The Lesson of the Butterfly ― The Path of Transformation

The Lesson of the Butterfly ― The Path of Transformation

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, but the resistance in the process builds strength we will need for our wings to take flight. However, the butterfly is not the goal.  The goal is the 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.

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 path of 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 and make the change, take the risks, follow your heart and intuition even when it defies logic or the advice of friends, family, and culture?  It is also a typology of rebirth and transformation.  Will we learn the lesson of the butterfly and realize our final transformation?

Everyone has their own 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

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  These tools are the path of transformation. 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. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

In Conclusion

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

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