I could have equally entitled this piece – the illusion of perfection.
I found myself rereading a bit of Caroline Myss’s book – The Anatomy of the Spirit about a week ago. For those who don’t know the book, it is Myss’s attempt to describe her understanding of the energetic connections in the body with emotional, spiritual and physical elements. She connects different areas in the body with different religious systems most notably (and possibly least tenuously) the seven chakras.
The bit I read was fairly on the nose for some of the physical complaints I have had over the past couple of years. But as I engaged with the book again I realised that on my first reading I had thought that one would gently move through ‘healing’ the different chakras from 1 through 7 and finally wake up in a world where one was healed, whole and spiritually enlightened.
Alas – a decade on from that first reading – I am not convinced at all that that is true. Rather that the world continues to present challenges. And the ways in which we will be affected are likely to align to particular personal weaknesses. In part this is emotionally defined and the physical manifestation is likely to be connected with the emotional response. But I am not sure that we will ever get to a space when we are clear of that.
Life will always throw challenges at us. Perhaps we can get to a place of greater equanimity, so we are less likely to be ambushed. But I just don’t think we will ever fully get to wholeness this side of the grave.