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Butterfly: Analogy for a Joyful Dance of Life

My Native heritage has brought me a sense of respect and peace for the Earth Mother and my brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom.

"Sometimes we need to be silent, listen and observe"

"Sometimes we need to be silent, listen and observe"

Are Butterflies Joyfully Dancing Around You?

Have you ever been out for a walk and all of a sudden, you are surrounded by butterflies? Or perhaps just one finds its way to you and just flitters around you as you continue to walk. Then for the remainder of the day or even the next few days, you are very aware of every butterfly you come across, whether it is a real one, or a picture of one, or even a wind chime with a butterfly motif, their presence is very adamant in your surroundings.

It’s not a coincidence. Sometimes we need to be silent, listen, and observe our surroundings as mother earth’s animals will speak to us in many ways.

According to Native American teachings, the butterfly represents the symbol of joy, the soul, creativity, freedom, color, and most of all, change. Each butterfly has great power for such a delicate specimen. The power of transformation, shape shifting, and soul evolution.
Their element is air. Once released from their cocoon, they are swiftly changing and constantly on the move with the flight of grace.

The butterfly is revered to be a messenger of “the moment.” It is in your space when there is something to be delivered. Their colors are vibrant and come in many different shades. Their markings are evident and mirrored to perfection.

The Stages of the Butterfly

By studying the markings and the colors of the butterfly, you can uncover butterflies message to you.
Butterflies possess the ability to grow and change, and with this transformation, it does not have to be a traumatic experience. It can however be joyous with much to celebrate about.

The Butterfly reminds us that things are not to be taken too seriously, but to move and not be idle.

The butterfly is without fear as they discover the new world after leaving the safety of their cocoon. They trust their untested wings to fly without doubt in their minds.

Their perseverance to become the beautiful creature of color goes through many important stages.

It is by the example of butterflies that we too must look at our lives. The butterfly is one of the most inspiring symbols of the animal kingdom.

We all move in various stages of our lives, each being equally and vital as the next. It is important not to rush to get to the “next” stage and just as important not to be stuck at any given stage in our growth. You don’t want the chance of becoming stagnant and bored.

As the butterfly knows exactly when to leave the safety and comfort of its cocoon, we too have that ability, yet the cocoon of our own thoughts are safe and familiar to us, but can also be very limiting as well. We can be frightened of what may be outside of our thoughts and beliefs. This will most assuredly hold us back from ourselves, from our dreams and desires, and most important, our unlimited potential. This fear and uncertainty lies in all of us as we go through life. But if we really observe the butterfly, we too can learn to move forward, growing from and improving any situation by finding out what stage we are at.

The Egg Stage~The Beginning: This is where an idea is born and not yet reality.

The Larvae Stage~Idea into Action: The larvae stage is when you physically put your idea into action.
This usually involves preparation and planning.

The Cocoon Stage~Developing Your Idea: The cocoon stage is where your ideas, your projects, and your talents are developed.

The BirthStage~The Ultimate Stage: This is the transformation stage, coming out of the chrysalis and the ultimate birth of the butterfly. This stage is all about sharing your colors and your creation with the rest of the world.

It is important to remember that we are always growing and evolving our stages. We need to continuously figure out which stage we are at and decide if we need more time to complete one stage before moving or evolving to the next. (Remember to not rush your stages, but also do not allow yourself to remain stuck either)

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Recognizing Your Changes

Some changes can be very subtle with little or no deliberate feel at all. An example of this would be losing your job followed by circumstances that push you into a new direction you weren’t expecting. What you may not have realized was that you were getting ready for a change subconsciously with things happening in and around your life. Perhaps you are not feeling secure of what is going on in your life right now. Take a look back over the circumstances of your life recently. Have you ever thought about changing jobs? Have you wished that you had a better paying job or even a change in your career?
If you pay close attention to what you have been thinking and the things transforming around you, you should be able to see on some level how your wishes are coming to fruition.

Remember that old familiar saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” What you focus on, will most likely come to pass.

The Butterfly is the perfect example of helping you see that when you exit your cocoon, a new door opens. Butterfly knows that there is power in trust and vulnerability.

The butterfly does not know, nor do we whether it can fly, but when it opens its wings with confidence and trust and learns of the delicacy they bring, the dance of life begins and they are now in graceful flight in air.

It is our journey to trust in our untried wings to support us. When we learn and follow the message of the Butterfly, our life can too be a joyful dance in which the sweetness comes forth.

Each stage of the Butterfly’s growth is parallel to the development of our own growth. First forming a thought and introducing it to the world. Understanding that preparation, planning and change are as natural as taking a breath. We must not be hard on ourselves. We must trust that our own untried wings will support the weight of our burdens and carry us through our journey. When this is done, we begin to receive the Butterfly’s gift, that life itself is extraordinary, amazing, and full of change.

