I love the symbol of the caterpillar, the cocoon and the butterfly, for describing the process of letting go ‘the old self’ in order to become something completely new without having the possibility to go back any more.
This letting go process is actually not a doing. It’s inevitable. It’s just an inevitable ascension or evolution process of nature.
And once we step out being a butterfly, we might feel a little fragile in the beginning and we look back sometimes still wanting to speak with our old caterpillar friends. But as they are in their cocoons at the moment, they cannot hear us clearly. That can be very challenging, frustrating and sad. We remember how cosy it felt inside the cocoon, but we also remember how dark and narrow it became for us. So we try to convince the caterpillar friend that she/he should hurry up and become a butterfly faster than her/his nature allows. Or we desperately try to squeeze ourselves back into the outgrown cocoon.
And we’ll learn:
That – just – doesn’t – work.
There is no way back. You have transformed.
When you finally allow yourself to fly and look around, you will notice that you are surrounded by infinite butterfly friends and just by being you, you can start preparing together with them the way for the next wave of butterflies.
They will hatch. One by one. It’s inevitable. It’s just an inevitable ascension or evolution process of nature.