It seems like a contradiction to be beautiful and, at the same time, defective. However, we are made exquisitely flawed and perfect in our way. And this makes each of us unique. That is why we are so fantastic, so we “are already perfect 2021” despite everything.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
What this means is that our beauty is subjective. What is beautiful is affected by the programming we receive from the cultural narrative. So, whoever controls this programming can alter and establish values.
The advertising industry and organized religion are the two entities that generate the most programming. Much of this propaganda become the standards of acceptable and desired appearance and behavior within the culture.
All the programming from the cultural folklore overrides our original sense of self-worth. If you don’t fit the mold of the culture, then you are devalued as a person. They do this to strive to meet the given standards of appearance and behavior.
However, many sages, psychologists, and freethinkers tell us not to believe the programming. The fact is we should reject most of it. It leads us to believe things about ourselves and the world that are negative and incorrect.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ― Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
“If I wait until I become perfect before I love myself, I will waste my whole life. I am already perfect right here and right now. I am perfect exactly as I am.” ― Louise Hay
“Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong.” ― Swami Vivekananda
“Who you are, in truth, who everyone is, is whole and perfect and beautiful. And if that can be recognized, then it is possible that self-torture can stop!” ― Gangaji
Now you begin to see why you may not feel like you have value. How can we regain a more healthy perspective of our self-worth? Is it possible to believe we are already perfect 2021 with everything going on in the world?
Beautiful and Perfectly Flawed
Our families do the best they can from their level of consciousness. Consequently, no one has a perfect childhood. They have lived their lives subject to the social conditioning of religion and advertising. So, we are all dysfunctional to some extent. W are prone to act out of fear, anger, or many emotions to our detriment. As a result, we often find ourselves ill-equipped. And so, we are not prepared to handle the many life challenges. What can we do?
“I, myself, am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.” ― Augusten Burroughs
“I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.” ― John Green
“Nobody’s perfect. I’m perfectly flawed.” ― Amy Lee
“We are perfect in our imperfection.” ― Megan McCafferty
Even those considered beautiful, intelligent, genius, strong, talented, exceptional, or extraordinary are flawed. Although some may reach perfection or excellence, it is fleeting and temporary.
Everyone eventually uncovers some deficiency, fault, or blemish. Sorry to say it, but our bodies are all designed to end in total system failure. But perhaps this is another lesson in the experiment of living? So, we are already beautiful and perfectly flawed. That’s part of our design.
You Are Already Perfect 2021!
We may be defective, yet somehow we can experience blissful joy, happiness, and love. We are capable of supreme acts of compassion, kindness, and friendliness. Even with our poorly designed broken-down apparatus, we can fathom the depths of pure consciousness.
You and I can embrace the absolute pure consciousness from which we came and to which we will go. We can become warriors of light confronting injustice and prejudice with compassion.
“Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
“If I were to tell you that your life is already perfect, whole, and complete just as it is, you would think I was crazy. Nobody believes his or her life is perfect. And yet there is something within each of us that basically knows we are boundless, limitless.” ― Joko Beck
“You are already perfect, only you don’t know it. Learn to know yourself and you will discover wonders.” ― Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The dominant cultural narratives don’t want you to know you are already perfect. Otherwise, they could not sell you useless things and ideas you don’t want. So, we must learn to see ourselves as Beings of light. We must hold on to the beauty that is our essence, not the expression of our exterior. We must learn to shut out the opinions of the culture.
It is our imperfections that make us unique and wonderful. Accepting ourselves is the key to freedom from harmful social standards. So, we must learn to see ourselves in our mind’s eye. Repeat the mantra, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Do not look at yourself through the eyes of a demented culture. Learn how to live it.
Embracing Our True Nature
What we need to do is learn to embrace our original nature. We need to embrace the contrasting elements of life. We may be imperfect, but we are all still amazing! We must learn to see that we are already perfect because we are defective and perfectly flawed.
How do you embrace the parts you dislike?
Opening ourselves to all of our emotions is scary because we use drugs to keep our emotions in check. We do this so we can work. These drugs keep us from feeling negative emotions. However, it also keeps us from feeling positive ones too.
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” ― George R.R. Martin
2) Practice Self-Compassion
The answer is to practice both self-compassion and self-care. These are nurturing and healing activities that make the journey more enjoyable. Then we can return to our original state of innocence, which exists even before we are born.
“The authentic hero is flawed. The genuine test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles – preferably of his own making – in order to triumph.” ― Garth Stein
3) Eliminate Negative Programming
Here is where the hard inner work begins. It’s one thing to see the problem; it’s another to do something about it. There are two approaches. The first is to start slowly, removing one thing at a time. It takes longer, but this method is less painful. The second method is to eliminate everything that delivers the negative programming. What are the sources of negative programming?
Organized religions, especially those of the Abrahamic tree, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Together they are responsible for the most horrible acts against humanity and nature. They are directly responsible for everything from wars and genocide to racial, ethnic, religious discrimination, even genital mutilation.
In some cultures, you can’t remove yourself from the effects of organized religion without being subject to persecution up to and including public torture and execution. It should be a clue to the true intent behind these loving religions. So, one must learn to look indoctrinated while rejecting mythology and superstition.
“Religious people claim that it’s just the fundamentalists of each religion that cause problems. But, there’s got to be something wrong with the religion itself if those who strictly adhere to its most fundamental principles are violent bigots and sexists.” — David G. Mcafee
The second source is media advertising. It’s hard to avoid, so you must learn how to manage it.
We are defective and perfectly flawed, but these make us unique. We are already perfect. And, so we must view ourselves with our mind’s eye. Embracing our nature, we can see the value and beauty of who we are. In doing so, we behold our inner beauty. For beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
“The way to have the life we want is to receive more deeply the life we have. Sometimes we keep our own life at arm’s length, thinking we’ll wait until circumstances improve before giving it all we’ve got. But life is just a reflection of consciousness, so it’s never going to give any more to us than we give to it. Don’t wait for a perfect life; breath in the life that’s already perfect.” ― Marianne Williamson
We must learn to realize that whoever we are that we are “exactly” who we should be. We may have some defective parts, but we are already perfect 2021. We are whole in the here and now. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so learn to live in the essence of your beauty.
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