Do you believe, in the clear white light?
Before one can make a plan, we first have to decide what we are trying to achieve. What do we really want, need, and what do we dream?
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs says that all sane people are motivated to achieve the same needs, wants, and desires – and that some needs take precedence over others. The most basic needs relate to physical survival; air, water, shelter, food, sleep, stability, safety, and sex. It’s interesting that Maslow regards sex as a basic need – and I tend to agree with that. All creatures expend an awful lot of effort just to get sex – usually with the aim of passing on one’s genes to the next generation.
In human terms, a lack of good sex can destroy a relationship, no matter how many of the other basic and higher needs a relationship provides.
There are lots of different versions of Maslow’s pyramid / triangle but they all acknowledge that the brute physical needs are the basis of everyone’s life. You can’t easily work on self-actualisation when you’re thirsty, cold, and hungry.
There is another basic need which isn’t mentioned in the pyramid I’ve shown; Health. Unless you are healthy and fit, in body, mind, and spirit it’s difficult to work on any of your higher needs. Indeed, if you are really ill it’s hard to work on anything except recovering from one’s illness.
Recently, (or for years and years), I’ve been pretty sick in my mind and spirit. My thoughts have been dark and meaningless. All of my worst character defects have been to the fore. I have been angry, blaming, jealous, judgmental, uncharitable, and lacking in love for myself and others.
Ergo, one of my basic needs is to recover my mental, psychological, and spiritual health. Whatever plan I make, whatever I do, I need to make recovery from mental, psychological, and spiritual sickness my first priority.
I need to walk the warrior’s path towards the clear white light of love and true enlightenment.
I know that this will not be easy, and I know that I will need help.
I believe that if I am sincere, and I ‘walk the walk’, I can recover from the darkness that has been tormenting me. I hope that someday I will vanquish the demons deep within my soul.