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Author Topic: Rohr Nov 24, 2013 -- Perfection Is Precisely the Ability to Include Imperfection  (Read 1474 times)
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« on: November 24, 2013, 08:04:11 AM »

Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
Seven Themes of an Alternative Orthodoxy

Seventh Theme: Reality is paradoxical and complementary. Non-dual
thinking is the highest level of consciousness. Divine union, not
private perfection, is the goal of all religion (Goal).

Perfection Is Precisely the Ability to Include Imperfection
Meditation 16 of 52

In an authentic Navajo rug there is always one clear imperfection woven
into the pattern. And interestingly enough, this is precisely where the
Spirit moves in and out of the rug! The Semitic mind, the Native mind,
and the Eastern mind (which, by the way, Jesus would have been much
closer to) understand perfection in precisely that way. The East is much
more comfortable with paradox, mystery, and non-dual thinking than the
Western mind, which has been much more formed by Greek logic, which is
very clear, very consistent, and very helpful by also being dualistic.
It seems to me that you first have to succeed at good dualistic thinking
before you can also experience its limitations. But most Western people
just stop there, and find that they are unable to deal with death,
suffering, the illogic of love, any honest notion of God, Mystery, or

Perfection is not the elimination of imperfection, as we think. Divine
perfection is, in fact, the ability to recognize, forgive, and include
imperfection! Just as God does with all of us. Only in this way can we
find the beautiful and hidden wholeness of God underneath the passing
human show. This is the “pearl of great price,” in my opinion.
Non-dual thinking and seeing is the change that changes everything. It
makes love, mercy, patience, and forgiveness possible.

— Lent 2012

... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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