Those of us who seek to be more loving, more kind, more selfless, more open, more peaceful, more harmonious-fill in the blank with some of your own ideals-are prime targets for spiritual guilt. We have a picture in our heads of how "spiritual" should look.
Does spiritual get angry?
Does spiritual get impatient?
Does spiritual get depressed?
Can spiritual have a bad attitude?
I don't know about you, but I find myself falling short of my spiritual ideals all the time. Does that mean something is wrong?
Am I destined to fall short of what I SHOULD be?
And who decides what the standard is? Who gets to say what SHOULD be?
Is there a standard? Are we being judged? What is the point in being here, now?
Is the point to reach an end-state of perfection? Is there only one way that spiritual can show up in life?
It seems to me that the only way to view our predicament is through the eyes of compassion. There is a part of us that is wise and unconditionally loving. That means that there is a part of us that holds us to no standard and loves us just as we are, warts and all. Then, there is a part of us that is critical and judgmental. This part of us condemns and punishes. We appear to be split. What to do?
I say we can do away with the spiritual guilt and give ourselves the room to explore and play in this vast playground of reality.
We are what we are.
I AM THAT I AM.
What if we were never meant to be perfect?
What if we are perfect as-is?
Let's say we remove spiritual guilt from the equation of living.
Okay, if we are not striving to be perfect or to meet some self-imposed or other-imposed standard, then what the hell are we doing?
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We are BEING and BECOMING.
We are THE FOOLS innocently exploring all there is to experience in this miraculous life.
Without the guilt, we come to know and love our wholeness.