Into The Chrysalis

Chris Corrigan

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Awakin FeatureChrysalises both inspire and baffle me. The thought that a caterpillar can crawl into a sac made of its own body and dissolve its form and come out as a butterfly is a cliched image of transformation, but holy crap. Stop for a moment and really think about that. Does the caterpillar know this is going to happen? If it does that shows some tremendous trust. If it doesn't, then that shows some incredible courage. It just hangs out there, isolating itself from the rest of the world and changing in ways it can never understand.

Does a caterpillar see a butterfly and go "that will be me one day?"

So yes, we are all heading into our chrysalises. We have all climbed into our cocoons and are waiting for the imaginal discs to come into play and elongate and grow into our new ways of being. We might be here for a long time, and learn some things. We are entering an interregnum that will be as big a challenge as any that humanity has faced.

Have some empathy for the caterpillar who creates its chrysalis and becomes a pupa. It may believe that this is now how things are, and meanwhile, at an unconscious level, the imaginal discs are swirling about in its corporeal soup, with a different idea about what it is to become.

Inside the chrysalis, your ideas about yourself dissolve and life itself takes over. Watch for the small signals, watch for what happens at the edges. Amplify the acts of kindness and possibility that you see in your community and your personal life. Document and grow the new practices you discover be they helpfulness, attention, curiosity, or competence. Stifle the urge to seek cortisol hits from triggering events and social media that make you angry, or the outrage merchants that still crave a hold on your consciousness. Instead, cocoon yourself and study your imagination.

Into the goo, friends.

Excerpted from here.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the metaphor of the caterpillar and the chrysalis in your life? Can you share an experience of a time you were a pupa in your chrysalis while life was evolving you into something beautiful that you could not imagine? What helps you dissolve your ideas about yourself and enjoy the experience of life itself growing you?

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    On May 9, 2020 Elaine wrote:
    Mindful observations and meditation help realize my perspective of what's real.

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    On Apr 25, 2020 shyleswari rao wrote:
    Right now I'm a pupa and a butterfly ,I see it as a continuous process , shedding and assimilating . I don't know whether I pas through life or it passes through me .
    its a beautiful witnessing space .
    Thank you for this provoking thoughts you shared

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    On Apr 17, 2020 Rhea Dsouza wrote:
    Beautiful reflections.... The 'end stage' of the life os a caterpillar in a cocoon is called the Imago..It is teh "Image" of the fully grown butterfly (or nay other adult insect)...IMAGO..incidentally also means a Mirror. ..coincidence???

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    On Apr 9, 2020 Cecelia A Silva wrote:
    Beautifully put, and so thought-provoking - in nature are all the answers if we quietly watch! It is magical, and it is here for us to see! The parallels of life ware such a contrast to what we yearn for in our earthly desires, when in silence and nature there is much to learn and see! Thank you for sharing!

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    On Apr 8, 2020 levi predpelski wrote:
    my childhood is evolving me to be a better person later in life. live life happy go with the flow because we are always learning.

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    On Apr 7, 2020 Tracy Schneider wrote:
    I LOVE this! So apropos for our time currently. There was a beautiful book called HOPE FOR THE FLOWERS, from the perspective of two caterpillars making their way to where they would build their cocoons. It is a lovely story that I heard as a child when I was in school. I highly recommend it for those who wish to read it to themselves and also for children!

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    On Apr 7, 2020 Missy Carter wrote:
    This is a beautiful reflection on a crysalis, cocoonand butterfly. My painting of a butterfly (blue) is the cover of my book Living Lines and several entries are about butterflies being a spiritual symbol. This essay really deepens my insight into the beauty and opportunities of these challenging times. Thank you. Missy Carter

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    On Apr 6, 2020 Prasad Kaipa wrote:
    Namaste and hope everybody is taking care of themselves and their loved ones. When I read the passage, immediately I remembered this photo that I took three months ago of a Chrysalis in Costa Rica. Stay safe and spread Karuna



    Click on the image for higher-res photo.

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    On Apr 4, 2020 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    We all have the potential to transform ourselves on a small scale or a big scale. We journey through our life at times knowing where we are going, encountering obstacles coming in our way and dealing with them rationally. And there are times in our life when we face opportunities and challenges that we have never encountered before. We are landing in a new world which may baffle us, confuse us, intimidate us. Our rational mind knows no way to relate to the new emerging un -kownworld. There are two ways for us to go through these new doors. Either we shut off our mind and heart or keep them open, inquisitive, wondering, trusting and welcoming the new light entering into our selves. I love the way Chris Corriganwrites about this transformation: " We all are heading into our chrysalises. We have all climbed into cocoons....Have some empathy for the caterpillar who creates its chrysalis and becomes a pupa." As I had mentioned before life is a journey. Life has given many challeng... [View Full Comment] We all have the potential to transform ourselves on a small scale or a big scale. We journey through our life at times knowing where we are going, encountering obstacles coming in our way and dealing with them rationally. And there are times in our life when we face opportunities and challenges that we have never encountered before. We are landing in a new world which may baffle us, confuse us, intimidate us. Our rational mind knows no way to relate to the new emerging un -kownworld. There are two ways for us to go through these new doors. Either we shut off our mind and heart or keep them open, inquisitive, wondering, trusting and welcoming the new light entering into our selves. I love the way Chris Corriganwrites about this transformation: " We all are heading into our chrysalises. We have all climbed into cocoons....Have some empathy for the caterpillar who creates its chrysalis and becomes a pupa."
    As I had mentioned before life is a journey. Life has given many challenges for me to face, learn and grow. There are times when I tumbled and fell on the ground. At these times, I look within, stay calm and grounded. The universe is sending me a message to remain open and patient to listen to my inner voice.The inner voice of wisdom guides me to receive the blessings of self-transformation. I feel very grateful for the gift that I receive from the loving kind universe. Life is wonderful!
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave




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    On Apr 4, 2020 David Doane wrote:
    The caterpillar, like us, knows in ways that are not rational that transformation happens, sometimes in major ways and sometimes in minor ways. The caterpillar, like us, doesn't know what will be, but knows nonrationally something will be. Transformation happens if we fight it or not; allowing it takes some trust and courage; the more we allow it, the more it happens; we go through it alone even if with others. In my early beliefs about life, I was a pupa in my chrysalis while life was evolving me into someone very different than I imagined. Important factors that help me dissolve my ideas about myself and enjoy the experience of life itself growing me are: openness to learn about what appears to me to be true; openness to listen to my heart and pursue what my heart says is right; trust that life is much bigger than me and is living me more than I am living it; trusting the process of living and letting go of trying to control outcome.

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