On the question of Butterflies: The answers revealed

Butterflies are so my thing.

You’ve seen me talking butterflies in all sorts of ways – sending them, sharing their messages, describing their beauty. You’ve even read about me thanking them for not losing my shit.

Obviously, butterflies are a big deal to me.

And you may wonder why. In fact, you may have a few questions about them.

Look at you, being all inquisitive and stuff. I love it! Questions are exactly what help us to see things in new ways, don’t you think?

Well, I decided to answer some of these questions – ones I’ve been asked directly and some that I think are lingering there, unasked – in this little ole’ blog post.

Here’s the thing. This Butterfly Way is revealing itself to me a bit at a time. Sometimes in subtle tiny steps and sometimes in mind-blowing leaps. So I can say with quite a bit of certainty that what I answer today is probably only half of what there is to know and feel and live.

Did I say half? There’s a good chance it’s even less. But I’m pretty sure the answers I have now will be true even as the rest is revealed.

Without further ado – on to the questions!

What’s with all the butterflies anyway?

Butterflies are my spiritual practice. – Seriously? – Yes, deeply and truly.

Butterflies embody two of things that fill me up: Beauty and Wonder. Just picture a butterfly suddenly floating beside you or landing on you. Squeee! Isn’t that wonderful?
Butterfly Resonance Image: Macro photo of yellow swallowtail butterfly feasting on a lily.

A butterfly visit is virtually guaranteed to lighten your heart, bring you a smile, and let you forget your worries just for a moment.

By channeling that bright butterfly energy, I can make a difference in my own heart and in the hearts of others.

What makes butterflies a better spiritual practice than any other?

They aren’t. We each have our own spiritual path and get to choose, every day, which spiritual practices to adopt.

What I love about the butterflies as a spiritual practice is that universal experience of awe and joy and wonder that a butterfly can bring – is there anyone who hasn’t had a real butterfly visit them? or who can’t imagine it? – and that by tapping into that experience, we can let go of the things that are vexing us, open up our hearts and be right here in this moment.

Which is, it seems, the basis of nearly all spiritual practices.

All of this can be done in less than a second, if you choose to be that quick, like a mini-reset button. For those of us with a short attention span, like I have, it’s perfect.

Choosing to use butterflies as a spiritual practice doesn’t contradict any other spiritual practice, either. It can be a lovely facet of a rich and deep spiritual life.

Why do you send butterflies?
Butterfly Resonance Image: Macro photo of sunlit yellow gladiolus.
Coming from me, butterflies are light, prayers, healing energy.

I send butterflies to cheer you, to remind you that you are not alone, to help you make room for joy and peace and ease and light.

I send butterflies when I know you are hurting, when youre life feels like a sh*t fest, when I feel the pull to tell you that you are remarkable and worthy.

I send butterflies because having their energy flow through me also heals me and cheers me and brings me peace.

Is it okay for me to ask for butterflies?

Yes! Anytime!

Asking makes space in you to receive butterfly energy.

As soon as you ask, the butterflies are on their way to you, even if I don’t say anything in response, even if I don’t see you asking. Know that the butterflies have heard your request and they are bringing you all that you need.

Can I send butterflies, too?

Please do! These are virtual butterflies, made up entirely of beauty-full energy.

Energy loves energy and grows when it receives the energy of attention.

Your sent butterflies are more energy for the butterflies, more bright intention, more love in the universe. You get to make them more powerful and more abundant by sending them.

They also love to be admired, cherished, talked about and shared, so don’t be shy about talking about them!

Imagine a world filled with the light and beauty of butterflies from every one of us!

Do I need any special training to send butterflies?

Not at all. In your heart’s eye, picture the butterflies with the person you want to have them. That is all you need to do.

You may sense colours, shapes or movement, and that may tell you something about what they need. But if you don’t, there’s nothing wrong with you or your butterflies. They still carry your beauty-full intentions and their bright energy.

Can I run out of butterflies?

Never. The more you send, the more powerful their energy is for you. Whenever you send some, more gather near you, ready for their assignment.

