THE IRONY OF PERFECTION
By Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani
August 4, 2002
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(One of my guides, Dr. Peebles, often says that we are perfect with our imperfections. That started me thinking....)
A commonly held belief is that we and our planet are not perfect. When we look around we see war, famine, disease, poverty, misery, a crooked nose, we're too fat, or think that our hair isn't just right, and we might agree that things look far from perfect.
What is our definition of "perfection," and do we catagorize perfection in varying degrees? If everyone had food would the world be perfect? If no one ever had a disagreement with another, or had an illness, and if everyone did what we wanted them to do, would we live in a perfect world? We often hear gurus say that all that is needed is one perfect person for the world to transform. What does that mean?
What is perfection? We consider that when something has no mistakes, that is unqualified, is accurate, it is perfect. (Whose definition is that, anyway? Who decides what's a mistake or accurate - the creator or the perceiver?) That means it's unchangeable and static. What would a static world mean for us? Most likely boredom, and if it's one thing we can't have it's boredom. What would happen if the entire world was entire peaceful, there was no disease, no aging, not a single flaw? What if there were no polarities (i.e., good/bad, hot/cold, light/dark)? Would we see that as living the perfect existence, and is it possible to achieve? Could we be happy living in such perfection? How many of us would leave the place because it would no longer be challenging or exciting?
Why are we are generally not happy living as we are right now? Because many of us have been taught that we are not perfect, that we are sinful, evil, and no matter how hard we try we're unable to reach a level of godliness. If we're not perfect as we are, we automatically feel lack, guilt, and have a very negative self-image, and usually a feeling of hopelessness.
So, why did we come here if we are imperfect? When we're in other dimensions as spirit it's a lot harder to manifest a physical object. Most of us enjoy being in the body. This is one reason why we incarnate, in order to be physical and create with the material, in the material world...the world of matter. (And matter also means what? Care.) This physical world is one for our own healing, our manifestations, to understand creation, and to remember our true nature - which is "perfection."
Okay, but you're wondering how I can say that when we still see so many people being abused or murdered, and another body of water poisoned each day. It is perfect because it is our creation. Is it the best thing for us? Not always, but we do learn from our choices and we can always change them with responsibility and vision for the consequences of our decisions and actions. How can we not be perfect if we are God's creations? Is an antelope or ant not perfect? Are volcanos or hurricanes imperfect if everything has been created by God?
It is my observation, and feeling, that when we think that life in the cosmos isn't perfect we are audacious and ignorant by accusing God of not being perfect, like It doesn't know what It's doing....like we would know better than God what is perfect. Ironically, and humorously, that would be impossible, because we're all God co-creating all of it.
When we think that things are not perfect as they already are we maintain a negative image of ourselves and the planet, thereby creating a negative people and planet - negative in terms of how most people see polarities. So, we are caught in a double-bind. We are creating the negative, defining it as such, in ortder that we can create a positive and thereby think we've fixed something, making it a little bit more perfect. (We label things as good or bad without seeing that all choices in the macrocosm are perfect). Actually, we are attempting to return to the state of oneness where we think that everything has to be the same. This inability to accept diversity is what creates conflict on Earth. God accepts us just as It created us.
Here's the irony: everything is in a constant state of flux and change, so perfection in that way is impossible - as perfection by our definition is static. And yet, being in a constant state of change is perfection. As we do have free will, everything already is perfect because we are always being the creator and making choices for our lives. This is how God functions - always making new choices, changing, creating anew. When we think that we are not perfect and the world is not perfect, we are already holding a negative image of all of it, and that creates our negative reality. This is the grind, the habit, that we can remove, transform, and see all as it really is - which, again ironically, is perfect.
Does it take a perfect person to make a change in the world? This is where I think we get into trouble because we judge and desire to control what perfection is or isn't from our own definition and perspective. One life is a complete universe, so yes, taking a life or changing one's self is changing the universe, as it everything effects the whole of life. It may be more pleasing and healthy for ourselves, BUT, it does NOT make it MORE perfect.
If we want to see a world being a certain way we must be that way ourselves, and see that the change is already there, that it's our reality, while accepting that all is perfect all of the time.
© Copyright 2002, Estelle Nora Harwit Amrani
This article was published in the October, 2002 issue (page 73) of
Sedona, Journal of Emergence! Magazine.