Q. We say that the true-Self is perfect, yet physical experiences shape our lives in different ways. So, is there a risk that the true-Self can become imperfect after negative physical experiences in our life? Furthermore, what is the purpose of physical experience if our true-Self is already perfect?

A. When people make flowers out of gold, the forms of flowers are as various as the number of the people in size, shape and completeness depending on their skill, taste and their working conditions. However, the gold itself that is the essence of the flowers never changes and remains perfect as gold all the time irrespective of how ugly and beautiful their works are. No matter how diverse our physical experiences may be, the true-Self, the essence of our being never changes at all just as the shapes of the flowers cannot change the gold itself.

The reason why I accentuate physical experience is that ‘our true-Self is perfect’ can be grasped only through direct experience because it is beyond words. Not until you have a physical experience of the true-Self in person can you understand the meaning of ‘our true-Self is perfect’.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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