Who Am I?

A Mission Statement  

Jill Hance Bakke

The mission of this website was initially two-fold.


# 1 To foster individuals’ awareness of their emotions, actions, and the results in order to assist change in those which are detrimental to self and others. 


#2 To lead individuals toward self-actualization, represented by those qualities that offer a more satisfying way of life.


However, 2020 has been a year of chaos and change and a third leg is added to the mission. Chaos always precedes a transformation. Thus, this website it also focused on our balance, not our fears for the future, which usually arise in times of change. 

The following information may help readers obtain a clearer picture of who I am and what this mission entails.

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 psychology 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. 


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.   Maslow at that time said less than two percent of the population achieved that goal. Carl Rogers (1902-1987) would follow in Maslow’s shoes in researching healthy individuals. He called the result “fully-functioning individuals.” They results are the same, just different names. 


The qualities of a self-actualization are based on our inner being, not our role in life.  Today many methods are available to help individuals achieve self-actualization. These 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


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.


My doctoral program focused on the work of Maslow and Rogers.  Since then, this has been the thrust of all my work and my own personal growth.  I see the goal of self-actualizing as a discovery of 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.  


Research has now proven we are vibrational entities, and that the level of our vibration creates the life we experience. We have found 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.  


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. And this website offers insights into a number of these varieties.


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, referred to the element of spiritual beliefs in a lecture given in 1937 and reprinted in Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York 1949), p. 184.


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.”

If you are interested in personal growth, I offer 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 at jill@drjillbakke.com. There is no charge for the initial consult.