The Butterfly as Hopi Symbol of Man’s Spiritual Transformation.

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“Grandmother Mona believes that giving the origins of her ancestors is as important as telling her name…Her last name, Polacca, means butterfly in the Hopi language and is the name received from her paternal grandfather. In Hopi lore, the butterfly is the symbol of man’s spiritual transformation.
‘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,’ Grandmother Mona explains. ‘There comes a time in the development when it puts itself into a little cocoon and enters 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,’ Grandmother Mona says. ‘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 movement, 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.’

“…Grandmother Mona believes the Hopi legend of the butterfly can see us through these turbulent times of darkness and confusion by revealing to us our path of transformation. 

“These times can actually be viewed as necessary to enable humanity as a whole to transform into a comprehension of the truth of our oneness with each other and with all of Creation.

“Only by going into darkness and breaking down our old ways can we move from the myopic view of the caterpillar to the greatly expanded view of the butterfly~ a necessary view if we are to save the beauty and resources of our planet for the next seven generations to come.

“Then we will have emerged out of the darkness of ignorance into the beauty of the butterfly to see the wonder, hope, compassion, faith, and charity so essential for our survival.”

~Grandmother Mona Polacca from Carol Schaefer’s book Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet
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2 thoughts on “The Butterfly as Hopi Symbol of Man’s Spiritual Transformation.

  1. I AM A GRANDMOTHER NAME OF MARY ELLEN. I LIVE IN UPSTATE NY. WHERE WE HAVE A GROUP CALLED THE GRANDMOTHERS CIRCLE. A FEW YRS AGO I MOVED FROM DOWNSTATE NY, LIVING HERE NOW. I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO GIVE MYSELF A NAME WHICH MEANS MY STRENGTHS . I SEE MYSELF AS A BUTTERFLY AS I MOVED AND CHANGED MY LIFE LEAVING MY FRIENDS FAMILY. I SEE MYSELF AS TRANSFORMED WHICH IS A GOOD THING FOR ME. CAN YOU DIRECT ME TO FIND A SITE FOR THESE TWO PRECIOUS WORDS- TRANSFORMATION AND BUTTERFLY. I THANK YOU SENDING YOU PEACE AND LOVE. THIS IS VERY BEAUTIFUL .

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