What do I do when I see the dark? I brighten it!
I send butterflies.
What is it about butterflies, anyway?
These creatures are amazing not only for their Beauty – Robert A. Heinlein called them “self-propelled flowers” – but for so much of what they do and represent.
They do one small thing – move pollen from flower to flower. And in that tiny act of pollination – they Feed us. How cool is that?
We know them as symbols of rebirth, metamorphosis, freedom and Infinity.
In ancient Greek, their name is the same as the word for soul.
That is a lot of meaning for creatures so light you may not even feel them land on your shoulder. It’s true! I had four on my back at the butterfly conservatory and only knew because of the people around me taking pictures!
Butterflies are rich with meaning and beauty and scientific wonder
And that’s not why I send them
Imagine, if you will, that a butterfly has just arrived. It flirts and flutters around your head and shoulders for a bit, then floats down. You reach out your hand gently, quietly, and it lands there on your finger.
How did that feel?
Did you smile?
Did you kind of hold your breath with wonder?
And while you were noticing this beautiful miracle of colour with its wings pulsing gently on your hand, were you still thinking of the bills you need to pay, the health issue you’re puzzling through, or that conversation you’re worried about having?
If you’re like most of us, just for that moment, you forgot all of those things.
Just for that moment all you saw was the butterfly.
Just for that moment you were immersed in wonder.
And it felt good.
Your breathing eased. Your outlook lifted. Your heart warmed.
Now, what if you were to take a little longer with that butterfly?
You may notice that its dark blue wings are adorned with sparkling green swirls and that each time they pulse a little puff of bronze sparkles releases into the air around it.
You could stay in that wonder a little longer. You could feel all of that warmth, all of that ease, as long as you stayed with the butterflies.
That’s why I send butterflies.
I’ve heard some things about feeding our spirits.
That there is no quick path to enlightenment.
That meditation is hard.
That spirituality takes a lot of discipline.
I say that all of these things and more can be reached on the wings of butterflies.
It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to take discipline. At least it doesn’t always have to.
It doesn’t need for you to study your breath or learn how to vibrate at the holy frequency.
It can be all of those things. But it doesn’t need to be.
It can be as easy as being with the butterflies.
Filled with Joy and Wonder and Beauty, Butterfly Energy can lift your soul.
Whether you have any other spiritual practice, or not, the butterflies are ready for you.
As I stretch myself into the spiritual practice of butterflies, I’m finding new and beautiful ways to bring butterflies to you.
Already you can send the gift of Butterfly Whispers to someone whose heart needs a moment of wonder and Beauty.
And that is just the beginning!
Coming soon: Butterfly Tele-Rabble*. Call in and we’ll spend some time with these amazing butterflies. Together. Watch here for details
Have you received a gift of Butterflies? How did it feel to you?
*Rabble: a collective noun describing a group of butterflies. Can’t you just see them getting rambunctious in all their wonder?
being immersed in wonder is the best. and i love the way you live that way. xoxo
I want to go to Mexico and visit when the butterflies are hibernating!! That has always been one of my dreams 🙂
You’re making me long for spring. Can’t wait to see what beauties flutter by the garden this year.
Teressa.. I loved reading this post, because even in the moment of imagining the butterfly fluttering and lighting on me or something nearby.. it was like being in that state of focus and calm.. the kind that brings instant peace and changes every cell in our body, every chemical.. not to mention the simple yet magnificent up close beauty…I was out in the garden last summer, and there was a butterfly on …a butterfly bush.. and I took all of these up close photos with my phone.. just b/c I could and it was so mesmerizing..
Love that you explained your butterfly-love..
I also love those swans above… love them.
Love to YOU..
I have been a very lucky recipient of your butterflies on many occasions and they always make me smile and take a moment to imagine them around me.
Reading your explanation of why you do it makes it even more meaningful to me.
This is so sweet in such a profound way! Brought me back to various magical butterfly experiences.
This is so beautiful. I was able to imagine the butterfly arriving and enjoyed the visualization sooo much.
You’ve made me want to learn more about butterflies, as I certainly hadn’t thought of them like this.
You really have shared something unique here. Thank you.
What an inspired post full of wonder! Thank you for sharing. xx