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Monday, February 4, 2013

Something bigger IS calling us to change.

The great loneliness—like the loneliness a caterpillar endures, when she wraps herself in a silky shroud, and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly.

It seems that we too must go through such a time of great loneliness, when life as we have known it is over—when being a caterpillar feels somehow false, and yet, we don’t know who we are supposed to become. 

All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. 

And though we must make the journey alone, and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough we will become a butterfly, soon enough we will taste the rapture of being alive.

Conscious of it or not, we each have a deep inner “migratory force” or drive within us which wants to move us toward wholeness and full actualization of our potential. 

Another way of talking about this inner drive is the experience of “entelechy”, a Greek word meaning the dynamic purpose that drives us toward realizing our essential self.

Barbara Max Hubbard states in her book Emergence:
“Our entelechy is the oak pressing against the acorn to become a mighty tree. It is the power of the delicate green shoot breaking through the frozen ground in Spring. It is the butterfly silently self-organizing while hidden in the disintegrating caterpillar.” 

Jean Houston says: 
“it is the entelechy of an acorn to be an oak tree. It is the entelechy of a popcorn kernel to be a fully popped entity. And it is the entelechy of a human being to be God knows what!”.

Similarly, poet/writer David Whyte (Crossing the Unknown Sea – Work as a Pilgrimage of identity) speaks of a "migratory force".
He says:: 
“Our work is to make ourselves visible in the world. This is the soul’s individual journey, and the soul would much rather fail at its own life than succeed at someone else’s. We go through most workdays forgetting that this grand migratory force exists within us.” 

I passionately believe that we humans do have within ourselves a “grand migratory force” or as Ken Wilber writes in A Brief History of Everything,
his synthesis of spiritual and scientific thought,
“Evolution always transcends and includes, incorporates and goes beyond.”

Wilber uses the evolutionary concept of
“transcend and include”
to refer to the personal and societal movement toward wholeness.

Yes, something bigger IS calling us to change.