Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs
In those times when we are at our lowest ebb and become desperately in need of answers. However much we try to compose ourselves and think straight, we become so overwhelmed by our troubles that we allow ourselves to lose sight of what is important. The darkness of despair sucks us in, and we feel as if nothing is supporting us.
We need someone or something to shine a way out of the dark. When all else has failed us, we are held up by one last attempt to preserve our sanity. We turn to an entity we can not even see or touch or hear, we call it faith – the invisible life coach.
We are dependent on many things to live peacefully and in the harmony of ourselves and with others. Maslow, a theorist during the 2nd World War, asserted there are levels of motivation which drive a man to be productive and optimistic.
As humans, we first have our basic Physiological needs like food and shelter. Next we are driven to seek safety by socialization, and love and belonging from the social group. We then proceed to build self-esteem and a feeling of security based on the outcome of the previous three levels, reaching the pinnacle of harmonious human thinking which is self-actualization; ability to combine all of our needs into the self.
One major flaw in all of this is the possibility that success in these three areas may not be achieved which can result in a breakdown of the whole hierarchy of needs. Once more the person is back in the shadows of their gloom.
Though the first five needs are always available for the individual to gather and integrate, they need a good foundation and firm top layer to keep them in place. Whenever the hierarchical needs start to crumble, the person can still hold on to whatever they have left and work their way back up. This he can reconstruct until self-actualization, he can hold it in place with the same layer.
That is where faith comes in. A firm belief in an unseen power bigger than us all is what will keep sanity in place and is more than self-actualization as it goes beyond typical human thinking and tangible comprehension.
Feeding the Soul
While others may fall, and allowed themselves to stay down, we have learned to rise above the ashes time and time again. While there is the life in our bodies, we have the capability to turn things around and catapult ourselves back into wellness.
We have a brain to set our goals, a heart to keep us strong in adversity, and a body to take the actions needed. The soul is the total being of our mind, body, and heart. It exists even with a lack of the other and is seated in the mind.
We do not see, hear, touch, or understand it, but we know that it is present. We know that every one of our souls need its motivation, and it needs a fuel which is ethereal to suit the spiritual life of our spirits.
Faith, among all others, is the belief that we could hang on to when the material world fails us. Faith is the soup for our soul to sustain our most basic existence, it is the belief that we can hang on to when everything else has failed us, may it be with a deity, or any other unseen object. It is part of our day to day living, just like a life coach. It is impossible to see, yet stronger than any other life coach we may ever know.