Life is an adventure of transformation. One of shedding who you believed you were to embodying your true self; the metamorphosis of the ego is why we incarnated on this beautiful world.
According to neuroscience, most of our conditioning happens during the first seven years of our lives; this is because children’s brains are significantly more receptive adults. Theta brain waves (which their brains are locked in) are hypnotic. Kids are easily programmed in this state of being; they learn things quickly through observing their environment. By the time they’ve become teenagers, there’s a cocoon of unconscious beliefs obscuring their true self.
Nature is full of symbols that can actually, reflect the journey we go through in the rediscovery of our true nature amidst a web of lies if we look at them correctly.
The transformation the caterpillar experiences to become a butterfly, one of nature’s most adored creatures, is comparable to the awakening process many are undergoing.
The caterpillar stage of the insect’s life resembles when we walk the earth without the awareness that there are wings or great potential latent in us; waiting to be activated.
Many who are reading will likely know how it feels to live below your potential; trapped in patterns (emotional, mental, habitual) you can’t shake off. I have lost count of the number of times my conscience ate me alive every time I walked home from a night out with the lads. I knew I had more inside me, but I didn’t know what.
Looking back at that version of myself, I feel nothing but compassion and great appreciation for him. I cherish those caterpillar days because, without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
The contrast those days gave me enabled me to see the light of my truth; we can only see the stars glow at their most radiant when they are surrounded by darkness, so too, do we realize our truth after experiencing what isn’t.
After so many disappointments in my young life; allowing my happiness to be dependent on external conditions, I realized that no one or no-thing was ever going to give me the joy I craved. Everything in this world is transitory; having a beginning and an end. Many believe they’ll find eternal happiness in the forever fleeting experiences of the cosmic drama, only to hit brick walls thanks to the primrose paths their false beliefs lured them down. When I had this realisation, I decided to become a hermit; this is what’s known as the cocoon or more fitting with this article, the chrysalis phase.
“Most people unknowingly conform to a fear-based worldview; they’ve bought into a plethora of beliefs that unconsciously dictate their lives. These unconscious perceptions convince them to perpetuate behaviours that don’t serve them because everyone around them is doing the same; monkey see, monkey do.”
─The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind
When the caterpillar begins its metamorphosis, it stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or a leaf and spins itself a silky chrysalis; within this protective casing, the insect transforms its body, to eventually emerge as a butterfly.
There were many inner demons I had to confront during those times of great solitude. Much meditation and introspection were required for me to become aware of the beliefs wrapped around the core of my true self. These fear-based perceptions convinced me to behave out of alignment with the light of my truth and to fear illogicalities. I realised there was a plethora of limiting beliefs hijacking my perception; they’d always been there; I was unaware of them as I walked the earth as the caterpillar.
We’re not capable of acting or perceiving beyond our current level of consciousness. I was unaware of fear-based beliefs as I lacked the awareness to see them at the time. Many beat themselves up because they lack the awareness to see the patterns within themselves, but I encourage you to be gentle with yourself. We’re always shown what we need to know in perfect timing; this includes the lies in our mind which force us to misperceive reality.
There were many aha moments when I realised how illogical it was to believe in such limiting and self-defeating ways. Awareness of my unconscious beliefs has freed me more than anything else has. Our social conditioning forms a chrysalis around our consciousness that obstructs our wings from spreading, but there’s another interesting fact about what happens in the chrysalis before the caterpillar emerges as a butterfly.
Scientists have conducted various studies on caterpillars while they were in their transformation. In one test, they purposely broke the chrysalis prematurely while keeping the insect intact, only to discover that by interrupting the natural metamorphosis we inhibit its growth. The struggle the creature undergoes to escape its chrysalis gives it the strength it needs to develop its wings; when we do the work for it, the insect doesn’t reach its potential.
The very same can be said for each one of us.
Many are struggling to break free from the chrysalis of societies lies wrapped around their essence since they emerged from the womb. The struggle, however, doesn’t need to be defined negatively. The ups, the downs; the good days, the bad days, the emotional rollercoasters; the challenges are what help us grow. I’m not saying, in any way, shape or form, that we MUST suffer to evolve; but I don’t know one human being who hasn’t suffered so we’re not there as a species yet.
The challenges, the tests, the trials, form your wings. They develop your character, humble you, and break-down what isn’t you so what is can emerge. Try to see everything in life even-mindedly as the Bhagavad-Gita teaches. Go beyond humanity’s definitions of right and wrong. All things manifest to help you expand and become the butterfly you were created you to be. What you believe is inhibiting is helping you realize your potential. Let it be; trust in your process, allow everything to be okay, as it is.
One day, you’ll look down at your empty chrysalis, in the transcendental bliss of your natural state, flying in pristine skies with fluttering wings; thankful for the struggles you experienced as the caterpillar. My wish is that you all learn to use your wings in this year of 2020; embodying levels of joy, bliss and love you never thought possible. May the love of the source guide you in all you do.
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