Butterflies remind us to trust our transformational process, especially when it feels dark and cramped. It can be painful and difficult when we outgrow a belief, relationship, job, or habit because we are moving from something we understand to the shadowy underworld of the unknown. Growth can feel like intense upheaval and things falling apart. It can feel like endlessly waiting in a tiny chrysalis. During the change of a caterpillar into a butterfly, it is extremely violent and dramatic for the caterpillar to digest itself to undergo its metamorphosis. This process may feel horrifying and confusing, but on the other side are things it doesn't even understand are possible in its current form. On the other side is flight. On the other side is unimaginable insight, expansion, and connection. This is discomfort that is worthwhile and meaningful. Growing pains, like labor pains, usher in beautiful new life. Consider this next time you feel yourself dissolve.
Acrylic painting on 11 x 14 inch canvas, unframed. The metallic copper paint and glossy varnish creates interesting, shimmering effects depending on the angle of the veiwer.
Please note: Colors vary from screen to screen and are represented as accurately as possible.
About the artist:
Aimee is an artist, designer, poet, and cohost of the Intentionists Podcast. She loves exploring mythological symbolism and the wonders of human and non-human nature through her work, especially the integration of the physical, psychological and spiritual realms. She is fascinated by the lands and cultures of the world, often drawing from her time in the colorful jungles of Mexico, the enchanted forests of Washington, and the timeless plazas of Spain. Through examining and expressing her inner experience, she hopes to inspire others to forge their own paths with curiosity, creativity, and compassion. Connect with her online at aimeeschreiber.com or instagram.com/aimeeschreiber