Caterpillar Soup – Understanding HARMONY vs CHAOS

This article appeared in the Opal Rising NOVEMBER 2021 issue.

harmony vs chaos

It is fascinating how an unusual conversation can capture your imagination. One of these topics that struck a nerve at a recent workshop was CATERPILLAR GOO.

Let me explain.

This conversation took place at one of our Harmony for Life programs. The intention of this program is to ground our participants in the understanding and experience of Harmony. Part of the understanding of Harmony is understanding its opposite – CHAOS.

Chaos is an essential part of the process of re-organizing an organism into a higher level of order or harmony. Dr. Ilya Prigogine, a Nobel Prize winning chemist, was renowned for his discovery that chaos in chemical systems could result in a re-organization into a higher level of order. This was a fascinating discovery that is actually reflected in nature and in us as a part of nature.

A wonderful example of this is the process a caterpillar transmuting into a butterfly. Here is a graphic description from Scientific American of the process:

“First, the caterpillar digests itself, releasing enzymes to dissolve all of its tissues. If you were to cut open a cocoon or chrysalis at just the right time, caterpillar soup would ooze out. But the contents of the pupa are not entirely an amorphous mess. Certain highly organized groups of cells known as imaginal discs survive the digestive process…Once a caterpillar has disintegrated all of its tissues except for the imaginal discs, those discs use the protein-rich soup all around them to fuel the rapid cell division required to form the wings, antennae, legs, eyes, genitals and all the other features of an adult butterfly or moth.”

This conversation with our participants led to a comparison with the spectacular process of transformation and transmutation the human being and our societal structures are undergoing at the present time. This change is happening at every level of our being. It is being supported by the enormous chaos going on around us.

We are becoming aware of and connecting to the brilliance and expansive nature of the collective mind, rather than the limited individual mind. Our individual and collective belief systems are being completely disintegrated and re-examined as we shift our individual identity from the personality to the soul. Collectively we are also seeing how deeply we are connected with each other, even as individual souls.

We are becoming more present to the destructive or constructive power of our emotional states. We are opening to the intuitive abilities that are present when we identify and become a home to the soul.

As children, we are all taught responsibility in many ways. As we awaken to the power each of us has, it is also a time of taking responsibility for our thoughts, emotions and energy and how it contributes to the whole.

As we settle into ongoing restrictions and isolation due to the current pandemic all of this has been amplified. We are certainly evolving – but we are still in the stage of Caterpillar Goo.

Even as we swim around in the Goo, one thing that fascinates me endlessly is the imaginal discs. These imaginal discs of our human transformation are the seeds of the new structures, expanded capacity and potential that we are growing in to.

Like the caterpillar, the imaginal discs have always been present. They are not yet expressed. And, like DNA, all of the information is already here.

So, I’m curious.

As an imaginal disc swimming around in our human transformational goo – what is the gift that your imaginal disc brings to the whole? Are you as curious as I am? I hope so!

Sharon Carne is a best-selling author, international speaker, sound therapist, publisher, musician and recording artist. From 1988 to 2016, Sharon was a faculty member of The Conservatory, Mount Royal University. In 2008 her work changed direction. Sharon is the founder of Sound Wellness, the Sound Wellness Institute and co-founder of the Emergent Workforce Program. Through the Sound Wellness Institute, holistic health practitioners receive the highest level of competency training in Canada in using sound and music to support their practice. The Emergent Workforce program is dedicated to restoring wellbeing, community, purpose, creative collaboration, and kindness to the workforce.

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