The Divine Puzzle–Metamorphosis

By Shifra Hendrie

Imagination is a preview of life’s coming attractions. Albert Einstein

If you are familiar with the prophecies of the Torah, it is probably becoming more and more obvious to you that our times have a kind of prophetic resonance. And no wonder, because according to all signs we’re moving toward the very climax of history, a time of transition between an old plane of reality and a new.

Like most significant transitions, this one isn’t easy. Just like a caterpillar when it turns into a butterfly, it seems that we must also undergo a metamorphosis – a profound change in the way we perceive and interact with life – in order to become who we are truly meant to be.

Nothing in a caterpillar’s wormlike, earthbound existence could possibly point to its magical destiny – to turn magnificently beautiful and fly. But that doesn’t change the fact that that’s its destiny nonetheless.

The first, prototype man was named Adam for two reasons. The first, because his body was formed from adama, the Hebrew word for dust of the earth. But adama has a second meaning as well. It means to resemble – because man was created with the potential to actually resemble the One Above.

The caterpillar’s metamorphosis takes it from crawling, face down, stuck to the earth, to soaring freely and magically toward the sky as a beautiful, brilliantly colored butterfly. Our metamorphosis will change our very state of being as well.

The caterpillar can’t possibly know what it feels like to be a butterfly, or how different the view can look from above. But a caterpillar has no imagination. We humans – the descendents of Adam – have the capacity to imagine, to lift our eyes towards the heavens and see ourselves, our world and our choices from a vaster, higher plane.

Before the caterpillar transforms, its previous form has to break down. And so, in a sense, does ours. In order to reach a new plane of being, we have to let go of the way we knew our lives and ourselves to be before.

That’s why metamorphosis can be so uncomfortable at times, and why sometimes it can make us feel lost, sad or afraid. But remember, chances are that’s only the ego resisting letting go. And letting go doesn’t mean going down. It means going up – toward your destiny, toward becoming the butterfly you were born to be.

So here’s your meditation for the week:

What would metamorphosis mean to you, in your own very personal life? Would it mean trusting, where before you were afraid? Loving, where before you were distant or disapproving? Living with passion instead of complacency? Greeting change not with fear, but with curiosity and excitement about the wonders yet to come?

Whatever your metamorphosis means, use your imagination to start making it real. And then start living it – in the very real details of your real, physical life.

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