The butterfly begins as a humble earthbound caterpillar, moving slow and steady. It eventually gains enough nutrients by eating surrounding leaves and turns into a chrysalis, protected inside a cocoon of silk. This stage can last weeks, months or even longer, depending on the species. And when the new cells are developed, it slowly unveils into a brand new version of itself: a magnificent winged butterfly, gifted with the ability to fly freely through the vast sky.
Intricate and exquisite in it's being, delicate and full of grace, yet strong enough to flow with the currents of the wind, trusting in it's new form.
The archetype of the butterfly has always been one of transformation and courage.
This small creature has the power to inspire and remind us of nature's perfect order of intelligence, inviting us to further experience this metamorphis, as we transition through various life cycles and ways of expression within the world, based on our Souls unique blueprint.
Just as the plant and animal Spirit around us, we humans ebb and flow to the Divine beat of the Universe, all within perfect timing. We can't skip a phase nor can we rush the process. The step by step Vinyasa of our growth is governed by a larger force, guiding us into greater harmony.
Our practice is to be present with this fluid reality of life...open to the power of change and teachings within each phase.
As we accept this intrinsic cycle of contraction and death, regeneration and renewal, expansion and rebirth within our bodies and minds, we are able to extract and integrate the nectar of wisdom into the heart, our unchanging essence.
With this understanding, we can move from the victim to the hero, and release old patterns which react from fear and instead become the one who responds from truth. As we attune to this, we soften into compassion and melt into deeper understanding and gratitude for the totality of this journey...both the moments of pure ecstatic passion and raw beauty, and moments of discomfort, confusion and rage. We know that nothing will ever remain static.
Just as the caterpillar inevitably shapeshifts into the butterfly, us humans, are encoded to evolve. Our innate goodness and potential to transform is inherent to the natural laws of the Universe.
When we know this to be true for ourselves, we see and believe in it for those around us.
May this be a remembrance...
That transformation isn't easy, but in perfect timing, bathed in our efforts (presence and intention) we will be gifted with a new set of wings that will guide us to fly.
To honor whatever cycle we are in and trust in order of intelligence, a rhythm that is perfect in its ability to unfold with the medicine we are ready to receive.
That when we emerge from the depths of our cocoon, we have not yet taken flight in our new form, yet we must open our wings with confidence and courage...and embrace when we make mistakes along the way.
That one of our greatest gifts we can give to another human is to see the majesty of their beauty and believe in their ability to transform.