On the most basic level, we all share the same fundamental desire. We all desire prosperity, success, health, and happiness in life, in whatever form each of us might envision these things. Generally speaking, we also all desire to avoid poverty, failure, illness, and sadness, though, to one degree or another, these are part of our human experience. Nevertheless, in life we encounter both success and failure in our endeavors. Like any other pair of opposites we might name, on the surface these two appear completely distinct and separate from one another, even in direct conflict with one another. One might well say that failure seems like an adversary or obstruction to our success, which may be true from a certain perspective.
As individuals, we aopear to be finite beings, while life itself is a collective of infinite being. As individuals, we seem to be a relatively insignificant and small part of life. Thus, as individuals, it does not seem tha' nir actions in the midst of a collective larger than ourselves could possibly lead to a greater portion of success than the collective. It seems that, at best, an individual can aspire only to a harmony with the success of the collective in which he or she lives, and that such a harmony becomes the measure or his or her own success. It may be that some strong individuals experience a greater percentage of success, while more ordinary individuals experience only minimal success. In the case of most ordinary persons, it appears that failure is more common than success. Accepting this plight, many limit their dreams and the possibilities of what they can do.
Without any doubt there is some truth, n this view, based upon our life's experience. However, the truth is that this view is inherently flawed because it is founded upon the illusion of cosmic ignorance— a fundamental dualism that prevents us from seeing the greater reality and ta:th inherent in our experience. In this dualistic view, we are separate from the One life-power of the greater collective, and we tend to see things in pans and pieces rather than in terms of the whole. We are constantly considering our experience based upon this dualism and, thus, see everything in a fragmented rather than integral and holistic way. In this limited view, we simply do not sec ourselves and life as a unified field. We do not recognize the movement of the life-power as a constant process of creative evolution. Moreover, as we previously discussed, this evolution works through apparent polarities and oppositions which are actually an operation of one force, the intention of hich is a singular motion of perfect succession towards its ultimate goal—-the highest ol life.
To acquire some insight into the perfection of success, we need only look into the principle of evolution and how it functions As we previously discussed, it is composed of two apparent movements: progress and regress. However, when we examine these two apparent movements closely over a prolonged period of time, what we discover is one forward motion, of which the two apparent movements are integral parts. As we have said, it is a wave-like motion akin to an incoming tide, every progress moving funher forward and every regress receding less far backward. In effect, we can say that each regress is making the foundation for the next progress. Thus, nothing gained in the former progress is lost in the process of a regress—the potential and ground of the progress is maintained, though hidden by the appearance of a regression. When we examine the regressions in the process of evolution in this light, we find that each regress1 • is a secret operation of the next progression working itself out. The same may be said of the interplay of success and failure, for it is through failure that our ultimate success is worked out.
From a Gnostic point of view, the story of Adam and Eve and their fall and exodus from the Garden of Eden reflects something of this mystery. After all, in terms of the larger myth cycle, without the f.ill the divine revelation of the Christos would not come about and, thus, neither would the Resurrection and Ascension. This apparent regress and involution is necessary to bring about the ev ntual progress and evolution towards a Christed humanity. We can say this of any apparent failure, whether speaking on the individual or collective level. This is the view of perfect success taught in Gnostic Christianity.
Life itself is based upon this principle. Within the play of any apparent opposites, we will discover the same essential truth when we view them from a higher consciousness—from the presence of awareness generated by the silent witness. It is the same with success and failure, for failure is nothing more than the limit to which we can succeed in a given cycle of progress, and represents the regress necessary before the next progress. Likewise, we may say that each success is the manifestation of the work accomplished during previous failures. Thus, from a more panoramic and long-range view in space-time, there really is no such thing as failure, only a process of development through trial and error towards eventual success. Even the movements of the sou! through heavens and hells are viewed in this way among Sophians, for heavens are akin to progressions in the evolution of the soul and hells are akin to regressions. Ultimately, the aim is a transcendence of "heavens" and "hells and incarnations through an ascent into the world of supernal light—the nondual Gnostic awareness.
Perhaps the idea of the perfection of success may initially sound to'o lofty and fanciful, yet we can look into our human experience and see the operation of this principle. We need only contemplate any field of human study and endeavor and take note of the mixture of failure and success humankind has enc mtered from one generation to another. Through the generations, human beings ultimately succeed at much of what they desire to accomplish. Several generations ago, for example, global communication and travel were certainly very different than they are today, and there has been much trial and error along the way—many apparent failures. Yet the extent to which we have come in these areas is amazing, and there are even greater possibilities to which we may aspire. We may say the same thing regarding virtually all areas of human exploration and development. In every case, it is .human beings who have ultimately succeeded at developing new applications of science and technology, made new discoveries, transformed laws and ways of thinking, formed new organizations, and more, and it is human beings who utilize and benefit from each development. It is truly amazing!
This is not isolated to the collective of humanity, however It is equally true within one's own life and experience as an individual. Everyone has achieved perfect success in various areas of life, which in their youth were things in which they met with failure. Consider something as simply as learning to walk and then to run? or consider the process of learning to read and write, or so many other things we now take for granted. Quite obviously, we can and we are experiencing perfect success. When it comes down to it, you are perfectly successful!
If things we have experienced failure at in the past we now experience success at, then those activities in which we experience a mixture of success and failure at in the present are the perfect success of the future. Our past failures are our present perfection of success. Likewise, our present failures and successes are our future perfection of success. According to the Sophian teachings, this view is absolutely essential to the practice of perfect success.
Far from anything being "new under the sun," we have known this simple truth for a long time, as reflected in the old saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try and try again until you do." This is perfect success in a nutshell!
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