👌 You’re Perfect

by | Sep 1, 2021 | Sufi Comics | 23 comments


As spiritual seekers, we’re always looking for a way to become better.

  • Instead of operating from fear, we want to operate from a place of abundance
  • Instead of feeling pain we want to experience bliss
  • Instead of feeling separate from God, we want to get closer to God

Inherent in that approach is the feeling that we are not perfect, and we’re on this infinite journey towards perfection.

However, that perspective is not always helpful.

It’s not wrong, because that’s how the time-trapped ego looks at the world ie a linear fashion where things need to move from imperfection to perfection.

As spiritual seekers, it’s more helpful to bring our awareness to the reality the world is perfect. God is perfect, and a perfect God can only create a perfect world.

The ego is a temporary identity to function in this physical world but is not our true self.

Our true self in a sense is already perfect. And the journey is from perfection to perfection.

That can be difficult for the mind to grasp.

Let’s explore what we mean by we’re moving from perfection to perfection

Take a look at a rose. At every stage it’s perfect.

  • seed
  • bud
  • flowering
  • withers away
  • dying

There’s nothing wrong with it when it’s a seed, and nothing wrong when it’s dying. It doesn’t need “fixing” at any stage. Every stage is a perfect expression.

So what we see as “problems” in ourselves or the world, is a perfect expression.

How can the world be perfect if there’s so much pain?

But you may wonder how can the world be perfect if there’s so much pain, problems & suffering?

The world is perfect because it’s fulfilling its purpose perfectly.

Think of it this way: What’s the purpose of a mirror?

It is to reflect back reality.

That reality may be pleasant or unpleasant. Either way, the mirror is doing a perfect job.

Similarly, the purpose of this world is not to always make us happy, but for us to know God through his attributes.

And we cannot know His attributes without experiencing contrast. You cannot know what is:

  • White without experiencing black.
  • Forgiveness without experiencing abuse.
  • Ease without experiencing hardship

Hence the pain and suffering is not a sign of an imperfect world. This world is giving us contrast, to help us know God.

And it is through this knowledge, we move in the direction of our highest potential.

How do I deal with my pain?

It starts with being aware that the pain is not wrong. It’s a perfect expression.

To move beyond the pain, the question to ourselves, is “What quality do I need to be (or express) at this moment?”

This is different from asking “How do I fix this problem?” Because that question inherently assumes something is wrong, and hence needs to be fixed.

How does this perspective change the way we look at the world?

When I look at the world from this perspective I find that it affects all areas of my life.

  • How I look at myself
  • My kids
  • My business

When my ego tells me I’m not good enough, I can remind myself that a perfect God has created a perfect me. It’s ok that I cannot meet my ego’s standard. I can stop running behind a mirage (ie ego’s standard of perfection), and take action that taps into my God-given internal potential.

It changes the way I parent. Like every seed has the potential to grow into a tree given the right conditions and time period, the same applies to our kids. I can see them as perfect expressions at every stage. Instead of rushing and pushing them to achieve some ideal, I can focus my attention on the conditions I provide my children and give them the time to blossom.

Instead of trying to fix my business so that it reaches some unending goal for profits, I can build it to see what purpose it wants to express in this world.

Next time you find yourself thinking that there’s something wrong with you, remind yourself that a perfect God has created a perfect you. You don’t need fixing. Inside you is this awesome power to reflect Divine qualities. In that remembrance, you’ll be able to access a vast power that will express itself at the right time.


23 Comments

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  2. Thank you, I really needed to hear this today. Last night, I couldn’t sleep ruminating on my current situations, where I wish I was, who I thought I’d be at this stage in my life. And I found peace when God reminded me of a mantra I used when I first got sober and starting taking my life back from unchecked ego, fear and selfishness. It was “there is nothing wrong with me”. Now this post helps me see God has never left me and has probably been letting me experience despair so I will eventually see the other side and remember how far I’ve come. Sat Nam

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  3. What a beautiful post! To pause, reflect on it and Insha Allah adopt it.

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  4. Assallam o alaikum,

    First of all JazakAllah for writing such a beautiful email.

    I want to hug you right away.

    Brother, this email is a masterpiece.

    Keep it coming.

    Rehan Fasih

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  5. There is no god, there is only God
    لا اله الا الله
    Il n’y a pas de Dieu, il n’y a que Dieu

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  6. Alhamdulillah, it is a perfect post to understand what a perfect world we have.

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  7. Masha’Allah
    Embracing the beauty and perfection of things as they are!

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  8. Jzks for this, you put it beautifully.

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  9. Thank you for sharing this uplifting message with us. May Allah bless you abundantly

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  10. Beautiful way of thinking. The’ problem’ at the moment is my brother who is diabetic has started to eat junk food and smoking cigarettes after three years of abstaining,- what attribute of Allah do I need to manifest in this situation?
    He was in a motor bike accident three years ago.

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  11. Thank you! That is so timely and helpful!

    I am practicing today with loving my beloved my Upa Guru and today you are my Upa Guru teaching me how to love.

    Yesterday I just looked at this on YouTube it talks on wabi-sabi:

    https://youtu.be/M759yNSOTMs

    For more on Wabi-Sabi you can read Zen and Japanese Culture by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki.

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  12. Really beautiful reflections! Soo many relevant points to put things in perspective.

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  13. AssallamuAlaykum

    Very timely and piercing Advise and composition… JazakAllahu Kheirun. It resontes..
    May Allah SWT enable us to Awaken the Qualities He has bestowed in our Fitra…

    Insha’Allah you continue to share wisdom and kind words for long. Ameen

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  14. Such a needed perspective, that God is perfect and made you with the ability to realise that perfection. Thank you!

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  15. An engrossing and an eye opener. Keep on sharing such valuable and morally educative articles. Allah bless you and your work.

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  16. Greetings,

    What a lovely and powerful lesson you share here.

    Thank you!

    mo’in

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  17. Assalamualaikum,

    This message is just great that it reminds us to adapt Akhlaaq of Allah SWT.

    تخلقوا بأخلاق الله

    When Pure looks in the Mirror it finds only The Pure.

    المؤمن مرأة المومن

    What you seek is seeking you!

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  18. Alhamdulillah, this we lead us to live a perfect Life.

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  19. Thank you for these beautiful words and illustrations. Pleased make this a poster for us to be able to purchase or print out.

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  20. Jazak Allah for the article and nice infographic.

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  21. Really true we are what we are to enjoy life with and without problems, we need to look from God’s perspective to the things and event and be grateful
    Thanks

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  22. This is really beautiful and thoughtful! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

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  23. Thank you, I needed this

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