Have you ever done something that you regret? That you wish you could take back? I know I have, and it has been hard to learn to forgive myself. At other times, I have been on the receiving end of a hurt. People have said and done things that I have spent years coming to terms with, and it has been hard for me to forgive them.
I know I am not alone in these experiences. It seems to be part of being human. The sacred scriptures of the world are full of stories of people trying to figure out how to handle the pain we cause each other.
Unfortunately, in our humanness, we often turn to blame and shame. Sometimes, we are sure others are judging us, and we try to change to please them. Other times, we are the ones judging others. After all, if I focus on fixing you, I don’t have to work on my own stuff. Hmmm. Sometimes, we are blaming and shaming ourselves.
The truth is, all of this human experience arises from the fact that we have forgotten who and what we really are. We are expressions of God. At our core, we are whole, perfect and complete.
What does it mean to call each other and ourselves ‘perfect’?