Wednesday, 6 July 2011


My friend asked me if I understood what a  'chrysalis' was.
I remember watching caterpillars spinning themselves into a chrysalis and later, with wet fragile folded wings, emerging completely changed.
I don't really understand....but I felt the wonder of it all.
I wanted to imagine this friend weaving a protective shell around himself and later...not too long away...emerging free of the curse of alcoholism.
A small miracle.

Has it ever happened?
Can someone go to bed a hopeless drunk who is in an alcohol induced hell realm, and wake up clear and clean and never ever crave another drink [or drug] ?
I searched on the web - but couldn't find a single documented  miracle.

What right have I got to want someone to change to make life easier for me?
It certainly would be easier for them.
Suffering upon suffering.
So much suffering I want it to end.
How many lessons does a truthseeker need to know enough about suffering?
Enough I say.

I bring the compassion of Kuan Yin, the power of all the Bodhisattvas, to  lift the wise good heart of my friend from this word of suffering and to restore his good, wise calm mind.

Hold him gently in your arms great deity.
Cool his troubled brow and wipe away every trace of his affliction.
No one with such a good heart should suffer as he is suffering.
Let him emerge from his tight restricted place, free of all the hindrances.

Let him fly unfettered.
To the eternal peace he once came from.

1 comment:

  1. Chrysalis

    "Chrysalis" redirects here. For other uses, see Chrysalis (disambiguation).

    Common Crow butterfly (Euploea core) chrysalis illustrating the Greek origin of the term : χρυσός (chrysós) for gold
    A chrysalis (Latin chrysallis, from Greek χρυσαλλίς = chrysallís, pl: chrysalides) or nympha is the pupal stage of butterflies. The term is derived from the metallic gold-colouration found in the pupae of many butterflies, referred to by the Greek term χρυσός (chrysós) for gold.
    When the caterpillar is fully grown, it makes a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to a leaf or a twig. Then the caterpillar's skin comes off for the final time. Under this old skin is a hard skin called a chrysalis.[4]
    Because chrysalides are often showy and are formed in the open, they are the most familiar examples of pupae. Most chrysalides are attached to a surface by a Velcro-like arrangement of a silken pad spun by the caterpillar, usually cemented to the underside of a perch, and the cremaster, a hook-shaped protuberance from the rear of the chrysalis at the tip of the pupal abdomen by which the caterpillar fixes itself to the pad of silk.
    Like other types of pupae, the chrysalis stage in most butterflies is one in which there is little movement. However, some butterfly pupae are capable of moving the abdominal segments to produce sounds or to scare away potential predators. Within the chrysalis, growth and differentiation occur. The adult butterfly emerges (ecloses) from this and expands its wings by pumping haemolymph into the wing veins.[5] This sudden and rapid change from pupa to imago is called metamorphosis but metamorphosis is really the whole series of changes that an insect undergoes from egg to adult.
    When the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis, usually it will sit on the empty shell in order to expand and harden its wings. However, if the chrysalis was near the ground (such as if it fell off from its silk pad), the butterfly would find another vertical surface to rest upon and harden its wings (such as a wall or fence).
    Moth pupae are usually dark in color and either formed in underground cells, loose in the soil, or their pupa is contained in a protective silk case called a cocoon.
    It is important to differentiate between pupa, chrysalis and cocoon. The pupa is the stage between the larva and adult stages. The chrysalis is a butterfly pupa. A cocoon is a silk case that moths, and sometimes other insects, spin around the pupa.