Yesterday I wrote about my personal pursuit to shift my perspective as I continue my consideration and assessment of a number of flaws that I see in our current society. Specifically I outlined a need for a shift in my examination of issues and development of potential solutions away from the currently accepted approaches that are built on violence and aggression to an approach founded in a world focussed on love, compassion, belonging, relationship, acceptance of others, cooperation, connection and community. In other words founded in concern for the planet and all beings who inhabit it within a loving rather than an aggressive approach.
To achieve this shift I made a commitment to call a ceasefire on the war on myself and engage in some serious reflection with a goal to try to reach a permanent peace agreement that will end this war. I see the end of this “war” as a first step in being able to truly contribute to peace on a broader scale. I believe that many of us are fighting various wars with ourselves. These wars are spawned by our attempts to live up to the delusions of our current society and promoted by the media, consumerism, the dominant economic system, and ultimately by our education systems both formal and informal.
I guess what I am saying is that we are taught early on that we are far from perfection(hey how about original sin…not sure I want to go there today) Yet we are also taught that perfection is the ultimate goal even though it is also made clear that it is unattainable. We continue to be reinforced for trying to reach this state and in the meantime cause ourselves endless stress and suffering. Most of this is unnecessary but caused by our continual failure to reach the goal. Now I realize that suffering is a natural part of the human condition but I believe that the human condition is much more than suffering. Suffering shares our attention with joy. It is a balance and one that is fostered through expression and reception of love.
I go back to the examination of our striving for perfection and suggest that it may not be that the goal is unattainable but rather that the concept of perfection is skewed towards the delusions and thus this is why perfection seems to be unattainable. If we are reaching for the wrong object we will not succeed no matter how hard we try. There is also the consideration that if it is the wrong goal why would we want to reach it at all?
I wrote a post about the miracle that is a flowerand yet another about other miraclesthat are not always so apparent to us. What I am thinking right now is that perhaps we as we are at this moment are as perfect as it gets. What if we were to consider that we are perfect right here and now? Can we ignore or at least set aside that perfect picture of our ideal body, the perfect job, the correct up to date fashions, the right place to live, the perfect relationships, or the perfect emotional state? Can we stop thinking that we never know quite enough, or we are not qualified enough to take responsibility for our own health or to share our ideas, that essentially we are inconsequential? Can we stop striving to be the best, the star, the celebrity before we celebrate our accomplishments? Can we move away from fear and feel the support of love in our journey that is life? Can we begin to see the marvel and the miracle that is our being and like the flower that just is, a manifestation of perfection?
I admit that I have suffered through all of these delusions—forever striving, rarely appreciating what is, always trying too hard to get to “God knows where”. I also admit that I have had very lucid moments where I believe I did experience perfection, where if felt that I was in the perfect moment, the perfect place and was a perfect being. These are the moments that take ones breath away. These are the moments filled with joy that is love that is perfection that deserves our striving.
I will remember this sense of perfection as I continue my examination of the shifts we can make in our thinking that will move us towards a more peaceful planet.
Irene McDermott © 2012