The Way of the Butterfly is The Way of us all. It cannot be spelled out, mapped out, explained (He said, explaining that it cannot be explained!) defined, told, said, outlined, made clear... Butterflies come out of the chrysalis knowing how to do what they do. How to get where they are going. How to be who they are. So do we. No kidding. All it takes is trusting ourselves to know what we need to know about being who we are, and create the path as we start walking-- knowing what we know with no idea of what that is. "The path that can be discerned as a path is not a reliable path" (Martin Palmer). "The Way that things can be followed (Literally: 'The Way that can be wayed') is not a changeless way" (Benjamin Hoff). The Way of a butterfly changes a lot! And so does ours! And yet, and yet... The difference is that the butterfly flits with purpose and we flit looking for purpose. We must become more intentional, more aware. Our problem is that we are not conscious of being unconscious, and must become more conscious of what we know and don't know, and of what is waiting to be known, and begin "listening to the voice within that tells us where to turn" (Benjamin Hoff).
We shine through in all that we do. Our calling is to do so intentionally, fully cooperating with the Inner "I," embracing our transparency and exhibiting our integrity in the heat of each situation as it arises. We do that by not intending anything, and getting out of the way of the Inner "I" shinning through-- when we stop trying to "be who we are," and allow things to happen as they need to. No forcing. No pushing. No commanding. No demanding. Just letting the situation elicit the necessary responses as they are called for by what is happening as it unfolds before us. When the dog throws up on the floor, we shift into action in ways appropriate to the occasion without thinking anything out in advance. Some dog is always throwing up on some floor-- if you know what I mean-- and how we respond, naturally, spontaneously, automatically, appropriately, makes all the difference. We trust ourselves to be who we are and to do what needs to be done, without thinking that into being by giving ourselves permission to live in accordance with what is called for moment-by-moment all our life long.