A Story for Our Times

2 years, 2 months ago

I found this story. Please read.

When a caterpillar nears its transformation time, it begins to eat ravenously, consuming everything in sight. (It is interesting to note that individuals are often called “consumers” and one of the largest manufacturers of heavy construction machinery is called “Caterpillar,” Inc.) The caterpillar body then becomes heavy, outgrowing its own skin many times, until it is too bloated to move. Attaching to a branch (upside down, where everything is turned on its head) it forms a chrysalis—an enclosing shell that limits the caterpillar’s freedom for the duration of the transformation.

Within the chrysalis a miracle occurs. Tiny cells, that biologists actually call “imaginal cells,” begin to appear. These cells are wholly different from caterpillar cells, carrying different information, vibrating to a different frequency–the frequency of the emerging butterfly. At first, the caterpillar’s immune system perceives these new cells as enemies, and attacks them, much as new ideas in science, medicine, politics, and social behavior are viciously denounced by the powers now considered mainstream. But the imaginal cells are not deterred. They continue to appear, in even greater numbers, recognizing each other, bonding together, until the new cells are numerous enough to organize into clumps. When enough cells have formed to make structures along the new organizational lines, the caterpillar’s immune system is overwhelmed. The caterpillar body then becomes a nutritious soup for the growth of the butterfly.

When the butterfly is ready to hatch, the chrysalis becomes transparent. The need for restriction has been outgrown. Yet the struggle toward freedom has an organic timing. And is connected to the breath. One resource states that the butterfly “pops” it’s chrysalis by taking a deep, full breath. As the butterfly emerges, it’s upside down. It immediately turns right side up and it proceeds to holds it’s chrysalis with such reverence, I can “hear” it saying “thank you” to where it came from. When we’ve been through troubles of trauma, it can be difficult to find the gratitude for where where came from. It may be empowering to pause in this reading and give thanks to your self and to all the sentient beings who supported you through the loss.

The awakening of the global heart results from transforming the cultural values from the unconscious, over-consuming bloat of the caterpillar into a creature of exquisite beauty, grace, and freedom. This coming of age process takes us to a new mythic reality, a larger story, ripe with meaning and direction. It takes us from the naive innocence of childhood into a larger reality of interdependence and reciprocity. It is not a passage that ends in the stark greyness of adult responsibility, denying the colorful spirituality of childhood innocence. Rather, it is a reclaiming of wholeness that denies little, and embraces all. In the loss of the naive innocence, there is a new found innocence that is wisdom. In this new wisdom there is even greater inner connection to innocence, allowing the possibility of holding all in the holographic universe.

Catalysts for the Coalescence of Consciousness

The awakening of consciousness happens first in individuals. It is a shift from third chakra, individual-based consciousness to fourth chakra, relational consciousness, a shift from I to We. It is a realization that we are in this together, that we are interdependent, integral agents, part of a larger unity that needs each of us as individual agents. This awakening could result from spiritual practices such as yoga or meditation, psychotherapy, workshop experiences, disenchantment from one’s “normal” life, or any manner of doorways through which we awaken from the trance of consumption and exploitation to a higher vision of perpetual reciprocity, compassion, and unity. At first such individuals might feel alone or isolated; they might be misunderstood or even attacked by others for their strange ideas.

When these individuals find others of like mind, they are strengthened and reinforced. They feel less alone, more empowered, and inspired. They literally “vibrate” at a higher frequency. They catalyze each other. This is how the imaginal cells come together, organize amongst themselves and become centers of awakening in the new supportive community.

I like that imaginal cells are sometimes called “co-hearts,” people who are simultaneously called by something in their own hearts to share with others, to serve and to save what they love. Co-hearts can be of any kind: healing co-hearts, artistic co-hearts, yoga co-hearts, construction co-hearts, gardening co-hearts, parenting co-hearts. They can be lovers or friends, business associates or volunteers in an organization. Co-hearts share a kin-dom – not a kingdom ruled by a king but a kin-dom where everyone is kin. Co-hearts are like the cells, and kin-doms are the organs of the body called supportive community. We recognize that at all levels we are part of a larger whole.

December 17, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@cosmiclemonade, Ah, this was pretty wonderful :)

Profile photo of Michael Michael (@peacefulmotivators) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

It’s very inspiring to think that someday there could be some metamorphosis of the collective we call society. I hope that I’m around long enough to see it, be a part of it, and enjoy it!

Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 1 month ago ago


Profile photo of Bryan Hellard Bryan Hellard M (@xyver) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@cosmiclemonade, Thank you for bumping, I can’t believe I missed this before!

Did you think it up, or are you sharing it from somewhere else?

Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@xyver, sharing. I remembered this story and searched online until I found it the other day. Glad you liked and happy 2013!!! *does whisky shot*

Profile photo of Subwoofer Stevens Subwoofer Stevens (@jakehay) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

I love the butterfly analogy. It can be used in so many contexts and truly a scientific miracle.

Great read :)

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