Society leaves everyone in it as a perfect parrot. But the irony is that you have to become a parrot first in order to soar higher like an eagle. You have to be able to build an ego in order to drop it later on. This change will really feel like a flip-flop. You will feel conflicted for a while because the parrot is still inside of you. The parrot keeps on saying obey, obey, obey. And the growing eagle inside you starts to become angry at the parrot.
When I went to the Butterfly Garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo, I witnessed the analogy of a caterpillar slowly changing into a butterfly. You have to endure being a caterpillar before turning into a butterfly. There is another analogy I saw when I observed the owl in the bird section. It seemed “wise” (expression, wise as an owl), just sitting, observing, and watching. You should start to develop the same sensations of the owl.
Suddenly, or slowly, you will drop the “I” from your life, and drop your “life story”. Your racing thoughts will slow down, then you can really start to live. Without a “life story”, you will stop obsessing over the past and the future. You will stop making decisions in the moment based on the past and being fearful of the future, which you have no control over.
If you are deep in prayer, focus, and meditation, all judgment disappears. When you start to judge, there is only logic based on the laws laid down by society. When you judge, you cannot love. If you judge a person, he is dead to you, just like a dead rock. When you love him, he exists in a whole new life.
The reason you have to clear your mind is that the mind/ego is always focused on the past and the future, and never on the only moment that really is there… the now. Everyone in society wants what they cannot have. That is the original sin.
If God had told Adam and Eve that they could have any tree they wanted, and if He did not forbid them to eat of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life, then they would not have been interested. Man, through his generations, seeing millions of trees, after so many thousands of years, never would have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life.