Being a Butterfly
by Grandmother Mona Polacca
The Hopi believe that for man, darkness precedes a spiritual
"At the level of existence, when it crawls on Mother Earth in the form of a caterpillar, it only sees what is right in front of it. Then there comes a time in the development when it puts itself into a little cocoon and enters into the darkness. In this darkness, it completely breaks down. During that time a great change takes place...
"Finally, it emerges into this world, into this life as a beautiful creature. Yet it doesn't immediately fly away. It sits there as if to be making a connection again with the elements of life: the water, the air, the fire, the earth. Then there is a moment when its wings start fluttering, developing strength within itself using these elements of life. When the moment comes and the butterfly takes flight, it suddenly sees the world from a completely different point of view, a view of vaster beauty and a much, much wider worldview. This is what I was told about being a butterfly."