If the Butterfly has found you, take special note of the most important issues in your life at this moment and contemplate what needs to be changed.

When an eco system has become damaged, the Butterfly is usually the first to leave. This is due to the fact that they are very sensitive to the harmony of the earth. If Butterfly finds you and is hurt, caught, or unwell, this is a strong indication that you must stop disturbing the natural design of life and follow the events with a more gentle and natural manner.

May the Butterfly manifest itself to you in your time of change. Namaste!

"Take special note of the issues in your life at this moment...."

"Take special note of the issues in your life at this moment...."

Totem: Butterfly

Totem: Butterfly

Has BUTTERFLY come into Your Life?

Additional Inspirational Totems by Liz Rayen

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Liz Rayen

Comments: Butterfly- A Joyful Dance

Liz Rayen (author) from California on July 10, 2013:

Thank you Bill. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. I certainly appreciate your visit and comment. Have a wonderful day!♥

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 10, 2013:

I missed this the first time around, Lisa, so I'm glad I caught it this time. I love how you mixed facts about the butterfly with Native American lore...beautifully written with a wonderful message about life. Well done!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on January 13, 2013:

I am so pleased that you saw a great meaning behind the butterfly. It is actually my totem animal which is no surprise since my Hawaiian name is Pulelehua (butterfly). Butterfly has so many different meanings to different people and it brings messages to you when they are needed. The most important thing to remember about Butterfly is that it is all about New Beginnings, New Birth, and Starting Over. ♥

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 13, 2013:

My new friend - this is truly amazing. I am astounded at what the totem of the butterfly signifies. Having read this AFTER I read about the hummingbird, it now makes perfect sense why my brother selected the lunar butterfly after he passed.

"The butterfly is revered to be a messenger of “the moment.” It is in your space when there is something to be delivered. Their colors are vibrant and come in many different shades. Their markings are evident and mirrored to perfection."

Just one of many messages in this awesome hub that hit home for me.

I thank you. I consider it a blessing having crossed your path.

May the purest of white light surround you all of your days in this existence and the many after.

Beckie XO

Liz Rayen (author) from California on December 16, 2012:

Thank you so much Mark (Curiad). I am pleased you like the article. Merry Christmas to you! ♥

Liz Rayen (author) from California on December 16, 2012:

Thank you Mark! You definitely have had some messages from the butterfly! You and the butterfly have so much in common.. you are all about "New Beginnings." I am so glad butterfly is in your life! Merry Christmas my friend!♥

Liz Rayen (author) from California on December 16, 2012:

Thank you so much Pamela! I'm glad you have butterfly plants. They love them! So good to see you! ♥

Curiad on December 16, 2012:

Beautiful and interesting, I love the analogies!


Mark Bruno from New Jersey Shore on December 16, 2012:

Such a wonderful Hub with so much information. I love butterflies and now that you have mentioned this butterflies have followed my around the yard many times and have stayed still on a side of a wall for me to get inches from it and take that beautiful photograph. Thank you so much for sharing this great hub with all of us.

Voted Up and across the board. Merry Christmas to you :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 16, 2012:

This is such a lovely hub. I also love butterflies and have planted some specific plants to attract them. I love your pictures. Voted up and beautiful.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on October 28, 2012:

I do too Kelly! In so much that my Hawaiian name is Pulelehua (butterfly). I love the fact that you have butterflies around you. They have special messages for you. Don't forget to listen.. They speak very clear and directly to you. Hub huggggggs sweety!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on October 28, 2012:

I truly LOVE much I have a tattoo on my shoulder of a small one:) it's a memorial and some cultures believe that we are reincarnated as butterflies. I keep a butterfly bush too!

Excellent hub topic my dear!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on October 08, 2012:

Thank you my sweet Julianna! I think if you look closely, your mother sends the butterflies all the time. You have great adventures ahead of you because of her. You are an amazing woman! Hugs!

AEvans on October 08, 2012:

I did not realize the true importance of the beautiful butterfly! No wonder why my mom sends them to me at the lowest part of my life. What an interesting hub and an absolutely amazing hub! :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on July 21, 2012:

What a wonderful experience pjmacblondie to have had with the monarchs. I hope and pray all is well with you these days. Butterfly represents "new beginnings" and "Rebirth" with many changes. I am sensing that this has been happening with you. You are definitely in a kinship with the butterfly. Be sure to continue to surround yourself with butterfly. Namaste :) on July 20, 2012:

What a great website. I had breast cancer in 2002__went alternative meds route. One day while in my backyard I experienced a swarm of monarch (hundreds) circled all around d me and then just disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Do not know what it meant at that time; but my life did change from doom to bloom after that day. I am a new woman--cannot explain, I am just grateful.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on July 20, 2012:

You are so very welcome ripplemaker! I'm so happy this hub inspired you. Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment! :)

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 20, 2012:

Your life can be a joyful so cool! I am inspired! Thank you for allowing me to see a different and beautiful view of butterflies. I love butterflies and the lessons I am learning! Thank you so much!

