Saturday, November 2, 2013

29 Days of Spiritual Messages...Imperfectly Perfect

For the next month, join me in my new series 29 Days of Spiritual Messages as we attune ourselves to spiritual thinking so we may strive toward our Highest Authentic Self.

In this series, I will provide passages on which to meditate or contemplate, and the spiritual message(s) that emerge(s) from behind the words. These passages will come from various wisdom traditions, sacred and secular literature, poetry, and lyrics. Everything will be viewed from a spiritual lens. The messages may or may not resonate with you immediately, but give them the time and respect they deserve.

You may find that a different message will emerge altogether, and if so, please share your insights in the comment section below, as Spirit communicates with us in diverse ways. One message doesn't necessarily fit all.

Our first passage comes from singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. These lyrics are from "Anthem" in his book Strange Music: Selected Poems and Songs:


Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

For some, words are simply words, and lyrics are simply lyrics. How many times have we sung along to lyrics without paying any attention to them? But if we are to live rich, meaningful lives, we must dig below the surface to find True Gold. So, let's dig in.

Approach his words with more than one reading. Read it again. And again. Let it sink in. You'll begin to connect with the message on some level. And with each successive reading, the message will begin to flower and make itself known.

"Ring the bells that still can ring." How does that sit with you? Are there some we can no longer ring? Or don't want to ring? Why only certain bells? What are those bells in our life? 

Notice that this line begins in the imperative. It's not asking us to ring the bells; it's telling us to ring them. This is a direct command. Let's ring the ones that ring true within us. This means we must take responsibility.  It doesn't matter what kind of life we are living; we must remember that we are responsible for what we have created for ourselves and we must own up to that fact, if we are to move forward.

"Forget your perfect offering." Perfect offering? What does that mean? Why are we to forget it? If we forget it, does that mean to remember something else? Like what? Does that mean to let go? 

This is another one of those imperatives. Not all things are going to work out as planned, so maybe we are to forget our old ways of doing things in life. Maybe those ways are no longer valid. We tend to get hung up on old ways, thinking that if we try it the same way one more time, it might just work. We are to shed our old ways and embrace new ones...new ways of thinking, doing, seeing and being.

This way does not admit of solution or perfection; instead, as we take responsibility in the creation of our lives, we also need to let go of the old ways that have held us back, and step into the unknown, trusting something much larger than ourselves in a place where we no longer need to worry about how things will work out...they just will, somehow, someway. So forget those perfect offerings because there is no perfect way; there are many ways, and these ways are divine ways. Allow them to come to you.

"There is a crack in everything." Does this mean nothing is perfect? Is everything in life flawed? Or are our ideas of how things should be flawed? Pause for thought. 

All things are imperfect; otherwise, we wouldn't strive to work at them. We'd like to think that all things are perfect. If things were perfect, there'd be no growth. Our ideas at times are flawed because of our social conditioning from parents, teachers, media, advertisers, and the like. We are falsely led into comparing ourselves to others' standards, and then when we don't measure up, we feel like failures. Only when we embrace our flaws will we find that we are unique and "perfect" in the Divine Eye. We discover "perfection" from a divine perspective.

"That's how the light gets in." Boom. Now we get to the crux. What's so important about this light? What is this light? And what does it do for us once it gets in?

Light brings everything into awareness. Without those "cracks," we wouldn't be able to receive or know this light. This light allows us to grow, to strive, to thrive, to live. It is a light of transformation, one that touches and heals, one that guides and awakens. We can either embrace this light or reject it. It's our choice.

We are not perfect, nor will we ever be according to society's standards, so let go of the things that try to define us outwardly. Let the light shine through our imperfections. They are what they are. When we accept them as part of who we are, we find redemption and freedom.

There is a reason why the light comes in. What is that reason for you?

Blessings.


14 comments:

  1. Hi Penny!
    I love this message tonight and there truly is a reason why the light comes in for me!

    Light is energy and is an essential part to all things in life.
    Light gives me purpose, light gives me reason, light gives me hope, light gives me brightness, where there is darkness, and light is the open door to my soul.
    Light is my true nature. At the core of every living thing is a sphere of light.
    This light is the essence of God. We each shine our light with our smile, our love our compassion and our kindness.
    Light gives way to understanding.
    Through the light of understanding, we are healed.

    Healthy blessings with love and light!
    Gena

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    1. Ahh, beautifully worded, Gena!

      There is life in the Light! And it is Divine. May we keep on shining brightly!

      Blessings.
      xoxo
      Penny

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  2. Looking forward to this series Penny.

