The butterfly is a powerful representation of the cycle of life, and I see the butterfly’s transformation as a process that uniquely mirrors my own.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to the beauty and grace of the butterfly. I was never sure why, especially since flying insects are usually not my thing :-)
As a head-start teacher, I loved reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It was always a heartwarming moment to see the eyes of the children when the caterpillar was revealed as a beautiful butterfly.
Reiki healing is symbolized by the butterfly…no coincidence that I was recently drawn to become certified as a 2nd degree Reiki practitioner…with plans to move on to become a Master Reiki practitioner.
As I think about it, it’s amazing how the transforming stages of the butterfly is similar to our own…from the development of our first ideas, to the manifestation of our vision in the world. As we continue to evolve, we are always in one of these transforming stages.
· Egg (life begins) – where ideas are born…everything is first an idea
· Larva (caterpillar) - preparation/planning…exploring and examining our ideas
· Cocoon (resting stage) - development of ideas…identify our vision/goals, and create action steps to get us there
· Adult (birth of butterfly) – emerge in the world…using our identified action steps that are in alignment with our vision and goals…allowing us to realize our vision and bring forth our gifts/talents into the world.
We all know that change is one of life’s experiences we can always rely on…whether we want to believe or accept it or not. It is also true that many of us are stuck in a cycle of unidentified fears that are fed by our self- sabotaging behaviors and self limiting thoughts/beliefs.
Here’s the seemingly crazy thing; the same experiences that may be going on within each of us that subconsciously cause us to feel insecure and unsure of ourselves, may be the same experiences that are actually subconsciously getting us ready for the change that will take us closer to reaching our goals.
Listen with your heart. When we listen with our hearts, through prayer and meditation, we have an opportunity to gain wisdom from within. Like the butterfly, we can gracefully move through the process…we can learn how to move on…how to grow and improve our life experiences and how to take the steps necessary to live the life we desire.
Remember, we are always growing and becoming ready to take our place in the world. We are in the process of transformation…much like the butterfly. This is not a process to be rushed…it is nothing we have to “figure out”. This is a natural life experience that is meant to be embraced.
Each day, I remind myself to always have faith in the power within me as my guide. The quality of our life is based on the choices that we make. Choose wisely.
“The mystery of life is not a problem to solve, but a reality to experience…”