Sally Anderson is a force I tried to reckon with and in doing so, I got to experience being completely undone and completely put back together. It was what I’d call a ‘catastrophic yet miraculous process’ and I’d do it again if I ever found I needed to. If you haven’t heard her name before you’ll soon be seeing it everywhere. Sally is an extraordinary woman who has overcome impossible odds to be a pioneer in sustainable human transformation and you can learn more about her journey via her website.
In the past, I have referred to the ‘caterpillar turning into a butterfly’ process to describe my journey of self-discovery and transformation. I’d write about it as if the process is wonderful, joyful and happy. Don’t get me wrong, you start with a caterpillar and you end up with a beautiful butterfly - there’s plenty that’s wonderful, joyful and miraculous about that. You know what I realised though? I had never actually looked into the process the caterpillar goes through inside its chrysalis to become a butterfly.
Recently my eldest girl had a chrysalis in her classroom. At home we decided to look at some videos of the process and I came to learn what truly happens to that caterpillar. In short, it digests itself. A sort of self-destruct button is pushed; the body is liquefied leaving only a few cells that have the butterfly programme installed within them. These cells use the surrounding soup (that used to be the caterpillar – ewwwww!) to fuel a new cell division process that will rebuild the previous life form into a butterfly. I was shocked at the grotesque nature of the transformation. Seriously though, what did I think was going on in there? It wasn’t having a massage and meditating. On learning this truth, I began to wonder whether the caterpillar/butterfly transformation was the best analogy to be using in my blogs.
However, after spending 3 days with Sally on Evolved 3 Day Leadership Advance, I can see that it is the perfect analogy of what true inner transformation entails. From my experience, it sums up pretty nicely the journey Sally Anderson took me on. Look, she’s not going to liquefy you literally but what I found is that she only sees the butterfly cells in every person she encounters. She helps you to also be someone who only sees butterfly cells in every person you meet. And even as you sit there, looking like a caterpillar, sounding like a caterpillar and being a caterpillar she will call upon your butterfly cells and it will be up to you to push the self-destruct button or “flick the f#$k it switch” to use a Sallyism.
Oh dear, does that sound hard or like a lot of work? Actually, part of the genius of Sally’s teachings lies within its simplicity. That doesn’t mean it’s not hugely valuable. Sally’s teachings and processes are completely unique to her programme and as a former personal development addict I can tell you that I’ve not found what she’s doing anywhere else. Furthermore, Sally is committed to her legacy and that involves supporting her attendees through the process and beyond. This isn’t one of those retreats where you have profound experiences and then go back to the “real world” and find you can’t cope again. The support remains and though a huge part of the learning is how to be self-sustaining in your new way of being, it helps a great deal to know she’s there.
I’ve already had a few people messaging me and wanting to know what it’s like to do work with Sally. It’s pretty hard to put into words what is in fact an experience that goes beyond the limited realm of language. In fact, there is so much in play energetically and spiritually with the process that it’s pretty hard to recall exactly just what the hell happened. All you know for sure is that you’ve changed at your core and there’s no going back. That doesn’t mean life will be roses from now on, it just means Sally (in conjunction with the universe) helped you find your keys so you can now drive your life. But it’s up to you to pick up the keys, turn the ignition and take responsibility for how you drive. If you see me bunny hopping along, just give me a wave. I’ve had to learn all over again and for that I’m grateful.
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