The mystics attest that everything is perfect as it is.
As a teenager I accepted this and sought to arrive at the same perspective – to experience everything as already perfect.
But I could never seem to maintain that experience of perfection, and in my efforts to regain it and hold it for longer I inadvertently accepted a new premise:
Everything is perfect as it is, if only I could realise it.
Realising the perfection of everything became, paradoxically, a personal imperfection I struggled to overcome.
In the Abraham Hicks material, it is advised that we adopt an attitude of appreciation towards “what is”, to accept that where we are right now is exactly where we are meant to be.
This can seem hard to stomach when we don’t like aspects of our present reality. But the whole point is that our focus, our expectations and our attitude create our reality, so the best thing we can do to improve reality is accept it and appreciate it as it is.
But the caveat is that there’s only one reason why we seek to improve reality in the first place: because we believe we will feel better.
Insisting that circumstances change before we can feel better is putting the cart before the horse. But so is insisting that nothing change until I feel better.
Not only did I make “realising perfection” an unattainable desire that embodied all the imperfection in my reality, but I implicitly insisted that nothing at all could improve or should improve until I achieved that desire.
I told myself there was no point doing anything, because anything I could do was irrelevant and deluded without my goal of “realising perfection”.
Realising perfection, the very thing that was supposed to eliminate imperfection and struggle, became the narrow focus of all imperfection and struggle.
I wanted to be enlightened, and I determined that life itself was meaningless and irrelevant unless and until I accomplished that spiritual goal.
So what now?
Well, everything is perfect as it is, is an attitude rather than an accomplishment. It’s not a “realisation” to be gained by sufficient understanding (even though I understand it now). Instead it is an attitude to adopt that makes life feel better…as though everything actually were perfect.
Because the perfection of everything includes not only external things and other people, it includes my own self.
As I sought to “realise” perfection before, I continued to view myself as imperfect. But if I view myself – and everything else – as perfect, then…that’s perfect!