Great Stories of Transition

Once we understand that we live in a living universe, the question arises: How Does Life Do Change? What are the clues of successful transition held in Nature’s patterns? How does one thing lead to another in a natural sequence and how might those natural processes help guide us in the transitions and transformations of our own lives?

If you’ve experienced going through adolescence to become an adult, it’s easier to understand the steps that might be called for in Humanity Growing Up. If you have witnessed the birthing process, as the mother or the child or the midwife, you can imagine humanity going through a Planetary Birth. When your old belief systems begin to dissolve into a green gooey mess, the story of the Metamorphosis of the Butterfly helps you watch for the imaginal cells that begin to herald a new reality of greater perception and mobility.

And the Hero’s Journey, a pattern found in every culture, gives many guideposts for finding the way through difficult times, both for ourselves and our cultures. So too do the insights coming out of observing cultural change over time, like the Two Loops, a more newly articulated theory of change,

And what if Humanity is Becoming a Superorganism in exactly the same pattern that produced the first cell and from that multicellular organisms, and organs within a body? What could that mean? What would it look like?

There is hope and direction, guideposts and lessons to be found in following the already successful path of how life does change.

photo courtesy of Michale B. Maine

Humanity Is Growing Up

Everything living grows up – birds, trees, puppies, babies, humanity.If you estimate the social average of human behavior around the world, what stage of development best describes the human family: toddler, teenager, adult, or elder?”
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Hero’s Journey

A path found in every culture. Where are you on the journey? Read post

Planetary Birth

The Story: The “Planetary Birth” story uses the patterns and archetypes associated with the human birth process to name and give meaning to the experience of Humanity as a whole as it undergoes difficult changes that look or feel like being squeezed through a birth canal. This story articulates a larger context for the despair Read post

The Metaphor of Metamorphosis

The Story: “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach The story of how the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly has long been used as a metaphor for the process of transforming states of consciousness from one dimension to another, from knowing something on the surface, Read post

Two Loops

A snapshot of our current cultural shift. Where are you working? Read post

Humanity Is Becoming a Superorganism

The Story: There is a specific pattern being uncovered at the leading edges of biological science that reveals the steps by which fragmented pieces of cosmic material coalesce into single cells, which evolve into unified organisms with highly differentiated and synergistic subsystems, vital to the well-being of the whole. The next natural step in the Read post