Lets Be a Butterfly and fly away.....!
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly it’s in four stages.
Stage 1: During its life cycle, a butterfly undergoes several changes in body form and appearance. The four stages of this metamorphosis are: egg, caterpillar [larva], chrysalis [pupa], and adult.
Stage 2: After 10-14 days young caterpillars hatch out of their egg and will continuously feed on plants for 3-12 weeks to build up the fat reserves they will need as butterflies.
Stage 3: During the pupa stage, the caterpillar is transforming into a butterfly.
Stage 4: The butterfly, complete with 2 sets of wings, emerges after about 14 days. Its wet, crumpled wings unfold and dry. A new butterfly is ready to fly, mate, and start the cycle over.
We were lying on the bed…. resting…….. Singing our favorite song when she turn and told me “Amma I had a dream last night”|
“Oh you do…..What did you dream of?”
“I dream of butterfly ma…….we’re both in the garden…. And then suddenly you turn in to a butterfly”
“Amma alone? How about you” I asked her
“Oh! I turn into butterfly too and we both fly away together”
“It’s a lovely story……..yes let’s be a butterfly and fly together…….” She continue to hum her favorite tune, as I visualize images of butterflies in a beautiful garden……..It’s so wonderful when nature itself opens up and embraces us with teachings so complete and powerful. Why need to look elsewhere when its there before you. All you need to do is to be aware of them.
The butterflies teach me this whole concept of Transformation and Metamorphosis. Both words give one the same meaning…….to change… to completely change…. “There’s some things will never change!” somebody told me once over the chat lines.
“Nope… I disagree I told him. Most of the things do change; they must change depending on the degree of the change. Just like the movement of the earth, its slow you can’t see it but you know its happening. One moment it’s the day and then it becomes the night. Isn’t that a change? You are not the same person you were 5 minutes ago. Because 5 mins ago you don’t know me and you have not spoken to me. You do not know what I’m going to tell you…but now you do. You have change. Your perception of me has change. You realize I am not the kind of person you perceive me to be. Isn’t that a change?
But what do you understand by this whole concept of Change? How often do we hear this statement: The change must come from within? What do we understand by this statement?
Let’s take this scenario: "I've been staying in this house for 10yrs now. Time for me to change."|
A] I will rearrange all the furniture in the house.
B] I will remove and replace all the furniture in this house. I will repaint with a better paint and get myself a new furniture.
C] I will rebuilt this whole house but the interior [especially the furniture remain the same as they are expensive item. I bought it overseas. And I am not willing to part with them]
D] I will rebuilt this whole house. I will redo in a new design concept. The walls must be different too. I do not want my house to be walled in all sides, nor my windows to be stuffed. I want the sunlight to shine into our house in the morning and evening.
And somebody told me, change must be permanent. Yes! Indeed it must be permanent. Is change then the same as Transformation? What do we understand by the term CHANGE? Can one have change without transformation?
A] I will rearrange all the furniture in the house. You change about the furniture, but it’s not a real change per see, because you are still using the same old furniture. I would not even call it transformation.
B] I will remove and replace all the furniture in this house. I will repaint with a better paint and get myself new furniture. [C] And I will rebuild this whole house but the interior [especially the furniture remain the same as they are expensive item. I bought it overseas. And I am not willing to part with them]
Can we consider this as real change? We are still attached and have a sentimental opinion about the need of having furniture in the house. Doesn’t matter weather its old or new furniture? It’s still an attachment, old values we hold dear to us.
D] I will rebuild this whole house. I will redo in a new design concept. The walls must be different too. I do not want my house to be walled in all sides, nor my windows to be stuffed. I want the sunlight to shine into our house in the morning and evening.
Transformation and Metamorphosis means a complete change in a person. You are never the same again. Your whole perception, attitude and outlook towards life and people around you are different.
If we use the butterfly as an example, the cycle of change starts right from the beginning, and each state as they are being transform : from the egg, to the caterpillar then the chrysalis and eventually a beautiful butterfly are all different. They are never the same. But where does the real transformation takes place? In the chrysalis? or when the butterfly emerged from the chrysalis?
In order for the butterfly to actually complete the whole cycle, it must have the ability to break free from the chrysalis, to spread up its wing and fly away or it will die prematurely in the chrysalis.
Many a times we hide our true selves behind mask. We plastered our selves mask after mask with the hope that people will not be able to see the true self.
Mask are like the chrysalis. A protective material to cover us while we undergo transformation. But the real transformation is the ability to break this walls, and to spread our wings and eventually fly away towards our freedom. Freedom is the when there is nothing to loose. When there is no fear, even to face the very enemy that once hurt us.
What are these walls?
Our perceptions. our attitudes, our learnt behavior, the thoughts we inherited from our readings, our teachers/gurus