We all have our dreams in this world, and we have visions of who we wish to be. The dream may include; what we do for a living, our purpose, who surrounds us in both our personal living space as well as our community, and where we are living. And we may look at who we are today and be happy with ourselves, but at the same time, we may desire something different than what we are currently experiencing. What does it take to change, to transform and to become the person you have always wanted to be? Metamorphosis means a profound and complete change in form. What does a metamorphosis entail?
A metamorphosis means inhabiting a new form that you have never experienced before. A true metamorphosis can take a long time, it is a lengthy process that requires many factors to shift both internally and externally to create a new you. We are constantly experiencing change and there are cycles within cycles. A metamorphosis occurs when who we presented ourselves to the world and who we knew ourselves to be became something different than what it once was, when new layers are added onto the existing version of yourself. One could say we are in a constant state of change, but there are distinct periods in our lives where we notice the difference of who we once were and who we have become.
The metamorphosis begins with a vision of who you wish to be based on your values, morals, desires and the calling which resonates deep within your soul. The metamorphosis is linked inextricably with our soul’s destiny. The vision that we hold is what our soul is calling forth and the journey to get there may wind through many fascinating and colorful pathways. And there are scary parts to the metamorphosis, where we need to let go of who we are in order to become the new version of ourselves. When we release the old self, it takes a while for the new form to actualize, sometimes years, and this can feel very uncertain and frightening because we are somewhat formless, and it may be that the people we once connected with and the places we once frequented are changing along with the body we inhabit or the clothes we adorn ourselves with and the thoughts that are occurring and we don’t recognize ourselves and it feels a little bit like stumbling through the dark without orientation. It may feel at times as if there is no light house guiding us safely through the wild waters, as if the very light itself has been obstructed. But yet, you must trust it, this deep process that your soul is creating. You must honor the process and buttress the faith, even if it is the size of the proverbial mustard seed, because that tiny amount of faith will carry you along until you burst out the other side into the bright new beginning of the new phase of your new life as the new you just as a butterfly unfurls from it’s darkened chrysalis; trite but apt.
A major key to this change is to let go, to surrender the old self. There is a river of energy that runs through all of life and when you let go and jump into this river, this source energy, it will lead you to a place beyond your wildest dreams. Anais Nin said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Letting go takes courage. We so often want to control everything because we are trying to keep ourselves safe. But it is the courageous person who lets go and risks it all who wins big in life. Play small and you will stay small. If we feed our fears, we will contract. We must be willing to face our fears, to face our pain and to heal the wounds from the past that are keeping us stuck in the patterns of our old self. We must be willing to feel this pain until we can transmute it into love. If we can’t look at our fears and deal with them, then we are telling the Universe that we are willing to settle for less. We are telling the Universe that we are not willing to reach for our Highest potential and that we don’t have the courage to become our highest and best self.
Source, or the power that is greater than us, the Divine Mother Father God, loves us more than we can fathom. We are the very creations of God and the love is grand and all enveloping. Knowing this, is it really unbelievable that the life that is designed for us is a glorious tribute to the Creator himself. We must play our part and heed the impulses that bubble up from the well within, then act upon them. It is our duty to listen to the guidance that is whispered in our ears by our angels and even when we don’t know where it will lead, we must follow that guidance. Something small may lead to something bigger, something you may not want to do at first may be the stepping stone for the big break you have been praying for.
If there are areas in our life that are underdeveloped, the things we have a hard time dealing with, don’t really understand and try to avoid at all costs because it just seems “too hard” or it baffles us, then at some point along the journey, we will be asked to deal with these matters and attend to whatever it is that we have been avoiding. We will be asked to deal with our shadow, or the unconscious material that sabotages our development. This is another key to our metamorphosis. Because if we are asking the Universe to give us more, to help us get to the next level of our self, then we need to fill in the gaps that have been missing or neglected, basically, we need to do the work. Shadow work is not fun, but extremely necessary! And the work we do is what creates a well-rounded, whole and awesome individual with a plethora of gifts that we can offer the world! Don’t be afraid of the shadow.
Our life path either expands or contracts, just like our heart beat. At times we will feel small
and closed off; when this happens, recognize these times as germination periods, when we are birthing the new us. When we expand it is when the germination cycle gives birth to the new self. This happens over and over, death and rebirth. Celebrate both the darkness of the seeding process as well as the light-filled glory of full bloom, both have equal significance. The end result of these transformational cycles is to help us realize our greatest potential…. even when it feels uncomfortable or painful, know that it is all for your highest good. It is always for your highest good, because you are LOVED by a Loving Universe. Look through the illusion and know this to be true. Blessings on your journey.