Thursday, April 24, 2014

To be completed

Perfection is derived from the Latin perfectus, which means, completed. This is derived in turn from roots that mean "to be done thoroughly;" hence the primary definition of the English word, meaning, "having all the required or desirable characteristics."

Now I am going to have to discipline myself, because this morning I would like to write about what it means to be spiritualized, but I have not finished expounding on this question of perfection, so I feel I should see it to its logical conclusion. We will take up the matter of being spiritualized tomorrow.

In a certain sense, the two subjects are connected, because to become spiritualized is related to this idea of being completed. If one is not completed, one does not have "all the required or desirable characteristics." In other words, there is something missing.

There's no doubt that everyone who pursues a spiritual work believes there is something missing. They may sense it intellectually; or it may penetrate more deeply into being, it may reside far down inside them, in the marrow of their bones. Gurdjieff and Ouspensky offered a wide range of hypotheses on what is missing; and so do other spiritual teachers. The summary of what's missing becomes a list of this, that, and everything.

But what is actually missing is Presence, and Presence is the Presence of God.  This is what perfection consists of.

One can beat around the bush all one wants, or pretend that inner work is not about Love and the Presence of God, but you can be certain that every man or woman who argues this way does not know what they are speaking of. I have met many incredibly brilliant people, some of whom even have direct experience of this Presence, and still don't understand what it is or how it ought to fill them. This is because understanding in men is a weak thing unless it is supported by much higher forces.

As I grow older, I become increasingly aware of the fact that human beings do not understand what they are trying to do in this life. Everyone reduces everything to the idea that the material accomplishments of this life — even the spiritual accomplishments, which are routinely perverted into a form of material accomplishment — are the point of this life, when that isn't the case in the least. It's a shame that there have to be arguments about such things, because every one of them is based on a flawed understanding, and it's impossible to correct this in people. Only the Presence can correct it; and so many block that flow.

Jeanne de Salzmann understood quite well what the point of this life is, and it has nothing to do with the material as our ordinary parts understand it. It has to do with the spiritualization  of the lower parts — everything that we are — by the higher ones, to prepare our Being for entry into a different world which we cannot touch from this one. That world can touch us; but we cannot touch it. Yet we always try to touch it; and every touch we put to it contaminates it, which is why the understanding of it is so poorly formed, even in the best minds I encounter. I can speak of it freely, because I see exactly how it takes place in myself — and I know how it happens in others because of this. To see it is, in some small part, to become free of it — yet this is not enough. Because freedom consists of a complete abandonment which is not so easily available... unless the energy confers it.

 In any event, we are not complete, we are not finished, we are not perfect, without this Presence of God within us.

This past week, a woman with a very good quality who I work with occasionally referred to it as a taste. I explained to her that it is not just a taste; it is a whole meal. And the Presence of God must become a whole meal with in us, it must be a communion that begins and ends always and everywhere.

Otherwise, we don't understand very well.


1 comment:

  1. Your comment on 'materialism' is an important reminder, thank you Lee.


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