Finally, we’re on the last bit of this series. I’ll admit, this was an idea I had for awhile, but I really struggled with writing it as I went. Admittedly, my psychology memory just isn’t the way that it used to be. Because of that, there may be some things that I totally and completely missed, and for that, I apologize.
I’m putting these last two together because they totally go together, especially when you’re looking at the bigger picture of faith. These two literally come one after the other.
Self-Actualization is, in short, becoming the truest form of yourself. We all have this potential to be something more than what we are. There is a “truest self” that is waiting inside of us and just wants to be released. But the thing is, without all of the first steps, you’d be struggling a lot with what happened up until this point.
Faith can play a huge role in this. No matter what religion that you are, you have the potential to see a lot more than you would have otherwise when you connect it with your true self. As mentioned in other posts, you can’t get to this point without taking care of other things first. You can try to become a true form of yourself, but you will just be a mask and you may be missing parts of yourself.
Transcendence is the last step, and it’s going beyond it all and being able to help other people on the journey. While you can definitely help other people find themselves as you are, sometimes, you have to be at a certain point before you can really help them. Not only that, but it gives you the opportunity to go ahead and really learn more about yourself.
In short, these last two steps are where your faith formation should be. It’s the healthy place for them to be, instead of trying to shove them in other places in your life. Taking care of yourself first is not a bad thing – religion, faith, spirituality, whatever you want to call it – it will be there waiting for you. Faith can get you through the tough times and is a beautiful thing, but when it’s used as a replacement for other parts of the triangle, you will find that it’s a lot more difficult to try and figure out what you need to do.
It’s all about balance. As I’ve said many times, I believe that life and everything in it is about balance. And if you aren’t balancing yourself in a way that is healthy, you may end up in a situation that is going to hurt you. Finding that balance is a chore, though – and helping other people to find the balance can also help you to find your own.
Oi. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series – it definitely didn’t go the way that I wanted it to in the first place. If you have questions or want me to clarify on anything, then please let me know – this could have been a stronger series. Going to go back to random posts again soon – for example, on Thursday? You get a Zootopia review!