    My take on today's lines
    Ring the bells that still can ring - go with what serves your life
    Forget your perfect offering - keep moving forward - perfection is unnecessary
    There is a crack in everything - Life needs to be imperfect
    That's how the light gets in - So we can learn and grow and appreciate the good things.

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    1. That is a beautiful take on these lines, Suzy.

      We are here for a purpose and we are to serve that purpose as best we can. Will we make mistakes? Sure. But those mistakes are lessons that propel us forward to our Authentic Selves.

      Life is good, isn't it!

      Blessings.
      xoxo
      Penny

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  3. I love this new series! Really looking forward to seeing where you are going to take us with it.

    Ring the bells that can still ring - as we go through life shedding the things that no longer serve us, we stop ringing some of those bells. Just ring the ones that still ring for us.
    Forget your perfect offering - so often we spend too long polishing something trying to get it perfect that we risk never offering it all. Just do it!
    There's a crack in everything - we're not meant to be perfect. It's part of the journey. Relax into it and embrace your imperfections. They're part of you and there's nothing wrong with that.
    That's how the light gets in - the light's been here all along, the crack allows us to see it if we can but choose to look.

    Awesome words! Awesome post. You are a genius. Blessings, Andrea xx

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    1. Hi Andrea!

      I love your take on this! Beautiful!

      I'm looking forward to this series, too, because it will speak to us on all kinds of levels. And if you have any favorite sayings, poems, lyrics, etc., please send them along and I will see what I can do with them.

      Blessings!
      xoxo
      Penny

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  4. Love this idea, Penny. Looking forward to reading every day. These words of Cohen's resonated with me and evoked thoughts of how I feel at the age I now am. When I was in my early 20's, 30's and even 40's, I rang bells all over the place. I thought everything had to be perfect. How boring. Cohen's words comfort me. My "youth" is passed and having had the experiences I have had shows that nothing is perfect and better for that. Because of that I have learned. Still learning. My 57 year old fabric has become richer, deeper, lovingly frayed and bathed with the light of humor. I love who I am now and who I will become. Love you, Penny. Cuz Andrea

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that this resonated with you!

      You're right...the older we get, there are less bells to ring, and thank God for that! Otherwise, we'd be ringing so many of them that we'd fail to live life and experience its riches and its depth. I'd rather only ring a few at my age.

      We will always be learning, but that is part of the fun and part of the journey, isn't it? We grow more comfortable with ourselves, our "fabric" as you put it, because now it molds nicely to us and we can move in more freedom.

      Love you, too, Andrea.
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  5. beautiful message to start my sunday :) when i hear the word imperfection i think of diamond which is turned from a dull stone to a polished beautiful stone.

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    1. Ah, Amar...thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad this message resonated with you and that it started your Sunday with a positive vibe.

      We are all diamonds, for sure. Some of us just need a little more polishing than others, but that is okay, too.

      Keep shining on, Amar!
      Blessings.
      Penny

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  6. I always cover up my imperfections growing up...didn't ever wanted to be different ....but when I stopped feeling that way I started letting my mistakes show n allowed me more to become my true self....n tons of bricks started to fall off my shoulders n left lighter ..what a great transformation...love it.

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    1. Didn't we all! And now come to find out that we never had to cover them up in the first place. They are a part of us and when we accept those so-called imperfections according to others, they are no longer imperfections, are they?

      Blessings.
      xoxo
      Penny

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  7. Dear Penny,

    WOW! This sounds like an amazing series and this is an amazing first post.

    You know, that I have the belief that nothing has a meaning until you give it one and your exercises shows that in spades.

    Everyone reads the same words and gets different meanings.

    That is why I re-read books every so often as at each level of my growth and awareness, it is a brand new book to me.

    Ring the bells that still can ring,
    Forget your perfect offering.
    There is a crack in everything.
    That's how the light gets in.

    To me this says, do what you can while you can do it, don't worry about being perfect, just do it, and as you do what you are called to do, the "Light" , which I think is Source, Divine, God, is allowed to shine through you as the imperfect "doer" of what can be done.

    :-)

    Kathy
    kathyhadleylifecoach.com

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    1. Hi Kathy!

      Either nothing has meaning until we give it meaning or it has many meanings and the one meant for us will reveal itself when we are ready.

      I'm like you...I re-read books and give another listen to certain broadcasts (whether from TV, webinars/seminars/workshops, etc.) because there's always more to learn from them that we initially missed. And it becomes "brand new" all over again.

      I love your take on this excerpt from "Anthem." Awesome. The Light calls us out to shine. Keep shining, my friend! You are an amazing, beautiful person!!!
      Blessings.
      xoxo
      Penny

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