Butterfly: Analogy for a Joyful Dance of Life
Are Butterflies Joyfully Dancing Around You?
Have you ever been out for a walk and all of a sudden, you are surrounded by butterflies? Or perhaps just one finds its way to you and just flitters around you as you continue to walk. Then for the remainder of the day or even the next few days, you are very aware of every butterfly you come across, whether it is a real one, or a picture of one, or even a wind chime with a butterfly motif, their presence is very adamant in your surroundings.
It’s not a coincidence. Sometimes we need to be silent, listen, and observe our surroundings as mother earth’s animals will speak to us in many ways.
According to Native American teachings, the butterfly represents the symbol of joy, the soul, creativity, freedom, color, and most of all, change. Each butterfly has great power for such a delicate specimen. The power of transformation, shape shifting, and soul evolution.
Their element is air. Once released from their cocoon, they are swiftly changing and constantly on the move with the flight of grace.
The butterfly is revered to be a messenger of “the moment.” It is in your space when there is something to be delivered. Their colors are vibrant and come in many different shades. Their markings are evident and mirrored to perfection.
The Stages of the Butterfly
By studying the markings and the colors of the butterfly, you can uncover butterflies message to you.
Butterflies possess the ability to grow and change, and with this transformation, it does not have to be a traumatic experience. It can however be joyous with much to celebrate about.
The Butterfly reminds us that things are not to be taken too seriously, but to move and not be idle.
The butterfly is without fear as they discover the new world after leaving the safety of their cocoon. They trust their untested wings to fly without doubt in their minds.
Their perseverance to become the beautiful creature of color goes through many important stages.
It is by the example of butterflies that we too must look at our lives. The butterfly is one of the most inspiring symbols of the animal kingdom.
We all move in various stages of our lives, each being equally and vital as the next. It is important not to rush to get to the “next” stage and just as important not to be stuck at any given stage in our growth. You don’t want the chance of becoming stagnant and bored.
As the butterfly knows exactly when to leave the safety and comfort of its cocoon, we too have that ability, yet the cocoon of our own thoughts are safe and familiar to us, but can also be very limiting as well. We can be frightened of what may be outside of our thoughts and beliefs. This will most assuredly hold us back from ourselves, from our dreams and desires, and most important, our unlimited potential. This fear and uncertainty lies in all of us as we go through life. But if we really observe the butterfly, we too can learn to move forward, growing from and improving any situation by finding out what stage we are at.
The Egg Stage~The Beginning: This is where an idea is born and not yet reality.
The Larvae Stage~Idea into Action: The larvae stage is when you physically put your idea into action.
This usually involves preparation and planning.
The Cocoon Stage~Developing Your Idea: The cocoon stage is where your ideas, your projects, and your talents are developed.
The BirthStage~The Ultimate Stage: This is the transformation stage, coming out of the chrysalis and the ultimate birth of the butterfly. This stage is all about sharing your colors and your creation with the rest of the world.
It is important to remember that we are always growing and evolving our stages. We need to continuously figure out which stage we are at and decide if we need more time to complete one stage before moving or evolving to the next. (Remember to not rush your stages, but also do not allow yourself to remain stuck either)
Recognizing Your Changes
Some changes can be very subtle with little or no deliberate feel at all. An example of this would be losing your job followed by circumstances that push you into a new direction you weren’t expecting. What you may not have realized was that you were getting ready for a change subconsciously with things happening in and around your life. Perhaps you are not feeling secure of what is going on in your life right now. Take a look back over the circumstances of your life recently. Have you ever thought about changing jobs? Have you wished that you had a better paying job or even a change in your career?
If you pay close attention to what you have been thinking and the things transforming around you, you should be able to see on some level how your wishes are coming to fruition.
Remember that old familiar saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” What you focus on, will most likely come to pass.
The Butterfly is the perfect example of helping you see that when you exit your cocoon, a new door opens. Butterfly knows that there is power in trust and vulnerability.
The butterfly does not know, nor do we whether it can fly, but when it opens its wings with confidence and trust and learns of the delicacy they bring, the dance of life begins and they are now in graceful flight in air.
It is our journey to trust in our untried wings to support us. When we learn and follow the message of the Butterfly, our life can too be a joyful dance in which the sweetness comes forth.
Each stage of the Butterfly’s growth is parallel to the development of our own growth. First forming a thought and introducing it to the world. Understanding that preparation, planning and change are as natural as taking a breath. We must not be hard on ourselves. We must trust that our own untried wings will support the weight of our burdens and carry us through our journey. When this is done, we begin to receive the Butterfly’s gift, that life itself is extraordinary, amazing, and full of change.
If the Butterfly has found you, take special note of the most important issues in your life at this moment and contemplate what needs to be changed.
When an eco system has become damaged, the Butterfly is usually the first to leave. This is due to the fact that they are very sensitive to the harmony of the earth. If Butterfly finds you and is hurt, caught, or unwell, this is a strong indication that you must stop disturbing the natural design of life and follow the events with a more gentle and natural manner.
May the Butterfly manifest itself to you in your time of change. Namaste!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Liz Rayen