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Title: One of the controlling behaviours I have to watch out for in myself and something I see out in the world of spiritual growth is
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One of the controlling behaviours I have to watch out for in myself and something I see out in the world of spiritual growth is this id...

One of the controlling behaviours I have to watch out for in myself and something I see out in the world of spiritual growth is this idea that somehow I or we have to be “perfect”. The perfect teacher. The perfect, humble student. The perfect guru with the perfect diet and the perfect posts. In Europe, the perfection seeking achiever seems to be pervasive. I see so many people who have great teachings to share mess it up because they are still chasing perfection over honesty and authenticity. We are part human and part spirit. The human feels. The spirit is attached to the infinite. But we do a spiritual bypass when we focus on just the spirit and ignore the human. This is why the work of Brené Brown is so powerful. She teaches on the power of vulnerability.





I like to think of “vulnerability” as cutting the play acting and simply showing who we really are without the masks. Because deep down below your mask and below my mask – we are more alike than we are different. The world that we’ve collectively created is a mask-wearing world. I won’t show you my true self and you wont show me your true self and we’ll keep each other at arms distance so things don’t have to get “real”. But – what we crave more than anything else is the real, the true, the authentic and the raw. Because deep down that is what each and every one of us is – raw. This is why we admire children so much – they have no filters. They are identified with truth. This is also why I love elderly people who just speak their minds with no filters. Who you really are is perfect and no mask lasts forever. So while we are trying to maintain the illusion of the perfect mask we are forgetting ourselves. We are missing ourselves all while we try our best to keep up the good appearance so the others with the masks won’t judge us. But, this is causing us stress and dis-ease.





Slowly the masks are coming off and we are beginning to realise that our truth, our raw emotion, our deepest thoughts are real and valid and far more powerful than the false person we’ve created to cover up our true self. I can’t get so caught up in being a teacher that I forget I’m a student. I can’t get so caught up in helping others that I don’t show my own vulnerable side. That misses the point entirely. The aim is to be honest and real beyond the form or identity that we create. This is why we love great art in any form that makes us feel this way. This is why we trust certain people who make us feel this way and this is why it feels so damn good to cast off the pretences and just be who we really know ourselves to be. You don’t need to be perfect – you already are – in all your many states of depression, sadness, joy, love, gratitude and everything in between. Feel those feelings. Don’t make yourself wrong. Let yourself be seen and have no apologies.Embrace your spiritual imperfection. In our vulnerability we are taught from the point of our surrender in step one.






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