Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Monday, April 1, 2013
"Be ye perfect...."
“Be ye perfect as your father in heaven is perfect.”
I used to think of this as a curse. C’mon! Give me a break!
I can’t be perfect. That’ll never happen. What’s the point? When I didn’t think
of it as a curse, I thought of it as a ‘nice’ idea, but not practical, as an
ideal like Don Quixote’s impossible dream. So I became anti-perfect. Good enough
was good enough. People who strived for perfection were brown nosers and
losers. I didn’t mind being a ‘good boy’, but I didn’t see that as the purpose
of my life.
But gradually, oh so gradually, I began to experience ‘perfection’
differently; not as an external thing, not as pleasing anybody or meeting
anybody’s expectations or standards of perfection, not as a goal, something
external to me that I had to strive for and to try to be, not as filling a hole
in my soul, correcting some mistake or lack, but as something I already am. Wow!
You mean I’m already ‘perfect’? There’s nothing to strive for, nothing external
no goal that once achieved will make me feel whole and complete? Right!
Remember the, ‘is that all there is?’ experience….What a buzz! What a high, what a sense of
OKness comes from not having to chase after perfection. Perhaps you’ve felt it
but if you haven’t, try it now. Take a deep breath and relax into it. Wow, how
good, how cool, how divine!
You and I are perfect because we are spiritual beings first
and spirit is perfect. I’m perfect now, right now. Not when I die and go to
heaven. Not when all my books are published and I’m a best selling author. Now.
God, what a relief! No more stress, struggling and striving, pushing and
shoving! Yipee! The challenge is to allow the perfection that I am, and you
are, to flow; to get our bloated nothingness out of the way of the divine
“Be ye perfect as your father in heaven is perfect,” is an
invitation to do that. It’s not a curse, it’s an enticement, a delicious
invitation to be yourSelf, to allow your unique talents, ideas and skill to
flow, unimpeded by fear, doubt and trepidation. Its an invitation to seek the
kingdom first and allow all else to be added. It’s advise about how to use the
spiritual technology available to you right now.
“Be ye perfect as your father in heaven is perfect,” and use
yourSelf to make a unique contribution to a world that works for everyone and
everything in it.