I think it was Blasé Pascal who wrote that much of his life he spent just repeating the movements of others like a parrot, and he was a very original fellow. Go outside to your workplace or the mall, anywhere, you will find so many parrots, just echoing all those around them. They are just so unconsciousness, like they are sleeping. Yes, they are in misery. But they need to pass through the misery to attain the next stage, towards a happier state of being.
There can be no skipping of stages. But you must endeavor to get out of the lower stages. You must not remain stuck in that phase of life. And do not become upset with those around you that force obedience on you. They are just as messed up themselves in that department. Recall that all stages though have their season and time. Again, if you going through a miserable period, keep on walking, knowing that you are experiencing this for a reason, that is, you are going through a stage, much as a caterpillar must go through stages in order to become a butterfly.
Notice that in this first stage of being a parrot that most people are stuck in must be transcended as so you can become a wolf. A wolf signifiies to me independence away from the pack and one who starts to rely on its own strength. But note that you will face a lot of resistence here. When you become a wolf, you will annoy all those people around you. Appreciate that when you were a parrot, you were surrounded by other parrots who did not wish to disturb the status quo.
Parrots do not wish for anything unexpected or brand new to occur in the world. They view all “newness” as disturbing and dangerous. All they want is to follow the rules and obey. So you will be so surprised at how much they are scared of new events and changes. A wolf is not a welcome guest at all. It will become clear that as a wolf you will encounter all sorts of barriers. Parrots will start to lose sleep and become anxious.
But soon, you will notice a strange thing. The stage of the parrot is brought on by living in society. But to be a wolf, you must shed your parrot feathers and strike out on your own. You must drop blind conformity, tradition, and blank vapid rules. Notice that a wild wolf has the qualities of independence, strength, self reliance. The parrots will think the wolf is crazy. The wolf is talking about utopia, dreams of a better existence, and living for a better tomorrow. You will sense in yourself a gap arising.
Remember the cycle of beginnings and endings. Of comings and goings. For the wolf to be born, the parrot must die. Notice that all wolves are bohemian and artistic, poetic, rebellious, and revolutionary. They will live their own life and do things on their own terms. A true wolf will start to stop caring about what others think of them…or even noticing what others are thinking about him. This will be particularly hard to do because you are trained from all your life to put great importance on what other people think of you. Remember that during this stage of being a wolf you may start becoming more egotistic. That is natural. You need to develop the ego first in order that you may drop it later. Yes, it is a paradox. You must first develop your ego, then suffer as a result of it, and then and only then can you drop it later for your own benefit.