We stand at an important crossroads in our evolution as a species where everything we formerly looked to as keeping us safe; and supporting our health, development, and wellbeing; has failed. Education. Government. Medicine (here including psychology). Capitalism. Religion. All have failed. As it relates to Authentic Freedom Academy, I will focus on the three related to our mission of providing transformational education and empowerment: education, religion and psychology.
Education, religion and psychology have failed. Perhaps not from the perspective of some inside these institutions, but from the perspective of human development, they have failed. Psychology is treating pathology only, and everything is pathology (anxiety, depression, panic attack for example which are just as often signals of our Soul’s desire to awaken!). Religion teaches doctrine while ignoring the deepest need of the human heart which is to know ourselves and to know that we are loved. Education remains primarily within the 19th century paradigm of creating obedient factory workers. While religion, education and psychology all insist their desire is to support human development, none in fact, are doing so. Instead, they are, more often than not, working to keep people small, contained, frustrated and unhealthy.
Authentic Freedom Academy hopes to change this fact by being a resource through which people of all ages can be supported in their human development, the ultimate goal being self-actualization.
Self-Actualization is the term that Abraham Maslow used to describe the ultimate goal of the human journey – to become the fullest expression of our greatest self while harnessing our individual and unique giftedness, not only for our own fulfillment but for the sake of the betterment of the world. Other pioneers in the field of psychology have used such terms as individuation, self-fulfillment, whole self, etc. to describe the deepest desire of the human animal to find inner fulfillment and satisfaction. All agree that this satisfaction comes not from what is outside of us (money, power, wealth, material possessions), but is an inner quality experienced when our Soul comes to its own realization. The Soul’s realization is called self-actualization. The inner state of contentment and fulfillment I call authentic freedom.
Self-Actualization/Authentic Freedom is the mission of Authentic Freedom Academy. Toward this end, we provide you with the tools and support you need to achieve your own self-actualization. We provide these tools (one-on-one mentoring, classes and publishing) because we believe that self-actualization is the answer to what ails our world. Self-actualized individuals are more peaceful and content, problem-centered instead of ego-centered, live more simply, have a deep sympathy for the human race and a desire to serve their fellow human beings, are naturally democratic, collaborative and cooperative, enjoy an inner state of harmony and seek to create that in their world. Self-actualized people are content within themselves and are no longer looking for something outside of them to make them happy so they are less likely to take from others and are more likely to give. Self-actualized individuals know themselves and have come in contact with their own unique gifts and have taken time to cultivate these gifts. After doing so, they are motivated to share these gifts not only for their own fulfillment but for the sake of the betterment of the world. While detached and self-contained, self-actualized individuals can’t help but support the betterment of our world – sometimes just by being present.
Authentic Freedom Academy has made it our goal to support people of all ages in their journey of self-actualization, empowering them to experience authentic freedom in their lives.
If you are interested in enjoying the benefits of becoming self-actualized, consider scheduling a one-on-one session with Lauri Lumby (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.