HOPE FOR A WORLD IN PAIN - FROM MY HEART TO YOURS
“What might I do to help others during this global crisis?” Is likely your question as well as mine. I realized I have one thing in my power that can move around the world in an instant and inspire hope as we all seek healing and strength. For April, we reduced the e-book to $2.99 making it affordable for almost everyone.
Reading & watching Hope For the Flowers can be a family treat or inspiration in this time of isolation. Hope’s caterpillar heroes, Stripe and Yellow, join rabbits and Easter eggs to celebrate new life and all the feasts of spring during this necessary physical distancing. I always dreamed of it being an Easter special since it celebrates transformation. Maybe this is the year Hope For the Flowers becomes a special for Easter in a way I never imagined.
“How does one become a butterfly”
Yellow asks pensively.
“You must want to fly so much
That you are willing to give up
being a caterpillar.”
I can't think of anything more transformational and radical than the change that happens when a lowly caterpillar worm becomes a flying beautiful butterfly. The story seems to reach every culture, and I'm so grateful that over 3 million, for 50 years, have loved and shared the paper version.
May new growth for ourselves and the world flourish after this strange dark cocoon of isolation.
In hope always,
Trina - on behalf of Stripe and Yellow
About the Author
Hi! I'm Trina Paulus, the Author/Illustrator of Hope For The Flowers. I'm also a number of other things, mother, sculptor, and a lifelong member of The Grail - an International Women’s Movement which is committed to spiritual search, social transformation, global solidarity, ecological sustainability, and the release of women’s creative energy throughout the world. I am vice President for both the Cornucopia Network of New Jersey and the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt Colorado as well as on the National Advisory Board of Sustainable Settings in Carbondale Colorado.
“I read it with deep appreciation for its message.”
Coretta Scott King
"Oh, I cannot explain the beauty I felt when I get all this, to make the most complex become the simplest – this is the summit of our ancient Oriental wisdom."
Ear Lu, Chinese translator, Hope for the Flowers
“In Trina Paulus' book, Hope for the Flowers, two caterpillars get caught up in the fallacy of competition and struggle to reach the top of a caterpillars pile. By journey’s end, however, they learn that their true nature, and that of every other caterpillar is not one of winning and being at the top, but of going within and emerging as beautiful butterflies who were born to soar. Like the caterpillars in that tale, very early on in our lives, we may have received messages that we must compete in order to succeed. Whether we engage in sports, take tests in school, seek a partner, look for a job, or campaign for public office, there seemingly must always emerge winners and losers. Those who stand out above the rest and those who are left behind. Each of these scenarios gives us a sense that there is deep lack in the world with only so much glory, love, money and other resources to go around. This perspective then creates such an urgency to be seen to be the best and to finish first, that we may adopt a willingness to do whatever it takes to win or be right, even if it’s out of alignment with our values and our heart’s truth. We may begin to see the success of others as a threat as if there is just not enough room for everyone to win. This response creates separation which pulls us away from the natural flow of the universe. The truth is that abundance exists all around us, in nature, in our local grocery stores, in the deep love of our friends and family – everywhere in the universe. In going within and connecting with the true self, we find it easier to understand this and appreciate what we already have. As we pay attention to what is, we begin to align with the true abundance that is always present within our lives. From this place of gratitude, we invite our egos to step aside and we feel a greater kinship with everyone and everything around us. Releasing the limiting thoughts and beliefs of scarcity and lack, we no longer exist in competition with our fellow human beings. We experience a new way of being, choosing to see the world as an abundant place with room enough for all to express their unique talents and succeed. Here, we step into, and embrace unity, peace and infinite abundance. May the universe provide you with many beautiful moments that reflect the true abundance in your life. Namasté.”