The ancient Greek word ‘psyche’, is defined as ‘soul’ and it’s also the Greek word for butterfly. The idea of transition playing heavily in their mythology… first, a moth literally transforms into a butterfly, a physical event from youth to adulthood. And second, the soul’s carried by the butterfly which eventually seeks passage into the underworld… the transition from life to death, a metaphysical event. However, we know that we are born, die and are born again each day into our authentic self and the butterfly and its attributes are the perfect metaphor for change.
How does one think outside the box and then become the sum of that thinking? To take all the corrupt ideology, the unhealthy habits, the painful reminiscence of things gone wrong… to take all the negatives and turn them around. And along the way, destroy the mask that has no social value but to act as a disguise to the real self. How can this be done? To finally be fed up with all disruptive patterns of living and thinking. To take all the new philosophy and enmesh them into a complete human personality. You know deep inside that these new ideas are real but fear, one of the two great human feelings keep getting in the way.
All heroes seem to have an alter ego that sets them apart when times get rough. Sort of like Clark Kent dashing to a convenient phone booth, a metamorphosis into something unbeknownst to himself but was inside all along. And like all emanations, what comes out, what takes on conceptual materialistic qualities is given a name that acts as a mantra to summons the secret knowledge of what we’re meant to be and do.
Call it the soul, the psyche, a daemon but when it’s called forth, held in the grasp of one’s reach and helps the transfiguration of one’s life; it’s used to summons truth and love as a beacon of light in a dark tunnel.
The change is not in thought only, but a complete renaissance in personality, thinking, habits, etc. What we eat, read, watch, notice… underlined into a mindful nuanced mode of thought that branches out like a tree into every aspect of the self from the outer branches to the deep roots.
This isn’t easy, it may never be fully realized. It’s an everyday battle but it’s a battle we will conduct for completion of the epochs of our lives. This is our life’s work; totally devoted to this quest in harmony with all that has gone before. It is atonement with the universe. To understand the total relationship between what is within and what is without. To see that the farthest star exerts its influence on us; its radiant glow traveling through many centuries. The birth to our awareness is at hand, just follow the road of light and love by way of the heart.
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