19 Eric Klein

I dare you to love the Goo.

Before a caterpillar can become a butterfly, it must become goo. Within the cocoon, the caterpillar dissolves into a liquid that is rich with nutrients and potential. It’s super goo. The butterfly emerges from the goo.

All transformations include this gooey phase.
Whether the transformation is individual or collective, goo is part of it. Between where you are and who you are called to become – is goo. To bring your gifts to the world; to fulfill your purpose; you need to learn to love the goo.

You can’t skip the goo.
There’s no skipping steps on the transforming journey. Every phase of the process has a purpose and must be completed before you can move on.

You can’t leap from newbie to expert in a single bound. There’s a developmental sequence that you must follow. It’s an organic process that moves according to developmental time.

The cadence of developmental time contrasts sharply with the pace of contemporary life.
We live in a nanosecond culture where most of us are what author Sue Monk Kidd calls “quick-aholics.” We’re addicted to the quick, instant response; the instant result. This addiction is at odds with the goo- ification process. The goo phase can’t be rushed.

How can you tell if you’re in the goo?
You know you’re into the goo when an old form is dissolving– but the new form has not yet emerged.

Let’s make this practical: consider your life. Specifically, consider an area in your life where the old “form” is dissolving away but what’s next is still . . . gooey, unformed, and unclear.

Here are some common areas of life where people experience goo- ification (check all that apply to you at this time):

  • Identity — I can’t go on being the person I have been, but I’m not sure who I’m becoming.
  • Work — The work is changing – but I’m not sure into what? Is it dying or being reborn? I can’t tell.
  • Role — My old role has outlived its usefulness I can’t keep doing things the way I’ve been doing them. But, what am I supposed to do now?
  • Relationship — Our old ways of being together no longer make sense. But how can I be in this relationship when I don’t even know what it is anymore?
  • Motivation — The needs and values that used to drive me don’t anymore. I’m not sure what matters or how to even reconnect to a sense of passion and purpose.
  • Beliefs — I’ve outgrown my former beliefs. But now I’m not sure what I believe. I can’t go back. But I’m not sure how to go forward.

Ya gotta learn to love the goo. Only by letting go of the old forms can you make space for something new to be born.

In spiritual literature goo-ification is called the dark night of the soul.
When you’re navigating through goo, your old ways of staying on track no longer work. Your old ways of assessing success are useless.

It’s like you’re adrift in an inner sea without stars overhead to guide you. All you can do is let go. It’s time to become a mystic.

Goo is the natural habitat of the mystic.
To be a mystic means – to love the goo.

You’re being called to be a mystic in the area of your life that’s undergoing goo-ification.

This means being called to:

  • Let go of the known and the past.
  • Trust the darkness.
  • Recognize that “those who dwell in darkness shall see the light.”

You’re work is to allow the old structure of identity to dissolve into formless goo. It doesn’t matter whether you used to believe I-am-a- success or I-am-a-failure.

Whatever form your identity used to take – it’s over.
You’ve outgrown the beliefs, attitudes, images, structures, and goals that defined you in the past. The vision that inspired you no longer works. The self that you identified with has become outmoded. This is the time of profound letting go.

Consent to goo-ification without knowing how you will be re- formed.
If you try to hold yourself together now, you’re fighting your own destiny. The way forward comes through letting go and surrender. As you consent to goo-ification, you shed layer upon layer of thoughts and beliefs. These layers have insulated you and comforted you. Now is the time to discard all coverings. It’s time for stillness – not action.

As your old identity dissolves, the stillness deepens.
When you rest completely in the goo – without clinging to the past or straining towards the future – something that you can’t plan for happens. Within the stillness, the creative impulse of your soul stirs.

Just as a butterfly emerges from the goo, your renewed life arises from stillness.
As you love the goo, you free yourself from out-moded identity structures. As you love the goo, you release yourself from conditioning. As you love the goo, you discover that you don’t have to try so hard. The creative impulse of Life is already alive within you. That’s why the old ways aren’t working. Life is ready to break forth with fresh energy and renewed purpose – through you and as you.

All you have to do is . . . love the goo. I dare you.

Eric Klein
Eric Klein is one of the few people on the planet who is both a best selling leadership author and an ordained teacher in a 5,000 year old yoga lineage.

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