Spirit Animal Dragonfly
Gifts: Transformation. Cutting through illusion. Revealing the Truth. Wisdom. Instantaneous changing of direction. Enlightenment.
Challenges: Forcing the Truth on others before they are ready. Inability to sit still. Relaying your vision to people who cannot see it.
Similar to Butterfly and Moth, Dragonfly offers the gift of transformation. Dragonfly larvae hatch and grow in the water and transform into the flying adults we recognize. Dragonfly teaches that change is an inevitable part of life. You can view change from the fear-based perspective that it is life-destroying or from the expansive perspective that change is life-giving.
A unique approach to change is Dragonfly’s ability to change directions instantaneously. We are often afraid of change, afraid that we won’t be prepared for change, afraid that we won’t be able to safely navigate change. While Squirrel needs lots of time to plan and prepare, Dragonfly can handle any surprises that come its way. With Dragonfly, you have the gift of being able to adjust your course—at a moment’s notice, without much planning.
Physical dragonflies are capable of seeing colors that are invisible to human eyes. I love this—the idea that there are creatures who can see colors that just don’t exist to our eyes. With Dragonfly as your spirit animal, this doesn’t mean that you can physically see colors outside of the human spectrum of visible light. But it does mean that you have the gift of perceiving what other people do not. Metaphorically, what does “seeing new colors” mean to you? To me it means seeing things in a new perspective, seeing a hidden truth that others can’t or don’t want to see.
This is related to Dragonfly’s gift of cutting through illusions. Remember that fear and underlying limiting beliefs create a veil of illusion. Dragonfly can see through that veil to detect the truth. This gift often gets raised out of children and even denied in adults. How often have you been told that your instincts were wrong? We don’t always have the opportunity to discover that our instincts were actually right, but I’ll bet that you have examples of doubting your gut only to have it proven correct later. Stop doubting it! Tap into Dragonfly to trust yourself and your gut again.
The main challenge for Dragonfly is relaying your vision—speaking the truth that you see—to people who cannot see it. It’s like being at the top of a ladder and describing what you see to someone standing at the bottom. If they don’t trust you, they likely won’t believe you because they just can’t see it for themselves. You’ll have to either figure out a way to communicate that will facilitate understanding, or, like Cassandra from Greek mythology, resign yourself to the fact that your job is to speak the truth, not ensure that people accept it.