People usually contact a counselor to address specific issues, including anxiety, depression, addiction, or relationship issues. When challenges like these inhabit the life of a person, they tend to use up a person’s energy, leaving no time nor energy for creativity.
In the 1940’s, a man named Abraham Maslow developed a concept called the Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s hierarchy can be broken down into three categories: Survival, Love, and Creativity. Maslow said that when people have survival issues to deal with, they are not going to apply energy to pursuing love nor being creative. Survival needs include food, shelter, and feeling safe.
While this model may not apply to every person, it does seem to apply to most people. The counseling related issues mentioned above are survival issues to the people who are afflicted, and as a result relationships become strained and all creative energy is applied to the pursuit of survival.
Unbounded creativity on the other hand, requires nurturing. An ongoing sense of freedom, security in relationships, and security in personal safety contribute to a person’s ability to pursue creative gifts. Everyone has unique creative gifts, be they artistic, physically expressive (like sports and dancing), people related, mechanical inclination, gardening, or something else. The variety of creative gifts people are blessed with are endless.
While the initial goal of counseling is to get relief from specific issues and symptoms, the underlying goal is usually the restoration of the joy and freedom of creative expression and sharing. At Sunrise Meditation and Counseling, we believe that we were all created to be healthy, creative, loving, and joyful people. Using Mindfulness Oriented Meditation and Therapeutic tools, we help people to accept, let go of, and grow beyond the experiences and issues that hold us back in life. Our goal is to help people discover and cultivate the gifts that we are blessed with, in both individual therapy and in Meditation Workshops.
Christian Tantric Meditation classes provide tools for connecting with our Creative and Spiritual roots, and developing compassion for self and others. Our next set of four Christian Tantric Meditation classes will begin on Saturday, May 13th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM EST. We will be providing classes at our studio in Sautee near Helen Georgia, in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.