The caterpillar turns into the butterfly

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Instead of being in quarantine, I like to think of it as “sacred cocooning.” It is a time to “go within” and see what’s really important, who I am, my purpose, what needs to be changed in me and what I need to let go of that no longer serves me.

The caterpillar was in the cocoon and in darkness before it freed itself to become a butterfly. I don’t know about you, but I have been a caterpillar for too long and I am ready to rise to my greatness and magnificence. It’s time to spread my wings and fly.

To become the butterfly and to be set free, we are invited to go into a “Spiritual Bootcamp.” A bootcamp is an intense training experience. It breaks you down so it can build you back up. It is INTENDED to challenge your faith, beliefs, attitudes and your capacity for greatness. It is preparing you to become the shining presence of light this planet needs so desperately. We are experiencing the Great Awakening on the planet that we have been waiting for.

You may argue, “I never signed up for this bootcamp” and you may be feeling angry, scared, anxious, panic, disappointed and depressed. Life volunteered you or another way to think about it is that your soul signed you up before you arrived on planet Earth.  I invite you to ask yourself, “What are the lessons my soul wants me to learn and will I be different when the quarantine ends or will I be the same?” Will you use this time to go deep within yourself or will you squander it and not change?

There are lessons we need to learn during this time to make us stronger, more loving and more heart- centered. Being in a bootcamp is hard work and we may feel like we are being tested to the max.  We are!  It hurts and it doesn’t feel good when we can’t get out and visit friends and family, go to a restaurant or we may be out of work and can’t pay the bills. We may be home with young children who don’t understand why they can’t play with their friends. We may feel like a victim and complain, “Why is this happening to me? I don’t deserve this. I can’t handle it and when will it ever end?”

It’s all a part of the process of becoming a butterfly and becoming more conscious. Whenever we resist something in our lives, we suffer. When we accept and surrender to “what is” although we may not like it, things change. We experience grace and peace in our hearts and are able to go with the flow more easily and accept whatever changes we are facing, whether it be physical, emotional, financial or psychological adversity.

The “Spiritual Bootcamp” has been intense for me as I “zoom in” to what is important and what needs to be changed on the inside. Through prayer and meditation and working with my dreams, I’m seeing the parts of myself that I have disowned (shadow) and haven’t accepted, but projected onto others. If I SPOT it in others, I GOT it. I’ve been given many opportunities to let go of my control, keep my mouth shut and not think I’m always right.

Here is what I’m practicing to grow my “spiritual muscles” in the bootcamp.

  • Focusing on the positive; deeper connections with family and friends
  • Giving myself the gift of my own PRESENCE, being still and living in the moment
  • Being loving, patient and compassionate to myself and others
  • Allowing myself to feel all of my feelings – like clouds floating in the sky
  • Going within & not “zooming out” on food, social media, internet, busyness
  • Forgiving myself and others
  • Appreciating all the gifts I have been given and staying in gratitude
  • Communicating and negotiating with Larry especially when stressed
  • Asking for what I need
  • Reaching out to friends who are alone and need support

Through this awakening, I’m learning to trust and surrender more deeply to a Power greater than myself to provide, guide and protect me. None of us know how long we will be in the darkness (cocoon-quarantine) and that is where our trust and faith kicks in. We wait patiently and trust God’s timing is perfect. We will be set free and FLY like the butterfly.

As the veil is being lifted, we are invited to see the truth of who we are. We are not separate from Source or one another. We came from Source and are all connected. We are LOVE. We are all ONE and we are whole. We are not victims of our circumstances; we are the creators of our lives.

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