Amazing story that relates to the struggles of life:
“Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.
The little boy got a large jar from his mother. In the jar he put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.
One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.
The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.
At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!
The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!
As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.
But neither happened!
The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
It never was able to fly…
As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.”
Response from Dr. Nolte:
There is truly something magical that happens when a person endures struggle and makes it out the other side. Our ability to “fly” and manifest our greatest dreams is contingent on how courageous we are and our ability to endure struggle and come out the other side strong and persistent. In our society, it’s not “adult-like” to show struggle, and this can cause disharmony within our systems.
Here now are some holistic ways to endure change and struggle that integrate your entire being:
1) Understand that change is a fundamental principle of life. I say this because the other aspect to this principle is time. Change takes time, and we must come to appreciate it. Think about it this way as an example of a music: If the object of music was to get to the end of the song as fast as possible, the best musicians would be the fastest. But that’s not the case! It’s the musicians that put their heart and soul into every moment that are the best. Slow down and give 100%.
2) Deep breathing to facilitate “letting go” of unnecessary stress. I have written a few blogs on deep breathing because I know how much it is overlooked! With every anxiety, stress, depression, chronic illness is a shallow breath that doesn’t allow the person to relax and calm the mind/body/spirit.
3) Visualizations support change within your neurochemistry. Your brain is the control center for your entire being. If you want to instill changes, it’s best you start at the control center! The brain works quickest by way of pictures rather than words. For example if you desire to be happy, you need to be able to visualize yourself being happy — the ability to clearly see it in your mind is necessary for it to be a reality in your life. This is because it’s not the material objects that bring you happiness, it’s the way these material objects make you feel that bring you happiness.
4) Conscious living! Being able to “plug-in” to every moment of every day. There is so much in our lives to distract us from the present moment, and the easiest way to plug back in to life is spend time in nature. Nature is ALWAYS in the present moment. Trees don’t grow up wishing they were an elephant! It’s a silly example but true. Nature is content being what is and never acts out of the present moment. We can all make an effort to be more invested in the present moment.
5) Clinic plug! At Nolte Health and Healing, we realize that you are one of the most brilliant, interconnected expressions of life. While we endure change and struggle, our body changes and struggles on a cellular, neurochemical, structural, mental/emotional, and energetic level. From the butterfly example, it’s not our job to snip the cocoon to get you out of change and struggle fastest. Rather from the inside-out, we strengthen your ability to endure these changes and ability to trust yourself. From a physical standpoint, there is a lot of structural realignment that may need to happen along this process that you may not be able to get to on your own. There may be certain herbal supplementation that may need to be taken to help detox at a cellular level. Visualizations and deep breathing may need to be facilitated. As a whole being, we begin to instill changes that allow you to express yourself at a deeper level. You might begin to sleep deeper, digest foods properly, maintain energy levels, focus easier, wake up faster, think clearer, etc. There are so many things that can happen when a person decides to start making changes on a holistic level! It’s absolutely mind-blowing, and I love it.
Once metamorphosis is complete, it’s time to open your wings and fly!
*Dr. Nolte is a Kinesiologist, Chiropractor, Energy Healer in the Twin Cities area. He specializes in a technique called XK which looks to balance the mental, chemical, structural interface of a patient, allowing complete expression of health from the inside-out!*