Dragonfly Asks If Illusions Are Holding You Back

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Dragonfly medicine is of the dreamtime and the illusionary facade we accept as physical reality. The iridescence of Dragonfly’s wings reminds us of colors not found in our everyday experience. Dragonfly’s shifting of color, energy, form, and movement explodes into the mind of the observer, bringing vague memories of a time or place where magic reigned.

That quote is from the book and deck Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson.

The picture of the dragonfly is from the grape vine outside our back door.

On Friday, my daughter and I were walking back from the garden, when a flash of iridescent blue caught my eye. We walked over to see what it was: The biggest, most incredibly beautiful dragonfly I had ever seen.

Ella and I moved right up close to it, within a few inches. I kept expecting it to fly away, but it just stayed there. It didn’t move at all, no matter how close we got. I had a hard time believing that it was real and not a jeweled, sculpted replica put there by our neighbor who has a collection of such beautiful things.

It was the eyes that convinced me it was real. They were too… alive, too magical to have been sculpted.

So I said to Ella, “let’s run inside and get the camera so we can take a picture.”

When we returned with the camera, half-expecting the dragonfly to be gone, it was still there.

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The images do not capture the infinitely deep, fluid, shimmering, swirling nature of those eyes. As Jamie Sams says, “[The] shifting of color, energy, form and movement explodes into the mind of the observer…” I really got it and felt as if I could dive into those eyes and swim in that pool of magical, swirling color.

The lesson from Dragonfly in the Medicine Cards is about the illusory nature of reality and the shifing of perception. An apt lesson to receive on the day before my Law of Attraction Live seminar!

In the Medicine Cards description Jamie writes:

On the psychological level, it may be time to break down the illusions you have held that restrict your actions or ideas.

Dragonfly medicine always beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which you need to change…

Have you tended to the changes you have wanted to make in your life? If you feel the need for change, call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation.

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See how you can apply the art of illusion to your present question or situation, and remember that things are never completely as they seem.

What illusions are you holding onto that restrict your actions?

What illusions do you continue to believe are true?

Is there one illusion you could shatter or shift right now that would make a positive change in your life?

If so, do it, now. Don’t wait.

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      3. Barb on October 6th, 2007 9:08 am

        Edward,
        That is a gorgeous dragonfly! Dragonfly is a power animal for me, or a reminder of spirit. Just this summer I’ve had the experience of having about 20 of them flying overhead – so close I could reach out and touch them, “saving” one from behind a cobweb and dust covered couch in a room where a tag sale was taking place (and nobody else heard it there or cared to help it), and finding an exoskeleton of one that must have been a meal for some animal (these are just a few examples). Just yesterday I saw another one in the cold evening – I was completely taken aback. And I also have pictures of a small brown one that surprised me last year by letting me get as close to it as my camera lens allowed – those pictures are some of my favorite. Thanks for sharing from the medicine cards – it’s good to know more about what dragonfly means.

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