Despite what you may believe you are perfect just as you are.
Are we conscious of what is affecting our mood and our worldview?
Could it be that the accumulation of all past experience strongly influences the way we experience life? I am not saying that we are not unique and in some way untainted by the past, we are, but how strongly does the past presently exist within you?
Understanding the past and how it affects our perception is key to understanding how we feel and experience life. When we witness how our relation to the past influences our reality we become aware of our selves in a profound way. This is the art of self-meditation.
When we give ourselves time to be inwardly aware we start the process of transcending old patterns and belief structures that no longer serve us.
How do we come to understand what it is that holds us ignorant to our perfection? What is that we should look into?
We need to look inside and question?
Does our way of thinking enable us to be inwardly aware and sensitive to ourselves?
Does our way of thinking allow us to see each other as we are or do our thought structures create a reality before us that is based in some pre-conceived notion? If so, does this limit our ability to see things as they are and be grounded in this moment?
If a life goal of yours is to be at peace with yourself it is important that you start to assess these questions. I myself must do this on a regular basis. If I do not the past with all of the ingrained modes of discrimination begin to shape my perception of not only the world around me, but also, and more importantly, of myself. If I do not allow myself to be aware of how I think or behave I default to a way of relating to people or things that is comes up from my past. In these instances I act on thought forms that are not really my own [because I learned them from others, mainly those who raised me] and I mentally laminate them on to others and other things to witness. Yet I realize that I do not want to live through the filter of thought forms that are rooted in the past. Ultimately, I will not find my peace this way.
When we perceive things as they are in their purest form we witness things without definition. Words and concepts may help us navigate life, but they only do so in the relative sense and not in the ultimate sense. The ultimate acknowledgment is that life is boundless and cannot be deified. You yourself cannot be defined and you are amazing beyond any belief or thought you have about yourself.
This realization occurs in the moment when we inwardly witness that we are perfect even with our "self-perceived faults". We are often hard on ourselves for not being what we think we should be. But witness...that this is just a thought and not the actual reality as it is.
The thing is, only when we do accept ourselves for who we are, faults and all, do we begin to transcend that which holds us back in self-judgment. Your "faults" are as perfect as you are. Without them you would not know which way to grow. Therefore, be humbly aware of how you relate to the present moment and forgive whatever it may be that holds you in a pattern of being ignorant to your perfection.