Butterflies are free to fly, so why are so many of us still grounded, living like caterpillars, refusing to change or grow? What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the butterfly calls a new transformed life! Why are so many of us still crawling, struggling, and clinging to the past?
Change is the only thing in life that never changes! When everything around us is changing, it is human nature to want to cling to the old, familiar, past way of being. However, there is no growth without change. New life requires the death of the old. A seed plunged into darkness cannot envision its new life before it breaks open in the dark fecund soil, and a sprout makes it way up through the earth to suddenly emerge into the sunlight of a new day. A dark piece of coal cannot envision its transformation as a result of extreme pressure into a beautiful diamond, reflecting light. All it feels as coal is the incessant, seemingly endless tension, stress, squeezing, and pressure. Grapes cannot conceive of the wine as they are being trampled, crushed, and pressed. A caterpillar cannot envision transforming into a beautiful butterfly as it continuously changes, molts, and disintegrates into a sticky formless goo. Death to the caterpillar is life to the butterfly! Watch the amazing transformation in the life cycle of a butterfly:
Amazing how many changes the caterpillar must endure: eggs to caterpillar, to molting, to cocoon, to disintegration, and finally to a butterfly. Even after struggling to escape the confines of the cocoon, the butterfly still has to wait patiently while the wings expand and grow fully, to finally take off and be able to fly! What changes have you already made in preparation for the freedom to fly? Where have you resisted change? What needs to be surrendered or let go of to move forward and expand? Self examination is the critical first step to expand into a butterfly.
After you have gently taken a critical inventory of where you are right now, discovered what is working and what is not working, and where you would like to be, it is time to accept yourself fully. Accept yourself right where you are, as you are now, warts and all. Acceptance of who you are, and where you are in your life, is critical to be able to change. It is the paradoxical theory of change: being who you are fully, allows you to change! This video by David Phelps entitled “Just As I Am” can be used as a prayer to accept yourself completely where ever you are in your life, and no matter what mistakes or errors you have made. It begins “Dear Lord, I am on my knees again…I come to you because you understand…I’ve tried so hard to change…..”
Accept yourself for who and where you are in your process. Forgive yourself and anyone that you blame or hurt from the past as a result of your caterpillar-ness. Ask for forgiveness and ask for healing and transformation. If you can, just accept and allow yourself to transform spontaneously. This is the simplest, easiest way. You are already whole, complete, and one with God in your innermost being, but it takes varying amounts of effort to wake up, realize it, and accept it. It is simple for those who believe it is simple, and can be extremely difficult and lengthy process for those who believe it needs to be complex. God and all of the created universe is conspiring right now for everyone to wake up to the truth. This week in particular is a powerful time for death of the old being and awakening into the new creation. Today, in particular is powerful. It is Maundy Thursday and it represents the final preparations before letting go, surrendering, and dying to the past, in order to be transformed and reborn into a whole, complete, perfected, free person, one with God, fully human and fully divine!
“We do this through the help of the Spirit of truth within us, not through our personal will. Especially we are quickened to the help of the Spirit of truth within us during Lent. For Lent is a period of prayer and spiritual preparation. There is spiritual power at work during Lent that backs us up in our desire to overcome” (May Rowland).
The God of the old testament was a transcendent God. There was a separation between God and human beings, a chasm, gap, or abyss that was mostly too wide to successfully cross. Jesus, as the example of perfection, wholeness, and oneness with God, was fully human and fully God, came to reconcile us to the Source, bridge the gap, clear the slate, and make it possible for us to be set free. His incarnation on earth was the end of the old transcendent-only, separated, distant male God era. He came to earth to remove duality, sin, disease, conflict, and pain from the earth and to raise all human beings to oneness and nonduality so we could all be transformed and reborn into new whole Life! Now we are nearing the end of this age, the old era of struggle, change, and transformation, and we are on the precipice of the new era of peace, oneness, wholeness, fulfillment, and joy. Jesus filled the entire earth with the presence of God, from the deepest hell consciousness to the highest heaven consciousness, so that there is now no place where God is not present.
Now it is the beginning of the new age where God descends permanently from the Most High, as transcendent, and begins to be immanent in all human beings. The so-called second coming of Christ is the descent of God-consciousness into our very beings. Oswald Chambers said “We look for God to manifest Himself to His children: God only manifests Himself in His children”. This new heaven on earth era is the Spirit of God within all people, empowering, re-creating, revitalizing, and regenerating everyone into the new integrated human being. God descends into your body, transfiguring your cells, the Holy Spirit breathes in you, and you become a Christ. All of us are to be transformed into the prototype of Jesus. We are to return to our original state of god consciousness, made in the image and likeness of God, having the same nature of God, and being restored to the divine blueprint of perfection and wholeness. This is the NEW HEAVEN ON EARTH! It is coming and is NOW HERE for all those who wake up, realize it, and accept it! Those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, wake up, come and see!
