Seeing butterflies in nature is always lovely. Butterflies have such a magical presence and quality as they gently dance on the air, fluttering from flower to flower. They're so graceful and beautiful, seeing a butterfly always seems to have a way of opening my heart and reconnecting me with the magic and wonder inherently present now!
The symbolism of a butterfly is also so rich. Their life journey and expression is so symbolic of our own awakening journey, and spiritual path.This may even make you wonder:
Is there even more to the meaning of seeing butterflies than it at first glace seems?
Are butterflies angels? Are they messengers from the realms of spirit?
What insights do butterflies seek to reveal to us?
This magnificent transformation the butterfly journeys through in its life expression closely mirrors the path of spiritual transformation we each have the opportunity to choose to take. Being in a spiritual path is not required… But it it available, and for those who choose it, like the Butterfly we can be reborn, completely transformed, we can find our wings and learn to fly but only when we first are willing to retreat within.
By retreating from the busyness of the external world into our inner being, we are able to cultivate and dive into a rich Stillness, Peace and Presence that simply is Divine.
When we surrounds ourselves in cocoons of prayer, meditation, spiritual insights and reflections, we transform. When we are willing to face our own shadow self, greeting all the aspects of ourselves we've not wanted to face… Welcoming everything, all that we are with love and with compassion, we transform. Through this inner journey, we heal, grow and evolve… We become ready and willing to emerge.
To emerge like the butterfly, awakened and ready to fly! We're transformed and reborn into an entirely new way of being.
Butterfly Life Span
In addition to how they live their miraculous life, butterflies don't live long. They typically only live for a few weeks or months at the longest, which in and of itself offers more butterfly meaning guidance for us.
Guidance that life is short. Even for humanity, time moves quickly, and so the butterfly with its magnificent and yet short life, reminds us to enjoy the here and now.
I also like to think that the transformation of the butterfly, as well as each of our own spiritual transformations, continue onward after death. With death, our souls retreat from the physical world in a whole new way, but in this journey too when we have rested, restored our soul and are ready we will once again be reborn into another dimension. Even after death our transformation continues and we get our wings, remember our full light, and remember how to fly.
Have you been seeing lots of butterflies lately, either in your waking life or in your dreams?
If so, the butterfly may be appearing as a power animal for you.
If you're not familiar with power animals, in many native earth-based cultures, each animal was considered to bring messages from spirit. By looking at the qualities of the animal, it's strengths, qualities, and tendencies, we're able to become aware of the message present for us through the power animal, from spirit.
As power animals, butterflies are magical and cherished. If you're seeing butterflies, you may want to ask yourself what changes you're needing to make to live more in alignment with your authentic truth.
What could you do to live with more joy and freedom? What could you do that would light up your soul and invoke a sense of joy and wonder?
Or perhaps you're already experiencing huge changes and transformations in your life, and the butterfly is simply appearing to remind you it's all going to be okay. Transformation is a normal part of life, trust in the process, and rest well knowing that the gentle medicine of butterfly is helping to guide you through.
Butterflies are a reminder of the Divine presence and magic in all of life, and a call to embrace and tune into it!