Metamorphosis

In slow motion, the Field is constantly shifting its shape. It is continually engaged in a process of metamorphosis, re-creating elements, dropping out elements, innovating, evolving Itself, and emerging in new and startling ways. In these processes, the interactions of organisms with their environments shape and reshape them, calling forth new forms. We can see this everywhere. Think of a hummingbird’s beak, perfectly adapted over time to reach deeply into the heart of flowers for their nectar. Think how different that is from the woodpecker’s beak, designed to perfection to get at the tiny insects living in wood. Every organism is subject to these forces of adaptation. We are all being shaped by our experiences and interactions with the environment around us.

In this restless process, oppositional dynamics play a prime role. Countless patterns of interaction pit two organisms as adversaries. The interactions between the two are dynamic, that is, they cause things to happen to the organisms. The shaping process, the metamorphosis of the organisms, is triggered through their interactions. Through the miraculous capacities of the Field, both organisms are enhanced and further developed. We can see these effects clearly in the predator-prey relationships.

For example, the oppositional dynamic between the eagle and the rabbit offers a case study. The eagle possesses its attributes—sharp eyesight, powerful wings, speed, surprise, clutching talons, razor sharp beak—to enable it to fulfill its needs for food and energy. The rabbit has its own set of attributes—speed, nimbleness, a den to retreat into, good eyesight and hearing, and evasive, irregular ways of running to avoid capture.

In a direct, physical way, the eagle and the rabbit are both shaped by the dynamics of their interaction. The rabbit’s gifts and talents for evasion sharpen the eagle’s eyesight, speed, and capturing skills. The eagle’s gifts and talents call forth sharper evasive skills in the rabbit’s organism. The interaction between them is mutually beneficial to the further evolution of their species. Genetic development takes place, which is passed along by DNA to later representatives of their groups. A force of development takes place as they interact with each other. Metamorphosis and development are triggered by the experiences of life itself.

Here we are, of course, in the area that Charles Darwin famously researched and wrote about in The Origin of Species. Darwin’s observations were astute and accurate, centering on natural selection and adaptation as the bases for evolution. What is missing today when we think of Darwin’s evolution is a sense of wonder at the process. We somehow place the genius for evolution within the species themselves rather than within the Field. Evolution is metamorphosis. It is not just a slow, stately, mechanical change of characteristics over a long period of time. It is a genuine shape-shifting, a magical propensity endowed by the Field itself. It is the capacity of the Field to alter physical reality. It is changing the givens in the physical world through the influence of a dynamic interplay. We should observe the process with wonder and awe. It is a purely magical power of the Field.

When we apply this to the human being, it becomes even more magical. Over eons, the Field has unfolded awareness in the human, moving from simple animal consciousness to human self-awareness. We are aware that we are aware. Over time, our pool of awareness has expanded exponentially, and is still doing so. We are aware now that we are the culmination, for the moment and as far as we know, of the 13.7 billion years of evolution of the universe. Our consciousness is the sudden and acute manifestation of possibilities latent in the Field since the origin. We are a study in the expansion, over time, of a talent for consciousness. We are the unfolding potential of the Field in the form of awareness.

The unfolding continues. Having created problems for the earth community with our gifts and our heedlessness, we are now turning toward the application of our gifts to try to find solutions to the problems. That is the Universe, the Field, turning toward Itself to redress an imbalance in Its creation. We happen to be the means employed. Whether or not we can solve the problems remains problematical.

Our struggles with our self-created problems are a new case-study in oppositional dynamics. Faced with a formidable adversary, in the form of the natural consequences of our mistakes, perhaps the dynamics of that opposition will evolve us. The struggles with our opposition, the troubles in the environment, may call evolution forth out of us. Problems can generate growth and change. Perhaps our current problems will pull new and unsuspected qualities out of us, qualities latent and hidden until now, called out by the threatening environment. Perhaps we contain the seeds of our own salvation, planted there at the origin by the Field, waiting to be enlivened by the Field and brought to manifestation. We can hope.

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