Tao de Ching, 78th Passage
"The Tao turns the tides
and changes caterpillars into butterflies.
Do you truly believe that it has less magic, mystery or meaning in store for you?"
Pay attention to what within you
is beginning to awaken.
The caterpillar can feel the essence of the butterfly
even before it begins to emerge.
Remember, butterflies are never born on the ground.
This type of total transformation occurs only after
an arduous climb up the trunk of the tree
and a perilous trip out onto the barest branch.
Risk is the cost of attaining anything of real value.
Create your own chrysalis of consciousness;
a protective cocoon in which
you realize yourself more wholly.
Dawning as a radiant light,
awakening others in the same way.
- Translated by Dorien Israel
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