Transformation: the what

What is transformation?

The google dictionary definition is: “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. “Its landscape has undergone a radical transformation;” synonyms: change, alteration, mutation, conversion, metamorphosis, transfiguration, transmutation, sea change; a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal; in physics, the induced or spontaneous change of one element into another by a nuclear process.” If you’re familiar with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, we’re hoping we’re not talking about this type of change…

For our own use, it’s a deep-seated change in our personal, interior world that makes our thoughts and behaviors more in-line with our true selves, and, if you pertain to a faith system with a higher power, closer to God or closer to enlightenment.

Transformation takes place in the deep space of life; when we allow ourselves to sink into deep soul space around who we are, what this world is, and who our God is.  Spurred on by both positive and negative experiences as well as deeply personal, or larger more colossal human experiences, transformation is accessible.  Transformation is usually taking place in most things we experience… we only have to notice.

In a simple sense, we can notice how a story, artwork, or conversation creates a change in point of view or opinion within us; we can see how a shift in perspective can soften our hearts and move our souls.  On a larger scale, we can notice how the death of a loved one or how meeting our significant other creates massive change within us over time.  On the grandest scale, however, most faith systems would agree that transformation does not come from within ourselves--it’s not something we do or create, but it’s something we receive from a greater power.  Therefore, we simply get to participate in the journey of transformation while someone or something else does the hard work within us.

Alas, transformation of self transforms society.  We know, this is our constant anthem, but it’s because it’s so true and so powerful.  As we all pursue transformation of self, it creates transformation of society.  Perhaps when we grow in goodness and kindness, our society will follow suit.  We can see this on a smaller scale as our transformation immediately impacts the small communities around us: our friends groups, our immediate or nuclear family, our workplace, churches, clubs, etc.

Individuals from most spiritual backgrounds can agree that transformation of our interior worlds and our selves move us toward goodness, righteousness, justice, and/or kindness.  There are so many ways within those larger categories that we may experience change: we may become more empathetic, more inclusive, encouraging with our words, gain a more positive outlook on ourselves and our world, etc.

And so, we hope we can continue with one another in this journey of transformation: watching, noticing, and becoming grateful for the changes taking place within us.