expansion? When you are too attached with any of these things, it also means that you have aversion to some others. You like this food and don’t like the other; you like this girl or boy and don’t like the other. Your thought lingers along these lines and you forget to even think beyond who you are.

If you are stuck to your safety needs, it gives you a false sense of belonging, what is it that you possess in this planet. You will definitely have to leave it behind one day. If you don’t understand this simple principle, think of the lessons learnt from last 3 wishes of King Alexander the Great.

  1. I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that no doctor on this earth can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.
  2. The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell People that not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life in greed for power, and earning riches, but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.
  3. About my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”.

If you are attached with love and belongingness needs, your Intelligence will only circle around your family, your friends, your nationality, your religion etc. You will be prejudiced and so it can’t see anything beyond.

It depends on what you are attached with or stay identified yourself with. Whatever you’re attached with, your intelligence will work only around it.

Osho said “I can point to the moon with my finger – but don′t catch hold of my finger. My finger is not the moon, although my finger was pointing to the moon”. I have seen people grabbing sand from below their Gurus feet, picking the fallen hairs from his head. Have you ever really understood what he stands for, what his teaching for you is? Are you living by his words?

Please understand what you gathered is yours, however not you. For example you have accumulated so many things in your life, food for your body, your next generation, love and affection from your loved ones, respect from your society, status, etc. All these are what you gathered. It can be yours never ever YOU.

Once your intelligence is around your attachments, it keeps cycling around it. It becomes repetitive. You are in the cycle of these attachments. Then you can’t think beyond the mundane. It becomes your daily affaire, your daily life. You become entangled in this cycle of events, stuck and not able to think beyond. Until and unless you come out of this entanglement you can’t become fully realised, you can’t become self actualised. Right now we are so attached with our physiological and psychological drama.

Self actualization explained is Transcendence needs, where a person is motivated by values which transcend beyond the personal self (e.g., mystical experiences and certain experiences with nature, aesthetic experiences, service to others, the pursuit of happiness, etc.).

Entanglement can be seen as patterns formed in people’s behaviour. Breaking these patterns is what NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioners do for a person who wants success, however entangled.

To go beyond self actualization one should free himself from the shackles of the primary needs. Abraham Maslow talked about this as, Experience the high plateau or the Peak-Experiences or grows our own potential, help others grow and unity of all things. Be detached to open up to experience a different dimension of existence, experience the higher level of consciousness, a world of all possibilities. Detach yourself from the entanglement of your body and mind processes.

I’ve been researching peak-experiences and NLP. But that’s a subject for another blog post to be soon.

Manoj Christopher

Director, Morpho Thinkers