Lessons from a Butterfly

‘People talk about caterpillars becoming butterflies as though they just go into a cocoon, slap on wings, and are good to go. Caterpillars have to dissolve into a disgusting pile of goo to become butterflies.

So if you’re a mess wrapped up in blankets right now, keep going’.

The story of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly and the process it has to go through, before coming out as a beautiful and colourful butterfly ready to spread her wings, will always inspire me.

And another thing that I would like to add to the story, is something that one of my wonderful CTI Coaching Supervisors said to me as I was preparing for my Oral exam: if someone rushes to cut through the cocoon considering that the butterfly has completed her cycle, she will slowly come out but her wings will be still stuck on her and not developed fully…She may be able to fly for a few days but eventually she will drop and die!

To me, this metaphorical symbolisation is powerful learning. True transformation takes time..

And, it’s different for everyone..What is common, is that the journey towards self-actualisation and to living consciously one’s truth, is a path that can entail obstacles, downfalls, failures, pain, before the sun shines brighter, before the heart becomes lighter and before our Self is peaceful at its core.

Only then are we ready to fly. Just like the Butterfly.

Are you willing to patiently do the must caterpillar work before you become a beautiful, colourful

butterfly? Are you persevering? Pushing through? Or are you rushing, looking for quick-fixes?

Love,

Marlene 🌻

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