“After all, what do you really want? Not perfection; you are already perfect. What you seek is to express in action what you are. For this, you have a body and a mind. Take them in hand and make them serve you.” — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
We Are Already Completed and Perfect
You are already perfect. True perfection is uniqueness and authenticity. But it takes courage to acknowledge that our flaws and imperfections. That’s because we get a different message from our culture. Our culture tells us we need to conform to the standard they sell. And, it costs a lot to keep up with the changing standards of the culture.
However, these flaws and imperfections are part of what makes us unique Beings. We are perfectly flawed, and that’s part of what makes us perfect. Accepting ourselves, as we are, with all of our imperfections is our natural state.
Perfection is Uniqueness and Authenticity
When we accept ourselves, we live in a natural state of contentment. Our hearts are open to allow us full access to the virtues within. No matter our situation or condition, we realize that we are already completed. We can live an authentic life pursuing what makes us happy, not what makes the culture money.
From this state of acceptance, we can fully express the virtues of the heart. This is “how” you express who you really are. The virtues of the heart include gratitude, joyfulness, happiness, love, thankfulness, blissfulness, appreciation, mindfulness, and serenity.
Living these virtues is the essence of our true spirituality. Watch a young toddler and you see them acting out these virtues in their own way. They explore themselves and life without boundaries without fear. However, their fearlessness is why you must watch them. Toddlers don’t understand that some things could be harmful.
We can walk in our authenticity when we express the virtues of the spirit. They give us strength to walk because we realize that we are already completed. We do not need someone else or something else to complete us. Since we are already completed, it must undermine our self-confidence with fear.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the message we have reinforced by our culture. The culture bombards us with messages telling us we aren’t perfect. Advertising tells us we can only attain this state of acceptance if we buy stuff. They use the basic social fears to sell, sell and sell.
Superimposed Cultural Fears
Growing up from toddler to adolescent, we learn about the dangers of this world. Unfortunately, we are also taught about culturally manufactured fears as having the same effect as things that could harm us physically.
The natural fears of being burned, falling, etc are on the same level as the fears superimposed by the culture. And, cultural fears include judgments and prejudices which impose boundaries and values. These artificial fears include people of other ethnic or racial backgrounds. People of different economic or social status. And, people who don’t ascribe to the same religious belief mythologies. If you are like me you are perfect, but if you aren’t you are a source of fear and mistrust.
The culture that we live in fights against us accessing the “perfect” virtues of the heart. Because, if we are imperfect the culture can manipulate us into buying “things” that we think will make us perfect. Of course, buying things doesn’t work, so we buy more. For that reason the culture is continually reinforcing boundaries that separate and divide us — separate us from the virtues of the heart. It must do this in order to maintain control. We wouldn’t be very good followers or consumers.
Personality and Perfection
We highly recommend the Enneagram Personality Profile. It’s a part of the basic tools of our blended learning process. The Enneagram Personality Profile is a set of scientifically validated questions that identify your default personality profile, a combination of 3 out of 9 basic types with one being your dominate (default). It also has a questionnaire to help you identify your instinctual stack. Answering these questionnaires honestly will enable you to identify your default personality and instinct settings.
With this information, you can better understand how certain messages resonate and manipulate you via your instincts and personality. It also shows us what makes us complete. Our perfection is uniqueness and authenticity that is reflected in a healthy Ego.
Some personality types are especially vulnerable to the concept of perfection. Seeking excellence and perfect order can be powerful drivers. Perfection can be an unhealthy obsession for those who identify with Type One of the Enneagram Personality Profile. It can also be heightened if you are a type one with self-preservation at the top of your instinctual stack. In this case, the world can be frustrating because of the imperfections you’ll find everywhere. However, we can overcome this with some inner work which exposes the thought processes leading to the fixation on perfection through things.
The Sources of Cultural Programming
When we access the virtues of the heart we can “see” through social programming. We see and appreciate the differences in humanity. So, proclaiming our individuality and spirituality would free us. And, we would also “see” through the injustices and inequities of the cultural systems. It’s most important to learn the institutions that are projecting and protecting these boundaries (religions, political and cultural Law). When your heart opens you will recognize advertising, in its many forms, is also attempting to project and control our values.
Cultural programming is a very effective social tool. Its main tactics for manipulation are the use of fear, anger and the misuse of our sexual instinct. This is the cornerstone of The Abrahamic religions (The Western Organized religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).
How to Identify Cultural Programming
First, we recommend that you get in the habit of questioning everything especially your cultural narrative.
Second, avoid or minimize contact with all types of religious programming, but especially those related to Western Organized Religion. We aren’t against religion. However, it has its extremists who use social programming techniques to further agendas are harmful. Minimizing your contact will help you see through the motives and tactics of manipulation. Take a vacation from religion.
Third, develop the habit of questioning your own thoughts especially about the messages you encounter. This is a good way to identify if someone is trying to manipulate you.
- What emotion is being evoked by the message?
- Is it trying to manipulate me through fear, anger or sex?
- How is this message trying to use or shape my values?
- Am I able to “See” the motives behind the message?
- What is this message asking me to accept or buy?
In what way does this message tell me I’m imperfect, flawed?
We need not doubt that our perfection is uniqueness and authenticity. These qualities form the heart of our nature.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia