What does it mean to transform? We have many, many examples of transformations in the outer world – caterpillar to butterfly, seedling to stalk, day to night and night to day – but how do we gauge inner transformation? Isn’t that the entire reason we are here? It is a great sorrow that we focus so much attention on external changes, like aging, without
relishing the joy of our spirits growing up.
We transform from inside – from the position of the ego self to the position of vulnerability and submission, which leads to solidarity, which changes everything in the world around us. Once we get that the ego – a construct of thoughts and opinions forming the identity called “I”– is the casing of the bloom within, we can begin to nurture our inner transformation by surrendering the ego.
In this moment where everything in the world is changing around us so rapidly, we are more prone to cling tightly to what we perceive as the known (external) world. Our egos are the tools we use to navigate the dense materiality of the world and protect ourselves from the onslaught of stimulus coming at us all day long. Eckhart Tolle says, “The ego is
sustained by continuous resistance.” Surrendering our ego to a higher understanding is terrifying, but in this act of surrender we gain access to the infinite realm of our true power.