perfectly imperfect.

It’s important to remember that your ego—your separate personal self-sense and all its culturally

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conditioned tendencies—is just not awake to the urgent need for your participation in the evolutionary process. That’s why your ego is convinced that it has all the time in the world to be eternally busy with its own self-improvement. It says, “Well, I’m not ready because I’m not perfect yet.” But that’s just the ego’s perennial excuse to avoid the overwhelming urgency of the evolutionary context of being alive. Did you ever meet anybody who was actually perfect? I don’t think perfection exists within manifestation.

If you want to experience perfection—inherent perfection; unborn, uncreated perfection—meditate. As you gain the capacity to transcend a conditioned relationship to thought, memory, and time, you will eventually awaken to the timeless, formless, infinite ground of your own being and you’ll experience that which is perfect. But when we reenter the manifest realm of time, space, and form, we leave perfection behind, in order to create ourselves anew through the evolutionary process. And perfection will never be reached here.

So when the ego tells you that because you are not perfect, you are not ready yet, it traps you in a spiritually and evolutionarily self-defeating cycle. A big part of awakening to spiritual maturity is realizing that, even in all your imperfection, you are ready to take responsibility. While you realize that perfection is unattainable, you aspire for it, always reaching higher and further. You are ready to be responsible for creating the future, right now, even though your ego may kick and scream all the way. And your liberation, your enlightenment, in every moment, depends upon that. It’s not easy. You have to be a warrior, you have to be an exemplar, even though you know that you’re not perfect.

So you have to deal with the reality of your human frailty, with the inherent contradictions in your character, and still be bold and brave enough to be willing to take responsibility for all of this. If you do, then the power of spirit will enter into your heart, your body, and your mind and you will begin to express That, in spite of all your imperfection. And then you, as a human being, don’t have to be perfect, because Spirit already is.

Andrew Cohen

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4 thoughts on “perfectly imperfect.

  1. Ok, ego was a huge topic for me last year. I thoroughly believe that it is the true cancer on our society.

    “It’s important to remember that your ego—your separate personal self-sense and all its culturally conditioned tendencies—is just not awake to the urgent need for your participation in the evolutionary process. That’s why your ego is convinced that it has all the time in the world to be eternally busy with its own self-improvement. It says, “Well, I’m not ready because I’m not perfect yet.” But that’s just the ego’s perennial excuse to avoid the overwhelming urgency of the evolutionary context of being alive.”

    THIS IS THE TRUTH!!! Love it! Great post, I really enjoyed it thanks!

    • always and thank you caroll!

      and yes ego IS a cancer of the human consciousness yet we all inevitably have to train, suppress and repeal it from ruining self. there in lies the “fun” part of life!

      how is your voyage coming along…?

  2. When the Universe has a theme, man it knocks hard! I was just speaking about this subject with a sister-friend of mine yesterday. Specifically, the ego and not being “ready yet” part. I was speaking more in terms of love and awakening (although I think it’s safe to say that its all the same in this case), and that the mind (or ego) would have you believe there’s a specific destination, but the soul knows it’s all about the process. I keep saying I need to meditate, and I have a couple times, but I know it’s time to take responsibility meet my spirit right where she is…

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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