miraculous monarch butterflies
Watching caterpillars transform into beautiful Monarch Butterflies was filled with life lessons for me. Lessons in trust, faith, patience and being quiet and still. I believe in order to honour our purpose here on this planet and to live to our fullest potential, we have to listen to our inner voice. In our noisy world, our inner voice gets drowned out, but if we get very quiet we can uncover our deepest desires, our purpose.
Of course, these lessons are certainly not new to me, but watching the caterpillars transform into beautiful Monarch Butterflies was a reminder of all that is possible and how truly miraculous we all are.
get quiet and still
I watched caterpillars munch on leaves for a few days, and then one by one they climbed up the side of their butterfly “home”. They crawled around until they found the perfect place to rest.
They attached themselves to the mesh at the top of their home and became perfectly still. It appeared as though they entered a deep meditation. They stayed that way for hours.
So often in life when our inner voice calls us to do what we love, to follow our hearts desires, we ignore it and get busy doing what we believe we “should” do. We have lost touch with the reason we are here on this Earth, instead, we walk through our day numbing ourselves in the busyness of life.
I wonder what would happen if for a few minutes a day we got very quiet and still. Put down our phones, turned off the t.v and shut out all the noise in our lives and began listening to our calling. Perhaps our planet would be happier, healthier and a little kinder?
I know the importance of the quiet and believe that answers to our life’s questions live inside us, but we must get still. I feel we need to carve out more time for quiet. Time to meditate and be in nature. Time to simply ponder and listen more closely to the voice of our souls.
As I observed the caterpillars I never once saw one of the caterpillars crawl over to another caterpillar and whisper, “Can you help me? I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do?”
Instead, every single one of them arrived as a caterpillar and left as a monarch butterfly. They knew their purpose and they fulfilled it. Over the span of a week, one by one, they all transformed into a pupa. It was beautiful! It appeared as though they all had an internal knowing and moved through their days completely on purpose.
It’s funny how humans are constantly searching for our purpose. Asking, seeking, questioning? I have read hundreds of self-help books, but as I get older I find myself feeling a magnetic pull in the direction of my dreams. Caring less about what I should do, instead, doing more and more of what my heart feels called to do.
I’ve discovered the answers to my questions won’t come from the advice of others. Instead, the answers are sitting inside of my heart waiting for me to get quiet and simply listen. Like the caterpillars, I believe we have an internal knowing of how we should live our lives if only we could find time to just be in silence.
Once the caterpillars had spun themselves into a pupa it was about waiting patiently. Tucked inside their beautiful cocoons, they slowly transformed themselves.
When I checked in on them daily I found myself fascinated by the patience and the complete trust in their purpose. I thought about my own transformations throughout my life and realized that I wasn’t always patient. I’d start something with gusto but my energy would drain and instead of trusting and waiting I would move on.
I’ve decided to focus on doing what I love, insert lots of patience and when the going gets tough to simply trust.
trust God and fly
After about a week to ten days, the beautiful green pupas began to slowly become translucent and the butterflies made their way into the world.
Their wings gently unfolded revealing their splendor.
A day after their arrival we took them outside and released them into the world.
As they fluttered away from us I quietly wished them a safe journey and deep inside me, a knowing swept over me that my dreams deserve the same trust and faith. I vowed to trust the gifts God has given me, to give my dreams a chance to munch and rest, time in stillness and quiet, time to transform, patience to see them through until they are complete and finally give them the gift of wings to fly into the world with complete trust that God’s will be done.
Who would have thought that sharing a few days with butterflies would have me in such deep contemplation? I believe the universe is always speaking to us, and my time with the butterflies was definitely time well spent.
These tiny, fragile creatures came to serve as a reminder of all that I am and all that I can be if I honour my calling.
As I walk towards my dreams and goals I will hold the lessons of the monarch close to my heart.
I created a short video of my journey with the monarchs. The amazing Paul Luftenegger agreed to let me use one of his beautiful songs, “The Miracle of You”. I am most grateful for Paul’s beautiful music and all the gifts he has brought to my life. He is an angel on Earth and I am blessed to call him my friend.
Take a moment to check out his website at www.beekindness.com
Enjoy the video!