The Hayden Center For Educational Excellence
Welcome to the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence, a subsidiary function of the Smart Home And Life website. I’m Lee Hayden, the sole proprietor and manager of the Hayden Center. My goal is to inspire you to 1) become a lifespan seeker of self-knowledge and world-knowledge and 2) create joy and meaning in your life.
I believe every human being is endowed with a deeply rooted need to live a meaningful and happy life but this need is blunted by our experiences of daily living.
At this website, this deeply rooted need shall be called the true-self need. Researcher Abraham Maslow, in his well-known studies of the human condition, referred to a somewhat similar need as the human need for self-actualization. In his hierarchy of human needs, self-actualization was the top human need. To emphasize the depth of this true-self human need for a growing number of people, yet maintain a connection with Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, the true-self need has been added as an extension to Maslow’s self-actualization need.
The true-self is much more than a concept of an ideal personal lifestyle. As will be shown, it is a practical and achievable lifestyle. Unfortunately, various levels of difficulty, frustration, and roadblocks are encountered while striving for fullfillment of the true-self. For these reasons, at the Hayden Center, we take the perspective that each person’s life is best viewed as a work in progress. Our work is to help each person enrolled at the Center compose their life.
Imagine yourself 10 to 20 years into your future. Is your journey through life on the desired path? Or, are you observing others liviing the lifestyle you want? If others can do it, then so can you. These are simple questions that deserve serious answers. Almost everyone has the intelligence to become whatever they want to become. And, the required resources can generally be found. Don’t let nagging self-doubts hold you back, i.e., don’t let your belief system hold you back. Make the decision and commitment to move forward in your life.
Admittedly, however, decisions about moving forward in life are not always an easy task! Taking the time to consider your future ten years from now may seem silly, boring, or a waste of time. You can simply hope dreams come true and drift to your future or you can energize yourself and invent your future . . . . Lean back in your chair, close your eyes, and mentally picture “what” your desired future would look like. Would you like to raise your family in a beautiful home (first picture above) and get superior financial benefits from being a scientist, sportsperson, lawyer engineer, (second, third, and fourth pictures above) or other professional careers? Would you like to take your family on nice vacations, have extra income for retirement and college for your kids, or have meaningful conversations stemming from your knowledge of a wide variety of events or subjects? . . . . Now, mentally picture “how” you would achieve your desired future. Undoubtedly, you will conclude that education plays an essential and critical role in achieving your desired future and an enriched lifestyle.
My objective is to create a learning environment that fills you with a passion for acquiring knowledge and understanding, a passion for becoming more than you are today, a passion for experiencing happiness and an enriched life, a passion for possessing quality material items, and a passion for discovering a guiding purpose for your life. I call this learning environment the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence. It reflects the values I have acquired during my life and the values I hold most high. I hope these values will be as important to you as they are to me.
In my vision, I see you graduating from the Hayden Center and venturing onto that road less traveled. Your life’s journey has begun again.
You are probably here because of an interest in the Hayden Center’s unique educational opportunities. The educational programs offered by the Hayden Center support diverse student backgrounds and student lifestyle objectives. Student backgrounds may range from very poor to excellent historical academic performance and student lifestyle objectives may range from self-actualization to experiencing an enriched lifestyle of living. Specific programs are presented in the following list:
Please contact Lee Hayden for additional program or enrollment information at mobile phone 702-945-1294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Personal True-Self and Community True-Self Programs are journeys toward an enriched lifestyle and high state of being. This high state of being reflects a high level of personal accomplishment, knowledge and understanding, peace, joy, and meaning. Achievement of such a state of being necessitates multiple dependencies of other programs in the table.
If you have good or better academic background and you want but do not yet:
Have a personal vision guiding your life?
Find joy in all aspects of your life?
Have high self-esteem and conversational proficiency?
Have working knowledge in large number of subjects?
Have high physical and mental stamina?
consider enrollment in the Personal True-Self Program or the Community True-Self Program:
The Hayden Center asserts the centrality of the above questions to experiencing a meaningful and fully enriched life. Recognizing the centrality of these questions, the Hayden Center has established educational tools designed to facilitate your becoming a personal center of excellence. Absorption of these tool can dramatically enhance your life. These tools, in various formats, will be instrumental in helping you re-invent yourself, become a more authentic person, discover your personal true-self, or discover your community true-self. The tools are based on recent research results, are exceptionally effective.
