What are you hungry for?
What transformation are you hoping to accomplish?
Caterpillars are experts at feeding their desires, as well as protecting and transforming themselves. The growth from caterpillar to butterfly is the ascension into the highest version of Self. They are, therefore, the quintessential symbol of transformation.
Caterpillars are hungry. Indeed, they have been known to eat up to 30 gallons of leaves a day…how hungry are you to accomplish what you desire? All change must start with passionate craving! Cravings: to have needs met; for a better life for love; for creative expression; for spiritual union.
Caterpillar begins the journey just like a child. They take in all the nourishment they can and are filled with boundless energy, becoming strong and healthy. Then, when the time is right, they wrap themselves in a safe cocoon, where they come undone, literally disintegrating into mush.
Do you know what it is like to figuratively disintegrate into a pile of mush? Perhaps a serious shock: A great loss or tragedy? Revelations through success or soulful searches which have caused your identity to fall apart? Have you ever experienced such a low?
This can feel absolutely scary, confusing, even that getting past this moment may be unfathomable. But just like a caterpillar, all you can do is rest, meditate and accept this transformation and know that you are turning into something far greater than you ever imagined. Those who have suffered greatly, have the potential to rise even greater.
This time of metamorphosis can be exciting, or completely terrifying. Just know that if you surrender to it and do your inner work, your reward will be a pair of exquisite wings that will take you anywhere you’ve ever dreamed.