YEAR OF THE BUTTERFLY
THE ARCHETYPE OF TRANSFORMATION
THIS WEEK: BE the HEROINE OF YOUR OWN STORY
Ah, beautiful butterflies, why not be what we are, must ultimately all be and each day may ever more become – the heroines of our own lives. Even and perhaps especially in our most hopeless moments, in hearing the stories of others we can recognize who we are and awaken to all we may be. Each in our own way and in our own time.
There is a Native American saying that I love: ‘It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story.”
I may not be Cat Woman or Hillary Clinton or Mother Teresa. We may be teachers and artists and mothers who have helped a child be bold in the face of heartbreaking odds. But in the thousands upon millions of stories, our archetypes reveal the many patterns that make up our great similarities in the midst of our divinely uniquely paths.
A secret fear that I am “the only one” can be banished at last from the evil kingdom. The stuck in the brain belief that I am here to spend my precious time discovering who I already am can be scratched off the “to do” list. It can be replaced instead gently with our “to be” list. This is how I came in. I am free. Let’s live!
So last week I suggested we start taking a look at the archetypes we are. We are not one dimensional and will likely relate to more than one archetype. Heroine is one for me along with dreamer, for starts. I have read there are about 28,000 known species of butterflies. I don’t know how many known archetypes there are, but the hero and heroine are often best known.
So how are you being the heroine of your story today? Here are a few characteristics of the heroine to prompt our thinking. Some are classic. A few I’m making up for the list:
May have come from a difficult childhood and is now learning to reclaim her life
May be a damsel in distress
Fighting against great odds
Boldly leaves her family to go out on a journey of her own.
Courageously says “no” to a bad relationship
Wisely stays true to her own convictions
Goes back to school
Goes back to the beginning to take a closer look within
Shows up for her child
Stands up for the future
Does not give up on herself
Calls out for (or texts) for help
Has both strengths and weaknesses
Doesn’t expect to be perfect
Or the outcome to turn out as she expects
May not conquer evil villains in the streets
But has the mightiness to believe in good or evil
And slays a negative crippling thought of her own
In favor of an enlightening idea and action
Only to discover
That in fact, she actually has divine forces on her side
And supernatural powers.
And really, when we think about it, don’t we all?
With grace and gratitude,