The Dragonfly and I
June 18, 2013
About four days ago (while still on vacation) I was getting ready to do some meditating on the deck of the cabin we were staying at. As I stood on the deck looking at the lake in the distance… I noticed a few dragonflies sitting and flying around me on the deck. I had thought this was odd since the earlier part of the week I had not noticed a single dragonfly prior to this moment. Putting my attention back to meditating I was just about to turn to sit in a chair, when suddenly a dragonfly landed on my elbow. I turned my head and looked at him. We just stood there looking at each other. I had never really “looked” so closely at one before. Their eyes are so big, round and full of what seems like information. They reminded me of the lines in a tigers eye crystal. And their wings…their wings are so big and fragile…amazing creatures. This exchange went on for much longer than I imagined it would. We just stood there… looking at each other. Then finally, he flew off.
I was amazed at the exchange, and mostly how I just stood there and allowed it. Normally I would have swatted at it, shrieked and ran inside. I did none of those things, which I found personally odd at the time. I shook it all off and continued towards my goal of meditation.
As I settled in to my chair…preparing my surroundings with my Apotholite crystal and my notebook and some oracle cards, I took a deep breath. As I was about to exhale…there he was…the dragonfly. Sitting directly in front of me. He sat perched on the other side of the table, just looking at me as if he too was ready. It was then that I realized that my meditation would be taking me into a completely different direction then I was expecting. I knew it was to involve taking a flight with my new wonderful travel guide, the dragonfly. He obviously had a message for me and was waiting patiently for me to join him on this journey.
I decided to meditate on the message of the dragonfly. It was my shaman guide that met me at my meditation rock. Together we traveled to the 10th Chakra – The 10th Chakra represents – divine creativity, synchronicity of life; the merging of the masculine and feminine within, unlocking of skills contained in the ninth chakra.
Once here we were joined by what felt like millions of dragonfly’s. My guide told me I was in good hands and left. During my time in meditation with the dragonfly, I became more and more aware of the magic within them. Their ability to travel through this world and the next. The beauty and the intricacies of the dragonflies wings allows them to vibrate at the highest of vibrations. I was intrigued and very much excited to see what they would show me.
I flew with one to the top of the trees and then we glided just above the water. Trust was the word, the message given to me that day. Trust my visions, my thoughts, trust and love. Love is the answer and the magic, without it we have nothing. I was also encouraged to not fear the fairies, but to love and welcome them. The dragonfly showed me that learning to live now is the key to living to my fullest potential. That by learning to live for the moment we allow ourselves to be who we really are. We remove illusions. We are able to grow and adapt to our ever changing surroundings. I was encouraged to open my eyes and to see what is around me… to be like the dragonfly and see through to the issue and not limit my view on things. I asked them what else I needed to know…and in closing, I was told to created a bubble of light and ask the spirits to enter. To start small and trust what I uncover.
After my meditation was over, I jotted down all that I could find words for. Eager to see if the feelings I had, corresponded at all with the symbolic meaning others had, I searched the internet. I stumbled upon a very interesting site. I have included the main breakdown of the dragonfly symbolism below. If you would like to check out the whole click Here
Symbolisms of the Dragonfly
- Maturity and a Depth of character
The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.
- Power and Poise
The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity.
The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.The awe inspiring aspect is how the dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity, effectiveness and well, if you look at proportions, with 20 times as much power in each of its wing strokes when compared to the other insects. The best part is that the dragonfly does it with elegance and grace that can be compared to a veteran ballet dancer. If this is not a brazen, lazy, overkill in terms of display of raw power, what is?
- Defeat of Self Created Illusions
The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.
- Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months. This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired. This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
- The opening of one’s eyes
The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds
The messages we receive in nature are truly amazing and a blessing. I advice you all to take the time and look around you, up…down…side to side. If at first you notice nothing out of the ordinary…take another look, maybe even slow down and really listen, what do you hear?
A final note of my experience with the dragonfly…after my first encounter they were everywhere! Even my husband would say – “Hey, come here. You have some friends waiting for you” Ha! Sure enough they were. They were everywhere, on my run, the deck, the dock..even driving home. Never before have I seen swarms of dragonflies…
That weekend… we encountered three!
I know this has been a long one…and as always I have probably overly rambled. I hope that you will take some time and practice your own form of meditation and see what pops up for you. Research it a bit and see if you can find and decode that special message that was created just for you.
As always I wish you blessings in your daily journey.