Dragonflies - Why?




When a symbol keeps popping up in your life, you learn to pay attention. That's how it is for me with dragonflies, right down to the day at the very beginning of this year, when I was sorting through images to represent the new direction my work is taking.

So when I found this image I decided to look up its meaning. Here is an excerpt from what I read . . .

From wikianswers at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Meaning_of_dragonfly_symbol

"Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines with that of the butterfly and change. The dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing. Dragonflies are a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity . . . They are fantastic flyers, darting like light, twisting, turning, changing direction, even going backwards as the need arises . . . Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so. 'Let there be light' is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life. They help you to see through your illusions and allow your own light to shine in a new vision."


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All mysticism aside, it is clear that in our world today we need new visions. Rapid new developments remind us of this every day, and decisions large and small are being made by people in all walks of life, in recognition that many of our old ways are no longer viable. This can be, in spite of the uncertainty and real suffering that change can bring, an exciting time to be alive . . . if you can bear it.

I have always believed that our creative communities have much wisdom to share, and that they have always been an indispensable voice for what is possible in times of change. Far from being a luxury, the arts — individual and collective creative expressions, in their infinite variety — can shine a light on paths forward that we might not consider otherwise. What's more, art often proposes that we can actually walk the path we see, and inspires us to do it! People who can do this for us are a precious resource, and I view making space for that kind of creative work as an essential act of service.

So, I'll try on this symbol as I find ways to move into a new year and a new way to make a positive contribution. Meanwhile, the dragonfly that just darted across the path today can be a reminder . . . look past what you think you know, be light, continue, and always look for the new possibility.

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Thanks for reading, and see you out there soon!

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