The Caterpillar and Butterfly of Enlightenment


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Life constantly presents us with a wide variety of opportunities to spiritually awaken and integrate into our individual and collective life purpose, that of Being fully loving and enlightened.  Discover how.

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Such opportunities, within the context of people, situations, and circumstances, often present themselves as metaphysical mirrors that reflect a wide spectrum of perceptions and reactions that can range from the beauty of love, peace, and joy to the more challenging spectrums of unevolved perceptions and emotions of fear, depression, and even hatred.

The simple metaphysics of our life journey consists of constantly being awake to recognizing that if you see something that is lovingly amazing in another person and/or circumstance then this reality is reflected within you.  Contrarily and similarly, if you witness something that reflects a negative feeling and/or reaction in regards to another person or circumstance then this reality is reflected within you also.

Our ever-evolving consciousness tends to, at the onset of awakening, gravitate towards the inner praise of recognizing that which is good and loving within ourselves or in another or situation.  Similarly, in the early stages of awakening, we see negative people and circumstances through the eyes of a victim who is somehow, at the moment, able to distance themselves from such a dark perception and own as little a part of this mirroring truth as possible.  The metaphysical joke of such perceptions boils down to this… any time you point your finger at another in either praise or disgust …at that moment, and as best you can, notice that you now have three fingers pointing back at you.

Our lives and evolutionary process always point us to opportunities to become more awakened.   As such, our ultimate self-realized and enlightened state can be seen through the metaphor of how the caterpillar transforms itself into the beautiful butterfly.

Like the caterpillar, we crawl on the earth and have a linear perception of placing one foot in front of the other in order to get from one point to another.  This context creates a constant grounding for the self through a literal connection and nourishment from mother earth.  At this stage of perception, one has little or no understanding of flight nor the perspective that this soul soaring can gift in vision.

Eventually, this earthbound awareness yearns to advance and so the self then readies itself for this process.   Instinctively,  we secure ourselves to safety to protect this next step in our soul’s new journey.   To endure this more awakened shift we prepare a sacred cocoon of transformation.  This we know will serve us in the birthing of our higher-self, the butterfly.

Within our time traveler capsule, our consciousness can dream of new possibilities and of greater freedoms than we’ve had ever known before.  As we awaken from this sleeping state and the desire for freedom grows ever more profoundly.  And with this, the birthing chamber of our cocoon now begins to imprison our newly awakened form.  The wings that now adorn our new light body seem to fight for freedom in a constant struggle to rid ourselves of a past incarnation that no longer serves our greater growth.

To our higher-self, our God-Self, our wings which fight to free us also serve to break the shell of our past delusions and mirror our resolve towards being our most liberated and enlightened self.  In this state, our soul can authentically live and be free to soar to our highest and most exalted glory of the Divine.

You see, each of our struggles serves to awaken and strengthen our inner resolve to BE and do our best.  With each push against the imprisoning wall of illusion, our wings eventually lift our awareness to behold the metamorphosis of our new and ascending form.  Intuitively this new state of freedom and our outstretched wings know how to fly.  Instinctively, we soar to touch the skies and fill our world with the beauty, love, and grace of a butterfly.

The metaphor of the caterpillar and butterfly serves as a constant reminder to know that life continually offers us opportunities to evolve, transform and dance on the heavenly winds of enlightenment so that we are truly free to BE and express our most beautiful self.

May your soul find wings and ever grace the stars and heavens with loving grace.  Amen.

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Steve Robertson is the Founder and CEO of (PPoE) and the

Robertson is also the Founder and CEO of, and the campaigns. 

The Steering Committee and Advisory Board consist of 41 world-famed/Grammy-winning musicians, Academy award-winning filmmakers, Emmy winning TV producers, top scientists, doctors, higher-education scholars, human rights and world-thought leaders in the areas of consciousness and spiritual development. 

Robertson has produced three international peace concerts from and for Bethlehem Palestine on Christmas Day and for the Middle East/Global Peace out to some 80 million homes worldwide which featured Grammy-winning musicians, famed celebrities, and thought-leaders. 

Overview of Steve Robertson’s/PPoE achievements to date: 

In 2009, Robertson lead a nationwide bus tour called “Peace Has Begun” that served to frame the word “peace” as a verb for social good and promote the planned annual Project Peace on Earth global musical prayer concerts.  The bus was a traveling media studio that featured two broadcast journalists who interviewed people on their commitment and actions towards inner and outer peace.

