What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly is a quote from Richard Bach’s wonderful book called Illusions. There are a number of quotes from this book that I use everyday to reorder my thinking positively. This one speaks to paradigm shifting and perspective.
It’s really brilliant. It uses something we all understand – metamorphosis – to focus us on a different perspective of endings and beginnings. For the caterpillar it is the end of life – for the butterfly it is the beginning of life but for that entity it is a change in how life is experienced.
The Death and Tower cards in the Tarot – a form of divination – are often interpreted in this fashion that an ending is also a beginning. The death card can be interpreted as an end that leads to a NEW beginning. The tower card refers to a cataclysmic change that then paves the way for creation of a NEW structure.
In the Chinese language the characters for crisis are two characters together Wei and Ji. Many have stated that these mean both crisis and opportunity. But in researching this online it seems to more accurately be interpreted as crisis and then individually Wei – danger + Ji – crucial point. For our purposes the interpretation that there are two meanings that allow for a paradigm shift is sufficient.
Looking at the concept of change.
Often for change to happen something must be broken down to allow the new thing to be created. We can see this in many places. In some circumstances if you’re going to change a structure the old structure must be disassembled to be rebuilt into the new structure.
The definition of change is varied whether you are looking at it as a noun or a verb – here we are looking at it as a verb, an action, and as such it means to alter or modify and furthermore to remove, to replace, or to become different in essence (at a core level). When we’re thinking of it as a paradigm shift we are considering change in relation or in relationship (perspective).
My friend sent me an email and in it it said if you want something you have never had before, you have to do something you have never done before.
In essence that’s what I’ve been writing about. With paradigm shifting the perspective is what is changed that allows for increased understanding or compassion or connection.
But in some situations there is actually an unlinking in either thinking and action or in relationship. In some of these situations this can feel like a loss, or actually result in a loss. Letting go of expectations and habitual reaction patterns can feel like or actually be losses. Giving the appropriate attention to the experience of the loss and/or feeling is important before moving on to the creation of the new experience.
See you tomorrow.