art credit Alexis Rakun
The closer we get to the end of our present evolutionary stage, the more dysfunctional the ego becomes, in the same way that a caterpillar becomes dysfunctional just before it transforms into a butterfly. But the new consciousness is arising even as the old dissolves.” Well, that is a loaded card! I am sure there are lots of interpretations of this card, but as I sit with its energy and reflect upon the transformation of the caterpillar to butterfly, I find myself hovering in a cocoon in those moments ahead of emerging and being born again. I wonder how that must feel, to know that something exciting lies ahead, to feel the struggle of writhing and working to break free of the barrier of the cocoon, to feel the uncertainty of what I will look like when I do emerge (and what other’s may think!), to feel the stillness and peace of letting go of all that I once was…to be something new. What a conundrum of feelings! We complicate things as humans – make things more difficult than they need to be. Over-think. Over-work. Over-achieve. Over-stimulate. When we take a moment to look to nature for advice, it seems so simple. Egg (then expand and grow), caterpillar (then expand and grow), chrysalis (be still, expand and grow), butterfly (celebrate, procreate). Does the egg resist becoming a caterpillar? No. Does the caterpillar resist the cocoon? No. Does the chrysalis resist the butterfly? No, it just knows what to do next…it doesn’t overthink it. It doesn’t resist. It goes with the flow and transformation just happens. Even as it is emerging into a beautiful butterfly, it is letting go of the caterpillar-self. Is it painful?…perhaps…but it is happening anyway, so why resist? This week, I feel like we are being called to look at the things we are over-contemplating, over-thinking and over-doing. We are being called to simplify and go with the flow, outside of resistance. Things are moving and progressing anyway, the new is arising and the old is dissolving anyway…so let’s just let it be. Enjoy the growing pains…and be the beautiful butterflies that we were all meant to be.