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Journaling Prompts

Metamorphosis: Like the quintessential example in nature, the butterfly, we all, to some degree, change into new beings as we progress through life. We treat the butterfly as if it’s better than the caterpillar (or egg or pupa), but is it? Perhaps the change we all go through is just about moving from one stage to another, all equivalent. What metamorphoses have you undergone? Have your transformations been only to your advantage? In the sense that transformations occur over the life cycle, how much transforming has been done by you and how much has been done by life TO you? Have the stages in between been noticeable and did you know what you would end up as?


Complete Change: If you could change just one thing about your life, what would it be? Would you be richer, taller, thinner? Would you be in a different place or have a different job? Would you be married to someone different, have kids or not? Are any of these changes that you dream of really possible in some way if you REALLY wanted to make it happen? If so, what balances out the desire for something totally new and keeps you where you are? What would you have to lose to gain a complete change? What would you NOT change for any money in the world?


Adaptation: Sometimes when change happens around us we have to change too.  What has happened around you, or what new information have you received that caused you to adapt to a new situation and how well did you adapt?  How long did your adaptation take? Do you remember what it was like before the change that caused you to have to adapt? Did you know that change was coming? Were you scared or excited?


Evolution: How is your life different from the one that your mother or grandmother lived as a woman, a wife or a mother? Are there parts of their lives that you wish you could go back and experience, or ways in which their lives were better than yours is today? In which ways do you think the world has changed for better or for worse?





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When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

Joseph Campbell

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

Napoleon Hill

Transformation literally means going beyond your form.

Wayne Dyer

Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

Marianne Williamson

The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres.

Alexander Pope

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.

Edgar Degas

Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.

Michael W. Smith

Art is magic... But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic.

Hans Hofmann

Human rights will be a powerful force for the transformation of reality when they are not simply understood as externally defined norms of behavior but are lived as the spontaneous manifestation of internalized values.

Daisaku Ikeda

Human rights will be a powerful force for the transformation of reality when they are not simply understood as externally defined norms of behavior but are lived as the spontaneous manifestation of internalized values.

Daisaku Ikeda

If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society.

Gloria Steinem

We live in a pretty bleak time. I feel that in the air. Everything is uncertain. Everything feels like its on the precipice of some major transformation, whether we like it or not.

Sean Lennon

The message of transformation and how we all can live from our heart, not just from our head, was a very important message for me to learn in my own life.

Judith Light

For the first time in human evolution, the individual life is long enough, and the cultural transformation swift enough, that the individual mind is now a constituent player in the global transformation of human culture.

William Irwin Thompson

We of America are especially fitted to visualize and to understand the marvelous transformation of a wilderness into a land of splendid cities.

James H. Breasted

All girls know that they can be anything now. That transformation is to me one of the most satisfying things.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

Albert Einstein

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Sir Winston Churchill


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