The butterflies are like so many of the things that we need the most – love, support, attention, abundancethe more we give away, the more we have for ourselves.

What do the different colours means?

The colours of the butterflies may give you a glimpse of what a person is feeling or needs to feel.

The actual colours are not nearly as important as how they feel to you (and to them!). If you’re seeing them in colour, enjoy the wonder and beauty of them.

What if I can’t see the butterflies?

Often the butterflies choose to be stealthy. In fact, few people – including me sometimes! – actually see these energetic butterflies with their eyes, or even their mind’s eye.

But, like the wind, or your favourite scent, even without seeing them you can know that they are here, carrying their bright energy and loving intention.

How do I know if the butterflies have arrived?

They have. That’s all there is to it. They don’t make wrong turns, they don’t need maps, they don’t get distracted by shiny things. (That’s our job!)

Even if the person receiving them doesn’t notice them when they arrive, they are still doing their bright loving work. There are plenty of things that can get in the way of feeling them – of knowing they are there and making a difference – but the butterflies always arrive.

Do you really think butterflies can make a difference in such a difficult world?

Without a doubt. Everything in our world is energy, even the bad stuff, the good stuff and these fabulous butterflies.

Add butterfly energy to any person or situation, and you bring in an element of the universe that is there to support and comfort, to ease and heal, to bring joy and life.

If nothing else, they make a difference to me when I send them, and if I have more light and ease, I radiate more of that light and ease into the world around me. Same goes for you, Dear One.

Is that really all you do? Send butterflies?

Butterflies are my prayers, my healing intentions, my intuitive guides, my companions.

They aid me in creating Butterfly Resonance Images, in Butterfly Healing, and in connecting with you. They are the central theme of all that I do. And what, exactly, do I do? I work with you to open your heart to the Divine within you.

What the heck is a “Butterfly Rabble”?

According to Wikipedia, a rabble is a collective noun that can be used to describe a group of butterflies.

I really fell for this word! Can’t you just see a jolly bunch of butterflies making a lot of noise?

The word so inspired me I used it to name my Facebook Group, where we share butterfly energy and images, support each other, and I often introduce my latest offerings. Join us there?

What do you think? Did I answer your questions about butterflies? If not, leave me a comment with your questions. Or share your stories about butterflies. You know how much they love to be talked about!

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7 Responses to On the question of Butterflies: The answers revealed

  1. Square-Peg Karen August 1, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Wow Teresa – you really *did* answer a lot of the questions I’ve had!! And you got me laughing with this sentence:
    “Look at you, being all inquisitive and stuff.”

    And how is it that this is the first I’ve noticed the words “Butterfly Shaman” – so, so, so perfect a description of YOU?!? Love it (and you)!!

  2. Belinda Rose August 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    This is really very beautiful Teresa! You truly are a “Butterfly Shaman”! <3 Thank you for this uplifting, beautiful and inspiring post. I've always loved butterflies but I'll never see them in quit the same way again…thank you! <3

  3. Jessica August 3, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    I loved pretty much all of this post, but my favorite part is that you don’t hold your butterflies out to be better than any other spiritual practice — just different and special for you. xoxo

  4. Minling August 4, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I love that you found your spiritual path and are sharing it with the world! Spreading positivity and love is so important. Every time I see a butterfly I’ll think of you now!

  5. Kelly Cavanaugh August 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Teresa… what a beautiful post. I LOVE butterflies, in fact they are part of my website, business cards and Twitter page. I have a butterfly story in conjunction with my mom’s death… long story, but beautiful and precious to me. They really are little angel spirits that have special gifts if we are willing to open our eyes to see them. <3

  6. Trina Willard August 5, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    I really appreciate the concept of finding your own spiritual path, and you have clearly found yours – what a wealth of knowledge and understanding of this delicately beautiful creature!

  7. Jacqueline Fairbrass August 6, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Beautiful post. I’m feeling so uplifted reading this. Laughter and fun are so often missing when people ‘talk spirituality’…you are putting so much joy and light into your spiritual path.

    Loving ‘jolly bunch of butterflies’ … lifts my heart. Thank you.

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