Things in the world show up based on the way we look at them.  The more we look at the imperfections of the world, the more imperfections we see.  The more we see things as perfect, the more the world shows us its state of perfection.

Our Challenge

One of the most difficult tasks for all of us is to turn our attention away from all the problems we see out in the external world and to focus our attention on our dreams of what we know is possible.  This is not a call to hide our heads in the sand and pretend that issues don’t exist.  Yes, the world may currently exist in its manifest form in ways that are less than what we desire.  Our goal is to use those conditions to give us guidance on what we don’t want so that we can turn our attention towards what we do.

Each of us must learn to spend less time whining about what we currently see that we don’t like, and spend more of our time on the perfection we know is possible.  If we were to perform an “energy audit” on our thoughts and actions, where might we find our energy flowing?  Let’s close the negative energy leaks and be more positive energy efficient.  Can we move to seeing the perfection in an imperfect world?

What is Perfection?

The Wikipedia article on perfection shows that the term encompasses a number of concepts including — that which is complete containing all its parts, or that which is good so that nothing of the kind could be better, or that which has attained its purpose.  Can we see the world in this light?  Does the world contain all of its parts?  Is it so good that it could not be better?  Has it attained its purpose?  What do you think?

Metaphysical traditions such as the Science of Mind and Spirit state that each of us as well as the world is already “perfect, whole and complete”.  Newcomers to the philosophy often struggle with this concept as they mentally compare the state of their lives and the state of the world against a vision of what is truly possible.  The gap between what currently exists and the vision of our potential makes it hard to see the perfection.

Yet the perfection that the Science of Mind claims already exists is not necessarily a description of the current condition.  As its founder, mystic Ernest Holmes described the concept of perfection, he used words such as “the real state of being” and “the divine attribute of complete excellence”.  He advised us to “see only perfection… regardless of appearances”.  In other words, he was pointing us to focus our attention into the realm of the divine beyond the realm of what might be right in front of us.

Behind the world of the “seen” is the world of the unseen.  Here is a reality that metaphysics frequently claims is “more real” than the external world demanding our sensory attention.  Here is the world of our consciousness, of energy, of thoughts and visions, of our dreams of what is possible.  Here is the world that creates our mental picture of perfection that we use in comparison with the material world and its seeming imperfections.  Here is the world in which our free will exists to move our thoughts in the direction of our desires.  Here is the world in which all of our collective consciousness joins together in one divine consciousness where our highest dreams combine to know at the deepest level of our soul what is truly possible.  This is where real perfection exists and serves to call us towards it.  Our seeking this perfection is truly a motivating force in our lives and on our planet.

Similarly, philosophers have long pointed to a paradox is contained within the human concept of perfection.  If the world were totally perfect, then there would be no room for improvement and therefore be imperfect.  This paradox claims that true perfection depends on the ability to grow, evolve and make progress.  Ironically, true perfection involves our movement towards that perfection.

Quick Summary

  • There exist in our inner realm of consciousness a vision of what perfection is.
  • As we look at the world, things appear to be less than perfect.
  • Our judgment of imperfection comes from noticing the gap between our inner sense of our highest potential and our outer experience.
  • We are at choice as to whether we focus on the vision of perfection or the worldly imperfections.
  • That which we focus on tends to grow in our outer experience.
  • Regardless of where we direct our attention or any imperfect conditions, there always exists the state of true perfection.
  • True perfection is a force that is calling us towards it.
  • The process of our moving towards this true perfection is part of the true perfection.

Our Charge

So what does this means for our lives? Armed with this knowledge, let us all:

  • Be aware of our vision of the highest state of perfection for humanity.
  • Turn our attention more and more towards this perfection.
  • Experience the perfection of our vision as more real than the outer world.
  • Recognize the perfection in the process of our evolution from the imperfect outer world towards this greater inner true perfection.
  • Allow that true perfection to be a force that calls us to learn, grow and evolve.

So how can you actually apply this in your life? I’ll be sharing some ideas in the near future, but would love your thoughts!

Mark Gilbert


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