“To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.”~ Eihei Dogen
Awakening is not the same as attaining personal perfection. This belief awakening implies perfection is peddled by mythic/dogmatic religious teachings, as well by New Age spiritual scenes (“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better…” – gag me!). Whenever we think or behave in terms of perfection or imperfection, we are dealing solely with the content of experience. The content is not the point. It never was the point, and never will be the point. Identifying with content, and then trying to improve that content, is a quick and dirty way to ensure that you will continue to remain deluded, and thus, continue to suffer.
Awakening is beyond perfection and imperfection, as it is beyond all content. Constructing an ideal of perfection implies the simultaneous construction of its dualistic opposite – imperfection. Putting ‘perfection’ up against ‘imperfection’ is like putting ‘up’ against ‘down’, or ‘left’ against ‘right’, or ‘dark’ against ‘light’. If we’re going to define awakening in dualistic terms, why not say that the awakened person is always 100% ‘up’ and never ‘down’? Oh, right – because that would be ridiculous… (I think you get the point.)
‘Up’ and ‘down’ are merely useful designations, as are ‘perfection’ and ‘imperfection’. Useful designations are empty of any existence whatsoever. Awakening is about what is. It’s about what is true. It would be a far better use of time to discover truth than to try to perfect the contents of experience. The latter is a game that cannot be won. Awakening, on the other hand, is actually true.
Forget about perfection and imperfection. In fact, forget everything if you can. Allow your mind to rest in not-knowing, and allow the truth to shine forth unobstructed.