Excerpt About Spiritual Practice

Practice Expressing Realization

Just as there are degrees of realization, there are degrees of practice. If our practice has to be perfect all the time for it to be practice, then we might never begin. Even if our practice is not as complete as it can be, it can still happen. Practice can be continual without having to be perfect; practice can express realization without having to be perfect. The continuity itself will further perfect the practice—perfect not in the moral sense but in the sense of more completely expressing realization. When practice expresses realization fully, then practice is realization. And even before practice fully expresses realization, it is already a realization because engaging practice authentically always expresses realization to some degree. If we are truly sincere in our attitude and we begin from a real place, realization is there whether or not we recognize it.

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