I’m grateful for the journey of the caterpillar to the butterfly. Every time I need a little boost, I think about the journey of the caterpillar to the butterfly. The caterpillar is in the hustle of the search for more. It has to get dirty. The journey is challenging. The direction isn’t always clear. Once the caterpillar is as full as it needs to get, the chrysalis is formed. Then it becomes mush, but something inside knows how to put all the pieces together to become the butterfly. I get so much inspiration for my journey of transformation from the butterfly, which is why I named one of my seminars Becoming the Butterfly. That is why I use the journey in my book too. The journey is one of total transformation. We can go on the same journey, we just do it internally.
When I’m struggling in the muck, I know that I’m collecting what I need to go into my chrysalis. Once I’m there, I have to completely let go, shift, and change the things that were keeping me in the struggle. Then, I begin to take a new shape with new habits, mindsets, and beliefs. When I’m fully ready to let go of the struggle, I transform in the stillness, and then open my wings. I’m free to fly. No matter how dark things get, when I think of this journey, I feel a peace inside of me. I know I’m just at the beginning of the journey. The beautiful thing about being a human is that I can take this journey over and over until I get my final set of wings.
It’s the journey of aligning with love, abundance, and peace. The weight of fear, lack, and separation keeps us in the struggles of being a caterpillar. We have to be willing to let go of that energy and transform it into love, abundance, and peace. That is when we get our wings.
Today, I commit to seeing myself in the journey from caterpillar to butterfly. Ever since I started seeing my journey in these terms, I will often ask myself, “What part of the journey am I on today—caterpillar, chrysalis, or butterfly?” If I’m in the struggle, I try to write out what I’m in search of that I’m struggling with. If I’m taking in all the lessons and percolating, I will do more meditations, free-writing, and mindfulness practices. If I’m flying, I truly take the time to appreciate it all and truly enjoy soaring.
Today, I’m in the chrysalis. I just went through a lot of challenges and I’m in the place of mindfulness and I’m being guided into transforming some old beliefs that have been getting in my way. I keep getting piece by piece to help me construct my wings, right now in this moment, it’s about staying present and paying attention to the signs.
What part of the journey are you on today? Play with this one. Have fun! It’s all part of the journey. Each part has a huge role to play. Don’t dismiss where you are because you want to be somewhere else. The butterfly can’t fly without going through the entire journey. A caterpillar pretending to have wings is just a person lost in fear, lack, and separation. They are still a caterpillar. Being a butterfly is those points in time where we are fully aligned with love, abundance, and peace. We are living in the AWE. We can’t be there all the time, but that is what make the entire journey so incredible. Embrace whatever part of the journey you are on in this moment. In the next moment, it might change. Each part of the journey has beautiful lessons to teach us. They may not all be pretty, but the wisdom is what makes us shine.
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With Love, Abundance, and Peace,
©Rachael Wolff 2021
Author of Letters from a Better Me: How Becoming an Empowered Woman Transforms the World