Over the past two weeks, I have been watching caterpillars transform into butterflies. A student of mine shared a number of caterpillars with me, and it has really been an amazing experience. They came as caterpillars, spent most of the time in their cocoons, and emerged as butterflies. What has been most fascinating to me is the time spent in the cocoon. These cocoons are so small; it is no wonder the caterpillar can even live in such closed quarters. Although most of the cocoon looks as if it were dead, as the caterpillar transforms you can observe a gold thread through the cocoon. Soon after, it emerges a completely transformed creature with the ability to fly.
Having spent a couple of weeks with these amazing creatures, have opened my eyes to a number of miracles that occur during transformation. In the yoga that I teach, I often speak about personal transformation. Lately, my focus has been about stepping into Greatness. I believe that we are all Higher Beings on a human journey and are innately Great. We have become accustomed to mediocrity because that is comfortable and that is what we know. Oftentimes, when we step into Greatness, we must let go of our old ways of being that limited us (i.e., people pleasing, thoughts of not being good enough). I think that is what the cocoon is for. The cocoon symbolizes going within, a time to reflect, and perhaps a time of letting go of what no longer serves. The cocoon looks dead for a reason. There is a dying process that occurs when we step into a new way of being. We let go and put to rest those behaviors, thoughts and feelings that no longer serve us so our Greatness can emerge. Even in the darkest times, there is always a glimmer of hope, just like the gold thread on the cocoon. Things may appear dark and desolate especially in times of significant transformation but the gold thread in the cocoon reminds us of the Greatness that is always within us. When we are finally able to give up our old ways, who knows what we are capable of. Think about it..what was once an ugly caterpillar that crawls on the earth is now a radiant, butterfly that has the ability to fly.
Although it may seem as though you are dying when in the midst of transformation, it is important to remember the teachings of the caterpillar: Go within and take the time you need to let go of what no longer serves you. Even when everything looks dark and dead, the Greatness is always there, you just may not be able to see it. Be open to your new way of being. Explore what is possible now.
If a caterpillar can become a butterfly, what Greatness is awaiting You?