Prior to the kingdom of God coming to earth there was sorrow, suffering, brokenness, imperfection, pain, disease, and stress. After the kingdom comes–JOY! The kingdom has already come over 2000 years ago, what are you waiting for? God is patiently waiting for all of his creation to WAKE UP and say yes to the kingdom. Seek first the kingdom of God. God is waiting for each individual to wake up, realize that it is already finished, waiting for your recognition and acceptance. It is already done. “His works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Hebrews 4:3b). “Behold, I make all things new…it is done!” (Revelation 21:5-6). There is no time in the spiritual realm, it was, is, and is to come all at the same time. You get to choose! God is waiting for your invitation to come to you. God is waiting for your “yes” to enter your being, heal and transform you into your butterfly state, and set you free to fly!!! What are you waiting for? NOW is the time!!! Say YES!!!
Trust in the Higher Power and Divine Intelligence of God, accept the truth, open, and allow the Spirit of God to work in you. Let go of the past, and surrender all your attachments and identifications with the old world. Empty yourself completely. Die to the past, die to the old way of being, die to the known, familiar, and comfortable. This is the sticky goo formless stage of disintegration of the caterpillar and you if you desire to fly. You must let go and take that one step into the unknown. God will take it from there if you let Spirit take over control.
Trust, let go, empty, and be willing to receive your royal birthright. “God is more willing to bless you than you are to receive of His blessings” (Myrtle Fillmore). Receive the healing, receive the transformation, receive the new life, receive the new divine blueprint, receive the new DNA, receive your new wings, and be free to fly! It is Finished!
Stop, Drop, and Roll!!! Join me now: turn away from the old, worldly patterns, conditions, troubles, and challenges. Put your intention, focus, attention and awareness deep in your heart. Take the longest journey known to humans: the 18 inches between your head and your heart! Let go, empty, surrender all your issues, problems, troubles, challenges, and dramas. Just as in real life as soap operas that have been airing for decades are now going off the air for good, let go of the soap opera of your life! It was never real to begin with! It is fiction, delusion, and a “story” made up in your limited egoic mind. You have a larger, deeper, more expanded mind that is one with God and all others. Open to this expanded mind! Let the past life die, bury it in the tomb of the past, and then let God roll away the stone blocking the entrance to the tomb, and walk out into the sunshine of your new expanded divine consciousness. Arise, shine, for your light has come! You are free at last! Roll down hills, roll on the floor with laughter, roll with the punches, roll with the home-y, and be free to fly! You were born to fly!
Free yourself from the cocoon of old patterns, issues, conflicts, wounds, resentments, bitterness, negativity, and struggle. Free yourself from the worldly net, the matrix of the old egoic programing, and negative habits of thought, word, and deed. Drop the nocebic effect of the world. Take the God placebo instead, and find out that beyond the story, beyond the illusion, beyond the veil is the REAL THING. Find out that it is no thing at all, but is consciousness or awareness, ever renewing, ever new and fresh, new life that is unfolding every moment. Let FREEDOM ring!
The time it takes you to get to freedom, is the time it takes you to wake up to the truth! The time necessary to wake up is completely up to you. The time necessary to let go from the form of a caterpillar, as your ego self in limitation and lack, to the formless goo, and finally emerge as a butterfly in fullness, expansion, and freedom, is the time it takes you to give up your story. You must give up all the stories you have been told, give up all stories period, wake up and say YES! It could be in this very moment. It only takes one thought. Thoughts are faster than the speed of light. It could happen in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye, or a sudden flash of light. Or it will take as long as you believe it will take! You must be ready and willing to give up the struggling, the effort-ing, the control, the choke hold you have on the past, the clinging attachment to the familiar and comfortable, and let go of the fear. If you are willing to let go and surrender the bad and the good or comfortable, you will be raised to your BEST and BETTER and BEYOND BEST!
You must let go of the familiar known to enter the unknown! You must let go of your attachment to your current physical form to enter the formless unknown. You must surrender to the past to be transformed into the new form: one with God, perfected, completed, fulfilled, with the same nature as God, the same mind as God, the same unlimited potential, and opening to the knowing that everything is possible! We are all perfect and whole at our core, on the inside, in the inner spiritual being. Allow yourself to unfold into the perfection on the outside. Allow your concept of God to expand. Donald Curtis said “As our concept of God expands, our expression of His nature grows”.
So, are you ready to let go and transform? Are you ready to step into the unknown? Are you ready to allow yourself to disintegrate into the sticky goo formless stage? “I’m melting” is what the wicked witch of the east said in the Wizard of Oz! Are you ready to transform from a witch to a goddess? To a witch there is only two options: a good witch or a bad witch. To an ego there is only good persons or bad persons. To the true self there are only potential Christs! Are you ready to dissolve into the formless unknown to be transformed into a new form? Are you ready to fly? Witches need broom sticks and magic. Transformed human beings in God need only a thought!
