The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a painful metamorphosis. The lesson of the butterfly story is one of constant growth. Are you growing?
Becoming a Butterfly
The process of transformation takes a conscious effort. The resistance in the process builds the strength we will need for our wings to take flight. Becoming a butterfly is not the goal. The real goal is the process of transformation. Like the caterpillar, transforming destroys what we are to become something more significant.
The goal of the butterfly is to become a caterpillar. The process of transformation is an important lesson. The caterpillar must go through several instars before it can make a chrysalis. Many caterpillars don’t make it. They die as caterpillars, never knowing the joy of being a butterfly. If the caterpillar makes a chrysalis, it liquefies inside the chrysalis. Nothing of the caterpillar exists. While in the chrysalis, the butterfly forms.
The Lesson of the Butterfly Story
If the butterfly does not struggle to get free, it dies in the chrysalis. So, the path of transformation includes struggle. We must keep our eye on the goal of change. Like the caterpillar, we do not know our ultimate stage of development. What happens after you become a beautiful butterfly? Becoming a butterfly isn’t the end of the story. The circle of transformation continues. We don’t know for sure what happens when we move on from this plane of existence, but we must find the courage to move forward.
We must endure the growth from child to adult. But this is not the end. Are we able then to move to a higher level like a chrysalis? Are we able to get past the default settings of Ego and personality? Ask yourself, are you awake? Do you want to be? The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is not an easy one.
The path of transformation is one of continual metamorphosis. What do you choose? Do you live out your life as a caterpillar, taking no risks with relationships and life? Or do you struggle to make the changes? Do you take calculated risks?
Can you follow your heart and intuition? Can you do it even when it defies logic or the advice of friends, family, and culture? If you can, good for you. Metamorphosis is the typology of rebirth and transformation. Will we reject or embrace the lesson of the butterfly story and realize our goal?
Everyone has their way of awakening through the use of a variety of spiritual tools or technologies. Everyone can become a butterfly instead of just a caterpillar. You realize you are born as a caterpillar. If you don’t go through this type of process, you’ll die a caterpillar. That is never knowing the life that is possible to become a beautiful butterfly. It’s the essence of imagining a beautiful life.
These processes are a collection of proven methods for exploring consciousness. We call them spiritual technologies. They help us expand awareness and unlock the gifts to reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
So, what does this have to do with becoming a butterfly? Well, imagine that you are a caterpillar, but you don’t what to do next? You ask yourself, “what am I supposed to be?” “Is this all there is to life?” The answer is no, being a caterpillar, working all your life, and then dying isn’t all there is to life. You can learn to transform and open a whole new level of experience. This typology is the lesson of the butterfly story, and you can do it using these processes.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
Caterpillar to Butterfly
It is an analogy of how we should embrace the path of transformation. Remember, you can become a beautiful butterfly, but it is only another transitional phase. Keep your focus on conversion. The lesson of the butterfly story is a typology to inspire our transformation.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia