Spiritual needs begin with something simple, with the need to belong, the need to have a place, somewhere to ‘abide’; a place where one’s life should have meaning.
This sense of meaning should not depend upon just ourselves, or the environment but an inner meaning which we can turn to in all conditions. As we are finding on so many levels at this time, life cannot make sense in isolation from a greater whole.
Here is another difference between the spiritual and the psychic; the latter is very personal – my own desires, my own feelings, my own curiosity, my own feelings and self-interest. Very often in the satisfaction of psychic needs people will disregard the psychic and physical needs of others. They may even be in conflict with the needs of others.
All of us have a spiritual hunger for life to make sense. We need to understand to some extent why we are here and why the world is as it is. We also have a spiritual need to know why we should or should not do something, why there is a duty to live one way or another. In children this must be related to something in which they can trust, which they can believe in and which makes sense to them. The inner being still needs the satisfaction and assurance that what we do matters; there begins to be a spiritual need to be in contact with a larger reality.
Mankind at all stages in its development and in every period, has expressed this felt need when looking up at the heavens or contemplating the ocean. There is this intuitive connection to something larger and also greater. This need also brings obligations and duties which sometimes conflict with the impulses of the psyche.
But the spiritual needs are not the needs of any part of a person, but those that concern ‘I myself’.