“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.”
Animal spirit guides have long been recognized throughout history. In the world’s oldest healing tradition, Shamanism, the Shaman practitioners believed that each person was given an animal spirit guide, or a power animal sent to offer guidance and insight into their lives. They believed that each animal possessed its own knowledge and wisdom, respecting and honoring all that they had to share.
If you begin to spot one specific animal repetitively, this is often a sign that you are being given a message. The butterfly is a recognized animal guide, associated with transformation and personal growth. If you are being visited by butterflies this may mean that you have reached a time in your life in which you need to grow and evolve, much like that of a butterfly.
The butterfly starts as nothing more than a small egg, hatching into a caterpillar. When it reaches the time for its personal transformation it becomes a cocoon, or a pupa, emerging as a beautiful butterfly. This is similar to the transformation that is experienced on your spiritual journey. You start off naïve to the spiritual world, however longing for something more. Eventually, as you begin to reach within yourself, you enter into your cocoon, growing and evolving to emerge in your spiritual awakening.
If you see butterflies, they may be trying to deliver any one of these messages:
Life is beautiful when you allow yourself to live it.
Butterflies are bright, beautiful and vibrant in color. They represent the beauty that exists in the world around us, a beauty that is available to any one of us to experience if we just open our eyes and take in the moment. If you are not already living this way, butterflies may be a sign that you need to let go of the past, stop worrying about the future, and genuinely enjoy the life you are living.
They may be reminding you to let go of darkness in your life.
When you find yourself in a time of darkness it often sits like a weight on your chest. Butterflies represent a lighter, easy going approach to life. They are carefree, letting of anything that may weigh them down. Seeing butterflies may be a call to discover what is weighing you down in your life and let it go, freeing yourself.
You are currently going through a time of growth and change.
If you are currently working through a significant change in your life, such as a change of career, moving to a new city, preparing for marriage or going through a breakup, you may find that you start to see butterflies more regularly. They are here to encourage you during this time, reminding you of how brave you are.
They are trying to encourage you to look internally, reassessing your personal beliefs and perspectives in life.
Change is not only an external experience. The presence of butterflies in your life may be a sign that you need to look internally, evaluating your perspectives in life and your personal beliefs. You may have recently started questioning a belief that you were raised with, realizing that you don’t actually connect with the views that you were taught, or you have felt a weight in your heart about something you had once believed that you now realize doesn’t fit with who you are.