Human Needs - we all have them 

Anthony Robbins, visionary Life Coach, points out the obvious when he says: “we all want more pleasure and less pain”. What Anthony goes on to define are six basic human needs, which he feels we all have, regardless of race, colour or creed. These are:

1. CERTAINTY/COMFORT 

2. VARIETY / UNCERTAINTY / DIVERSITY / CHALLENGE / SURPRISE

3. SIGNIFICANCE / UNIQUENESS / FEELING NEEDED / (or appreciated/valued - Rob)

4. CONNECTION & LOVE

5. GROWTH

6. CONTRIBUTION / meaning / purpose

Anthony says, that even if needs 1 through 4 are met, without 5 and 6 we will still feel unfulfilled. 

Since the early 70’s there has been a gradual awakening to the ‘uncertainty’ of the sustainability of our industrial society. We began to awaken to the fact that the physical resources of the earth are limited, and the amount of pollution that natural cycles can cope with is also limited. 

In more recent years we also began to realise that we have lost touch with the earth, the actual Spirit of nature herself. 

Our communities have dissolved into towns and suburbia where we don’t even know or care to know our neighbours. Those of us lucky enough to have had a decent education and the basics of life supplied are in a position to question and ponder this picture.

Some want to make a difference - to begin to live in a different, more conscious way, in cooperation with Mother Earth and with other humans and creatures. From this have emerged the Intentional Community, Permaculture and Eco-village concepts. 
 

THE INKA ELDERS HAVE COME DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN TO WARN US THAT NOW
WE NEED TO RETURN TO LIVING IN COMMUNITIES WHERE WE KNOW OUR NEIGHBOURS
AND WORK AND PLAY AND HOLD SACRED SPACE TOGETHER.


The desire for community is a desire to fulfil all of the six human needs listed above. And it goes further – it is a desire to create a sustainable lifestyle, where all basic human needs are met PLUS the ‘space’ for human internal and collective exploration and growth. (Note that ‘growth’ is indeed listed as need number 5 above) 

So whatever you consider your starting point you are almost sure to find yourself on the same page with others – each of whom is actually wanting to fulfil the six basic human needs above in some shape or form.