The Hayden Center educational tools are formatted as free brief courses, fee based short courses, and fee based long courses to meet varying student financial and scheduling needs. The primary purpose of the free brief courses is to provide an introduction to the fee based short courses The tools are also formatted as tasks for students preferring the mentorship program.
Your enrollment and education
at the Hayden Center for Educational Excellence
will present the challenge and support you seek
on your journey toward an enriched life.
Retaining a mentor,
as a near-realtime confidant and personal coach,
greatly facilitates the learning process,
deepens the meaning behind each challenge,
intensifies your vision to see reality,
helps you become a new you.
A mentor is a senior and mature person available as a near-realtime confident, personal coach, and sharer of technical expertise.
Our own personal belief system limits us
to our present state of being.
The design of our educational tools is primarily derived from characteristics of the human belief system. All human beings have a personal belief system 1) representing their unique interpretations of their encounters with reality and 2) guiding their waking thoughts and actions.. Each person’s belief system consists of a set of individual beliefs self-developed from that person’s unique experience or theoretical constructs. Being self-developed, each individual belief is perceived to represent truth or wisest choice of behavior. Unfortunately, our interpretations of reality is often ill-conceived. As a result, our beliefs often constrain or limit each of us to our existing level of consciousness.
Securing an enriched life is difficult, especially for people unskilled at or unwilling to accept the philosophical idea that a select set of our individual beliefs limit us to our present level of consciousness. They confidently perceive this select set of individual beliefs as factual representations of truth and reality. Because of the inability to perceive of truth or reality beyond their present understanding, the learning process associated with transitioning to the next higher level of consciousness is severely crippled. Assuming the present level of consciousness is sufficiently high, however, a person can experience a high quality life without transitioning to the next level of consciousness.
The desire to experience an enriched life, i.e., a full, joyful, and meaningful life, is inherently part of the human condition and an ambitious goal. The really good news is that this deeply rooted desire to embrace life and reality and to achieve our full potential is a reachable goal by each of us. Almost without exception, we are venturesome and energetic explorers, often unrestrained by doubt and fear, eager to learn and grow, and to be and do more every day. We are searching for new personal experiences, knowledge, and meaning beyond our present state of being that casts us into a new state of becoming where new mystery abound. Implementation of the educational programs created by this ambitious goal will become part of the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence.
The Hayden Center provides life changing educational programs
that go beyond traditional educational programs.
My SHAL website goal for the Virtual Mall Section is to establish the Virtual Mall as a source of personal income sufficient to support the Educational Section. Your support is appreciated.
You may be asking, “Who are those handsome fellows in the picture?” Good question! I have been wondering about that myself. . . . . . Actually, I’m being facetious. They are both of me, Lee Hayden. My goal is to make a contribution to your educational world through my educational services, educational programs, and supporting courses. I hope, with these pictures, you will have a mental image of me that you can associate with the ideas presented. Perhaps, you might even experience a sudden and surprising urge for individual communication. That urge could be released by continued reading of these essays or by picking up your phone, dialing 702-945-1294, and simply saying hello or asking a question.
I would be very pleased to be your teacher and mentor.
The following section presents key philosophical ideas and conceptual design detail for the interested reader.
The conceptual design objective for the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence is to provide a set of courses which enable a student to reinvent themselves, become self-actualized and authentic, discover their personal true-self, or their community true-self. Each course shall be one subject focused and relatively short length. The courses shall be minimally expensive to the student. Key ideas that will be incorporated into the various courses are discussed below.
The Top Requirement for each course design shall be:
Each course shall contribute added value to the student’s state of being or state of becoming.
Key Idea. The desire to live a full and meaningful life is inherently part of the human condition, but countless stumbling blocks often prevent the desired fulfillment. A person’s ability to overcome their particular stumbling blocks and achieve their particular desired level of lifestyle is dependent on their composite intelligence. As neurological research has revealed, composite intelligence consists of cognitive intelligence, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, and moral intelligence. Education is the process by which our intelligences are expanded and acquire new knowledge and skills. Thus, education is a key component of living that not only reduces or eliminates the impact of those stumbling blocks but, more importantly, 1) enables a person’s vision so that person “metaphorically sees” themself graduating to a higher level of living and 2) provides unique practical knowledge and skills for each individual level of the human needs that comprise the human condition.
Key Idea: The Hayden Center will provide educational programs that expand all our intelligences.
