Something new is emerging. This chrysalis phase is getting closer to completion. I don’t have fully developed wings yet. However, I know that soon I will be able to fly!
I understand why Dr. Joyce Mills uses butterflies as a metaphor for her teachings and even her beautiful card deck ‘Butterfly Wisdom’. It is so fitting for these times of transformation that we all go through. Unlike caterpillars who go through this metamorphosis once, most humans go through this many times in a single life time. Each time the experience of finding new wings feels different than the last. Simply because we are not the same organism that went through the previous experience. We have evolved.
By no means am I imagining that this is the final metamorphism! In fact I am sure there are several more. And yet this one feels significant! This one for me, seems like it is happening at a time that will allow the sage within me to emerge.
This current transformation is aligned with the 6th Face of the Soul, called the ‘Double’, from the teaching of Lazaris (‘7 Faces of the Soul‘). And the timing of this latest transformation feels as if it is here to usher me into this new phase of life.
What I notice about this latest experience of transformation or change is that I have been aware that this is what has been going on! This does not mean it isn’t at times challenging. I have felt the familiar energies of impatience and anxiety. “How long will this last” and “What will it look, feel, or be like in the future”. Yet, when these come up and sometimes it even feels like I am in the grips of them; there has been an internal voice of knowing and reason that I am exactly where I am suppose to be. In previous blog posts, I have described it as being in a state of disorientation.
I now feel the opening of the cocoon. The breaking of the limits and confines of what has been holding me safe, while allowing me to absorb, integrate and allow what is new. While simultaneously dropping or letting go what is no longer needed as I move into this next phase of the journey!
I can’t see where this is leading. I am unsure where I will go when I eventually take flight. I am not even sure what will capture and hold my interest. Yet, it is clear now that anything I tried to make up about that before, would have had more to do with the past than it does with the future. The chrysalis demands that we be present. Otherwise, how does the old get broken down and liquified so that something new can emerge?
There is another important awareness that keeps coming up about this chrysalis. No one can help us with this process. It is internal, it is ours. If we ask someone to create an opening for us, our wings are exposed before they have the strength to carry us on our journey. Our growth becomes stunted. And although we can survive, it is much harder to thrive.
What we can do is be aware that as we are going through these times of transformation and metamorphosis.., many others are going through their own experience of this at the same time. And when we emerge and take flight, we are surrounded by others who are ready to explore and share a whole new world! One, that with these new wings, allows us to see the terrain of our lives with a whole new perspective and context.
I feel your presence and know that when it is time to take off, we will share the skies together. Trust me, I am on my way.., I’ll catch up to you soon!
With Light, Love, and Laughter
I love this piece, Charles. I so relate to the metaphor of a chrysalis and at present still feel that I am very much contained and limited by its shell. However, I can visualise myself released and spreading out my new wings and can’t wait to join with all the other beautiful butterflies when my time has come…
Blessings to you for your beautiful writing.
We’ll meet in the skies above when it is our time Columbina! And considering this journey we are now sharing, probably in the very near future! YEAH!
Wow–I JUST read another post by a woman who offering an amazing writing group and wrote some fascinating pages about story that resonated SO much for me that I decided to apply. It was about story shape-shifting, which is what I do every day in myself and my coaching via The Work, and the water-colored pages had many images of butterflies (you can see it in Geraldine Phau’s post in our FB DYIYTO group). As soon as I wrote my request to be included in this small and exclusive group, knowing my wings have spread enough that the next phase for me feels like returning to writing (this time via story), and then I opened YOUR post! Butterflies abound, and I too felt so the coming of a completely new personna, with FAR less concern for the things and opinions and stories of this world (past/future,/ yours/mine, etc) and into a free fall, in which I trust I can fly. Wings have been exercising via Ryans group and marketing and throwing hats over and sending daughter to college–I wait to see what will happen, but my sense is that this new kinds of writing is flying for me, and I’m about to leap. Thanks. Lovely. xox Shawn
It is so thrilling to be caught up in the passion and joy of expansion that naturally wants to happen, and the permission we give ourselves to get out of the way! Typos all all! You sound ideally positioned to soar into this next phase and let it be glorious and messy when it needs to be! Thanks for sharing the other post, I will look for it! I will see you in the skies!
PS==I even love that after years of being a substantive, research, and managing editor, I now write and hit SEND, typos and all (as evidenced in my recent post)! Such good training for dear ego. 🙂
Thank you for the motivation to break out! Coming out of my shell didn’t quite seem to fit. Breaking the mold wasn’t it. Strengthening to push through and spread my wings- YES, that’ it! Great article!
Thanks Donovan! I love your commitment to supporting kids! They need you to spread your wings! Actually we all do! See you in the skies! BTW… Loved your post on the need for Wisdom! (and how it differs from knowledge!)