Day 87: Season of the Butterfly

I have a gentle peace inside and am radiating with hope. In looking back over the last year, there have been multiple challenges that opened the door to deep inner reflection and growth. I am thankful for the season of transformation. At this moment, I am awakening again to myself.

In reflection, I realize that I allowed a part of myself to die last summer, an important aspect of me. I suppressed an emerging connection to the spirit (my higher power) out of fear of people’s rejection and judgment. In denying an essential part of myself, I became suffocated in fear and worry. My body ultimately shut down in response to me repressing my inner voice and true essence. Today I emerge a butterfly, having been wrapped in a cocoon of darkness. Though I was nourished, safe, and undergoing a state of transformation, I rejoice in the light of day. I celebrate the season of the caterpillar while I spread my wings and fly.

Last year I wrote approximately 70 pages of spiritual writing over a course of a few months. I established a successful and beneficial spiritual practice, and surrounded myself with healthy relationships and environments. I lost track of this path, took a turn down another avenue, when I analyzed the significance and purpose of my personhood through the assumed perception of others. In response to my fear-based thoughts, I applied self-created expectations, goals, and needs to my journey. Through this process of analysis and fear response, I forgot the road I was traveling on. Actually, I think I forgot I was traveling. I stopped in my tracks, pitched up tent somewhere, and camped out in hopes of gaining love and acceptance, all the while forgetting my own authenticity and life’s calling.

Today, I have packed up camp and am returning to the path. As I walk onward, I am strengthened in spirit and hope and thankful for how spirit has worked through me. I continue onward, knowing I was exactly where I needed to be on my life’s journey, and am always exactly where I need to be.

Below I have shared a spiritual piece I wrote in response to a question in prayer. The words are what I received in response. I’ve also posted one of my favorite poems and am reflecting on the powerful creative fortress within each of us. Thank you for being part of this journey.

 

What of Illness?

By Samantha Craft Spring 2011

It is rather simple. Let us find an example. Take a boxer in the ring with two gloves, one red glove and one white glove in color; he hasn’t a reason for having one red and one white glove, and isn’t confused or interested; he just sees he has one of each. His focus is on the man in front of him about to punch him in the face. If he took time to think about his gloves in that instant he would be knocked out. So he doesn’t.

This is the physical body: the boxer.

The physical body (mind) can sense and see things are not exactly as the world would make the body believe. The body can sense one glove is red and one white, that something is off, but it doesn’t have the time to process this or it will be knocked out. The body is too busy rebuilding cells, carrying oxygen and communicating to vital working systems. The gloves are secondary. Perhaps after the fight—after life—the body will sit down long enough in stillness and wonder about the gloves—but until then, as long as life continues, wondering isn’t a choice.

Continuing with the boxer. He is standing in the ring and sweating, circling, and guessing his opponents next move. He punches out, swings forward and the glove falls off, red or white no matter. What matters is the glove is gone, and the hand is exposed. Now, and only now does the boxer take time to notice the glove, because here he has lost the fight, and the initial challenge is over.

Now sitting in the corner, still breathing, and very much alive, the fighter will have a chance to examine the gloves and wonder why they are different colors. Who did this? Why did they do this? Who can I blame? What happened? Why me?

If you haven’t guessed by now, this is a parable for how sickness affects the physical body.

So let us explain: It is only when you lose what you once considered your primary importance to living that you stop long enough to analyze where the gloves came from in the first place.

In other words, you stop fighting long enough to sit still and question how you got the gloves in the first place, and how in the world they are mismatched. This is the sickly person, the ill taken, the previously formidable turned apparently weak. But in actuality they are no less weak than when they had two gloves, they only think they are because they have become so dependent on the gloves—so dependent on ignoring what is right in front of them in order to win.

So as you appear sick at the moment, remember this is only you stopping long enough to examine your missing glove, and to recognize they were mismatched. You knew before, you surely knew one was red and one was white, but you kept fighting, because that is all you thought you could do. Now surely when your timeout is over, and you return to the ring with two matching gloves, having have solved any mystery you attempted to solve, you will notice your gloves with a higher degree. You might even treat them a bit differently—treat them with respect. This is the best we can explain it.

When you are sick, it is your spirits way of saying we need to stop fighting for a while and notice what is directly in front of us before we get back in the ring. It is our spirit saying we are tired of fighting. It is our body’s way of saying there is something amiss that requires attention—what ever level you are comfortable giving me that attention is completely fine, but please take care of the issue at hand.

Grumpiness over illness is what you call normal—grumpiness about being out of the game for a bit. But gratitude is more appropriate, because all around you people are swinging punches with two mismatched gloves and not even noticing.

Take this time to figure out how your gloves became mismatched. Figure out how to match them again. Figure out if you want to keep fighting, or perhaps leave the ring for a bit, even forever. This is your ultimate choice. We keep mismatching your gloves, you keep ignoring, until one falls off, and then, my precious child, it’s time to sit out some.

