Dance of the Butterfly
And so, sitting on the grass, basking in the warmth of today’s long-awaited Sun, I connect with Mother Earth, Father Sky & Spirit all around me. I have no agenda. There is no deadline. I am still….. And Butterfly approaches, cautiously at first; then it playfully decides to tease & flirt with me, delightfully dancing in between the leaves and flowers of my garden, then soaring gracefully to the blue skies above. I can’t help but feel happy. My face breaks out in smiles, I feel like skipping, and my heart is full. I want to grow delicate wings and dance among the petals like Butterfly. Silently I wait, knowing the lesson was still to come. And then it hits me: the natural order of the circle of life is for the Caterpillar to experience 1st a state of being an egg, then it is restrained by the ‘chrysalis-tic” trappings of the pupa stage, until finally it emerges transformed into that which it was destined to Be: Butterfly. I don’t know if at any point, She just decided “That’s it! I’m tired of being Caterpillar. I’m tired of crawling around on leaves. I’m ready to grow wings & dance amongst the flowers!”. It IS the nature and timing of Divine Creator that – much as our Ego Self allows us free will – our destiny is as it is supposed to be. Caterpillar can at no point skip the period of dormancy in preparation for the next phase; it must endure the process and natural order and timeliness of growth and transformation. Neither can it at any point decide to not BE Caterpillar, and strive instead to become an Eagle.
And thus whispers (screams) my lesson today, Friends: I will respect the role of Divine Creator in the Universe’s plan for me, while accepting full responsibility for my part (action or anticipation) in the necessary and orderly steps of its unfolding, and I will cherish the transiency of the Truth of this moment, and just “Be”. Happy #Mothers'Day, Om Shantí, & Namasté!
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” (Rabindranath Tagore)
Audrey Steele, L.Ac.