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Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2018
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Reflections and Chronicles From The End of Time: Metamorphosis

Carlos Cuellar Brown

This article was originally published as Chapter 20 of
In Search of Singularity, 20 January 2017

In a singularity, you are one with the whole, able to pull yourself together into infinite density and maximum entanglement.

Because of the many crises impinging on our times, new ideas and perspectives have become critically necessary. Our actions have taken us to many breaking points and they all coincide on the same directive: “the extinction of most life and resources on this planet.” Awaiting to act simultaneously from all walks of life, from a place of wisdom and empathy, people are rising up to higher understanding, bonding together into small cells of imaginal thought. The increasing wake will form a critical mass that can aggregate. These groups will catalyze the population, igniting new possibilities, new ideas into existence.

Bearing fruits our relationships will enable profound transformations, for the changes to come are so dramatic that a new way of perceiving reality will emerge. In a sense, we are collectively metamorphosing in this process into an entirely new sentient life.

In the biological processes of nature, it’s not uncommon to see radical changes. Amphibians, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, echinoderms are all sensitive to abrupt changes in cell growth and differentiation. These changes lead to modifications in behavior, habitat and body structure. This process is generally referred to as metamorphosis and it usually happens out of sudden spurts of transformation. A very good example of this phenomenon is the caterpillar. This unpleasant looking crawler undergoes a magnificent transformation that gives birth to a graceful flying fluttering flower smelling beautiful creature.

When the caterpillar reaches maturity, it begins to devour ravenously, bloating and over eating many times its size. This impulse to over consume reminds us of how the obese Western societies engage in obsessive consumption, generating in the process a huge unbalance in global resources and the natural ecosystems. This behavior seems counterintuitive and not in our best interest.

The body of the caterpillar then becomes a heavy glob of “goop” hanging upside down from within a cocoon. Oozing inside, the rotting puss cues cells that have been dormant, and they begin to vibrate at a new frequency. Out of nowhere suddenly, the surface of the cocoon hardens enclosing the chrysalis; tiny cells called “imaginal cells” begin to appear inside.

At first, the caterpillar’s immune system detects these imaginal cells and reacts to them as enemies, launching an attack, much like mainstream society annihilates new ideas in science, art and politics. Much like the closed societies of the cold war restrict and criminalize free thinkers. Recognizing each other, these imaginal cells begin to bond and form larger clumps that all resonate together. Strengthened and able to survive the onslaught of the immune system, the imaginal cells aggregate.

Galileo’s discoveries resisted the collapsing cultural values around him and his ideas prevailed. As an emerging transformation, clusters of like-minded imaginal cells on the brink of becoming, like islands of joy and sanity, agents in the dawn of a new form, reach the critical threshold. The caterpillar’s immune system is then overwhelmed and can no longer hold a fight. Imaginal discs structure along with new organizational lines and metamorphose. The chrysalis becomes transparent, like open and free flowing informational networks, not a moment too soon, ripe with meaning and direction, like a new mythic reality emerging from the crumbling foundations. The nutritious soup of ooze becomes fat that feeds the glorious butterfly. Right side up, newly formed wings, exquisite in grace and potential, tear open the rigid skin casing, breaking away free in flight. Announcing the dawning of a new age, new ideas transcend, they resonate in coherence.

The transformation of ideas is an evolutionary force that behaves much like the imaginal cells of the cocoon. There is good news for all of us, who hold a different perspective on how life on Earth can be. As a collective, we lie asleep in the dawn of these great changes. But we can all begin to make small differences, we are part of the unified field, from the divine source, the ground of all being, our thoughts affect the people around us. Awaiting critical numbers, the thoughts of love and unity will lead us to harmony and paradise on Earth. The butterfly of humanity will no longer be stuck in the chrysalis of stupidity; rather it will be free to imagine how to formidably thrive in the garden of light.


Carlos Cuellar Brown is a New York City media artist and essayist who has written on new media, social theory and metaphysics. His essays have been posted online by Opendemocracy, The Global Dispatches, The Pelican Web, Kosmos Journal, and STARDRIVE.

In 2013 his essay “Intermedial Being” was published by A Journal of Performance and Art PAJ #106 MIT Press Journals. In 2015 Mr. Brown was nominated for the TWOTY awards out of the Netherlands for his essay “Blueprint for Change”. He has been a regular columnist for Second Sight Magazine and Fullinsight.

His book, In Search of Singularity: Reflections and Chronicles from the End of Time, published 29 January 2017, is a series of reflections on the current cultural evolution from competition to cooperation, from patriarchy to reciprocity between humanity and the human habitat.

"To see what is in front of one's nose
requires a constant struggle."

George Orwell (1903-1950)


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