Before a caterpillar can become a butterfly, it must become goo.
Within the cocoon, as the form of the caterpillar totally dissolves, it turns to a liquid that is rich with nutrients and potential. From that goo, the butterfly is formed.
Within the goo are what biologists call imaginal cells.
These cells contain the image, the genetic template, of the butterfly. The goo nourishes these imaginal cells. And as the goo is digested, it transforms into a butterfly.
All transformations include this gooey phase.
You can’t skip the goo.
How can you tell if you’re in the goo?
Consider your life. Where is an old “form” dissolving away but the new form has not yet emerged? Is it:
“My work is changing – but I’m not sure how? Is it dying or being reborn? I can’t tell. I’m not sure what I need to do next or how my skills make sense.”
“Our old ways of being together no longer make sense. But, how can I be in this relationship, when I don’t even know what it is anymore?”
“The needs and values that used to drive me don’t anymore. I’m not sure what matters or how to reconnect to a sense of passion and purpose.”
“I can’t go on being the person I have been, but I’m not sure who I’m becoming.”
In spiritual literature the goo is called the dark night of the soul.
When you’re in the goo, it’s like you’re adrift in an inner sea without stars overhead to guide you.
It’s time to be a mystic and embrace that:
Let go of the known.
Only by letting go of the old forms can you make space for something new to be born.
Trust in the darkness recognizing that “those who dwell in darkness shall see the light.”
When you rest completely in the goo – without clinging to the past or straining towards the future – a new image of that which is to be emerges.
This image - or feeling - is not something you think up.
It’s not a plan. It’s a call from a deeper dimension of yourself; a wiser, more compassionate dimension.
It’s guiding you from within and calling you to step into a new world. Follow it.
There’s no transformation without goo-ification.
Love the goo.
Love & Shanti,
E & D