Squirrels, birds and humans . . .
I received an intuitive nudge this past Sunday morning to refresh my recollection about what Dr. Maxwell Maltz had to say about the word teleological in his book, Psycho-Cybernetics.
You see, I’m in the midst of promoting The Alive with Clive Crowdfunding Campaign of 2016 (The AWC CFC16), and while thinking about what I could do to enhance it, I recalled that in the book Dr. Maltz mentions the on-course corrections a servo-mechanism like a self-guided torpedo or interceptor missile constantly makes as it moves towards its target.
In particular, here’s the pertinent passage I was seeking:
“The torpedo accomplishes its goal by going forward, making errors, and continually correcting them. By a series of zigzags it literally ‘gropes’ its way to the goal.”
En route to finding that passage in the chapter in which it is contained, I found myself captivated by these paragraphs about a squirrel, a bird and human beings:
“A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for the winter. A squirrel born in the spring has never experienced winter. Yet in the fall of the year it can be observed busily storing nuts to be eaten during the winter months when there will be no food to be gathered. A bird does not need to take lessons in nest-building. Nor does it need to take courses in navigation. Yet birds do navigate thousands of miles, sometimes over open sea. They have no newspapers or TV to give them weather reports, no books written by explorer or pioneer birds to map out for them the warm areas of the earth. Nonetheless the bird ‘knows’ when cold weather is imminent and the exact location of a warm climate even though it may be thousands of miles away.
“In attempting to explain such things we usually say that animals have certain ‘instincts’ which guide them. Analyze all such instincts and you will find they assist the animal to successfully cope with its environment. In short, animals have a ‘success instinct.’
“We often overlook the fact that man too has a success instinct, much more marvelous and much more complex than that of any animal. Our Creator did not short-change man. On the other hand, man was exceptionally blessed in this regard.
“Animals cannot select their goals. Their goals (self-preservation and procreation) are pre-set, so to speak. And their success mechanism is limited to these built-in goal images, which we call ‘instincts.’
“Man, on the other hand, has something animals haven’t – Creative Imagination. Thus man of all creatures is more than a creature, he is also a creator. With his imagination he can formulate a variety of goals. Man alone can direct his Success Mechanism by the use of imagination, or imaging ability.”
These paragraphs reminded me of this quote from Abraham Maslow, 20th century humanistic philosopher, from Motivation and Personality:
“Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization.”
And they reminded me of this lesson about the four characteristics of ants I learned from Jim Rohn:
Ants think summer all winter, think winter all summer, never quit, and do not just enough to get by but all that they can.
The next thing that happened was that I found myself saying the following sentence to myself:
Bring me your dreams . . .
So I googled that phrase.
I thought it was on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty.
Instead, I saw that it is in a poem by Langston Hughes, an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri, who was born in 1902 and died in 1967.
Now, one of the most inspiring poems I’ve ever read about staying committed to a dream is from Langston Hughes, who wrote this poem:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
He also wrote this poem:
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore –
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over –
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
And he wrote this poem with the words, bring me all of your dreams:
The Dream Keeper
Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all of your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
And this is the poem by Emma Lazarus, called The New Colossus, that is inscribed on the plaque at the Statue of Liberty.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
In summary, while we may have met our basic human needs, we all have a yearning Abraham Maslow calls a need to self-actualize, i.e., to be all that we can be in a world that overloads us with circumstances that occur as obstacles to our full and natural self-expression.
What we all need is a nurturing space, environment and community for us to fulfill our dreams. In other words, what we all need is The Alive with Clive Upward Spiral Mastermind Group (The AWC USMG)!
The AWC USMG is for you if you have a dream you’re yearning to fulfill and haven’t yet figured out how to make it happen, or you now want to take your life or any aspect of it to the next level.
I have devoted the last 15 years of my life to gaining the skills, knowledge, expertise and experience — learning from the books, audio programs, videos, conference calls, seminars and webinars of the most accomplished mentors in the fields of personal growth and the law of attraction — to equip myself, through all kinds of personal setbacks, upheaval and challenges, to fulfill my dreams.
And now I want to share what I have learned, and continue to learn, with you.
Without the continuous and consistent support of a nurturing community and guidance with principles on thinking mastery for dream fulfillment, your dreams are destined to suffocate because of a lack of sustenance.
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