By definition:

  • a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal, i.e., a dragonfly.

What really happens when we, as humans, transform? We undo everything we learned, believed, and hid behind to return to our original state:  innocence.

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The path to innocence is like peeling through layer after layer of our stuff until we get where we’re going, sometimes we cry over lost pieces, bad choices, etc., growing as we let go of each outdated layer.  Unlayering works as long as we don’t get stuck in the process. The outcome, innocence, is what we’re after if we truly want to transform.

Some like the idea of transformation and have no idea there is real work involved. Few people, three or four on the planet at a time, maintain their innocence and don’t have to dig their way back to it as most of us do.

The ones we call enlightened are the ones who can teach the rest of us how to walk the path to transformation. Then again, a few chosen ones, who come along every several thousand years or so can empower us with the Truth and help us reach this goal.

Unravel, Disentangle, Unsnarl, Undo

In knitting and crocheting, we call this frogging. As we frog the yarn down to our mistake and start over from there we cannot pick and choose.  When it comes to transformation, we can’t be the one who decides what constitutes an error, wrong, or part of the original pattern. If we choose, we risk keeping Ego in charge:  the opposite of the goal. As we frog out each stitch, we cannot pick and choose. Every single stitch must go down to the last knot. We gratefully come undone. Only by unraveling the whole piece can we free our Spirit.

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All our life, each stitch, pattern, and row has been knit or crocheted by us. Each of these patterns or stitches translates into a belief, misunderstood communication, or event where our senses misread what we thought we heard or saw, or felt.  All must all come undone. The journey is radical; we must collapse every stitch, including that first knot.

Does it take courage? Yes.

Does it take honesty? Yes.

Will there be resistance? Yes.

Some of those stitches are woven so tightly together; they won’t let go easily. Some of the places the yarn will have worn and gotten fuzzy, making it more difficult to unknot. Sometimes we will pull apart colorful designs to see what they hide – and not like what we see. All these stitches make up our Ego. The Ego is our identity that we must collapse. The Ego is fake.  If we don’t and stay as we are, keep our beliefs, continue making the same mistakes over and over, and that is our choice.

In short, to realize transformation, we must collapse everything.

In the end, we want a fresh start.

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That Last Knot

When we finally get to that last knot, we have to decide how we want to undo it, then muster the courage to follow through. We should remain grateful for all the lessons and hold back nothing.

We undo the past entirely and quickly.

Or else, we tease it out slowly and never reach transformation.

What we lose is nothing compared to what we gain. If we choose to persevere in our process, we come to know peace, joy, better health, a clear mind, transformation and ultimately reach our goal, connection to the Divine (the God of our understanding).

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