In September of 2010, Steve lead a medical mission, with famed eye surgeon Paul Dougherty MD, to Hebron Palestine which resulted in the restoration of eyesight (40 free cataract surgeries) to elderly people.  Michael Garcia, former VP of Development for HBO traveled with the Medical Mission to film a documentary called “Visions of Peace.”

  On November 25th, 2011, Robertson, Executive Produced a promotional aerial image, in conjunction with John Quigley (PPOE Advisory Board), additional PPoE Middle East Production team members and a UNRWA team, that consisted of some 1000 Palestinian refugee children forming the Picasso Peace Dove image and spelling out the words “Love All” both in English and Arabic. 

On September 26th, 2012 the UN selected the Picasso Peace Dove and Love All still image photo (out of some 800,000 over the course of the UN) as one of the 49 most iconic images ever captured since the organization’s inception. 

In 2014 Robertson became an Executive Producer and the Artistic Mentor on the Shanti Samsara Environmental Consciousness benefit album. The album, produced by Ricky Kej, was produced at the request of Prime Minister Modi of India, to honor all forms of life from a Vedic and Buddhist perspective.  Prime Minister Modi presented this album during his November 2014 UN Climate Change Conference Keynote Speech in Paris to every Presidential attendee at the event. The 150-page pictorial coffee table book and 2 CD album set involved over 500 musicians and 40 countries.

In November of 2014 Robertson created and Executive Produced the 2 Unite All benefit album to bring surgical teams, medical supplies, and PTSD Therapies into GAZA and the Middle East Region to support greater peace. The album features numerous world-famed Grammy-winning musicians …30 major musicians including Peter Gabriel, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Philip Lawrence (Burno Mars), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Thomas Bergersen (2 Billion YouTube video hits), Gary Nicholson (Grammy Winner and TX Hall of Fame) and many more.  The album is endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Professor Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Vera Baboun (former Mayor of Bethlehem) and many more. 

In 2017 Steve founded the (PSA) worldwide contest which serves as a search for our world’s most enlightened musicians, songs, spoken word poetry and music videos that guide the way to inner peace and outer peace on earth.  PSA Jury Panel Members consist of many world-famed Musicians, Music and TV industry people and Thought-leaders. 

Steve’s acclaimed and recent book, “The Power of Choice, Success and Your Life Purpose” is endorsed by numerous national best selling authors including Gary Zukav (“Seat of the Soul,” 10million + books sold), Don Miguel Ruiz MD (“The Four Agreements”),Caroline Myss PhD (“Anatomy of the Spirit”), Jack Kornfield PhD (founder of the Mindful Meditation Movement, author of “A Path With A Heart”), Larry Dossey MD (recent author of “One Mind” – former Director of the Nat. Inst. for Health, Alternative Medicine Division), Alexander Astin PhD (founder of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute), Jack Healey (former Exec. Dir. of Amnesty International) and more.

  National Best Selling Authors proclaim:

Steve’s book is … “A TEXTBOOK for the Soul” – Caroline Myss, PhD (National Best-Selling author of “Anatomy of the Spirit”)

“Robertson is a Living Avatar on whose shining example our future may depend.”– Larry Dossey, MD (National Best Selling Author of “One Mind” and “The Power of Prayer”)

Steve book uses…”beautiful metaphors and analogies that lead in every instance to awareness, self-responsibility, and our Divinity” – Gary Zukav (National Best Selling author of “Seat of the Soul”)

Steve’s book is …”required reading for anyone who has longed to find and fulfill their life purpose.” – Don Miguel Ruiz (National Best selling author of “The Four Agreements”)

Steve’s book…”can empower you and help you bring your gifts to the world.” – Jack Kornfield, PhD (National Best Selling Author of “A Path With Heart”)

Steve’s book offers …”rich and spiritually authentic insights into the meaning of life and how to find and live your life purpose.” – Gerald (Jerry) Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane Cirincione, Ph.D. (National Best Selling Authors, Pioneers in the Human Potential Movement)

Steve’s book is …”a treasure trove of timeless wisdom and spiritual guidance.” – Alexander Astin, PhD (Considered the world’s most widely quoted person on Higher Education. Co-founder of UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. Best Selling Author of “Cultivating the Spirit”.)

Steve’s book…”looks at all of us in the eye and asks us to awaken to our own power and force.” Jack Healey, former Executive Director of Amnesty International. Former Franciscan Monk.

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