Finding the Way to Transformation
I recently experienced the questioning as to what the difference is between Change and Transformation.
For me personally, change is something we experience all of the time on the physical level of existence. Transformation, on the other hand, is a deep spiritual change that brings forth Divine Understanding & Wisdom.
The Story of the Lotus Flower
The lotus flower is one of the most remarkable creations of nature. Its beauty lies in its purity, because this magnificent flower emerges from the dirty and muddy bottom of a pond, yet still remains untouched and unstained by its soiled surroundings.
The remarkable traits of the lotus flower have long been recognized in human history, and have also played a significant role in ancient religions. In the Buddhist tradition, the flower that rises above the muddy waters represents the act of ascending above all desires and attachments. According to Buddhism, this is the key to achieving spiritual enlightenment.
Despite the flower having its roots in the mud, it grows upward in the direction of light. This is believed to represent the aspiration to rise above and move towards light. The lotus, therefore, symbolizes the journey from darkness (as depicted by the muddy pond) to the light of knowledge or wisdom.
In the Hindu tradition, the place in which the lotus flower blossoms (its dark and dirty waters) represents a wise and spiritually-enlightened person, who performs their duty without any material or emotional desires. The ability to detach oneself from such desires enables one to remain unaffected by all worldly pleasures and gain, thus achieving spiritual perfection.
At its center, the lotus bud is compared to a folded heart or soul, which has the ability to blossom or awaken to divine truth. In Ancient Egyptian culture, the lotus, referred to as Seshen, represented the sun and rebirth, as it blossoms at sunrise and closes as the sun goes down. It is also associated with death. The Egyptian Book of the Dead states that a person who has died can be transformed into a lotus with the help of magic spells and charms, symbolizing resurrection and rebirth.
I personally feel this story depicts what we, in the human experience, become when transformed.
How to achieve transformation is always the question?
1. Dedicated Ritualistic Meditation
*This is the core to any deep Spiritual Transformation. Without this foundational aspect, one only receives a certain level of enlightenment to then be brought back to the beginning asking for further dedication.
- 2. Consistently work towards the Developing and Perfecting of Personal Character
*To be Consistent is Key. Find what works for you in reading books, taking classes and expanding consciousness in personal ways and do it!
- 3. Be Kind to Yourself
*Merciful Compassion first and foremost to self and then extended to others is considered by many spiritual scholars to be the most beneficial facet in the aspect of “tikkun olam” or Repair of the World(s).
Find what works for you that fits into your budget, personal available time and energy and commit to this. Take accountability and responsibility for yourself, your actions and your life. You have made the choices of the past, the present and will make your choices for your future. No choice is right or wrong; it is simply what you do with the choice, once made, that matters.
Dedication to self and the knowing that you are worthy of all the Gifts of Spirit that are already yours will be the pentacle point of perspective that will assist you in moving mountains.
Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
In nature, when storms occur, eagles rise from their perches and expand their wings allowing themselves to be lifted. They continue until they have risen to the heights above the storm and wait the storm out. When the storm abates they allow themselves to move with ease and grace back to their perch.
Be the Eagle and rise above your storms, observe the teaching and return to that which is safe and take the experience into your being. Grow, learn and develop in this manner and you will be richly rewarded.
Transformation can do nothing but happen in ways you can never imagine.
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