Wednesday, July 13, 2011

From caterpillar to butterfly: Letting yourself grow

A couple of hours ago I saw the following quote posted in my Twitter feed:

"If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation." - Krishnamurti 


As soon as I read this I knew this was one of those messages that God randomly sends to help me expand my understanding. This quote reminded me of my happiness symbol: the butterfly. I read a book once that said that we should all choose a "happiness symbol" (it could be a simple object or animal that we have always liked or felt drawn to) so that when we forget about our natural state of peace and happiness the Universe can show us our symbol and remind us of its infinite Love and Wisdom.

I never really stopped to analyze the nature of my happiness symbol until I read this quote today. Butterflies are not born.. they are made. Before turning into a butterfly the little ugly caterpillar is on a destructive binge, eating every leaf and destroying every plant in its path. Finally, after it eats and eats for days it starts to work on its cocoon until it covers itself completely. Once it's safely wrapped inside its cocoon it stays isolated for days until it develops into a beautiful butterfly...



Notice how the caterpillar never questions its behavior or lets itself be crippled by guilt. Although its actions are incredibly destructive to the plant that hosts it, the caterpillar just lets itself follow the natural order of things. Fairness and balance are restored as soon as the caterpillar becomes a butterfly because the butterfly will then employ most of its time pollinating all of the flowers around it...

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM METAMORPHOSIS

Oftentimes we go through very destructive "caterpillar" stages in our lives where our selfish actions may hurt other people. However, once we make the conscious choice to change we should be able to let go of our guilt and forgive. Like the caterpillar, we may need some time to reflect in solitude, learn how to adjust our pattern of behavior, and ultimately change our ways...
Keep in mind that we can't live freely and spread our blessings if we're still beating ourselves up about our past mistakes. It's important to make amends if you can, but if you can't, then ask the Universe for forgiveness, ask YOURSELF for forgiveness and let go... Only then will you be able to release the true beauty of your Spirit and develop into the amazing being you were born to be...

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