If everything is perfect, why bother?

“If everything is perfect, happening in Divine order, why bother doing anything?”

This question was recently posed to the audience of The Global Conversation’s Facebook page in an effort to find out what people think about what may be one of the most asked about — and perhaps most misunderstood — concepts in the new-thought community.

If there is a larger spiritual design to all of this — that is, all of life — if our ultimate outcome is already guaranteed, why in the world do we need to worry about changing or creating anything during our time on earth?  Can’t we just sit back and enjoy the ride?   Let the chips fall where they may?

Our Facebook question triggered some wonderful and diverse responses from people around the globe.

Yoga Wahyudi says:  “because there’s no such thing as perfect.”

Could that be true, that we actually are less than perfect?  That nothing is perfect?  Is much of the world striving and struggling and reaching for what they may never be able to attain?  Is it true that there is no higher purpose or all-encompassing perfection involved here?

There are religions in our world today that support the idea that we are flawed from the moment we enter into the realm of physicality.  If we embrace that belief system, one that requires us to believe ourselves as separate from God, upon what then do we base our decision of whether or not to become active participants in the happenings in our world?   Is it merely an exercise of atonement for our perceived defects, earning or receiving credit for our “good” deeds?

Tony Meade shared a quote from Albert Einstein:  “Nothing happens until something moves.”

And Deanne Steinbeck offered this thought:  “Even divine order requires action, every action you make has a butterfly effect and it may be one of your actions that inspires someone else and so on. We are here to learn, grow and love and for us to action our best self…..divine order requires each of us to action love into the world.”

So perhaps it is within our actions, our doingness, our creativity that we are experiencing the perfection of our choices?  Would we ever be able to know who we are, to declare who we are, or express who we are if we never engaged in demonstrations of who we are?

The answers to these questions will depend largely upon what your belief and understanding is about why you are here, on this planet, to begin with.  Conversations with God shared this powerful message with us:

“My divine purpose in dividing Me was to create sufficient parts of Me so that I could know Myself experientially. There is only one way for the Creator to know Itself experientially as the Creator, and that is to create. And so I gave to each of the countless parts of Me (to all of My spirit children) the same power to create which I have as the whole….My purpose in creating you, My spiritual offspring, was for Me to know Myself as God. I have no way to do that save through you. Thus it can be said (and has been, many times) that My purpose for you is that you should know yourself as Me.”

And it is within this message that I believe we are offered an understanding that most clearly explains the dichotomy that exists between “everything being perfect” and the call for creation.  It comes to us not in the form of a commandment, but rather in the form of a gift from God, so that we may experience ourselves as the Divine and so that the Divine may know Herself experientially.

So when we are at the choice point, and we find ourselves being given an opportunity to decide, the important questions to ask ourselves are:  Who am I? Where am I? Why am I where I am? And what do I intend to do about that?  When we purposefully transform our thoughts into actions, we become powerful creators and active participants in the evolution of life…not only for ourselves, but for everyone.

– Rosa Parks experienced this when she chose to stand up to legally imposed racial segregation and faced her own arrest.

– Hotel workers at theTaj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India, experienced this when they placed their own lives at risk in efforts to protect guests during the deadly terrorist attacks in 2008.

– Nancy Lublin experiences this in her capacity as CEO at DoSomething.org, one of the country’s largest nonprofit organizations championing for young people and creating social change in the areas of bulling & violence, environment, homelessness, and human rights, just to name a few.

– Cassandra Curley experienced this when she walked 50 miles in each of the 50 states in 50 weeks in conjunction with her 50th birthday, spreading the message to anyone who would listen that peace is our natural state and that conflict is generated by fear.

So I pose the question again:  If everything is perfect, happening in Divine order, why bother doing anything? 

 (Lisa McCormack is the Managing Editor & Administrator of The Global Conversation.  She is also a member of the Spiritual Helper team at www.ChangingChange.net, a website offering emotional and spiritual support. To connect with Lisa, please e-mail her at Lisa@TheGlobalConversation.com.)

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  • Thank you, Lisa. This is wonderful, as usual. i love CWG. Quoting God through Neale might teach us all something about how to manifest heaven here now, even in 3 d. In this quote God says we are here to become creators, creators who create as God, Goddess, so that God can know God Self experientially.

    God Self can only know the expression of God Self through us here now. If we are being our True God Self here now, we create as God creates everywhere, which is with pure beingness everywhere as heaven.

    If we still create in an old manner, we struggle to lift the vibration of the earth and its inhabitants. We gift nothing to God, if we don’t create in the manner God is. God is only heaven. God creates heaven by being heaven everywhere. God creates with his being.
    He has no other way to express his Goddess, Godness. He creates heaven by being a spawn of life, a life that spawns life for life, a life of heaven, a life of a zooming particle, zooming everywhere in all life, I guess. We are all particles zooming, if we are being, and not zooming, if we are looking at fear appearing falsely here now a little too long in life. IF we notice fear, and rise above it by looking through it, we can maybe zoom a little better. If we stare too long at fear, we can’t zoom out of here to know ouself as heaven.

