Beyond Caterpillar Consciousness By Roza Riaikkenen and Andrew Rooke [updated Mar 14, 2012]

Would a caterpillar be happy to die if it knew that in this way it would become a beautiful butterfly? Would we be prepared to venture past our everyday consciousness if we knew of the wondrous worlds beyond? Let us imagine a caterpillar, its vision confined to the surface of a leaf, its world encompassed by the nearby foliage. The caterpillar knows nothing of the wider universe of the tree and its network of roots and branches, much less the seasons that control its growth. They exist in a dimension the caterpillar cannot imagine.

The same applies to us. Our physical body lives in three-dimensional space but our spiritual body extends far from its material manifestation, experiencing the far reaches of space — to its parent star and beyond to the Absolute. As an inseparable part of the Absolute, our higher spiritual aspects are multidimensional. But we earthbound human beings, limited as we are by three-dimensional consciousness, cannot see with the clear eye of the spiritual self. Focusing on our physical body, we cannot understand the effect of our spiritual selves upon our health, relationships, and destiny.

We may try in vain to find explanations limited to the tangible material world with which we are familiar. We cannot penetrate to the real roots of the effects we experience in the outer world because they lie in the dimensions of our spiritual self. We often seem so attached to our familiar material world that we act as though unaware of other dimensions. When we purify our mind from the welter of routine thoughts and opinions, we become capable of expanding and multiplying the coordinates of our professional and personal lives, and thus expanding our personal universe and its possibilities.

In its wildest dreams a caterpillar is not aware of its potential to fly. By shedding its skin, it can grow wings, become a butterfly, and partake of a whole new dimension of life. Our caterpillar may be apprehensive about the necessity to change. It seems like death, but dying as a caterpillar it resurrects as a butterfly! We cannot realize or imagine the consciousness and might of the Absolute — whether we call it God or another name — the real reason and creative force acting in all dimensions, although mankind has received descriptions of divine cosmic laws from enlightened teachers throughout the ages.

The science of the new millennium could derive its premises from these universal multidimensional laws, changing our point of view, observing things from the all-dimensional spiritual level of the Absolute rather than from the limited three-dimensional level of a terrestrial being. Having crossed the threshold of the new millennium, each of us has a choice: whether to remain secure and fixed in our limited notions or to start the process of forming a multidimensional view grounded in spirit. So, do we want to remain caterpillars or fly free as butterflies?

(From Sunrise magazine, August/September 2006; copyright © 2006 Theosophical University Press)

Death of the Ego III – The Psychological Death

The Ego can be understood as the collection of our various psychological defects and imperfections that populate our inner realms. They are constantly being recreated and fed by ourselves in an unconscious way. These imperfections are nourished by our centers of energy, our chakras. Each one of these imperfections is called ego or fractions of the Ego. The Ego is, in fact, solely responsible for our sufferings, mistakes, vices, fears and weaknesses.

Mental Effigies or Mental Representations

In reality, we do not have an individual mind, but a legion of smaller minds that are formed by an incredible number of psychological parts or aggregate. Our mind can be compared to a tall building that is 49 stores high, each level retaining a layer or a level of consciousness. Many times, we may even think we are not really thinking, but with a careful observation of our thought process, we find that in the deeper layers there are thought being realized.

In ancient Egypt, the Ego was known as the red demons of Seth. In the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ego is identified as the relatives whom Arjuna was supposed to defeat through terrible battles, according to Lord Krishna. Only through this “war” would Arjuna be able to see and realize his dharma.

In Greek mythology, Ego is represented by the monster Medusa, which caused the death of people through fear and petrified them.

In the Christian Bible, the passage in Mark 5 shows the actions of the Ego over someone; when Christ Jesus restored a demon-possessed man:

“When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.”

~ Mark 5, 6-10

Still inside of Christianity, we see another set of representations of the actions of the Ego through the seven deadly sins of Thomas Aquinas: Lust, Hatred, Jealousy, Gluttony, Pride, Laziness, and Greed.

The work of facilitating the Psychological Death is an ageless practice and has been a practice taught by the Great Masters and avatars of Humanity in order to teach the end of the circle of suffering and limitations. Freedom and liberation has been for ages, an Inside Job.

Each one of the masters tried to teach the same lesson with the resources of and according to the level of understanding of their followers and believers. Each one of them had a methodology and symbols to reach their audiences. Jesus, teaching basically in agricultural and fishing communities, told parables, or small stories, with great moral and ethical content. All of them, nonetheless, had a goal: to bring release or “salvation” to the suffering souls still unconscious of their potential or Divine heritage. As long as we still shelter inside of us these parts of ourselves that are almost inhumane, we will still be mere victims of circumstances of the worlds of Samsara.

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