The caterpillar slowly and laboriously rummages on the earth munching away at the green foliage, leaving its mark of destruction wherever goes. Then one day it just stops eating and instead it anchors itself onto the foliage, builds a shell around itself and disappears. Inside the cocoon, all of what it once was liquefies. Nothing but the shell remains of its lowly existence. Days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months. Not a sign of life.
Then one day something amazing happens; The shell, or cocoon, that the caterpillar disappeared into begins to vibrate and melt away. Slowly a new life is born. To the surprise and delight of all who behold, she emerges from the shell- born on beautiful, colorful wings. No longer does she grapple about chomping at the leaf; Now she flies, joyfully, as if carried about on winds of laughter. She flies upon earth’s beautiful flowers and brings to them the gift of fertility. And they, in return, give to her of their energizing, life-giving, sweet nectar.
The butterflies life is now one of freedom, joy and beauty- of giving and receiving. The butterfly is a beautiful gift of the universe.
The butterfly is the only living thing known to completely change its DNA in transformation.
For Halloween it so happens that I was given a pair of monarch wings- fitting it is that I should be a butterfly. And so Spirit continues to teach me of my own transformation.