There is a very special book called Medicine Cards by Sams & Carson. In it, a variety of animals are featured along with their possible meanings according to Native American tradition. There is a deck of cards that accompanies this book and it can be used on a daily basis to draw a card at random or create a spread to help guide you in your day or individual situation.
I prefer to spot the real animal, then look them up. Some I’ve come to memorize – at least the one word meaning. If I spot an abundance of a particular animal it feels like a message meant just for me.
Lately I’ve been literally bumping into dragonflies. I love dragonflies. Their colors seem endless. Their wings, a series of intricately woven threads that defy their ability to fly and hold iridescence only when light strikes them at certain angles. And the juxtaposition of their giant heads and tiny delicate feet.
Their meaning is “illusion.” Coming from a yogic perspective, nearly everything is illusion – maya – except the true, non-ego self which is love in action, pure consciousness. So is this a reminder that I am that? That all the frustrations, difficulties and drama are just distractions from the true self? The true work to be done? Or is it simpler? A situation that is not what it seems?
Consulting the book and digging a little deeper, the following jumps off the page, “…it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.” As a creative person I am always managing that balance between work and play. Creating for pleasure and joy and paying the bills. There are so many creative projects on my imaginary to do list that get pushed away for the sake of a paycheck. When I KNOW that if I were to step into my full presence as a creative, as a purveyor of yoga philosophy and poses and as a compassionate human being – love in action – the rest would take care of itself. This is true for everyone. Then the practice becomes creating a life on purpose and remaining in that energy flow and high vibration where illusion is shattered and magic becomes real.
A final sentence seals the deal. “If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.” Maybe not change as much as letting go of beliefs that no longer serve. Removing the veils of protection – from what? And breaking through the murky waters of the ego mind to emerge scrubbed clean, fresh, new and vulnerable. This is the gift of Dragonfly.
Thank you dragonfly.