The Mirror and the Butterfly:
“As above so below.” What is outside reflects what is inside and the converse of what is inside reflects what is outside. The mirror metaphor is merely a tool for us to notice our self. Once we realize our self then we can use the mirror to play with our self. But if we mistakenly identify what happens in the mirror as being reality, we can become confused and disoriented to what is really happening.
Today, with all the goings on in the world and on the planet, it is important to gain an elevated perspective. Seemingly, there are many scary, confusing and disorienting events that result in many people having a lot of fear. And because of this fear, they are doing some seemingly crazy stuff. A popular notion is that we are going through a paradigm shift. For folks who have invested and attached to the established way of doing things, are perhaps thinking the sky is falling. For others, they may recognize the old way of doing things is not working and want a new way. Thus, these folks want something different and perhaps they are more open to potentials. Instead of being in fear, they are excited about the possibilities. The difference between fear and excitement is merely what does one expects; something good or something bad. The anticipation of fear/anxiety versus excitement of potentials.
So how does one develop and elevated or higher perspective? Most people look externally for more information or a higher objective perspective, which will hold opposing viewpoints. And this is a valid way to gain a better appreciation of the challenges and potentials. In this pursuit, there are all kinds of models and metaphors that help with developing and elevated appreciation of the challenges that face us and give us some glimpses of insight, which may be potential remedies. This external search comprises theories of explanations, empirical validation, a push for education and application.
However, another method to gain a higher perspective is to go inside and introspect. Introspection offers the potential to change our self, our view of the self, the view of ourselves and the view of what is happening on the planet. Changing our perspective changes our potential futures. The introspective method involves centering, grounding and dis-engaging from the external noise and distractions. It is an internal search for and the dropping into our beingness. Instead of external economic, social and cultural theories. We search for glimpses of ourself, which is the self-evident validation of the “I Am.” After finding our self, the question becomes what to do? What is my passion? It is the search and finding of our purpose, meaning and application of what and how to be in the world (not of the world). Thus, from this personal perspective we gain sovereignty, influence and application of what we can do to bring forth the world that we envision. From this perspective, we can recognize and collaborate with others who align with our views and exponentially compound our vision.
Back to the world as we have it, using the gardening/cycle metaphor. It seems perhaps we are in a winter of transformational change. Some folks, winter represents a crisis and the death of a dying paradigm. For others, winter is the opportunity for regeneration and rebirth. For some, our current state of global economics and breakdown of social systems is a matter of crisis. The overriding emotion is fear. The globalist packages and offers the great reset and new world order as the remedy.
However, there is an emerging notion of intuition and love that is put forth by the new earth folks. This remedy notes developing sovereign consciousness, connecting via heart (love) and using intuition. The underlying notion of this remedy is based on figuring out individually and together based on integrity, compassion and gracefulness. Socially and culturally this approach is soft and fuzzy. It relies on the trust and synchronicity of well-meaning and purposeful individuals bringing forth their offerings and the appreciation of the diversity of others and what they bring.
Intuition is a different operating system. With theories, logic and empiricism which are based on verifiable external consensual standard. Whereas intuition is based on knowing, i.e., self-evident belief. One challenge is, can we believe something and yet accept and appreciate that someone else might believe something else that seems to be the opposite? The challenge is, can we have a dialogue that comprises integrity, compassion and gracefulness without trying to kill each other in wars of ideology?
A side note about intuition: Intuition is one of those concepts which everyone knows but it is very difficult to pin down to what it exactly is. In psychology, intuition is one of those difficult and nebulous concepts. It can be a form of expert knowledge based on years of experience. It often referenced as ESP or psychic abilities. Carl Jung noted the concept of synchronicity, which has flavors of intuition. The “new agers” talk about attraction, imagery and manifestation. There are the brain waves, flow state and Sylvan technique folks. There are the aboriginal cultures and their medicine elders. And then there is nature, electrons and galaxies are perhaps beyond consciousness and intuition; they just ARE.
However, the important aspect is, how do you use, appreciate and develop intuition for yourself? Is intuition your “parking fairy” to find a downtown parking spot? Or perhaps to attract the perfect mate, job or pet, etc.? Many have noted intuition is the “sixth” sense. Historically, learning to use your intuition involves learning to ignore the external noise, learning to discern or attune to the resonant sign or signal. And then believe and follow through on the intuitive hunch.
Coming back around to the winter metaphor. Perhaps we are at the time of withdrawing from the global chaos. And instead go deep inside to find our Self, our passions and what we want to plant, grow and share in the next season. From an outside perspective, it looks as if and we are dying or going dormant. Perhaps we are sensing something else?
For example, to become a butterfly, the lowly worm (larvae) weaves an isolative cocoon around its self, goes through a transformation and later emerges as a butterfly. A closer look at this process is that the lowly worm has gorged itself and becomes fat. It then uses these resources to weave its cocoon, hibernate and transform. During weaving the cocoon and hibernating; the larva eats nothing and its resources are devoted to transformation. This transformation takes a while. The transformation from worm to butterfly is a symbolic of what we need to do now for ourselves and on our planet. (Side note: There is an awareness, research and concepts becoming available that notes in reality there is very little food/caloric intake required to live.) I wonder if we have become the fattened calves to be slaughtered…or fat little worms sensing/intuiting that it is time to prepare for the transformation into butterflies? Winter is the time of hibernation. It is a dormancy that requires very little food, energy or contact with the outside world. Winter is the time of composting old stuff, renewal, re-generation that prepares for a radical transformation and rebirth.
When butterflies emerge, they flitter about spreading beauty and joy by merely BEING a butterfly. I wonder what does a butterfly sees when it looks in the mirror?
Peace love and light!