The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a painful metamorphosis. So, why would anyone want to become a butterfly? Simple. Real growth requires a major transformation.
The Path of Transformation
The process of transformation takes a conscious effort. The resistance in the process builds strength we will need for our wings to take flight. But, the butterfly is not the goal. The goal is the process of transformation. Like the caterpillar, transforming destroys what we are to become something greater. This is the lesson of the butterfly.
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.
If the butterfly does not struggle to get free, it simply dies in the chrysalis. So, the path of transformation is life.
The Lesson of the Butterfly
We must keep our eye on the goal of transformation. Like the caterpillar, we do not know our final stage. 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 into 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. This the path and typology of rebirth and transformation. Will we learn the lesson of the butterfly and realize our final transformation?
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 as a beautiful butterfly. This is the essence of imagining a beautiful life.
Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness. These tools are the path of transformation. These facilitate our metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
In Conclusion ― Caterpillar to Butterfly
The lesson of the butterfly is inspiring. It is a beautiful analogy of how we should embrace the path of transformation.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia