Mostly likely, if you are reading this article, it is because you are a spiritual seeker and will likely know the inspiring analogy of becoming a butterfly. The caterpillar, having encapsulated itself in a chrysalis, undergoes the disintegration of its old self, a caterpillar, and becomes something new, a butterfly. This analogy gives us hope that upon facing our darkest hour and undergoing transformation, we will emerge as something new and beautiful.
We all want to be beautiful, to be seen as beautiful, especially if we’ve undergone a dark period in our lives. We want to be seen as triumphant and strong after going through the darkness. We’ve arrived beautifully healed and worthy of oooos and ahhhs.
But, I have to wonder about the butterfly’s counterpart, the moth. It undergoes the same process as the butterfly and, in addition, produces some of the most beautiful silk in the world. Why do we not hear the analogy of transformation in the chrysalis being told in the perspective of becoming a moth? Is it because the moth is widely shunned and considered creepy and ugly?
When I hear people speak of moths, it’s usually to say that they dislike them. Moths are fuzzy, creepy and are more deserving of being squashed. They get in the way of our light. They stick to curtains and eat our woolen garments. Yuck!
I find this extremely interesting when looking from the perspective of “light” and our perception of what being “in the light” means. Does inner transformation mean only emerging as something more beautiful and fluttery? Or does it also include emerging with the ability to find the light when living in the dark? When I searched for information regarding the “transformation of the moth”, there were only a couple of references on the first page to this information. The rest of the entries were “transformation of the MONTH” which included many pictures of people going from overweight to buff. I find this oversight and the automatic “reframing” of this search FASCINATING. The moth was still being disregarded!
Butterflies prefer to come out during the day in the bright light and sunshine. At night or when the weather gets bad, they can be found sheltering under leaves or in crevices. Moths, on the other hand, come out at night and can always be found fluttering around almost any light source. This reminds me of the laws of duality…that life is inclusive of both/and. There is both “light” and “dark”, “good” and “bad”, “positive” and “negative” in our existence upon this earth plane. I put all of these words in quotes because they all derive their meaning based upon the reactive perception of the person reading them. What is considered “negative” for many people may be seen as something necessarily essential for transformation and is considered neither “negative” or “positive”/ “light” or “dark”. The moth, unlike the butterfly, accepts the darkness as an integral part of its life and seeks to find the light within it instead of denying it or hiding until the dawn.
There is no doubt that we are undergoing a huge transformation as a planetary community. Collectively, we are all undergoing a metamorphosis in the chrysalis or cocoon. Our environment is transforming, our financial markets as well as our established systems and structures are all up for dismantling and rebuilding. The foundations based upon our beliefs and accepted ways of living are being excavated to allow for the rebuilding of stronger foundations based on equality and inclusion. We are being required to review our entire way of living to see if it can even survive this transformation.
Our successful emergence and transformation will depend upon our ability to hold both “light” and “dark” in our awareness. To realize, that indeed, “all is one” whether in “good” times or “bad”. We are connected through our tragedy as well as our triumphs. We are connected in our shadow as well as our light. Being able to see this transformation through the eyes of both the butterfly and the moth, may well be the key to realizing the true meaning of “we are one”. And, when the weather gets rough or the night becomes pitch black, you may just need a moth with its keen ability to navigate the dark to be on your side helping you see and guiding you to the light.