by Patti Helsten Petrella
Consider the analogy of the caterpillar developing into
butterfly when thinking about growing spiritually.
The butterfly must struggle to be released from its
cocoon, and this struggle is absolutely necessary
for the butterfly's survival. If it doesn't experience
this extreme effort, it will not live.
Another interesting thing about the butterfly is
that it is the only living being that completely
changes its entire genetic structure when it
transforms from caterpillar to butterfly.
Like the butterfly, our conflicts in this life
strengthen us in our spiritual transformation. What
might seem to us to be needless pain or heartache
in this life is actually an essential part of spiritual
transformation. Without struggle, we, too, might
not evolve and realize our divine potential.
opportunities in life in which to be transformed, instead of
facing our experiences with anxiety or fear.
Our transformation, like the caterpillar, strengthens us into
leaving our limited mindsets in which we struggle, so that we may
soar through our life courageously.