August 18, 2014

A recent teaching began with this paradox: “We are broken when we are whole.”  It went on to say:

“When we are full of everything we need, when we are complete, when we lack struggle or striving, when we lack wanting and wish, when we lack ambition and the pain of knowing there is something we must become which we are not yet—when we are like this, when we are whole, we are truly broken.  Incompleteness is the ideal in form; a form is, in its perfection, essentially incomplete.”

This is a difficult pill to swallow, since most of us really crave and cherish the experiences we have of feeling truly whole.  But there was this explanation of how much we gain through our incompleteness:

“Incompleteness is what keeps our consciousness alive, it is what makes this reality poignant, it is what gives this world its spark of vitality.  If you were whole, you would lose all that’s rich and all that is possible about your own lives.  You would float, a kind of bubble, until your own death vanished you, but you would not live without your need and your confusion, without your pain and your struggle and your endless striving; without your incompleteness you could not dig into this world and get your hands dirty in the life that you have.  You would not touch things, not really; you would not see what is here; you would not be here the way that your incompleteness allows you to be here now.  The way that we touch this place is through our own suffering, because it is through that that we are ever prevented from floating above this form life, from surpassing it and, so, missing it altogether.  You are a person here in this dirty and confusing place.  You are flesh and bone.  You are the blood that you spill and the tears that you shed and you are tied into this through that that you are—through your very fleshiness and through your ache and through your chaos and through your need.  It ties you like a thread woven through everything that is; it binds you to this.  We are perfect this way.”


One Response to “Incomplete”

  1. Colleen Puderbaugh said

    Emily…..I so love this! Thank you!

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