Dissolving into Soup ..... The Art of Transformation
I was reading a friend’s book the other day where she was discussing TRANSFORMATION using the analogy of the caterpillar-butterfly transformation that is often used, but Priscillia’s* level of detail captured me;
“Within the protective cocoon of the caterpillar, it digests itself by releasing its enzymes to dissolve all of its tissue until it is like a soup, then a highly organized group of cells ……. begin to grow the adult (butterfly) body parts.”
Wow, just think about the deep dissolution of all the tissues and then the total reorganization before coming out of the cocoon. I hadn’t thought about it quite to that level of detail before. No wonder this whole transformation gig can be a challenge to negotiate.
I see this journey of going inward and then coming out in both myself and the clients I work with. Each element being filled with adventure and risk. What if what I’m doing is not correct? What if my final beautiful butterfly self isn’t exactly the way I want it to be? Risk and excitement, excitement and risk.
Then there is the actual struggle of getting out of that damn cocoon. Did you know that if you open a butterfly’s cocoon for it, the butterfly will never fly because its wings need to be squeezed out dry during the struggle. I think it’s the same for us, we become clearer when we really need to struggle and have commitment to the final outcome.
For me, each time I go in, I seem to come out just a little more ‘whole’. I remember a number of years ago the process was one of integrating my scientific background with my current work of helping people heal themselves. In this analogy, dissolving and integrating the scientist/researcher and coming out with the Alchemist; broadening my perspectives of transformation and healing to incorporate BOTH modern scientific methods and ancient healing techniques.
Of recent times life has drawn me into the cocoon, again the process has been one of becoming whole. Becoming more confident in sharing my approach to health and healing and more passion about promoting a holistic model. Many of you have seen the images on the walls in my room at work and, with help from my friend Annie, these have been transformed into electronic images. Thanks Annie.
Each image connects with an element of our holistic self, each one needs to be considered in any healing adventure; physical, movement, body-mind connection, mind/emotions, energy and spirituality. Eastern philosophy meets western science … ancient healing wisdoms meet modern healing frameworks.
Take a look here
Love and Wisdom
* Unleash your Creative Opulence, Priscillia Ngaw, Balboa Press, 2016