Butterfly: A Symbol Of Transformation

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The Butterfly – A Symbol Of A Past Era

The butterfly has long been a symbol in native culture due to the transformation it undergoes from birth to maturity. There is a Native American symbolic legend of that goes,

” If you have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish. Your secret is ever safe in their keeping. Release the butterfly, and it will carry your wish to the Great Spirit, who alone knows the thoughts of butterflies. By setting the butterfly free, you are helping to restore the balance of nature, and your wish will surely be granted.”

Butterflies are a symbol of change, joy, and the changing colors of life.  Their fluttering dance is a reminder not to take life too seriously. They are both delicate and vulnerable, yet have a sense of lightness, joy and freedom.

They’re reminders to keep moving forward in spirit, mind and body, for if you can move you can dance, and dance brings joy, which leads to the dance of freedom and of life.

Butterfly Symbolism

The butterfly is a powerful symbol for transformation. It begins life in one form and then goes through a period of dormancy, where it transforms to leave the safety of the cocoon in its new form.

An excellent analogy for anyone starting afresh in life as new choices create a new beginning. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from or where you’re standing now, there comes a period of seeming dormancy in everyone’s where growth makes way for transformation.

New Beginnings

The butterfly is your symbol of new beginnings. It’s the promise of a transformation of life. So when in the midst of chaos, remembering the freedom and carefree nature of a butterfly can help you find clarity. Using the dance of a butterfly as meditation can also bring clarity and inner wisdom.

A butterfly is a strong symbol of metamorphosis, with distinct stages. It can remind you to make changes when the opportunity arises. Change and transformation are inevitable for us all, as change is a very natural part of life, its a progression that happens constantly to all of us and doesn’t need to be traumatic. And just like the butterfly, change is not only happening all around us, it’s happening within, constantly.

Spirits And Souls

Butterfly symbolism is also closely tied to the idea of spirits and souls. It has been used in many religions and cultures throughout the centuries of Western Europe.

In fact, Psyche is the Greek word for both soul and butterfly. There was a belief that butterflies were human souls searching for a new incarnation, which gave the creature uncanny and sometimes ominous connotations. This symbolism was also used in early Christianity as a symbol of the soul. Celts thought that women became pregnant by swallowing butterfly souls. These butterfly-souls flew about seeking a new mother. (Beautiful and also a little scary no doubt)

Other cultures believed that spirits of the dead took the form of white butterflies. In northern Europe to see an ethereal white butterfly flying at night was a warning of death, and others believed that the soul-butterfly’s ability to leave the body in sleep, accounts for your dreams.

Today’s Symbol of the Butterfly

These may have been past cultures and religions, but even today there is a mystery and modern symbolism surrounding the butterfly. I know many who attribute butterflies on their shoulder or flitting around them as a sign their passed loved one is making a connection. It is a much more gentle form of an older butterfly symbolism.

The most significant for us as humans, of all the transformational signs, is the ability of the butterfly to live totally in the present. Imagine the freedom of a life without regrets, sadness, hostility, revenge, memories or resentments of past grievances or holding on to past hurts. Imagine living in the present in harmony with your surroundings and the complete joy and lightness of freedom.

So next time you see a butterfly, ponder its flight and enjoy the symbolism of freedom it offers. Like the butterfly, 6 Dimensions of Healing also offers you the freedom of transformation in your own life.

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I’m Gayle Maree, creator of 6 Dimensions of Healing, author, mother, Past Life Therapist and Spiritual Counselor for over 23 years.

Someone once told me (a well-respected mentor) that people need “experts” to live a life they value… and I didn’t believe them.

I thought everybody could do it on their own because I did. I figured out what didn’t work in my life and then I changed it. Actually, I changed me. And it was a LOT of work!

Not because I was trying to impress those that told me I had a ‘bad attitude’ or I had something to prove to people who thought I was lousy at pretty well everything, but because there were aspects of me that even I didn’t like. I wanted improvements in me and my life.

Change Versus Comfort

It was obvious to me that if I didn’t make changes I could expect more of the same in my life as before. The same things that didn’t work, the same relationships that my parents had.

I wanted more. Mostly, I wanted my kids to be proud of me. Damn it, I wanted to be proud of myself.

So, I set about what would be a continuous, amazing journey.

I’ve been with my Spiritual Soulmate over 30 years now and we still work on the relationship, we work on improving us, because we know that whatever we want, to get it we need to be different to how we were.

And I listen so much more now because I value the wisdom of my non-physical guides who have been with me for as long as I can remember.

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