Faith: The Invisible Life Coach. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. There are times when we are at our lowest and become desperately in need of all the right answers. Even how much we try to think straight, we are just so overwhelmed by our troubles that we allow it to just fade us away from our capability of being a thinking being. We succumb to the woes of despair when we have nothing supporting us.
We lose belief in ourselves. We need someone or something to bring us out of the dark, lest we yield to death. When all else fail, we are held by one last effort to preserve our sanity. 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 in order to live peacefully and in harmony of ourselves and with others. According to Maslow, a theorist during the 2nd World War stated that there are levels of motivation which drives a man to be productive and positive.
Humans start with the basic Physiological needs like food and shelter, then seeks safety with socialization, then seeks love and belonging from the social group, then proceeds with self esteem security from the outcome of the previous three items, then reaches the pinnacle of harmonious human thinking which is self-actualization, being able to integrate all the areas of needs into the self.
It is true that man has a way to gather these needs and actually make it his basis for self contentment, but one major flaw in this is the possibility of a deficiency in getting all these which results to a breakdown of the whole hierarchy of needs and puts the person back in the shadows of gloom.
Though the first five needs are ever present for the individual to gather and integrate, it needs a binding base and a holding top layer. Whenever the hierarchical needs crumble, the person can still hold on to a thin but durable layer to work his way back up, and when he is able to reconstruct until self-actualization, he is able to hold it in place with the same layer.
This is where faith comes in. A sturdy belief in the unseen and believing that it will keep sanity in place is something more than self-actualization as it goes beyond normal human thinking and tangible comprehension.
The souls alternate type of fuel. We have learned to rise above the ashes time and time again. Others may have failed and allowed themselves to be destroyed totally. Yet until we are breathing, we have the capability to turn things around and hurl ourselves back into wellness.
We are given a mind to think of what to do, a heart to keep us strong against pessimistic events, and a body to perform the necessary actions. The soul is the collective being of our mind, body, and heart. It can still exist with a lack of the other, and is seated in the mind.
This altered existing entity no one sees drives each one of us to simply exist. We do not see, hear, hold, or comprehend it, but we know it is there. We know that each of our souls need its own motivation, and it needs a fuel which is ethereal to suit the ethereal 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 food to our soul to keep our most basic existence in place, may it be with something, a deity, or any other unseen object. It participates in our day to day living just like a life coach, only this time; it is invisible, yet stronger than any other life coach that we may encounter.