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Let Go Of Your Ideal Self

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Let Go Of Your Ideal Self

Trying to be spiritually perfect is the fastest way to feel like you’re failing. No one is perfect. Nature doesn’t care whether we get it right or not, and we don’t have to either. Trying to be your ideal self gets in the way of being who you are, where you are.

Some religions have mileposts and rules that allow you to keep score. They tell you where you are on the totem pole, if you are progressing, and whether or not you’re “good.” Animism isn’t hierarchical. There is nowhere to get to and there is no right or wrong.

Nature, or God, doesn’t say to the cherry tree, “You need to produce 10% more cherries this year to make your quota.” Nature doesn’t say, “Phoenix has been on top for a decade. Can he stay there?” Nature doesn’t judge. What shows up depends upon how everything interacts, not just how you show up. Animism is relational.

So instead of focusing on “advancing” or becoming your ideal self, why not just be here and love yourself as you are. 

When it comes down to it, a lot of the spiritual questions that we get have to do with judgment. People don’t feel good enough. They are judging their experiences as “not enough” or wrong. 

You don’t have to be a yogi, have perfectly balanced chakras, levitate, see auras, speak to angels, or be a healer to be spiritual. You don’t have to forgive everyone of everything immediately, never get angry, or feel charitable or kind every day. Animism is not about that.

When we strive to be something other than what we are, we miss out on what we are now. The best way to get to where we are going is to be here and do without doing. This is what Nature does every day. The trees don’t strain to grow leaves. They just do it. There is no forcing or striving and yet everything gets done.

Everything has its own timing and its own energy. Striving is often about going against the flow. And that often takes you away from your natural path. 

Trust Nature. Trust yourself. Let go of your ideal self and just be who you are now. It’s enough.


Laura grew up with animism. She is a co-founder of Pan Society, a licensed clinical social worker, author of Angel Whispering: How to Talk to Your Spiritual Guides and How To Be A Panist: A Guide to Creating a Modern Animist Lifestyle. She also facilitates spiritual pilgrimages. For more information about Laura Giles, see her websites at http://www.lauragiles.org

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