Mary Craig from New York on July 17, 2012:

This hub is like butterfly wings hovering over us to teach us to fly! I love the way you compared the butterfly to our lives and how we must "trust our own untried wings".

I've linked this hub to my hub on butterflies, though mine is certainly not as moving as this one!

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on July 05, 2012:

Thank you so much Cyndi! It sounds as if they have been a part of your "Joyful Dance" for quite some time. You are very fortunate to have so many totems surrounding you. I'm glad you are watching and listening with each of them. Their examples will definitely be a great part of your life as you continue to grow and make your important transitions. (BTW- You didn't miss it when it first came out.. you were mean't to read it again.. understand what I'm trying to say?)We'll talk more about that this weekend. HUGSSSS :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on July 05, 2012:

Namaste to you, Lisa. :) This hub is so beautiful! I just love butterflies and everything they mean. They have become a powerful symbol for me. I remember when I first became pregnant, butterflies surrounded me. Then I miscarried and owl was there, but he was comforting, too. Now, I see butterflies as I'm carried to new beginnings and they remind me to trust that I'm where I'm supposed to be, doing what I'm supposed to be doing. Thanks for this. I don't know how I missed this hub when it first came out! Hubhugs!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 16, 2012:

oh thank you lyns! I hope you enjoyed it! :)

Lynn Jones from USA on April 16, 2012:

Hi Rusticliving, I'm just getting your response I guess they don't notify anymore, you are so welcome I linked it to my butterfly poem, have a great day. lyns

Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 12, 2012:

I'm happy you enjoyed the hub. By all means, link away! I appreciate the fact that you would share this with others. Have a beautiful day lyns! :)

Lynn Jones from USA on April 12, 2012:

I love this so much I hope you don't mind me linking this to my butter fly poem here. Thanks again for sharing this hub. lyns

Lynn Jones from USA on April 12, 2012:

I love this hub, even though I knew a little about butterfly's I learned a great deal from this and very refreshing too, thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day. lyns

Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 11, 2012:

Thank you Stephanie! I appreciate your beautiful comment. Thank you so much for your support! :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on April 11, 2012:

Thank you PDX... I am so happy you enjoyed it. I certainly believe that animals have a way of teaching us who we are and how we can better our lives. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 11, 2012:

Very beautiful hub with a lovely message. Butterflies are so beautiful and fragile, yet a perfect symbol for change and evolution. The title is perfect as butterflies truly do seem to be dancing and joyful. Voted up and pinned!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on April 11, 2012:

very interesting. I love the way you used the butterfly as an analogy for life, but also the way you weaved facts throughout. very enjoyable. Shared!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

Thank you Rolly! I love butterfly worlds. I actually visited one in Canada while visiting there 12 years ago. You are so right in that they do capture our hearts! Namaste!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 09, 2012:

Thank you so much for your wonderful greeting and comment cclitgirl! I am so happy they are apart of your life as well. May one find it's way to you tomorrow! Lisa

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 08, 2012:

Very well written... I have been to a few places over the years called Butterfly World and watched people transform once they enter into the area.

These little creatures capture the heart of everyone...

Hugs from Canada

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 08, 2012:

Butterflies - or flutterby - as I like to call them are so special to me. Even before reading this, I somehow knew they were a sign of positive metamorphosis. Perhaps it's a positive sign that I have come across this hub. :) I see lots of "namaste" greetings, I will also leave a Native American one: "aho". :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 08, 2012:

I would be honored for you to link my hub to yours as I will do the same. I love your avatar as it represents so much! Thank you so much for your comment and vote. Namaste! "Pulelehua"

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on March 08, 2012:

What a beautiful hub. Voted it up and across. As you can tell by my avatar I love butterflies. It has been one of my totems since I was a preteen. You have offered valuable information here, and I appreciate that. I would like to link this hub to my butterfly hub, if I may? Thank you for such a sweet hub. :) Namaste.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 05, 2012:

Thank you so much Eiddwen! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. You have a blessed day as well! :)

Eiddwen from Wales on March 05, 2012:

Very beautiful and thanks for sharing this gem; I award my up up and away here.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 05, 2012:

Thank you so much Vellur! I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 05, 2012:

So vey beautiful, informative and as colorful as butterflies.Loved the pictures. Voted up.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 05, 2012:

So vey beautiful, informative and as colorful as butterflies.Loved the pictures. Voted up.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you so much! I don't believe I've seen that hub of yours. I will need to go check it out and link you back to this one! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on March 04, 2012:

I love butterflies, so I knew that I would have to stop and read this one tonight. I am going to link this one to my macrophotography of butterflies hub. They will compliment each other nicely. I learned so much reading this hub. You did a great job on this one!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

I absolutely agree with you Kelly! I was given the nickname "Pulelehua" in Hawaii because of all the "new beginnings I would journey towards. They are an amazing symbol of life. :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 04, 2012:

Rustic...I especially loved this...I am reading a ton tonight...but I have to comment. In some cultures, people believe that when you die you are reincarnated as a butterfly. I have a very special memorial tattoo of a butterfly. I love them...and when I see them...even in my own reflection...I am reminded that life isn't fair and we just need to focus on living happily here with what we have and enjoy each day and be grateful for it!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you for your beautiful comment suzette. I'm pleased you enjoyed it! :)

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on March 04, 2012:

Wonderful hub! We certainly can learn so much from nature and the butterfly, as you say, is the perfect analogy. They are such beautiful, delicate creatures and really color our world. Thanks for an interesting and intriguing piece on butterflies.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you Audrey! I totally agree! :)

Audrey Howitt from California on March 04, 2012:

I loved this hub! There is so much to be said for the wisdom of nature.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you so much Movie Master! I am so pleased you enjoyed it! May a butterfly find it's way to you today! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 04, 2012:

What a beautiful hub, a delight to read, thoroughly enjoyed this. Lovely pictures too.

Thank you and voted up.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you Brian! I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! Have a beautiful day! :)

BRIAN SLATER on March 04, 2012:

Beautiful hub, Ilove butterflies, Iike them when they get on a bus or train and get off at the next station, amazing creatures. Loved your pictures, voted up :)

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you audra! I love watching them as well. Every spring I make sure to have at least 6 plants/flowers that attract them. :)

iamaudraleigh on March 04, 2012:

Beautiful!!! Butterflies are fabulous to watch for me. Their beauty is magical! Great hub...nicely done! Voted up!

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you so much! Have a great day! :)

winbo on March 04, 2012:

votes and shares.. Nice hub

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 04, 2012:

Thank you Vinaya! And I did not realize there were more that 838 species were found in Nepal and nowhere else! Butterflies are amazing to watch. Very soothing! :)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 03, 2012:

I love watching butterflies in my garden. According to Toni Hagen, Swiss Anthropologists, more than 838 species of butterflies are found in Nepal, and most of them are not found anywhere in the world. However, I did not know about symbolism of butterfly.

Thanks for sharing the butterfly life cycle.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 03, 2012:

Thank you Susan!You are definitely a beautiful butterfly who spreads her wings! Thanks for the votes and shares. Im pleased you enjoyed it! :)

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 03, 2012:

What a beautiful analogy of the stages of the butterfly to our lives. We can either glide around from flower to flower showing our colors or we can sit with our wings closed, letting no one see our beauty. Votes and shares! :-)

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 03, 2012:

And thank you, for causing me to remember my friend in such a wonderful way that it made me smile instead of feeling sad.

Liz Rayen (author) from California on March 03, 2012:

My dear friend, What a wonderful message you have left. Your friend truly had the understanding of Butterflies and how closely their existence represents ours. I am so happy you had an experience with your very own butterfly. It definitely had a message for you. It appears that the legacy of your dear friend needed to be thought of today!

Thank you so much for your story! Namaste!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 03, 2012:

What a coincidence you posted this wonderful hub about butterflies! Coincidence, because this afternoon I was outdoors with my dog when a lovely yellow butterfly flew around and around us. Usually, my dog will bark at any creature, even a small bird, but she just watched the butterfly silently as I did until it flew away out of sight around the house.

A late friend of mine planted numerous shrubs and plants that are known to attract butterflies. She was so enchanted with butterflies and the process of metamorphosis that she built a chamber of glass with one side a hinged door made of mesh wire for air flow. She collected caterpillars in the last stage before they're ready to cocoon. (All caterpillars look alike to me, but she'd studied the process and knew how to tell when one was in the final stage before cocooning.)

My friend propped small pieces of branches with leaves inside the chamber so each caterpillar could string up on them and form the cocoon or crysalis around its changing form. She waited and checked on their progress frequently because it depends on the species of butterfly how long the process will take.

She was delighted when she got to watch a butterfly emerge from its crysalis. She took photographs when she had the opportunity and opened the wire mesh door to give the butterfly freedom. It usually headed for her flower and shrub garden anyway, so she got to watch it even longer. There is a shrub with multicolored blooms that she called a butterfly bush. It probably has another proper name, but I don't know it.

I'm glad I saw the yellow butterfly today, and gladder still that I read your hub because both made me think of my friend, who left this world several years ago. I miss her still, but remembering her delight in butterflies is a lovely memory, and for that...I thank you.

I also enjoyed reading your analogies relating humans' changes to the stages of the butterfly's metamorphosis. So true.

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