    The spawning of life as us can only become that zooming particle in life as heaven, when we begin to create as true Gods, Goddesses. When we spawn life from being only pure love, we become the true creators God intended us to be in all life. Being spawning creators as true life, gifting love to all life, lifting earth out of fearbased energies who gifted earth eons of fearbased energies is the only way to heaven here now, in my view.

    Wonder why we don’t create more life as God creates. Why can’t we be who we really are, since so many know life springs forth life from a pure state of being pure love? since we are God and we are love and so many know so many are manifestors in the manner of God, why is heaven not already here in the mind of so many? I guess that’s on my mind today.
    Love to you and thanks for the thoughts that spawn a real thought of heaven 🙂

    • I think you hit the nail on the head with your observation that if we continue to create in the “old manner,” we invite struggle into our experience and we may miss entirely the opportunities that are so lovingly placed before us. As always, Iamlife I am, your presence here is deeply appreciated.

      • Awww You are such an angel. You really are that to me. You just are. Thank you, Lisa. Love, Michelle

  • Erin

    Awesome, Lisa! 😀
    Personally, I don’t See an ‘order’ or ‘plan’…All there is to See is Amazing & it’s just pretty cool to Be that…Has yet to get boring, that’s for sure! 🙂

    • When I stand back and look at the world, nature, people, relationships, and, yes, even what we call “tragedies,” I see and I sense a universal flow, a Divine order. If I am tuned in enough at any given moment, I can actually feel it. Perhaps it is simply in the way that Life continues to continue. In the way Life continues to express. In the way Life continues to, through itself, evolve into what is next. The golden gift in it all is knowing that we don’t have to do or be anything in particular to be assured of this. And as you so wonderfully said, how utterly amazing and cool is that! Thank you, Erin, for being here!

  • scott

    Perfection is in the process, not in the result. Results are only temporary moments, they are not the end of the process but the beginning of a new result, a new start to the process of life.
    Results are proof that the process is perfection itself. Predictible, stable, the same for eveyone. It only seems to be un-predictible if you don’t understand how it works. Since there are no accidents or coincidences & all results are effects of a cause, the process is perfect. The process is perfect because effects are the result of uniform natural law that is the same for everyone, a level playing field for all.
    There is no “Divine Cosmic Force” giving “good” fortune to some & “bad” fortune to others, but there is a perfect process that with time & awareness we can all begin to understand & use to the benifit of all.
    We say life is random or chaotic because we don’t see the entire chain of cause & effect but Awareness brings us to the place of not needing to know every detail & gives us the wisdom that trust in & understanding of the process of life will serve us well.
    Peace, Love & Yogurt

    • Well said, Scott. You articulate “perfection” in a way that many, many are not able to grasp, as they cling to our humanly created definition of “perfect,” which simply does not exist and is impossible to attain. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      • scott

        I have reached a point in my life where my perspective isn’t dominated by my Ego but a compliment reminds me that I still have one!
        Thanks for taking the time to reply to all the comments. Recognition from you & all the other article writers at The Global Conversation is very important to the vibrancy & longevity of this online newspaper.
        Well done Lisa!

  • Yes! Life is perfect. Only with experience can we gain understanding. We can be taught many things but with experience comes understanding and only with true understanding are we able to teach effectively. But in truth, there is nothing we must do. I believe I read that somewhere!

    • Wonderful, Terri! And isn’t it wonderful (and life-changing) the moment we realize there is nothing we must do, but rather what do we choose to do? Thank you for being here!

  • Marko

    Great post & discussion Lisa! Everything is perfect, including y/our desire to change it. If you desire perfection on the earth level as we currently experience life, I’d say harmony comes real close to that. People who desire perfection are really desire harmony.

    As Therese says “When life sucks, it sucks perfectly” Ha that is a great one. It’s true. The magic of life is that we can actually experience both! That is the perfection!

    Life is set up perfectly so that we can experience the perception as well as the experience of perfection or not. It’s our choice. We off course have imperfection as a contextual field to know what perfection is.

    In the small picture it may look like imperfection. In the larger picture it’s all perfection.

    It’s perception & attitude that make the difference & distinction.

    Magically yours,


  • Boyd Martin

    I wrote about this exact question and came up with what I believe is the answer:

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  • Justin Farquhar

    The paradox may be better understood using the Mahayana Buddhist distinction between ultimate and relative truth (read Nagarjuna for details). Just because things are without flaw from an ultimate perspective doesn’t get us off the hook from improving things from the relative point of view.