Monday, February 8, 2010

Spirituality and the Presence of Dragonfly

Spirituality and the Presence of Dragonfly

by Estee Taschereau

Dragonflies are ancient insects dating back over 180 million years old. In the USA alone there are over 650 species of dragonflies in the US alone. These amazing creatures have been a symbol of grace in teachings of Feng Shui, and a symbol in shamanism for transformation and seeing in a new light.

Dragonflies spend their first two years in the water as nymphs. Then they climb from the water and transform completely into winged insects with great agility and speed. Their agility in flight is similar to that of the hummingbird, another powerful totem spirit.

During its two year incubation cycle in the water the dragonfly sheds up to fifteen skins. The dragonfly also holds the qualities of the water, contributing to its grace. Water holds deep seated thoughts, emotions, and the yin quality of introspect.

Since the dragonfly life cycle encompasses both the waters and the sky this creature is tied to our own transformational abilities. The key is to remember that any transformation, to be complete, takes time.

Dragonflies possess the spectrums of color in their transparent wings and their vision. We can bring focus to the great spectrum of luminous colors available to us through our higher spiritual presence. The multi-faceted eyes of a dragonfly also show us that anything can be seen from different perspectives, even the illusions of life.

In our own spiritual journey we can bring in many spiritual totems to represent a quality we seek to embellish in our life. The totem of a dragon fly can mean gaining greater understanding of our life long transformation process, with patience for what is known and yet to be discovered.

The dragonfly totem is a great focal point for a meditation. You can bring in the transformational quality of the dragonfly, with clarity of perception within the moment, and the grace of the overall transformation we create in our lives.


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