Daily Angel Oracle Card: Comparison, from the Osho Zen Tarot card deck, by Osho
Comparison: “Who ever told you that the bamboo is more beautiful than the oak, or the oak more valuable than the bamboo? Do you think the oak wishes it had a hollow trunk like this bamboo? Does the bamboo feel jealous of the oak because it is bigger and its leaves change color in the fall? The very idea of the two trees comparing themselves to each other seems ridiculous, but we humans seem to find this habit very hard to break.
Let’s face it, there is always going to be somebody who is more beautiful, more talented, stronger, more intelligent, or apparently happier than you are. And conversely, there will always be those who are less than you in all these ways. The way to find out who you are is not by comparing yourself with others, but by looking to see whether you are fulfilling your own potential in the best way you know how.
Comparison brings inferiority and superiority. When you do not compare, all inferiority, all superiority, disappears. Then you are, you are simply there. A small bush or a big high tree – it does not matter; you are yourself. Your are needed. A grass leaf is needed as much as the biggest star. Without the grass leaf God will be less than he is. This sound of the cuckoo is needed as any Buddha; the world will be less, will be less rich if this cuckoo disappears. Just look around. All is needed, and everything fits together. If is an organic unity: nobody is higher and nobody is lower; nobody superior and nobody inferior. Everybody is incomparably unique.”*
Gaia is perfect in every way and it is her diversity which inspires awe and demands our utmost respect. We are an intricate part of this diversity. Every snowflake looks different under the microscope; no two are alike. Every zebra has a different pattern of stripes, and every whale has a different dorsal fin. We appreciate these differences in other beings, and marvel at their amazing markings; yet when it comes to humans, we still have a long way to go. Gender diversity and sexual orientation are in the midst of acceptance in the western world. Racial customs and differences are finally being celebrated in many parts of the world. Yet there are still places where customs and religions cause wars and possessions matter most.
Then there’s the media… a whole other force to be reckoned with! From a very early age, there are people we are set up to believe we are constantly meant to compare ourselves to and wish we were them… film stars, rock stars, super models and athletes to name a few. They always seem younger, richer, thinner, more athletic…owners of bigger and better stuff. We even compare ourselves to Photo-shopped models and wish we were that perfect…. knowing full well that even these models wished they looked like their own pictures!
We declare ourselves “less than” if we don’t fit the standard that is set by parents, teachers, siblings, or friends who may have judged us or created unrealistic expectations. And we focus on those perceived “flaws” our whole lives, forgetting that we are, actually, perfect…exactly as we are. That in our uniqueness and our diversity, we all have something extraordinarily beautiful on offer. We are healers, teachers, rescuers, lovers, artists and providers. We are perfect and human and constantly learning. We are full of potential and possibility.
And all that is missing is the acknowledgment of the perfection in our own eyes.
Love starts with the Soul.