Chrysalis of change
Like all life forms the caterpillar is born with an inbuilt evolutionary urge. At some point it will know it’s time to go somewhere safe and quiet to make it’s chrysalis whilst it transforms into a completely new life form.
It is not by accident it begins life crawling around. It cannot travel very far or very fast and it relies on its outer skin for defence in the form of camouflage or poisonous fur to protect it whilst it fulfils its basic needs. This is the first stage of its life, learning the basics.
We begin life in a similar way except our camouflage is the social identity we are conditioned to create so we can fit in with everyone else and survive. It has been this way for a very long time. Each generation passing down behaviour based on the survival mind and though in the past this would have often have meant to difference between life and death in recent times it has become a self-destructive behaviour on a global scale.
The fear-mind’s solution to the problem of survival has become a problem itself and has led us to a point where our environmentally destructive habits threaten the survival of all life on the planet. It is time for our evolutionary impulse to evolve from the survival mind to the conscious mind.
Rather than looking at insects and seeing something smaller and inferior to us. Could it be that we have much to learn from other life forms evolutionary journeys? After all many of them have been around much longer than humans. Perhaps the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a butterfly represents this necessary evolution from humans mindlessly focusing on survival to heart-centred spiritual consciousness?
Entering the chrysalis
Like the caterpillar we have to enter our chrysalis period alone, we must also struggle to leave our chrysalis alone too. There are some things we can only do for ourselves and working out who we really are and what we’re here to do as spiritual beings is one of them. Time in your chrysalis is imperative for you to reflect on your life so far and understand the lessons learnt from it. It’s also a time to work out what you will do with the second half of your life when you transform from the caterpillar into the butterfly of spiritual consciousness.
How will you use these new abilities and skills that have evolved from your earlier life? How you will live in a heart-centred and conscious way? What will your life look like when you do?
The caterpillar teaches us there are no short cuts to being a butterfly. It’s true the butterfly’s wings enable it to have a completely different perspective of the world and travel further and faster than the caterpillar ever could but it can only do this because it lived as a caterpillar first.
In the same way we need the lessons of our caterpillar stage of life to be the foundation for our own spiritual metamorphosis. This can only happen when we take the time in our chrysalis to understand and accept those life lessons. The spiritual wisdom of the butterfly can only grow from the hard work of the caterpillar.
© Amy Branton.
Amy Branton runs Free Heart EFT a heart centred therapy practice covering Brighton & Hove, Worthing, Lewes, Shoreham-By-Sea and Lancing dedicated to helping people bring positive change to their lives by improving their emotional, physical and spiritual health and wellbeing using EFT and Matrix Reimprinting.