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The 52: Can We Believe in Perfection Even When Sadness Strikes Us?

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butterflybluesky The Buddha said:

If you knew how perfect things are…you would tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.

How wonderful that is.  Whatever is happening, we need to do nothing at all but rest in the perfection of consciousness.  It sounds like bliss, doesn’t it?  And, of course, it is.

But what about those times when the world hands us tragedy, death, loss, illness, and our lives feel like we have been hit by lightning?  What then?  Can we still hold tight to our beliefs?

I used to think that those who are spiritually evolved, enlightened, would have reached a place where they are no longer subject to the challenges the rest of us must face.  Somehow, Divine Consciousness, the Loving Light, God (call it what you wish), would shield us from all that would hurt us. While so ideal and something we would all long for, I came to recognize that this was a naive assessment.  Anyone, in the body, in the play of the world, faces tough times.

I can think of so many teachers, gurus, prophets, and saints would lead lives that were anything but “easy.”.  Recall that Jesus, in some of His last words, asked “Father, why hast thou forsaken me?”  Even HE had moments…

Some people have suggested that pain and suffering offer a doorway to more spiritual understanding.  I myself was unmistakably given this message in several mystical ways when the quote by Khalil Gibran kept appearing to me while I was in the midst of terrible suffering.  This is the quote:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understand.

Over the course of three days, it appeared over and over, even, if you can imagine, it appeared at a Chinese restaurant inside a fortune cookie.  Who would write such a thing in a fortune cookie, my husband and I asked ourselves?  But there it was.  I wish I could have gotten something like “Your life will be easy and you will be filled with joy.”  But, no, I was being clobbered by the “pain” message.

Believe me, I am not enthused about having pain and suffering in my life.  But these events come anyway.

The day after I posted my blog for the week, on last Sunday night, such a sadness occurred in our household.  Our much-loved and dear elderly cat, Dilly, had reached a point of suffering from many problems — a growing, inoperable tumor, serious respiratory problems, thyroid disease.  He stopped eating, even as I tried to hand feed him.  He became lethargic and his eyes expressed sadness.  The time had come to ask our veterinarian to come and help us ease him from his pain and from the world in the most humane way possible.  My husband and I were very sad to see our long time family member close his eyes and depart from our world.  Yet we knew this would be the outcome.  It always is, with every living being.

Can I still hold tight to my beliefs?  That life is eternal and that no one dies.  That there is nothing to do.  That everything is perfect as it is. 

I can. I must! I am committed to the spiritual Truth, as I understand it. Certainly, sometimes it is easier to hold to this truth than others.  And, when it is a challenge to believe, holding to it brings great strength and transformation.

What about you?  “There is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect, just as it is.”  What do you think of this statement?

With love and namaste, Deanne

For more, go to www.deannemincer.com

 

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The 52: Lesson Twenty Three — Do Nothing, All is Perfect

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butterflyblueskyThere is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect. Is that what I said?

How could that be?  Shouldn’t you be changing yourself?  Improving yourself?  Fixing yourself?  What about making yourself a better person, taking courses, working on yourself?

I will never forget when I first read those words in a Siddha Yoga course letter.

There is nothing to do. Everything is perfect just as it is.

I was stunned.  I don’t have to do anything?  Me?  Me, the one with so many flaws?  Me?  Surely, this advice must have been written for someone else — for someone much better than I am.  It did not mean me, the one so  far from any kind of ideal.

And “perfect.”  Everything is perfect? Just as I am right now?  And, wait, forget about me, what about the world and the other people in it?  Perfect?  With murders, wars, terrorism, bullying, violence?  And all of those frivolous, stupid, trivial, vacuous pursuits people follow?  Perfect? What kind of craziness would lead one to give such advice?

Well, fasten your seat belt, get ready to consider that this may be one of the best pieces of advice around.  Laugh or shake your head if you want. Just try living with this advice, taking it in, and see what happens.

LESSON TWENTY THREE

THERE IS NOTHING TO DO.  EVERYTHING IF PERFECT JUST AS IT IS

As radical as this idea seemed at the beginning, I trusted the teaching I was following enough to use it as a start to daily meditation.  I repeated it throughout the day.  This was not easy for me, a classic  type A personality, who believed that one should always be multitasking with at least three or four things going on at a time — like talking on the telephone while taking out laundry from the dryer while minding my dinner cooking on the stove and taking notes on the yoga lesson I had planned for that evening’s session.  Oh, and monitoring my breathing at the same time.  If anyone did just ONE thing, they must be really lazy, I said in my judging mind.

The idea that I could do nothing at all, and I would still be okay, was unheard of in my assessment of life.  That meant nothing to do or say or accomplish or prove or study or anything at all.  Good heavens, would I even exist if I wasn’t doing something?  And to think that everything would be perfect with my not trying to fix myself (and everything and everybody else) seemed completely ridiculous.

Imagine!  Just BEING was enough.

My ego, the haughty one who pretended to know a lot to cover up for the fear of  knowing nothing and making a mistake, hated this idea.  Being perfect (as in the eyes of the Divine) was anathema to the ego. Wouldn’t I become like a lump on a log?

But I got to like the notion that I didn’t have to do anything to be lovable, worthy — to just exist.  In time I could relinquish and surrender enough to understand that I am not the “doer” anyway.  That is just a game.

It did not turn me into a “lump’ after all.  I didn’t go into a cave to sit and meditate all day.  Ironically, I became more capable and active, once I gave up being driven by fear and neediness.  I was no longer swimming against the current but flowed with the current. How calming and relaxing.

Then I came to understand “perfection” a little better.  Studying A Course in Miracles and many other texts and writings showed me that this was not really my domain anyway. In the Course, it said:

You are still as God created you.

Nor can you dim the light of your perfection.

Even if this seems whacky to you, what harm will it do to test it yourself.  Here are some ideas:

  • Repeat that phrase as an affirmation as you rise in the morning and just before going to sleep. “There is nothing to do.  Everything is perfect just as it is.”
  • During the day, when you feel stressed, repeat it again.  It does not mean that you will sit on a chair and do nothing, it means that you will take the tension out of your actions and accept some “help” — maybe from Divine Consciousness.
  • In using the affirmation, remember that you are bypassing the ego and acknowledging “non-doing” and going with the flow of action.
  • In trusting a certain perfection, you are also beginning to notice what is in the world and what your perceive in your own mind are very much alike.  Maybe this is a matter of perception.  What if your perception shifted?

As I write this lesson, I know that these ideas may seem far-fetched to some of you.  They may seem like spiritual gobbledygook.  I thought that myself at one time.  In fact, I had thought to hold this lesson back and write it much later in “The 52.”  But now I think it is too important to hold off.

I am eager to hear what you think and how this particular lesson influences your life.

Every one of these lessons spring from a place of deep love and a desire to share information that, having been given to me (sometimes in quite miraculous ways), have made my life lighter and happier.  And that is my wish for you.

And besides, whatever you do or don’t do with this lesson will be just perfect!

With love and namaste, Deanne

Fro more writings, go to http://www.deannemincer.com.