During the solitude of the morning came a moment of abject humiliation. It was ugly, but it revealed a new depth of need for personal growth—an opportunity not to pass up. So I prayed for help and sought to learn whatever I could.
The line that came to mind was, “Be you perfect.” For the first time I thought through an approach to that invitation.
First of all, be. This involves letting go of overactive thinking, turbulent emotion, and driven action. (In fact, these disturbances may be symptoms of perfectionism, which focuses on secondary things instead of the core.)
Next, feel the pulse of life, the movement of vitality, as a living being in this world.
Then reflect on the core of your identity as a son or daughter of God. Take this core as who you truly are. Stay with that thought for as long as it takes. Continue in that sober state. In particular, do not hurry to dispel the ugly stimulus that prompted this meditation in the first place; do not force some artificial positive thought into the learning process, which needs time to come to its fullness. Do not leap into some heroic resolve to be perfect.
Then identify in faith with your wonderfulness within, your nucleus, the spirit gift of the presence of God dwelling in your mind. Just knowing in faith that it is present within is a marvelous, if temporary, substitute for the experience that comes in due time.
When the blessed moment comes, enjoy a taste of loving and joyous divine presence within.
Now that you are truly re-connected, you can live that out. New courage, new whatever you need—it is there as you live forward.
As you go through the day, when you find yourself wandering away from that place of grounding, gently refresh that consciousness of who you truly are as a member in the universal family, a consciousness free of all superiority or inferiority.
In my opinion, this is the sense in which we humans can be perfect: anchored in God’s perfection. Of course perfection in the full sense is a long ways off; but this available sense is so important that it is worth honoring and cherishing it as a gift of cooperation.
Is there a sense in which we can be perfect in this life? What does it mean to you to be perfect now? What happens when you get into that place? Do you have a little meditation or series of thoughts that helps you find that place? If now, would you like to create a series of steps by changing this little meditation until it fits you and your idea of God’s truth? If this would be a new experience for you, what happens when you try to enter–begin to enter–this place of centered living? Can you laugh and enjoy your early attempts as the first steps in what will be an eventual success?