The prestigious American psychologist, Abraham Harrold Maslow has presented his theory of the hierarchical needs of life in which he postulates that "self-realization" is the highest need of one’s life, that the most perfect symbol of obtaining the highest need is peak experiences" , and that his definition of it is “a strong identity experience". I will summarize the following eighteen characteristics of its specific intension here:
Everything blends into one harmonious and integrated whole.
Becoming an integral part of nature by losing oneself and melting into it.
Being in the best state as when a river flows vigorously.
Being good at what one does and handling things with great facility.
Being full of confidence as if all can be conquered.
Being free from suffering and optimistic about everything.
Being as unsophisticated and pure as a newborn baby.
Being flexible and tactical and improvise at will.
Being unique by blooming one’s own nature fully.
Being absorbed in the present.
Being unworldly and regarding spiritual pursuit as supreme.
Being in a state of perfection with abundant essence, qi, and spirit.
Being poetic and full of mysterious ecstasy.
Release one’s energy completely and being clear, bright, and fresh, and as if all inner struggles had dissolved.
Feeling fresh, clear, and being free from hostility and hate within.
Being free from worldly affairs and at absolute peace.
Immersing oneself within the ecstasy of delight and feeling everything's amazement.
How many people can enjoy the “peak experience” that is described above? I suppose very few! What does that wonderful state that obsesses you and makes you lose yourself and meld with the outside world feel like? Consider the following descriptions:
“I feel like I am in heaven”
“I have a vague sense of vertigo; that exciting warmth, fullness, wetness, and power”
“A pleasant, refreshing, irresistible sensation; growing until it becomes a rapid, high-altitude, screaming rocket with blast-like pleasure appearing in my sexual organs and then radiating throughout my entire body while everything else has gone. My "inside" feels full of vitality; its strength, wetness, heat, and intensity feel wonderful. For almost the complete time, all sorts of burning, wonderful sensations radiate from within my thighs as if everything around me has ceased to exist and I am completely immersed in this wonderful feeling; until now, I haven't found a more wonderful feeling in my entire life.”
“The sensation is an utter immersion without willpower and disconnected from my mind. It conquers me completely and occupies my body; the best word to describe this physiological sensation in terms of its destructive overall effect is “temerarious”. The only physical feeling that I can equate it to would be some forms of stiffness and tension, and also the indistinguishable, internal explosion of the parts of my sex organs.”
"My body tightens gradually, my feeling reaches a steep peak of bliss, and then I reach an extremely joyous high plateau and let sharp screams out and slip across this feeling of bliss peak, then my body convulses violently five or six times, sharply and intensely at first, then more bluntly, slowly, and gently.”
The descriptions above describe the “peak experiences” of reaching sexual climaxes. In his investigative reports spanning five continents, Maslow stated that there are two methods for mankind to acquire “peak experiences”; one is sex, the other is music.
Sex, is the most common way to acquire those “peak experiences”. The supreme realm for Buddhist study is entering the Elysium World, and doing so means immersing into those “peak experiences” eternally. In order to enter the Elysium World, one must achieve “an enlightened heart that is perceptive of nature”, for Buddha is nature and nature is Buddha.