From: Book of Answers
As we grow in awareness, and problems are recognized for what they truly are (opportunities for growth), they lose their hold on us and we no longer need them. Suddenly circumstances in our lives seem to change. Friendships fall by the wayside, jobs may become obsolete and we find life flowing a lot more effortlessly as it transforms before our eyes.
This stage is marked by so many changes that it can be called the time of the death of the old. If we hold on longer than we should to relationships or situations, we find life shedding them for us through forced change. This time can certainly be disconcerting, as the old platform we stood on disintegrates, but the energy released when that which no longer serves us drops away, is a great reward. With increased energy comes new experiences, and ease in meeting old challenges that bring a sense of deep self-satisfaction. As one sheds the old, the body responds by purifying itself. Toxins release and the body can hold more light.
After transformation sheds the unnecessary parts of our lives, the true challenges stand revealed. This phase is the one where most people get stuck. Mindlessly feeling victimized by the very experiences their higher selves designed for them, they fail to turn pain to wisdom, judgment to compassion. The very essence of transmutation is to turn something of a lower frequency into a higher frequency; the alchemical process of turning lead to gold.
During the phase of transmutation, we are confronted with never before encountered challenges or those we have failed to learn from. Life has just served the ball across the net and waits for our response. The harder the serve, the more we can gain. Most people spend their whole life running away from the balls coming across the net instead of hitting them back.
If we can find the lessons and insights of our challenges, we score enough points to move on to the next game. If we are very diligent, we can even gain insights on behalf of others, increasing our points on the scoreboard. The insights we gain during this stage must be tested to turn them into experiential knowledge.
Major transfigurations such as disconnecting from ego-identification (becoming God-conscious), and entering into Immortal Mastery come but a few times in one's life. All change, however, follows this exact map with its three stages. The larger transfigurations are just more noticeable. Even the little changes add up, eventually allowing enough light into our lives for our entire life to transfigure. As more and more clarity is gained, the person must transfigure in order to accommodate the increased light.
The joyous truth is that there is no end to progression. When we have made it through all the evolutionary stages of man's awareness, we shall move even beyond that ultimate goal of humanness: Immortal Mastery. Beyond lies the god kingdom where we can come and go with the speed of thought throughout all realms of time and space – the cosmos as our playground.