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Symbols: The Butterfly

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the-butterfly-of-apollo-.jpg.jpegThe butterfly is a beautiful, small, creature that carries on its wings messages of the universe. There are many ways a butterfly flitting by can be interpreted. Someone may say the appearance of butterflies in a garden is nothing more than nature proceeding through the motions of the seasons; it is only Spring. Someone else may say butterflies are just insects that are nice to look at. For another, a butterfly may be an omen, a message from divinity. The truth is, butterflies are all of these things; they are a sign of nature’s procedure, they are just insects, and they can be omens.

When seeing butterflies often and when it seems strange, like it means something, here are the things you need to pay attention to in order to decipher its significance and meaning: color, size, and behavior. You should also be aware of how you feel and your surroundings (Daytime? Indoors, park, garden, or sidewalk?). How you feel the moment you witness this omen, whether it is inanimate or breathing, will tell you a lot about why you are seeing it. For example, if you are walking down the street feeling a bit glum and suddenly a butterfly circles around you, it may be Spirit’s way of trying to cheer you, trying to tell you to have hope, to look around and notice what is good and beautiful. (Read this post to better understand how omens work.)

Butterflies are often a symbol of love and romance. We associate butterflies with the feminine, with softness, and with the blooming of Spring. That being the case, when the butterfly omen is recurring in your life it could signify femininity, beauty, gentleness, and so on. It may also be a reminder to put these things (gentleness, kindness, etc.) into practice. It may also be a reminder to appreciate beauty, both within and around you. In its blooming aspect, the butterfly can signify the beginning of something new. It can be a new romantic relationship or a new phase in life. It relates more to new beginnings and to phases that will pass quickly.

Most importantly, we have to remember that the butterfly was a caterpillar before it became what is presented before you. It is a simple fact and it may seem ridiculous to even mention it, but this minor detail can have profound meaning in your life. As from caterpillar to butterfly is a change, seeing a butterfly could signify a coming change, or that you are going through a change. But this type of change is more than that, more drastic; the appropriate word for this is transformation. So this means that you are either coming out of a transformation, or are currently going through one, or will be going through one and will come out lookin’ good and feelin’ free. For example, you may be feeling down, struggling with body image, struggling with feeling beautiful, or you may be going through something that has you feeling inadequate, dark on the inside, and depressed. Then the butterfly starts showing itself, calling your attention often. In a situation like this it may be a symbol of hope and encourage, a sort of reassurance and reminder that the result of the challenges and transformation will be amazing.

As it pertains to love, the butterfly may signify tender love and romance. Romance in the sense that you may feel inspired to write some love poetry or to show affection. It may also be an introspective sign of your longing for romance, love, affection, and a relationship. In order to distinguish which it is you have to pay attention to the butterfly’s behavior. Is it circling you? Did it almost land on you? Is it flying away from you? If it is circling you it could mean that love and romance is around you, approaching, and so on. If it lands on you or one of your belongings, it could mean that change is coming, that romance is in the future. If it is flying away from you (as butterflies naturally tend to do, but usually in cases like this intuition tells you there is some awareness, some consciousness, or something more beyond nature and what is perceivable causing the behavior. Plus, taking into consideration the previous synchronicities makes the butterfly’s movements seem significant.) then it could mean the romance, love, etcetera, is moving away from your life’s focus. It could also mean that you are striving for these things, chasing after them. Regardless of which meaning it could be, the butterfly omen is being sent as a way to cause you to reflect, to become aware of your state, how you feel, of what is happening in your life.

Another thing to consider when reading this omen is color. The color of the butterfly matters and affects its meaning. A black butterfly signifies an approaching death. Eerie as it may seem, in my experience, this omen has unfortunately never failed. In Central America, a large, black butterfly is an omen of death, especially if it enters the house and will not leave. I have had three experiences with such an omen. A white butterflies brings with it all the connotations attached to its color. White is often a color connected with purity and divinity. However, in some cultures white is the color symbolic of death. This is why omens are personal and everyone has to figure out his or her messages. Color interpretation is simple: red for passion, pink for love, yellow for friendship, and so on.

If you find yourself frustrated and confused, ask for guidance, ask for further explanation, for clarification. The universe will respond in a way that will help, but you have to be aware. Practice meditation and silence, receptivity, and that will make it easier to understand your world.

Namaste.

 

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Love Can Be Exhausted

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“The Mysterious Girl” by Giuseppe Milo

Love is often described as something that is eternal, something that we cannot touch and exists in everything. When in love, it seems as if the warm and glorious feeling will last forever, as if it will never and cannot possibly be replicated. Often, family love is described as unconditional. None of these things are always true. Love can be exhausted, meaning love can be lost, love can calcify and become hard hatred, until it becomes emptiness.

Can you stop loving someone? Yes, of course. Can you stop loving a family member? Yes. Family love, regardless of culture, is the type of love that is deemed permanent and unconditional. Not all families are the same and not all families are as loving. Abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, thins down the love of a family member. What then happens is hate replaces that love.

