Life is about continuous learning. We can learn from all creatures big and small in the universe.
The butterfly has long been recognized as a symbol for transformation, which is defined as a thorough change in the form of appearance or character, usually for the better.
The author of the butterfly story is not known, but many famous authors, including Paulo Coelho, has given their version of it with slight variations in the narrative.
Here is the story:
A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too huge to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be tired, and remained absolutely still, seeming to give up.
The man thought he would help the butterfly, and with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was tiny and wrinkled, and its wings were all crinkly.
The man continued to watch, thinking that at any moment the butterfly would unfold its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the remainder of its brief life crawling around with its shrunken body and crinkly wings, incapable of flying.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help had failed to understand was that the close-fitting cocoon and the efforts the butterfly was forced to make in order to squeeze out of that small hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
What is presented in this story is the final stage of the evolution of the butterfly. Let us now look at the other stages in their sequence.
This is the resting stage. Here you are almost invisible. Nobody can see your skills and gifts. This can also be called the dream stage because here you can dream about what you can potentially become or do in future.
This is the growth stage, exciting stage where a lot of eating takes place, and so growth happens. Applied to human beings, this is the stage where one gathers information, shares ideas, conducts experiments, launches into action…….
This is the transformation stage. From the outside, it looks like resting, but inside big things are happening. Human beings in a favourable environment tends to become creative. Your main goal in this stage is o protect yourself from negative influences and keep your focus on the process of transformation.
This is the stage described in the little butterfly story with which this article started. This is when you come out of the chrysalis. You are the only one who can make it happen.
Then the cycle starts all over again.
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