Through life’s trials and hardships we arise beautiful and free.
–Julia Butterfly Hill
Throughout her life, butterflies have appeared to Julia Butterfly Hill in times of need, sometimes in reality and sometimes in dreams and visions. For Julia–as for so many of us–the butterfly has became a symbol of transformation.
We can all internalize the process of the butterfly, which is really about understanding–and then letting go of–our attachments. What does the cocoon have to do with it? Why are times of cocooning so important, even though our culture urges us to produce endlessly without respite?
Find out what lessons the butterfly holds for us, as explained by this great compassionate activist, here:
“True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are. We have to turn toward our own inner darkness. For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and its light, beautiful wings begin to form.
“Even then, the caterpillar must shed one last attachment–to the dark cramped space it has gotten used to–and begin breaking through the barrier of self in which it has wrapped itself. It doesn’t have a clue what lies beyond, but it responds to this higher calling anyway.
“Similarly, only once we let go of all we know, including all our self-centered concerns, and break free of the cocoons we spin around ourselves to shut out the word can we become the truly beautiful beings we are meant to be.”
Inspired by The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill (Harper SanFrancisco, 2000).