Who Am I?

A Mission Statement  

Jill Hance Bakke

Hello, my name is Jill.  Over the years I have been a master of many trades:  AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education)  certified as a Financial Counselor, licensed as a Clinical Counselor, paralegal, journalist, wife and mother. I have delved into religions and trained in shamanism. 

Decades ago, during a meditation I was advised to build bridges between my islands of work since the spirits were tired of rowing me from island to island. It took me awhile to grasp their concept and find the common ground, even though I was performing that task in each individual trade.  The common ground is assisting others to reach self-actualization. 

My doctoral program focused on Maslow’s self-actualization theory or what Carl Rogers (1902-1987) later defined as the fully functioning person.  Since then, this has been the thrust of all my work and my own personal growth.  I see the goal of self-actualizing as one of discovering our True Self, the individual we were designed to be, instead of the person we think we should be to win acceptance and regard. I believe this is our destiny.  

This website and writings are predicated on the psychological and spiritual aspects of our authentic self.  They are not based on religious dogma, but upon the qualities of love, self-awareness of who we are, and what we need for happiness. I suggest nothing that has not been proven through scientific research, my own experience, or the validated experience of others.  Sources are documented.

 Research has now proven we are vibrational entities, and that the level of our vibration creates the life we experience, that our words (and even our thoughts) have power to destroy or to build good.  Whether we know it or not, we are all on a journey.  The road leads us inside. Our problems are within, and it is our within that creates the problems we face outside ourselves.  

It may help you to know that most, if not all, self-actualized people believe in a higher power that aids them on their road, answers the questions that stymie them, and lights the way through times of confusion and darkness.  The list of individuals using the gifts of spirit are as endless as the ways spirit speaks.  I offer you two.

Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Planck (1858-1947), considered to be the founder of the quantum theory and one of the most influential physicists of the 20th Century, said: 


There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the compliment of the other.  Every serious and  reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony.  And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.”

Religion and Natural Science
(Lecture given 1937) Scientific Autobiography and Other 
Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York 1949), pp. 184.

The qualities of self-actualization are individualistic, reflected in each person in their own way.  They reflect states of being, not states of doing. An individual may not exhibit all the fifteen qualities strongly, but a vast majority of the qualities are required for a person to be fully functioning and a happy.

When Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) began his ground-breaking research into self-actualizing in the 1940s, he opened psychology to the study of healthy individuals.  These studies led him to develop the Hierarchy of Needs and a list of fifteen qualities that indicated a person was successfully self-actualizing.  However, Maslow at one time also said less than two percent of the population achieved that goal.

It important to recognize that the qualities of a self-actualization are based on our inner being, not our role in life.  Today we have many methods to help individuals achieve the desire to be self-actualized. And the information and tools for achievement begin at the very basic level of human existence. Maslow says that self-actualization is based on four levels of growth.  

  • The first level is our Physiological Needs:  These are the basic things needed for survival such as food, water, air, etc.

  • The second level contains our Safety or Security Needs: These include the items such health and employment, things a person needs to feel safe from economic and personal harm. 

  • The third level is Emotional. It has been called “Social” or “Belonging” and it covers our sense of connection, love, intimacy, and group connections.

  • The fourth level is Esteem.  This includes self-esteem.  It is also a level of freedom and achievement that brings recognition and esteem from others.

  • The fifth level is SELF-ACTUALIZATION, the desire to become all that we can be. This is not a selfish “Me First” desire, but a desire for the good of all.  The fifteen qualities exemplified at this level are:

  1. Acceptance of self and others as they are.

  2.  Highly creative

  3.  Autonomy (resists enculturation, but not purposely unconventional)

  4. Spontaneous in thought and action

  5. Humor

  6.  Problem centered, not self-centered

  7.  Openness to experience as opposed to defensiveness (perceives reality efficiently and can tolerate uncertainty)

  8.  Need for solitude and privacy

  9.  Concern for the welfare of humanity

  10. Strong moral and ethical standards

  11. Establishment of deep and satisfying interpersonal relationships with a few people

  12. Democratic attitudes

  13. Ability to look at life objectively

  14. Peak experiences 

  15.  Enjoyment of the journey


I am a clearing house for ideas, both yours and mine.  Feel free to contact me. My email is jill@drjillbakke.com. My free newsletter presents exercises, book reviews, suggestions, and information on how behavior leads to becoming.  The information will come from many sources and meet you in different areas of your life. My free newsletter is published monthly. You can sign up here.

If you are interested in personal growth, I will be offering over a period of time a smorgasbord of ways to achieve it.  My individual work with clients encompasses what they individually chose to work on — financial balance, ways to become more patient, creative, compassionate, and other qualities. All work is nonjudgmental and held within sacred space.  If you are interested, contact me via email or the button below.  There is no charge for the initial consult.



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