The caterpillar devours about 300 times its weight, an immense amount of plants and flowers. In this process, the caterpillar eats until it’s completely bloated and hangs upside down. After the shell or chrysalis dries out, a magnificent brightly coloured butterfly emerges.
A chrysalis is a new formation of cells and protein that scientists have named, “imaginal cells”; tucked inside is LIFE, waiting to be awakened. This is the metamorphosis of this magnificent insect into a butterfly; similarly compared to the evolution of humanity’s consciousness. As a living organism, humanity has found a way to transform and transcend millions of times to be stronger and better, despite the loss, destruction and corruption of the human soul.
A Path to Transformation
Similar to the butterfly metamorphosis, the human body too transforms many times over:
How many times is our skeletal system renewed? Research shows that we grow a new skeletal system every 7 to 10 years. Or is it that these bones stretch as our body grows from childhood into puberty to adolescence and into a full mature adult body?
What about our cells, how often do you think they replace themselves? The human body is made up of more than 30 trillion cells, which differs according to their function. For instance, new red blood cells renew on average every 4 days, while white blood cells defend the body against intruders or pathogens, regrow in less than a week; fat cells last the longest, recreating every 10 years. The cells in the stomach replace as fast as every two days in contrast to the nail cells, which regrow on average every 7 to 8 years.
Do Brain Cells Regenerate or Change?
As we age, the cells in the brain do not regenerate. New findings in the epigenetics, quantum healing, neuroplasticity and bioenergetic medicines suggest that instead of regenerating, brain cells can transform themselves driven by new information picked up from their environment.
Dr. Sue Morter, Master of Bio-Energetic Medicine and Quantum Field visionary and bestselling author of THE ENERGY CODES, states that when we live in perpetual fear or in a “fight or flight” mode, there is a trap door in the brain between the thalamus and the hypothalamus. This is the part of the brain where it perceives that the world is out to get us and everything is an emergency with little time to respond. Instead, Mortar suggests that we should live in a place of wholeness rather than defensiveness.
When we live our life “in the mind” instead of being unified with the body, we become isolated and unable to listen to our body’s continual communication. It is like electrical signals transmitted to the nervous system and they short circuit because of a broken communication; known as an adrenal-living zone..
On the other hand, when we tap into the intelligence of the body, we ground ourselves and give permission to experience our life fully. When we surrender to the body and use the mind as a “servant’’ of the body, the mind becomes our ally, not our enemy. The mind becomes part of our team to enrich us rather than attack us. When we drop into our body, we need to recognize our emotions and validate our feelings. This can cause the nucleus of the brain’s cells to change.
Can Fight or Flight be Unlocked?
Telomeres cells are the endings of the chromosomes. They pickup information from their environment, affecting the nucleus of the cell in the electromagnetic field at the subconscious level. It has the capacity to turn some genes on/off according to its perception in the environment.
If you live in an environment of threat and defensiveness, this causes high-acid conditions in your body; it is a perfect cocktail for cells to break down and disrupt the flow of your energy in your body. This interference increases the chances to host immune suppressing diseases, such as cancers and tumors.
However, if the environment is perceived safe, supportive and nurturing, then the body’s electromagnetic field changes, affecting its physiology. The body’s pH becomes more alkaline and this transforms the messages sent to the cells to change the brain’s neural circuitry. Once the biochemistry of the brain is altered, it can unlock the “fight or flight” trap door.
Practices to live from a place of wholeness
This is where real transformation can happen. Fundamentally, this is when we recognize that the “body is the gift and the mind is the servant.” The mind learns to relax, becomes loyal to the body and is ready to serve the essential self. Our electromagnetic field runs the brain’s neural circuit and perceives our light to start operating from a place of self-love. Try a few of the following practices to begin your transformation:
Let go: The false self of ego is a perfectionist to perform well and get approval. Let go of the need to be right all the time. Instead, be centered and trust yourself that you're doing the best you can in every moment.
Meditation: Let yourself open the door for a higher state of consciousness to release old patterns. Meditation can bring self-acceptance and widens our perspective from a dualistic humanity to an all-inclusive state.
Breathing: Think of your breath as a spirit. The solar plexus is located about four fingers above the belly button, this is where your powerhouse resides. When you experience fear, pain or suffering, draw your intention into your body immediately. Locate the area where this discomfort is coming from, name the feeling and breathe deeply into this area. Visualize your breath as a cord running through your spine, anchored on the ground all the way up to the head. As you inhale, hold your breath for a few counts, squeeze the area of discomfort, then release it. As you breathe, hold or squeeze, you create resistance inside. When you turn your pain into acceptance and compassion, you are creating an environment for self-healing at the deepest level of your being.
Tapping: The scientific findings of tapping therapy revolves around the functions of the amygdala, found in the limbic system. It is one of two almond-shaped clusters of nuclei located deep in the temporal lobes of the brain. It is the source of emotions, known as the “fight or flight” centre of the brain. When responding to danger, the amygdala fires receptors to release stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. Tapping therapy involves a specific pattern into 9 marma points of your body to restore your capacity to release pain and let go of anxiety or fear: top of the head, inner corner of the eyes, on each temple, under the eyes, under the nose, chin point, the side of collarbone and underarm. Tapping has shown to turn-off the amygdala, disrupting the stress response and allowing the brain’s synapses to be rewired for a more appropriate emotional response to the situation. For best results, consider including positive tapping affirmation, such as, “Even though I feel this anxiety, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Grounding: Walk on grass, sand or rocks barefoot. To help relax your mind and body, connect with nature and its universal elements, earth, water, fire, air including climate. Earthing or grounding sets up your space to return to a homeostasis state, reduce anxiety and release pain. Challenge yourself once a week, no matter the climate, to ground yourself.
Close your eyes and imagine a world where we transform - leaving behind overconsumption, extremism, polarization, discrimination, pollution, all for a better united, self-regulated, self-reliant, self-motivated and collaborative being. Similarly to a caterpillar that undergoes a total transformation into a light colourful butterfly, we too can relate to a “butterfly world”. Do you think we are like butterflies? Can you relate to transforming from a caterpillar state to a butterfly? Tell me about your experiences or your practices.
“What a caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach
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Does the body replace itself every seven years. Curiosity.com
Hay House Conference Dr. Sue Mortar
Metaphor of metamorphosis by greattransitionstories.com