The Voice in Love’s Garden

by Samantha Craft 2011

The voice in love’s garden

Though withered, though frail

Triumphant in calling

Flows forth, bold the sail

Ship sprung from deep valley

Of bitter, of cold

Seeks ease from wind’s blowing

Through rivers that hold

To canker not sorely

To parch not again

To rise not the urchin

Less thee drown in thy sin

Come; march in like troopers

Whence faith seeds from bone

Light ever the forest

Where tramp shadowed alone

For nil eyes to fathom

The coursing of chance

The grace twice endowed

With life’s circumstance

Call forth idle trumpets

Thyself and thy truth

Bestowed as blind starships

Sweet daughters of Ruth

Tiptoe, touch the clovers

Tender green of begin

Retreat in placid pastures

The solid fortress within

More of my spiritual writings:

Prophet in my Pocket

The Wounded Healer

A Sliver of My Sacred Hour

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27 thoughts on “Day 87: Season of the Butterfly

  1. I love butterflies they speak to me.

    “Call forth idle trumpets
    Thyself and thy truth
    Bestowed as blind starships
    Sweet daughters of Ruth”

    As in the book of Ruth?
    One of my favourite OT stories?
    Great post my lovely friend.
    Love you loads.
    Lees. xxx 🙂

  2. I love this post, and relate beyond words. I have had a few “revelations” in the last couple of days — what you wrote connects and confirms some of these changes in me. I love how paths cross dealing with similar pains, and busting out with wonderful beauty through each unique and marvelous way.

    Magnificent poem! Dreamy and true, mixed with healing and grand visuals. I am tiptoeing!

    Tiptoe, touch the clovers

    Tender green of begin

    Retreat in placid pastures

    The solid fortress within

    I have been called “Wandering Butterfly” since a child. My mother tagged me with it and I have had people all throughout my life, even from different countries call me that without knowing my history. I relate very much to the butterfly. Like Lees said they speak to me.

    Fly my butterfly friend! Lees and I both are flapping silly butterflies in the wild! Ha ha ha Well I am a bit flighty does that count? 🙂

    Love bubbles and bouncy light catching you with smiles!!
    Angel

  3. Sam, I look forward to each and every new post you do.
    I got lost in this one, once I read:
    “So let us explain: It is only when you lose what you once considered your primary importance to living that you stop long enough to analyze where the gloves came from in the first place.” I got lost because, when I saw this, I saw the whole reason for my stroke (the white glove). I saw that it was always a part of me, but I kept pushing it aside. I didn’t want to believe that I could be that way, which brought it only more clearly into the light. I have been listening around me and people, close people, blame the stroke on a lot of things and people, but no one has come to the truth, seen the white glove, and said, “hey, Scott! Did you know that you had that stroke in you all along and you caused it by all your combined choices?” People don’t (or won’t) see that just yet, because, in my opinion, they have spent so long denying a lot of their own responsibility for the things that happen to them, that they automatically do it for close friends and family. I understand and take responsibility for myself and my stroke. It needed to happen because I chose and chose and chose again until it (the stroke) was needed.
    Scott

    1. In my opinion, you have a very healthy outlook on your experience with your stroke. Your positive attitude and beneficial outlook are contagious. Keep up your great posts! I look forward to visiting your blog—I feel safe there. 🙂 Sam

  4. Ha! Your “butterfly” is just a tad more intellectual than mine!

    You write so deeply and beautifully. I swear you bleed poetry. I am highly curious as to what it was that caused the shut down and what it was that set you free and clearly the way you wrote it is intentional and your choice – nevertheless… I’d be lying if I did not tell you that I wonder.

    I too, have undergone a transformation from last June to now, in losing the nearly 40 pounds I had gained in the prior two years because I was trying to come to terms with the loss of my Trei (my dog) and an horribly intense hospitalization of my mother while my father fell apart. I recognize in looking back now, how I let my body go and lost myself while just trying to get on to the next day.

    Sometimes, I think we just need an owner’s manual for ourselves with a good “troubleshooting” section…

    1. That’s a cool saying: “You bleed poetry.” Must say, I like that much. Shut down was caused by mulitiple factors—two of my closest friends moved the same week last summer to opposite sides of the country. My mother and mother-in-law both got seriously ill. Homeless man ran into my van on his bike. Medical/health stuff. Starting university. Doggy dying. Aspie son starting middle school. The stress factor was high and support low. Also, I think my ability to help people scared me, as I sensed and saw a lot when I worked as a spiritual counselor.

      Set me free: going through the process, thyroid medication, iron pills, good friend being here to laugh and cry with me four days straight, sunshine, writing this blog and meeting wonderful people like you! And I was ready. I needed to retreat to come out with new perspective.

      Thank you for sharing your transformation with me. Wouldn’t that be something if we had an owner’s manual! Like how you think! Clever gal, you are. 🙂

      On my laptop with no spell check, so excuse typos.

  5. Metaphor after mataphor….We the reader climb the mountains and swim the oceans with you….I was so enthralled to see you as the butterfly….yet contemplative with the thought of mismatched gloves….This post speaks so loud and strong

    1. Yes, I tend to think in pictures and metaphors. It’s easier to communicate in pictures. Words just don’t do, sometimes. Appreciate your comments, as always. It’s interesting to hear how it effects you. Thanks. Sam 🙂

  6. What a beauty Sam both the write up about the phase and the poetry…absolutely delightful read 🙂
    You are a butterfly no doubt but you are more..the grace, the strenght, the intelligence ..yours was not an ordinary caterpillar
    you are much much more …..the beauty of self realisation is what makes you so strong as you are..
    love n hugs 🙂

  7. Amazing. So clear and precise. I had a massive light bulb moment or a shift in something on Sunday (without trying). I have been trying to value and act out in ways that myself recognises as foreign and ignoring the things I am great at and get pleasure from. The things that are natural and part of myself. It took one second of thought to start doing what I needed to do…. just the shift in my head sitting there without acting on it was so peaceful. You obviously have great spiritual gifts that need to be nurtured and used…. to be well and happy. Along with your beautiful words and writing. 🙂

    1. thank you for commenting Bubbles. I do feel as if it is time for me to write more spiritual writing. At times is is so non-earth bound that it is difficult and makes me seem more odd… but I can get over that. 🙂 You are a bubble of light and joy. So happy to have you about. Keep doing what makes you feel peace 🙂 xo Sam

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