Dual Dimensions Seen Simultaneously

Murmurations of starlings, schools of fish, and herds of American bison give us opportunities to simultaneously see two contiguous dimensions of holarchies.

At this time, you may wish to revisit the aside: The Holarchy.

In the lower dimension singled-out Particular creatures visibly interact.

In the higher dimension a collective of Participating Parts are mingled in by the invisible forces of a greater whole.

Lepidoptera Lead Double Lives

As a butterfly, a lepidopteran is a pollinator, important to the food chain; and as a caterpillar, it is a constant consumer, potentially damaging crops and deleteriously effecting our food chain.

Singled Out and Mingled In

The caterpillar lives for itself, eating incessantly.  We can say this portion of the lepidopteran’s life is singled-out.

The egg within the female butterfly is inseminated by the male.  They mingle in to perpetuate their species.

Private and Public Relationships

Upper quadrant relationships are hidden from sight, like insemination of butterfly eggs, or like a new moon.

Lower quadrant relationships are visible, like a Monarch caterpillar’s constant consumption of milkweed, or a full moon.

From the butterfly egg’s tiny hatchling, which fits on the head of a pin, to the bright full moon that keeps us up at night, nature engages in what Quadernity calls the Private Nighttime and Public Daytime Relationships.

Transitional or Intermediary Stages

Between the nectar-drinking creature who flies the Heavens and the belly-crawling creature who ascends no higher from Earth than tree limbs allow, two intermediary stages facilitate transformation.

The egg is an encapsulation in which a caterpillar develops, protected until ready to emerge on the Earthly plane.  The egg brings the waxing caterpillar into Earthly existence.

The pupa is an encapsulation in which a caterpillar undergoes pupation, dissolving its bodily tissues, saving only a few special cells.  Within the protective enclosure of an increasingly transparent sheath, a butterfly develops from these so called ‘imaginal’ cells.  The pupa takes the waning caterpillar away so the lepidopteran may achieve its highest fulfillment, the Imago.

Portals Between Aspects or Domains

Both the egg and the pupa are Transitional aspects of Lepidoptera.  The egg may be thought of as a portal through which the caterpillar emerges onto the earthly plane, and the pupa may, likewise, be thought of as a portal through which the butterfly emerges into its heavenly domain.

This idea of Transitional ‘portals’ prepares us to conceptualize the variables functioning as portals in the dream-time formula, discussed in the parent chapter to which this aside has been attached.

Below, the phases illustrated above are spelled out across a Pragmatic Schematic.

The PS above allows us to simultaneously see the dual dimensions of Lepidoptera.

Either * Or * Both * Neither

The singled-out, self-interested, belly-crawling consumer is in the central, almond-shaped Mandorla.  This area of overlap contains BOTH the Female Push and the Male Pull.  The corporeal caterpillar Pushes its way out of the egg, and the critter’s consciousness spurs it to Pull nourishment, by instinctively eating its own egg shell and then going on to indulge in the consumption of its primary food source.  The actions of the caterpillar, and its domain, are BOTH visible.

The mingled-in butterflies perpetuate the species.  Insemination is an inside job, private and invisible to us.  Even the space of their Heavenly domain is not really visible.  NEITHER their domain, nor their life-producing act, is visible.

Everything that is visibly singled out in the Earthly dimension as a quantized, physical, corporeal entity is also mingled in with the invisible Heavenly dimension, the metaphysical, consciously-qualified environment.

Do Humans Metamorphose?

Although humans do not physically metamorphose, we do go through four developmental phases in our lifetime, in the same order seen in lepidoptera:

  1. EGG ~ fetus/infant/child dependent upon circumstances for survival;
  2. CATERPILLAR ~ teen/student striving for independence, oscillating between dependence and dependability; rapid growth and hungry appetite.
  3. PUPA ~ adult/householder/parent/provider/Participating in Partnerships, dependably puts self behind the needs of others; sacrifices for the greater good of the collective.
  4. BUTTERFLY ~ elder/spiritual aspirant/mentor/wisdom-keeper/leader, maintains the interdependent link between generations, past and future; responsible for perpetuation of the species (not simply by reproduction, but by wise leadership).

A three-part video series, Imago and the Image of God, delves more deeply into this subject.  You can also access it under the mast heading: Practical Perspectives.

In our next chapter, we will be Discovering Portals between our Dual Dimensions.