We all know the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, but do we know how much there is for us to learn from the process that a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly? From the beginning a caterpillar is destined to become the butterfly. He follows the path of eating and eating in preparation for the work that is in front of him. When the time comes he forms his cocoon so that he can continue his transformation. Because the caterpillar knows that this is his destiny, he doesn't fight it, but I have to think that it isn't the most comfortable process. It is while he is inside the cocoon or chrysalis that the magic now happens. He releases enzymes that allow him to dissolve all of his tissues and he becomes a soupy mess. However not all of him is a soupy mess for when he was just an egg waiting to come into this world, he developed special cells that he would need to complete his transformation. Once a caterpillar has disintegrated all of its tissues except for the magic cells, those cells use the protein-rich soup all around them to fuel the rapid cell division required to form the wings, antennae, legs, eyes, genitals and all the other features to become an adult butterfly or moth. What a miraculous event.
As I look at this process I am amazed at how we go through a similar process each time we transform. From the beginning we are destined to fly and soar and be awesome beings. It is our journey to discover who we are and what our priority is here on this planet in this lifetime. So we begin to eat, unfortunately much of what we eat is what other people tell us is right and good for us. We eat their judgments and limitations. We eat and eat until one day we are so full we can't eat any more and we stop and wonder what is this all about? Is this all true for me? And then we build our cocoon so that we can begin to digest this information. If we have formed our cocoon properly we will be able to turn all of the judgments into mush and swim around in the soupy mix for awhile knowing that the awareness that we get from those judgments will actually set us free to step into what is true for each one of us. It can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful to let go of all that we had eaten. It will mean that our lives will be different. And when we emerge from the soupy mix we know we can fly and soar and create the life we are meant to create. A life that will add beauty and richness everywhere we go.
Are you willing to let go of all of your judgments in order to show up as the beautiful being you are? Imagine all of the beauty that we would miss out on if nature were to say no to the many transformations that happen. We would miss the variety of butterflies that we see, the fall colors of the trees, the glistening snow as water turns to unique snowflakes and infinitely many more wonders that we get to witness every day. What is nature trying to tell us? Could it be that change is simply what happens when we shed what we so dearly hold onto? What will it take for you to step into transformation?