This presentation was delivered in 2009 at the Bay Center for Spiritual Development in Kilmarnock, VA.
The idea of metamorphosis as a metaphor for our changing culture arose within my meditations. I share this idea with you because it has helped me and my family stay focused on a positive future during difficult and otherwise confusing times.
The butterfly, a.k.a. the Imago, is the final phase of metamorphosis through which Lepidoptera are sequentially transformed. Although humans do not physiologically metamorphose, we do similarly progress through phases of development before reaching our ultimate expression of maturity. The fourth phase of our development may be called Imago Dei because it fulfills our divine potential, demonstrates our spiritual transcendence, and expresses our highest purpose.
The 38-minute-long program is broken into three parts, for ease of uploading. As soon as one part wraps up, you may exit it and click on the next part to continue.
Part One compares the pattern expressed by the four phases of a metamorphosing Lepidopteran with the four phases of human life — both as individuals mature, and as they fill hierarchical roles in the collective society.
Part Two applies a tool of logic to help us understand the motivations and behaviors that align with each of the four phases of development.
Part Three addresses the simultaneous break-downs of many previously respected institutions. In light of the four-phase evolutionary process, we may see this as a sign that a gluttonous era is nearing its end.
We are collectively entering a phase of reevaluation, re-prioritization and reorganization. This is not for us to fear or resist, for it is a necessary phase in our evolutionary progress, similar to the pupation of Lepidoptera. Breaking-through requires mastery over our lesser nature and a willful shedding of its fears, excesses and inefficiencies.
As fully realized humans, we enact the Imago Dei, gloriously expressing our love, generosity, cooperation, resilience, diversity, creativity, humor, compassion, and integrity with all that is.