"Butterfly: Transformation; Rebirth; Vibrancy; Reincarnation; Colorfulness
"It's very possible to go through major changes calmly and willingly when you view them as natural and hold relentless positive expectations. Whether in the darkness of the storm before emergence (which occasions some struggle at times), or the full and glorious expression of the new "you," it's faith in the wisdom of Great Spirit and your conscious resonance with Source [the Universe] that will be your guiding force. There's no need to identify with or feel constricted within the cocoon or by darkness before the light - it's only a phase!
"The truth is that you are birthing each and every moment. Yet sometimes there are larger cycles that incorporate so many unexpected twists and turns that it can at times seem momentous and frightening. You may feel scattered, uncertain, flitting from this thing to that, with seemingly no thread of continuity that you can grab hold of. It's worth it to pause at those times, enjoy the richness and beauty of it all, and have absolute trust that this is a natural progression for your soul's progression. What is coming to fruition each and every time is more and more of the true Self that is your destiny."
- Steven D, Farmer, PhD, Power Animal Oracle Cards Guidebook
I have 163 SoulCollage® cards in my deck.
Of those, 31 cards have images of butterflies.
That's 19% of my cards.
It seems like when I'm making SoulCollage® cards somehow butterfly images magically make their way into my hands and onto my cards.
The butterflies appear in my earliest cards and all the way through to my most recent.
Apparently my subconscious has something to say...
Most folks associate the butterfly with major transformations. It's easy to see the transformational qualities of major life events like when I left the world of non-profits to become a stay-at-home-mom and then a few years later when I became a SoulCollage® Facilitator.
But I love Dr. Farmer's idea that butterflies also represent "birthing each and every moment."
Our lives aren't only the GREAT BIG EVENTS/MOMENTS... our lives are also made up of sitting in the pick up line waiting for your kid to get out of school, dealing with laundry, standing at the sink looking into the back yard while washing dishes for the umpti-gazillionth time, walking into the messy living room and letting out a sigh as you start to pick up your kiddo's toys... Each of these plain moments is still IMPORTANT. We can't just seek out and enjoy the BIG moments and the BIG transformations because those don't actually happen all that frequently.
The little moments happen ALL OF THE TIME.
I struggle with this...with being in THIS little moment because I'm often so busy planning and hoping for future BIG moments/transformations.
Do we all do this?
"Oh, I just can't wait for Thanksgiving"
"I can't wait for our trip to Florida in February"
"I have a workshop coming up that I just can't wait to get into!"
It's too easy to sometimes live for the future BIG moments and to forget about all of the little birthings that make up today.
Perhaps these butterflies keep showing up over and over and over again to remind me to live fully in the NOW and enjoy each little moment of transformation - each time I pick up my kid from school, each dish that gets cleaned, each shirt that gets folded, each toy that gets put away.