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Symbolic Meaning of the Dragonfly

The dragonfly spirit animal is symbolic of transformation, change, joy and lightness in self-realization. This really resonates deeply with me and the heart centred work that I do as an End of Life Doula.

By Walter Dudley Cavertn

The Dragonfly Story

meaning of dragonfly

In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the lily stems to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what had happened to him.

Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise.

Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him, they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number. The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation which we call death is no proof that they cease to exist.

Quotes

Soulful Thoughts

  • We’re all just walking each other home. Ram Dass
  • Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Seeing death as the end of the ocean is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. David Searls
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Mahatma Gandhi
  • I love you neither with my heart nor with my mind. My heart might stop. My mind can forget. I love you with my soul because my soul never stops or forgets. Rumi
  • There is love in holding and there is love in letting go. Elizabeth Berg
  • Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. Unknown
  • When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. Sufi Aphorism

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