Butterflies Are Free To Fly
At a minimum, a Human Adult has become aware there is something “wrong” with
the life it has been experiencing through the total immersion movies and is not willing to
accept that “reality” at face value any more. In the classic 1976 movie Network, news-
anchor Howard Beale expresses what a number of new Human Adults feel when he rants,
“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”
A Human Child lives in ignorance, thinking they are awake with their eyes open
when in fact they are sound asleep with their eyes closed. A new Human Adult has taken
the first step of opening their eyes, even though they are still asleep and do not
understand what they are now seeing.
Just so no one gets confused, Human Adulthood is not the state of so-called
“spiritual enlightenment,” although it’s what most “seekers” are actually looking for and
most “gurus” are actually selling. (We’ll talk more about this later as well.)
“The difference between Adulthood and Enlightenment is that the former is
awakening within the dreamstate and the latter is awakening from it…. Shallow, early-
stage Adulthood is often mistaken for, and sold as, Spiritual Enlightenment, but it’s not.
Have you ever had a dream in which you wake up and realize it’s just a dream, but
you’re actually still dreaming and never really woke up, that waking up in the dream was
part of the dream itself? That’s what Jed is talking about. A Human Child is asleep and
dreaming, but thinks it's awake and thinks the dreams are real. A Human Adult is asleep
and dreaming and wakes up as part of the dream, but doesn't wake up from the dream
itself. Like a Human Child, it thinks it's awake, but it's really not.
The next step – actually waking up from the dream – is what this book is about.
Being a Human Adult is not a “bad” way to spend your life, especially if you
compare it to Human Childhood. But it does have its limits.
As a Human Adult, you might be able to figure out how to better cope with the
movies coming at you that define your life. There are all kinds of groups in the back of
the theater claiming to be able to teach you various methods of filtering or improving or
avoiding or denying or processing or dealing with the emotions that arise as a result of
your immersion in your reality. We’re going to look closely at some of these groups in
the next chapter.
But becoming a Human Adult is not the end; it’s really just the beginning.
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I don’t know whether it’s helpful to remember when you transitioned from a Human
Child to a Human Adult, getting up from your chair in the movie theater. Stories abound
about life-changing car accidents, sudden and unexpected divorces, the loss of a loved
one, a near-death experience, drug-induced glimpses of another world, and the like.
For me, it was very clear.
I was in my second semester at a small southern college, saying I wanted to become
a doctor, but actually more interested in philosophy and religion. Two years prior a friend
of mine in high school had recommended a book called There is a River: The Story of