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Why the Dragonfly?

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Ever since I was a little girl I have always been fascinated with dragonflies.

 

Up until recently I could not tell you why.

 

As a little girl we could spend the summers going to our cottage up north and would spend much time by the lake.  Dragonflies seemed to be all over the place and I would watch them with amazement.

I was intrigued by their colors and the way they could hover and move so quickly yet gracefully.

 

When I turned 14 my parents moved from the suburbs to the country and dragonflies were everywhere.  

In our backyard was the marshy end of a lake which we had access to and every summer I would run down the hill in our backyard to wade in the marsh and see the dragonflies shimmering in the light.  

As I relfect back, I think about how they brought me peace and a sense of possibility as I watched them flutter about.

 

I believe it to be an original truth of mankind that we can learn about life simply by studying animals & insects.

It wasn't until a few years ago when I started writing my first book that I began to take an indepth look at them.

I kept having dreams of dragonflies and couldn't understand why til I began to do my research.

 

And that's when I found out the most amazing thing about dragonflies.

 

The dragonfly symbolizes:

~ change and a change in the perspective of self realization.

~ represents emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life. 

~ as it scurries across water, it represents an act of going beyond what's on the surface and

looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

 

The dragonfly's agile flight and it's ability to move in all six directions exude

a sense of power and poise...something that only comes with age and maturity.

 

The dragonfly moves at an amazing 45 miles and hour, hovers like a helicopter,

can fly backward like a hummingbird and can do this while only flapping it's wings 30 times a minute

as opposed to mosquitoes and flies which need to flap their wings 600 to 1000 times a minute.

 

The iridescence of the dragonfly symbolizes the ability to see with clear vision into the realities of life and to discover one's own ability by removing doubts that have been cast by oneself or others into one's own sense of identity.

 

The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing sights.  

Given almost 80% of a dragonly's brainpower is dedicated to it's sight and the fact that it can see 360 degrees

around symbolizes the ability to see beyond the limitations of man.

 

The dragonfly lives most of it's life as a nymph in the water and flies only for a fraction of it's life.

The adult dragonfly lives only for a few months and flies in a way

that it realizes that life is short thus symbolizing it's important to live life to the fullest.

The dragonfly reminds us that we must be aware of who we are, what we are doing and what we are here to do.

 

Because of it's ability to to fly, control it's movements and be comfortable on water, land and air, 

the dragonfly is considered to be an agent of change.  

 

It was the last two findings that caused me to have an "Ahaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!" moment.  

I had recently come to the knowledge that I am only here on this earth for but a short time and I have a purpose to fulfill and so I must become comfortable in all environments so as to reach people all around the world 

who have been raped, abused, trafficked, molested and been through years of crisis.

 

So now I understood the dragonfly dreams.

 

The creator of the universe was telling me that I was powerful, graceful, had amazing power, full of possibility,

was an agent of change and only had a limited time to fulfill my purpose.

 

Hence the reason for the dragonfly.