Years ago when my children were young, we would rise early on Easter morning, bundle up against the spring chill, and head to church for the outdoor sunrise service. At the end of the service, the minister handed each of us a pipe cleaner, a sheet of tissue paper, and a straight pin. He then demonstrated how to craft a butterfly to affix to our coats (amazing how chilly Easter mornings can be). Hands small and large, smooth and wrinkled, twisted the pipe cleaner around the delicate paper, creating a small, yet potent symbol of hope.
The butterfly is such a fitting symbol of rebirth for us individually and collectively. Did you know that the caterpillar does not simply curl up in its fresh spun cocoon and sprout wings? Oh no, it’s not that easy. The caterpillar dissolves into a mush of DNA out of which forms the new winged creation.
Anytime you find yourself in challenging times, consider you may be on your way to growing wings. Anytime you look at the political, economic, or spiritual landscape of our world, consider that the systems we live with may be on their way to growing wings. And remember, transformation is not always sweetness, ease, and light. Transformation is just as likely to involve death of attachments, dissolution, and rebirth.
With joyous blessings for new creations,
PS The Pathways Natural Living Expo is next Sunday, April 12. Stop by our booth and workshop. Larry LoBianco and I will share some spirited experiences to support your journey to fullness.