“How does one become a butterfly?” She asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
From Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
Spring: The Butterfly Stage
Just like the fully formed butterfly has to use all of its strength to push itself through its protective chrysalis into the light, the client must do the same. Even though the butterfly is fully developed and born into the world, it is not quite ready for flight. If the wet winged butterfly is pushed along, it will be crippled for life. The butterfly knows when it is ready to fly and so does the client. The butterfly stage marks a time of great change. This passage is a time of awakenings, of breaking through the cocoon. It is critical that the client is not pushed but supported by the therapist to move forward at his/her own pace. Just as the butterfly waits to fly, the client will know when he/she is ready to take a risk in the world. The therapist supports the client who begins to feel more secure with new learnings. Whatever outer action is chosen, the client is ready to fly with new wings of courage.
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