Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Dragonfly days...

Dragonfly's have fascinated people from all parts of the world, and for centuries at a time. Indian legends tell of a young boy making a toy insect out of corn and grass for his little sister that soon became a beautiful live messenger from the gods, offering comfort to little children and giving them instructions on survival. This beautiful insect was given the name Dragonfly. The Japanese, like the Zuni Indian, believe the dragonfly is a messenger to and from another world. They believe the dragonfly bring the spirit of the dead back to their friends and family during special times, symbolizing strength, courage and happiness. For some Native American tribes, they represent swiftness and activity, and are a symbol of renewal after a time of great hardship, and for the Navajo, they symbolize pure water. A dragonfly's colors are a result of the reflecting and refracting power of light. Because of this, they are associated with color magic and illusion, appearing in a rainbow of colors. I think that dragonflies are reminders that we are the light also, and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so, by letting our own light shine through. I learned this lesson in life from a good friend, Tracy, who let her light shine on everyone she knew. Dragonfly sightings are frequent amongst our little group of "Tracy's Angels", as we're all learning to let our light shine without her. Tonight, I found my simple joy waiting, a renewal indeed after a hardship of a day.....a gentle reminder to never give up, to keep my light shining. A reminder I very much needed.

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