“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.”
– Dean Jackson
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Transformation is inevitable. We’ve all been transforming since day one, through the seasons of our lives. And none of us will leave this dimension without a final transformation.
In our recent blogs exploring the principle of entrainment, we’ve acknowledged the grand cycles that humanity is traversing, the four Yugas or cycles in this day of God. We’ve considered what’s next, the ending of the last cycle and the beginning of the night of God. Who knows what that will bring; it’s unimaginable to our human minds.
What’s also impossible to conceive is how these human lives will end. The phenomenon of death remains shrouded in mystery and ever will be, until we have the experience for ourselves. As we age, that moment comes closer so we begin to consider it consciously. Fear may arise, understandably, because we fear the unknown. What helps is to reframe that inescapable event, not as an ending but as a transformation. The fact that we don’t know exactly what we will transform into only adds to the adventure, if we choose to see it that way.
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” 1
Rilke artfully shifts judgment about the terrors and disappointments in our lives towards learning opportunities. His words open a door of understanding and can even guide our preparation for the moments of significant transit in our lives and the emotions that accompany loss and pain.
He continues: “So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud shadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.”
Indeed, we have no real idea of the “why” to what happens to us. There are jokes about good and bad, how judgment shifts with more information over time. We speak of “blessings in disguise” and the lessons in failure … all hinting at an entirely different attitude, what we might call a “trans-egoic posture.” That term could describe being poised for transformation, yielding up ego identification to the pervasive oneness of life that we forever swim in.
In this final blog on entrainment, we take this principle to a logical completion: the entrainment of transformation. Interestingly, a scientific definition of entrainment provides fascinating clues for our culminating observations. “Entrainment is a phenomenon of the atmosphere which occurs when a turbulent flow captures a non-turbulent flow … Entrainment is the mixing of environmental air into a preexisting air current or cloud so that the environmental air becomes part of the current or cloud.” 2
Applying this effect to our spiritual journey, we can consider the energy field of an authentic master as that “turbulent flow,” a higher amplitude of personal power, meeting our own more “non-turbulent flow.” We’ve had the experience, many of us, and know what it means to be “captured,” and the unification we experience within that comforting cloud of inspiration.
Our sense of self expands. Our personal ego surrenders. It happens in the presence of a powerful enough entrainment field … if we are willing. The trans-egoic state arises and we begin to know ourselves beyond linear time. With that foundational shift arises an evolution in how we view our lives and our death. Death will not be the end, we begin to feel that, not as a theory but as a sensed present and future reality.
I’ve designed, recorded, and distributed entrainment programs for decades, many in the form of audio meditation programs. I developed a term for these: High Tech Meditation. But the technology is both novel and ancient. According to BrainWorks, “Brainwave entrainment is nothing new. Ceremonial chambers acoustically tuned to specific brainwave frequencies have been found dating back to the Bronze Age, and the ancient Greeks used flickering sunlight shining through a spinning wheel to induce altered states.” 3
These blogs serve this same purpose. As you relax into the reading, moving with the rhythm that flows between the lines, you may feel a cloud of sorts enveloping you, the presence of source energy transmitting through me. BTW, you could not feel it if it wasn’t also transmitting through you!
Transformation is always now and if you are reading these words we are resonating together in this entrainment field. And now, as the reading ends, you have the same opportunity that I do, to provide a welcoming, inspiring influence towards everyone and everything in your world, one moment at a time, and without needing to do or say anything. As I mentioned in the first blog of this series, authentic masters teach without words. Here’s our chance!
1. Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet