Goddess Altar

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”  Albert Camus

Meditating this morning with Deepak, repeating “Aham Brahmasmi” (I am the Universe), an image popped into my mind of myself and all of you, all of the world, in a dark cocoon. We were soupy, like the melted mixture of cells a caterpillar becomes before rearranging itself into a butterfly. (Such a powerful and often used metaphor!) We were all the soup, in a dark cocoon, busy transforming. It brought home to me that this is something we do together; never alone.

I can’t say, “I’m enlightened, and you’re not”. I’m not “better” than you because in a very real sense I am you. (I am the Universe, and so are you.) When I see someone act with what I feel is hatred, it reflects a hatred I still hold within me somehow. I want to look at my thoughts then and see what’s behind intolerance, or fear, or anger. Do I feel people with different beliefs are ignorant? Willfully evil? How do I see other’s treatment of me? Personal attack? Rejection? What pain do I let my underlying thoughts about the world, and my fellow travelers, bring me?

My deep center is peace – I feel this now more than ever! But seething around it are thoughts and beliefs that drag me right out of bliss. And the things I see in the world reflect these beliefs.

My point…We are transformed together. I could go further with the butterfly metaphor, but this is the main point. The most beautiful, kind person you know, and the most evil – we’re all in the same soup; we are One. Somehow.

There’s no logic to it. The world may disagree – some parts – though others have been saying this for centuries. It’s nothing new… just a morning revelation for me. There is no us vs them or me vs you, we’re all bug soup together, becoming who we really are: Truth (with a big “T”), peace, love, joy – those words that can seem so overused they cease to have deep meaning – but when you feel them, you know exactly where you are headed, where you want to go. And it makes me smile to know I’m not in the soup alone!

Aham Brahmasmi (ah-HUM brah-MAHS-mee) is a Sanskrit sutra whose English translation is “the core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.” When we repeat this sutra and let it resonate deep within, we expand our awareness of our eternal, unbounded nature. http://www.chopra.com/aham-brahmasmi
To become a butterfly, a caterpillar first digests itself. But certain groups of cells survive, turning the soup into eyes, wings, antennae and other adult structures. Before hatching, when a caterpillar is still developing inside its egg, it grows an imaginal disc for each of the adult body parts it will need as a mature butterfly. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/caterpillar-butterfly-metamorphosis-explainer/