For purposes of this website, the human condition is defined to consist of 1) various levels of human needs well-described by Abraham Maslow’s hierarchal chart of human needs (shown by the icon above), 2) plus two additional human needs labeled as a personal true-self need and community true-self need, and 3) plus a third human need labeled as a reality based need. . . Starting from the lowest to the highest, the needs are reality based, physiological, safety, security, caring relationships, self-esteem, and self-actualization, personal true-self, and community true-self. The two highest added levels of need, not shown in the icon above, are the personal true-self and the community true-self. Recall that each level is supported by educational knowledge and skills.
Key Idea: The Hayden Center will provide educational programs that address each of our human needs and provide tools to meet and/or exceed those needs.
Characterizing the human condition at a deep level is essential and is approached by recognizing a human being existing in reality as the one of the many products of a self-organizing universe. A human being is a region of space-time containing matter which the universe has organized to a sufficiently high level of complexity such that matter (with its embedded functional capability) possesses self-awareness, i.e., consciousness. Man is part of the fabric of the universe and, consequently, the universe has become conscious.
Key Idea: The Hayden Center will provide educational programs that address selected organizations of matter (with its embedded functional capability) so that the student’s knowledge and thinking will be reality based. Special attention will be directed to the self-organization of the various human brain structures and the unique intelligence associated with each of those structures.
Key Idea: The desire for a full and meaningful life does factually exists as part of the human condition. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs identified self-actualization (also called self-authenticity) as the top level need. Self-actualization includes the need for a full and meaningful life. For many people, however, the desire is only feebly sensed and easily over-ridden by myriad of other sensed daily pleasures. .If it can indeed be sensed, then it can be amplified and transformed into a personal vision. As a vision, it can be accessed many times during the day and, when in active awareness, becomes an invaluable guide post coaching us to be true in everything we say and do. . A vision is not a cute motto – it is an attractive force in full conscious awareness that pulls our moment to moment actions toward Universal Man. After learning the nature of reality, a personal vision sees a personal life being lived in reality and experiencing purpose, meaning, and joy, For me personally, my life is enriched because my vision sees you living an enriched life because of this website.
Unfortunately, all too often, starting as adolescents or young adults, we all are caught up in the business of living – working hard to solve our multiple needs and problems, socializing with loved ones and friends, entertaining ourselves, acquiring possessions, and coping with ever present stresses and pressures. Our struggles are changing too quickly to even comprehend let alone to control them. In the process, we often lose touch with these deep desires or sense them only vaguely and occasionally. When we remember and reconnect with our deep , we may feel that they are somehow beyond us, impossible to realize, and out of reach.
As a result, our aspirations become smaller and our vision of what is possible becomes dimmer and more limited. We begin shrinking to fit the size of our container, i,e., we begin conforming to our environment instead of adapting or learning from our environment.. Our world increasingly seems to want us to believe that ordinary is good enough, that greatness is only for others who are luckier are more gifted, that making a good living and escaping pain or tragedy is the best that we can hope for.
Perhaps, there are moments when we sense that much more is possible for us. in those moments, we know beyond a doubt that we will bitterly regret it if we live out our lives without exploring the possibilities. Even then we may feel at loss for place to start - a path to take that will lead us in the direction of true happiness and the fulfillment of our dreams . Are we too fearful that we don't deserve to even set out on such a magnificent undertaking?
I’m the web manager and author of all this website’s content, including the educational services and educational programs presented at this site. Our services and programs, with their supporting courses, can be a great educational adventure, personally enriching, engaging and entertaining, and capable of raising your lifestyle and consciousness to a higher level.
In my personal vision, I see you living an enriched lifestyle because of the influence of the SHAL website's unique educational programs. Each client selectable program implements a specific lifestyle enrichment objective with supporting courses. There are no admission requirements, no formal tests, no grades, no certificates of achievement, and no graduations. Clients participate solely for personal satisfaction and lifestyle enrichment.
This website is my source of income., I hope you will make purchases from the virtual mall and ask your friends to do the same. I sincerely appreciate your business.
