Perfection (Continued)

From Nikola Tesla: “There are times when perfection is needed, indeed demanded: in space travel, delicate surgery, air traffic control or when calibrating a sensitive scientific instrument. Generally, for human issues, excellence is quite sufficient, and doing well generally works. But from where came the demand that human beings become perfect? 

“Some might blame the schools: in a classroom with many students, there had to be a way to see whether or not the students had studied and learned something was to compare and contrast by means of tests, competition and ranking. Originally, or ideally, more praise was given for better work, and poorer work was a signal for more assistance. But as more and more was expected from teachers, with huge classes, minimal support, academic politics and sometimes unreasonable expectations from several others, the human interactions of student and teacher had to be pared down, pared down, and turned into brief possibilities of improvement surrounded by structures that allowed quick-check methods and little else. The issue of the low priority given to teaching, teachers, and such should be addressed elsewhere but I bring it up here because almost everyone has had schooling of one sort or another, and can relate to the situation of strain that has turned into a monster of perfectionism in some cases.

“When someone has OCD, very often the disorder is hallmarked by perfectionism: a kind of hyper-control is created because it is demanded by what seems to be an outside force. The actual working definitions of that perfectionism differ: for some it might be buying only one brand of tissue paper and one brand of tape to use to cover up those places, pieces of furniture, doorknobs and the like where a certain person, or a certain type of person, has touched only once, instead of the three times that the OCD demanded. The issue here is, again, not the what of something but the why: to be perfect, flawless, and therefore acceptable enough for the sufferer of OCD to relax.”

Perfection: Part One

“Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” has been the psych9logical bane of many a life.For one thing, it flies in the face of logic. For many, God, as the Ruler of the Universe, the Disposer of All Things, is seldom perfect in human terms: He runs late when answering prayers, He demands too much of people even though they are already strained and tired, He never reveals His intentions even though such revelation would be extremely helpful, and furthermore, He allows wars, atrocities, heinous actions, misery and injustice piled upon injustice. This certainly is not perfect service to humankind! This certainly suggests that He may think Himself perfect, but from the human standpoint, He is either too busy, too self-absorbed, or just plain mean. And if this is perfection, then does this not give everyone a right to act in the same way? Putting aside the logical fallacy that “two wrongs make a right,”  logic demands some kind of answer, least the human mind disdain any connection with this apparently capricious, vengeful, perhaps even insane excuse for a Ruler of the World.

Some of this fury at Divine arbitrariness can be eased if you look into the wider view, and consider the Divine Being in the guise of an Emergency Room Physician:  He takes care of the ones that need the most help first, moving on to the one who is less hurt when He has time, but this cancels the sense of Divine Omnipotence. In this regard, human beings are much better at taking care of things: certainly, a great many ER doctors save lives again and again. If you take an even wider view, and imagine that there are connections between the conflicting desires of the living and of Life that lead to unfathomable consequences if they are acted upon at Human demands, you might begin to understand that His perfection does its best to encompass all living things at once, But this still leaves the human mind and emotions unsatisfied at least, and tempted to reject God altogether.  (To be continued.)

Patience

From Nikola Tesla: “Patience for many people mostly means fretting, Fretting that you must be waiting, fretting that you have to do something to keep yourself amused while you are waiting, fretting that the future has not arrived, and fretting why none of the great and powerful beings that run the universe (forgetting you are one of them) aren’t making things happen when you are ready for them to happen. Surely, if the universe is paying any attention to you then it will certainly have what you want when you want it. Surely, if there is a good God, or at least the power of human will. you don’t have to wait longer than you wish.

“But waiting in this way, exercising ver5ious kinds of fretting, is not being present in the moment, nor is it listening to your intuition. One of the mean reasons why you do not listen to your intuition is that you are not fully aware of where your impulses come from: from the needs of your body, the needs of your human ego, your limited sense of yourself, or from the divine, inspiring impulse that allows you to slide into place in Timespace elegantly, sensing the inner currents with as much skill as an eagle senses the tiny changes in the air it flies within. The eagle does not know Time: it knows the present circumstances. It depends upon its own vision, its own memories of past hunts, and knows when the conditions are right to act.

“Especially in this Aquarian Age, that uses the power of fixed air, the deeper way to be patient is to be still. The eagle, soaring, only flaps its wings when needed: it does not pull itself forward into the sky in the hopes that doing this will allow it to catch its prey. And that stillness is what allows it to see, and then seize, the moment it needs to catch the prey. It its wings are moving, its vision is interrupted. So also, if you allow yourself to become agitated by fretting, you may miss your chance after all.”