The process is: challenged or problematic form, to the formless, to the transformed form! Dissolve all your forms: negative thoughts, worries, doubts, imperfections, mistakes, disease, troubles, issues, challenges, problems, dramas, and stories into the formless by entering a meditative state within your sacred heart. Surrender the known, let go of attachments and identifications with the familiar, comfortable, and known. Separate from identification with the physical form, make space within, and be still and silent. Exhale completely, and then release even more air. Empty completely and stay in the exhaled empty space as long as you can. With the new inhalation, consciously allow the Spirit in the new breath fill you with the power and energy to transform. In the spaces between the breaths you can reach the formless each moment as you are present and awake, and allow your transformed form to arise and unfold. Start to identify with the spacious expansive state rather than the limited, constricted form.
When any thoughts arise, let them dissolve into a feeling. What is the feeling behind the thought? Bring the feeling into form by concretizing the feeling into a sensation in the body. Where in your body are you feeling the sensation? Now bring the light of your awareness to the sensation in your body. Breathe slowly and deeply in and out of this area until it dissolves into formlessness. Continue this process: transforming thoughts into feelings, transforming feelings into body sensations, transforming body sensations into the formless by focusing your awareness there. Allow the Sun of God to melt the sensation into formlessness and into the peace which passes all understanding.
The formless is beyond all thoughts, feelings, sensations, or experiences. Dissolve into the formless ground of being by allowing the sun of your awareness to shine the light of your expanded consciousness to the area, and watch it melt into peace. Be the witness or observer. Surrender, let go, and empty completely. Our natural state is peace, coherence, entrainment with higher God-consciousness, oneness with God, and ease. Negative or distorted thoughts, emotions, or beliefs create conflict, chaos, confusion, and stress.
What is playing in the theater of your mind? Is it a heavy, depressing drama, a war movie, a horror flick, or a tear-jerker movie? What is cluttering up your mind causing perturbation of the heart and soul? Is there bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, anger, rage, blame, shame, guilt, or worse? Emerson said prayer was the highest view humans could take. The highest thoughts are those of God. You might think you will just change your lower human thoughts to higher, more ideal, elevated glorious thoughts, but actually the higher state is no thoughts at all! Beyond thought is the silence and stillness of God. In the sacred, still, silent space of the formless presence of God is where you become transformed into wholeness and oneness with God. Your physical form dissolves into the formless perfection and you are imprinted, attuned, and aligned with God! When you return to ordinary waking consciousness you are transformed! You stay this way unless you choose, consciously or unconsciously to start thinking distorted or negative thoughts again. If your keep your mind immersed in God you will remain in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). If your thoughts, words, and actions stay focused in God, your mind expands to include the Most High and the deepest ground of being, your life is enhanced exponentially, and you are free to soar!
Examine yourself, accept your self, take your whole physical self to the formless presence of God, surrender all, let go, empty completely, purify, refine, and wash your robes in the blood of the crucified human, die to the past, pause in the space after full extended exhalation, and then be reborn into the next inspiration, allowing God to fill you with the new transformed physical form, reborn, renewed, washed, cleansed, purified, healed, renewed, rebuilt and regenerated into the original likeness and image of God! “These Are They”: these are they that have come out of great tribulation, from sorrow to jubilation, they have washed their robes and are welcomed home here on earth in the body!
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you…the Lord will rise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you…lift up your eyes round about, and SEE…then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you…I will glorify my house [body]…your gates [energy centers in the body] shall be open continually; day and night they shall not be shut…the glory of Lebanon shall come to you…to beautify the place of my sanctuary [in your heart]; and I will make the place of my feet glorious [the earth]…I will make you majestic for ever, a joy from age to age” (Isaiah 60: 1-15).
Allow your caterpillar self to transform from physical form to the formless, and return as a butterfly Self! The free, whole, complete, perfect, god-like higher self is who you already are. Just let go of the imposter who has been running around in your body! You are only suffering from mistaken identity disorder or identity theft! Reclaim your true identity! You are only suffering from multiple personality disorder, and the cure is to consciously choose to go forward with your TRUE HIGHER SELF as the boss! Let the other voices, aspects, fragments, and subpersonalities go! Your ego is fired! More accurately, your ego is reassigned from “self proclaimed master of the universe”, where it has reeked havoc in the world, to faithful servant of the Most High! Be FREE! Be Whole! Be One with God!
Come! This is available right here and right now!!! Say “yes” and enter the new heaven on earth now:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And I saw the new holy city coming down out of heaven from God…’Behold, the dwelling of God is with men’. He will dwell with them…he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away…Behold, I make all things new…It is done” (Revelations 21:1-6).
“And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb…He showed me the river of the water of life…also on either side of the river, the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations [into oneness and wholeness]…for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy. Behold I am coming soon…Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life…The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come’ and let him who hears say ‘Come.’ And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelations 21:22 to 22:1-17).
What a REVELATION!!!
The Revelation Song: