30 Mar Perfectly Human – March 31 2019
Posted at 23:46h in Daily Thoughts
The word “success” is used so often, especially in metaphysical work. [ ] Can there be “success” where Perfection already is all present? Can Truth improve, progress, attain? Can the I that I am finally move forward to the point where I will be what I am? Or am I already what I am?
Drop the idea of “success” – know that Perfection is Perfect Now.
That Which Is
In our daily spiritual life we often are looking for evidence of growth, of becoming “better” than we were the day before. Or, seen from a different direction, we are finding ourselves disappointed when we behave in ways we thought we had outgrown–being frustrated in traffic, frightened in a social situation, unable to stand up for ourselves, drawn into gossip. When we see this “evidence” of our lack of growth, many of us will then berate ourselves for our weakness; call ourselves names, beat ourselves up mentally. As if this is the proper spiritual response to our perceived spiritual shortcomings.
In fact, all of this–the acting out of old patterns of behavior as well as the self-denigration that may follow–simply is making the mistake of identifying with self rather than with Self, with ego rather than with the Inner Divine.
And the appropriate response:
- is to notice–“Ah, once again I have forgotten the Truth of myself”
- to remind myself of the Truth I have forgotten–“I am not this limited ego, but rather the Unbounded Self that is at one with All”
- and to find compassion for this continued experience–“Of course I forget the Truth of myself. I am Spirit having a human experience in order to remember I am Spirit. And in order to remember, I must forget”
- and then to move forward in my day offering others the same compassionate understanding I have just given myself.
Today I will remind myself that Perfection is within me now; and when I feel the discomfort of opinion and judgment of myself and others rise up in me, I will remind myself that the Perfection is just the other side of these feelings. I will let the feelings be, paying no attention at all to the thoughts that may arise – I will sink down through these feelings and become present to the world, so that I may experience the Perfection of this moment and of myself in it.
Calla Lily, Studio City, CA