Tuesday 30th July 2013
On Sunday I worked in my lounge which has a beautiful stained glass window. Throughout the whole day a white (well kind of cream really) butterfly kept my company. Well, maybe ‘kept my company’ is a little misleading; it would be more accurate to say we shared the same space. We didn’t communicate with each other. The butterfly flapped its wings manically against the window, as if trying to push through the glass, for longs periods of time, and then was still for equal lengths of time. It carried on like this all day making no attempt to leave the room or the corner it was in, even though the door was open.
On Monday morning when I did my cards a single one fell out – the butterfly.
When I went into the lounge the butterfly from the day before was still there, sitting on the window ledge. I vacuumed around it but it didn’t move.
There were lots of white butterflies in the garden, and have been there for some days, I asked it if it didn’t want to go out and join its friends, but it didn’t move or acknowledge me.
My son came to visit and I told him the saga of the previous day and the morning. He was fascinated, but could offer no explanation.
As I drove off on the hot summer day with my windows down to attend a friend’s funeral, I realised there was a white (cream) butterfly flying around in the car. It went into one of the spare pair of my shoes that was on the floor of the passenger side.
As I pulled over to call my son to tell him the butterfly flew out of the window.
Today the one in the lounge is still there, so I looked up the meaning of butterfly again. I knew they meant big changes but wondered if there was something else I was missing.
Here’s what Stephen Farmer’s book Animal Spirit Guides says:
If BUTTERFLY shows up it means:
- Lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously.
- Get ready for a big change, one where an old habit, way of thinking, or lifestyle is going out, and a new way of being is emerging.
- It’s time to make the changes you’ve been considering.
- In spite of the challenges, you’ll get through this transition, and as always, you know that ‘this too shall pass.’
- Express yourself by wearing more colourful clothing.
I read the meanings to a friend and joked about the fact that I was wearing cream and black – hardly the most colourful of clothes. She suggested that I should speak to the butterfly and ask it what message(s) it had for me.
Oh yes, I became Mrs Doolittle. I spoke to the butterfly as it sat motionless on the window, as it had done for hours.
‘What’s with all the flapping and all the hanging around?’ I asked casually.
As if in answer it began flapping around, not as frenetically as on Sunday, but definitely flapping. When it opened its wings I noticed the black markings on the outside. It wasn’t just cream, it was black and cream. We matched! Not all butterflies are colourful. Then it was still again. Then another little flap, and a longer spell of stillness.
Then I swear it said to me, ‘I was a pupa before I became a butterfly, learn to be still. At the moment you need more stillness than activity. Be still.’
Have I officially flipped???