Many that experience a negative family life grow to have hatred against family members, and when they express their sentiments they are reprimanded by friends or other family members. The conversation may go something like this, “I hate my father.” and someone responds, “No, don’t hate your father, at the end of the day, he is your father.” These types of responses cause much harm to the person who is going through difficult times, difficult emotions, and does not do anything but propagate a myth about love. Telling someone not to feel something towards an abusive family member causes the person to feel guilty, worthless, evil, harmful, wrong, and confused. Whenever encountering this type of situation, be mindful of your responses, be compassionate before anything else, and listen. Familial love is not always permanent.

What I am saying is that it is okay to feel hate against those who have hurt, or continue to hurt you, regardless of who they may be. But keep in mind that to feel hate is different from acting out of hate. To feel hate is painful. To feel angry is frustrating, almost like you are stuck, or going around in circles. Whether the relationship is romantic or familial, feeling hatred for this loved one is okay.

Hatred and love go hand in hand; they are two sides of the same coin, they are yin and yang. Ying_yang_signYou cannot have hate without love, and vice versa. Think of hatred overcoming your heart and how it feels, how it suffocates that happiness, the light, and the good out of you. Many let this hatred become a permanent part of them. Some women allow their hatred of one man become a hatred for all men and some men allow their hatred for one woman become hatred for all women. Though hatred provides feelings of power and control, those moments of focus and power are based on a faulty and dark place that will never provide what you really need and want. This is because hatred attracts hatred, it attracts negativity, it attracts difficulty. So, life will never seem bright, love will seem a fantasy, and connections will be superficial.

Life is cyclical. Everything is. Here is an example of the love to hate process:

  1. Love
  2. Hurt by significant other, friend, or family member.
  3. Feeling pain, sadness, depression, confusion, anger.
  4. Love turns to hate.
  5. Hatred for the other person, for the world, for the self.
  6. Anger. Anger towards self, towards others.
  7. Emptiness.
  8. Feeling disconnected.
  9. Finding something new.
  10. Growing a new love.

Many people make it to number 8, feeling disconnected from the world, feeling alone. Some stay at number 5 and are in a constant state of hate. It is hard moving to number 9, because it is here where you have finally let go of the pain and anger, and it is here where you have found something new. 9 is where you find something new, not necessarily a new relationship, but something that fulfills you, something that gives you happiness and self-love. Number 10 takes dedication, dedication to this new thing, new way of looking at life. Number 10 is the completion, the end of a cycle, and a new beginning.

Life is really just a constant collision of energy, from atoms against atoms, to people colliding into each other, life is a beautiful chaos. Souls mingle and twist into each other. Souls, from one life to the next, find and lose each other. Sometimes we meet each other only to teach each other, or to hurt each other, or to balance the scale of karma, or to love each other. Whether a family member who causes pain or a partner who becomes a stranger, sometimes life pushes us apart. The only thing constant is change.

 

Namaste.

 

Dreams: Regular vs. Spiritual

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Dreams are the moments the mind gets to distract, express, and replenish itself. In the world of dreams, anything is possible. Sometimes the views are fantastic, more beautiful than what we encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes we have conversations with people only to forget what they say to us when we awaken. Other times, we are naked and embarrassed, or lost and chased.

Often, as your body slowly tingles back into your daily reality, there is a question that suddenly rises with intensity. That question is: Was it real? Was what I just dreamt real? Did that really just happen? The question of what is real has been debated by philosophers and scientists for ages. Instead of getting into that extremely profound and dense question now, let’s simply things like this: regular dreams versus spiritual dreams. When we wonder whether a dream was real, the question we are asking ourselves is: Did I just go through that? The I in the previous question is the consciousness, the soul, the who you really are. This question comes up because the dream felt real, as real as the physical existence, and so we are left wondering where the boundary between the physical and spiritual really is.

But here, think of dreams as a series of photographs. Your typical or regular dream is an amalgamation, a collection, of the images and moments of the day/s. And so, the dream is limited only to what the mind has managed to capture. Even the people in dreams, whether they are friends or family, will seem limited. It is like looking into a school kid’s shoebox project, it reflects everyday life on a small, limited scale. People’s actions will seem repetitive and there won’t be a fluid communication between you and them. You can recognize a being entering your dreams because you can recognize a consciousness. There is a moment where you realize this person you are talking to is more alive than the surroundings, more sentient, and there is intentional communication. He or she will say things to you that you would not have thought of, that is how you know you are communicating with another consciousness. You will think to yourself, “Hey, I didn’t think of that. You’re right.” So when that being provides some sort of unexpected insight you will know that he is not you, that he is not a part of your imagination. If the messages or conversations were coming from within you, from your subconscious, then you would see only yourself. You would see your reflection or you would be alone in your dreamscape travels.

The reason you remember your dreams more and are able to control them more when you go to sleep at your regular time is because of your body’s natural rhythm. Your body has enough time to rest and so the sleep process is not being rushed or cut short.

Another way to tell whether your dream was a spiritual travel or if it was a regular dream is repetition. If you have the same dream over and over, chances are that your subconscious and/or your body is trying to tell you. I say chances because there is the possibility that a repeating dream has a spiritual connection; for example, past life memories and premonitions.

Dreams always have something, some message, whether mundane or spiritual. So explore both possibilities and follow your instinct, your intuition, to find the truth.

 

Namaste.