But my notes are going to be very disappointing for many... because this article and what is says is 60% truth value... and applies directly to humans, not only to butterflies and caterpillars.
It, in essence, says that in order to go on a higher plane of existence (butterfly) you need to die your current one first.
And this is what it's all about... How to die your current existence, and take NOTHING from it to the higher plane.
In my upcoming Money course... no name yet, but I am leaning towards "transform yourself so money can come to you"? too long? hell yeah...
Instead of teaching you tricks, I'll endeavor to transform you from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
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Did you know that caterpillars are not "transformed" into butterflies? In metamorphosis (the name of the process), a caterpillar is liquefied—nothing remains of its old nature. Only after the creature's death can an entirely new creation, a butterfly, emerge!
But most people's image of the process is more like Eric Carle's classic children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in which the little caterpillar "makes a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep, only to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!" (amazon.com)
When I was a kid, I used to love going to La Mirada Creek and catching those pudgy little pre-frogs we called pollywogs (you may have called them tadpoles–I forgive you).
I would bring them home and dump them into a tub, and then watch with fascination as they shed their tails, sprouted legs, and crawled out like showroom models: "The new Frog!" Now that is transformation ("change of form") and it's majorly cool. But it's not what a caterpillar does.
A caterpillar dies.
After building its own coffin (cocoon), the caterpillar seals itself inside—and dissolves. And then, in a process only vaguely understood by scientists, that stew of free-floating genetic material undergoes a complete metamorphosis ("change of nature").
In other words, butterflies are not souped-up caterpillars, they're entirely new creations made from caterpillar soup!
Not surprisingly, caterpillars and butterflies are used as spiritual symbols in virtually every country on earth. But because the real process is so radical and so little understood, they're nearly always represented as symbols of transformation, rather than metamorphosis. To be fair, many religious teachings do help people become better caterpillars.
According to Jesus, God doesn't want souped-up caterpillars, he wants butterflies. He wants us to die to ourselves (Luke 9:23-24) and become completely "new creations" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Just like caterpillars do.
The Apostle Paul (in the Greek language of Romans 12:1 and 2) describes the process of metamorphosis like this:
"Present your bodies as a living sacrifice (build your cocoon and get in!), holy ('set apart'), acceptable to God (nothing short of metamorphosis can accomplish this)… Don't be conformed by (don't take on the 'shape' of) this world (or 'age' or 'era'), but (instead) be metamorphosed (changed in your very nature) by the renewing ('regenerating' or 're-growing") of your mind (the Greek word for mind is psuche—the same as the Greek word for butterfly!) so that you may be discerning (only by being metamorphosed can you know) what is the will of God (as opposed to the will of a dark, fallen world), what is good, well-pleasing, and perfect ('complete' or 'whole'—in contrast to the incompleteness and brokenness of this world)."
Now, if you are wondering what the heck those Bible people, Paul and Jesus meant by what they are saying, obviously there are many models to look from... the worst is to try to change your mind.
The more I am working with the model where you have a machine that you can't escape. You can't kill the machine either. You can become the person who lives inside the machine but doesn't do the bidding of the machine. It lives free and well inside the machine by knowing it well.
Freedom is knowing your limitations. Recognizing them, learning them, so you don't have to bump into them, so you don't get beat up by them. And that you don't become them.
People who say "I can't" have an "I can't machine" that they didn't recognize as the machine, so instead of living life as a free person, they became their machine.
Learning your machine is work. Inventing being a person who lives free inside the machine is a many-step work, and takes a while.
When you are reactive, try to fix the machine, complain about the machine, fight the machine, you show that you didn't take time to become the kind of person who can be anywhere, and be free, happy, healthy and rich.
In my book this is the part, the reactive, fixing, complaining, fighting caterpillar you need to kill to become the beautiful butterfly.
It can be done. It's a degrees game... not a zero sum game, not a pass/fail game. I have done it 70%. I am working on getting to know an aspect of the machine I have been blind to. And invent myself inside the machine as not the machine...
In the Money attitude workshops the attitude we talks about is the attitudes that gets you banged up by the machine... because the attitude comes from ignoring the machine, hoping, like a 3-year old, that if you ignore it enough it will disappear.
It won't, just like for life to exist on this wobbly planet we live on, it has to be wobbly... (I think... lol.)
What I don't like about religions, what I don't like about most spiritual teachings is this: they don't actually tell you what to do. And why? because they don't know. They are theories. Nice "mind movies", mind candy, word pictures.
And they belong therefore to the Dark Side... because the more you have the more miserable you become. Talking about flying isn't... and all religious teachings are talking about flying...
The work I put together from what has worked in what I learned elsewhere, and what I have been lead while doing the work, actually works. It's not easy. But it's step by step, doable, and is getting done by some of my students.
Most machines don't like complete and thorough work. Most machines want campaigns and then rest on their laurels. Most machines want me to do the work for them. Most machines are afraid to die their identity so they can become and reborn as a butterfly, free and happy. They are afraid that their identity is all they have... and they remain caterpillars.
It's OK. You don't have to.
PS: the more I look the more I see it... The caterpillar/butterfly metaphor is not even similar to the human condition... in that the butterfly seemingly leaves the cocoon and flies away. That is why people like it, love it, claim that they are butterflies.
The butterfly has liberty. Humans have some liberty, but not much. They have freedom. Freedom is an attitude that comes from recognizing your limitations.
Nelson Mandela (I feel) was free in his solitary confinement in South Africa. You are trapped... trapped in your machine. Feel trapped. Act trapped. Act like the machine.
You become free when you and your machine are not one. When the machine is the machine and you are you. THEN you are free.