Symbols - What does heaven look like
Caterpillar or centipede
Symbolically this can have numerous meanings. It can simply represent ‘industry’ by its many legs - or many hands make light work
But it can also be a symbolic reference to the spine in spiritual experience. There is then a link with the butterfly, which also is a symbol of spiritual experience. Whereas the butterfly is one who has been enlightened, the caterpillar is the stage before enlightenment.
Symbolically the person goes into the stage of the chrysalis – a form of hibernation whilst the necessary energy builds, then the chrysalis ‘breaks’ and the butterfly of the spirit breaks free.
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- Alice in Wonderland - Ch 05 - 1 Advice from a Caterpillar
- Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad
- Dr Donald Hoffman – The metamorphosis of a caterpillar
- Godwin, Joscelyn - On butterflies
- Healer H - An enormous caterpillar unusually wide
- Healer H - The lights upon them is what keeps them connected
- Mutwa, Vusamazulu Credo - On butterflies
- The Supreme teaching