This blog has begun to explore a seven-level measure of maturity of behavior — Infant – Child – Adolescent – Adult – Mature – Sage – Ourora. The term Ourora is a made-up word based on aurora, as that word implies real events beyond this Earth, and the new term includes human responsibilities all the way out to the limits of the Universe and beyond. The concept of Gaia was developed to include our human responsibilities to the Earth, but Ourora goes to the ends of time and space. We will seek to help the Universe to self-actualize its potential being, to seek to find ways to quantum jump through potential realities.
The maturity scale helps people know the goals they should set for themselves depending upon their level of maturity. One thing the scale made apparent was that moving to more mature states of behavior required success in all levels and all aspects of the previous stages. The chart points the way to help people to choose behaviors that help them grow in maturity rather than stagnate or regress.
Periods of growth occur when a person is in an expansive behavioral state, because it is at those times they can best think clearly about their options. However, when a person is in a depressed state they can not explore their options very well and therefore they remain stuck. When people are feeling positive they feel able to take on the greater responsibilities that are needed for more mature behavior; but when they are depressed they will seek fewer responsibilities, and regress to those that they are familiar with from earlier times. That is, they regress to previous less mature methods of coping with problems, and when they recover they are at a lower state of maturity and must climb back up in enthusiasm before they can even attain where they were before they fell into the mire.
People can grow when they are feeling good, and wither when they feel bad.