The ego forms protective mechanisms to prevent life from moving beyond control and outside of linear change:
- It uses the aches and pains of the body and the obstacles of life to prod us on the journey of linear becoming.
- It chooses "safe" situations that are predictable and do not challenge it beyond levels at which it can maintain control.
- It slows growth down with problems that it creates, so that a pace is maintained that is slow enough for ego (and its tool, reason) to be able to control and dictate life.
All three of the stages of linear change use the method of perpetuating the illusion of identity by defining what we are not. It says, "I am not this, therefore I must be that".
Transformation eliminates the "obsolete", measuring it by what we are not. Transmutation increases one part of existence that it deems "worthy", at the expense of a part of existence it deems "unworthy". Transfiguration lifts us "above" the level of life we had been expressing by believing it to not represent "who we are".
From The Lemurian Science of Compassion by the Seer Almine (2014). The third, unpublished, part of the trilogy.