W. Lee Hayden
This is my personal website. Its content represents me. I have a passion for making a contribution to the educational world. My contribution to the educational world is unique in four major ways. Firstly, new unique programs of study, integrating recent neurological research, metacognitive thinking skills, intrinsic student motivation, the self-organizing universe, the nature of reality, and critical thinking skills with deceptive thinking, have been designed to enrich the student’s life .Secondly , my approach is to augment and supplement traditional courses offered by school districts and college/universities. Thus, courses are separate from and do not replace traditional courses, i.e., students continue enrollment in traditional forms of education. . Our contribution is achieved by providing brief courses, short courses, and parallel traditional courses to any interested student or adult. Frequently, however, new courses independent of traditional courses are provided. All courses offered by this website support ideas associated with living life abundantly. Thirdly, our approach is to expand both our cognitive intelligence and emotional intelligence. We lived in an increasingly complex world of opportunities, relationships, competitiveness, and turbulence in all aspects of daily living. Much of this complexity is caused by changing technologies. Yes, indeed, the times are changing and education must meet the needs of the times. Thus, we at the SHAL website believe that education promising only to expand our I.Q. (Intelligence quotient or cognitive intelligence) does not serve the individual well in this complex environment. We believe it is imperative to also include emotional intelligence into the educational system. Fourthly, our approach incorporates some elements of social intelligence. We believe that social intelligence is probably as important as other intelligences and will incorporate social intelligence more fully as we at the SHAL website develop understanding of the available research data.
Education, that has been absorbed as raised cognitive, emotional, or social intelligences, raises that individual’s level of consciousness and produces a personality with a higher level of newness and fresh perspectives about their life and environment. At a higher level of consciousness , a person has 1) more motivational and creative energy, 2) greater openness to possibilities for change, 3) greater recognition of individual freedom to invent his life and change his environment, 4) increased excitement for self-improvement, learning and changing, 5) greater recognition of individual impact on other people,and 6) an enriched life purpose, meaning, and joy. Education incrementally raises a person’s perspective toward the world and the world benefits.
Educational excellence is essential to a nation’s vitality. Indeed, it must be accepted, owned, prized, and sustained as a critical national resource by the nation’s citizens. In today’s complex, rapidly changing, and often unforgiving world, educational standards must be continually upgraded so that graduate’s skills and talents satisfy governmental, public, and private employer requirements. Citizens, in their roles as parents, voters, tax payers, school administrators, principals, teachers , and governmental officials, must jointly contribute to educational excellence.
Every person’s life is relatively complex in unique ways. Achieving success in all personal endeavors is an admirable goal especially when success derives from a well thought out, meaningful, and documented personal vision. By definition, a vision “sees” something existing in the world. For our purposes, our personal vision metaphorically sees ourselves doing something in the world. It’s during the process of developing or revising our vision that we 1) grapple with the core issues of our being and humanness, 2) recognize our freedom, responsibilities, and necessity of making choices, 3) define our values and desired purpose in life, and 4) assess our personal needs to become more authentic or to create our true-self. Thus, our lives are complex and we are most adequately understood as a wide variety of motivations and desires, limited resources, concrete relationships, loyalties and commitments to those relationships, and networks of obligation to ourselves, family, community, and the world about us. Each of us must invent our own life and be responsible in it. We can best predict our future when we have created it.
My goal is for this website to be a center of educational excellence. Excellence is founded on patterns of thought associated with modern understanding of reality. The great disciplines of theology, philosophy, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and sociology each contribute to our understanding of purpose, evolution, and reality associated with the big bang paradigm of the universe. My vision sees people of all ages living life more abundantly because of private and public education and because of unique contributions by the Smart Home And Life (SHAL) website. Unique contributions include providing concepts, strategies, and tools so that life can be lived more abundantly, both materially and spiritually.
My deepest hope is that you develop a major curiosity about your local environment and our amazingly wonderful universe. A pursued curiosity leads to the recognition that we human beings are physically part of the fabric of the universe and not simply in the universe. All objects in the universe, including Man, are composed of fundamental particles which define reality as it is presently known by science. .Truth is buried in the complexity of both reality and our personal situations. Curiosity will lead to truth.
In my vision, I confidently see you in the process of becoming not only that which you an potentially become but that which you must become, i.e., becoming a personal center of excellence. Steps in the main-line process include achievement of self-actualization, personal true-self, community true-self, and person center of excellence. Steps in the off-line process include achievements of self-esteem, expanded vocabulary, growth of spirituality, metacognitive thinking, epochal thinking, speculative thinking, expanded multiple intelligences, and more.
It would be my privilege to present a talk to the people of your group or organization.
Hayden Center Educational Programs
The Great Disciplines
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation.
John F. Kennedy
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