145. In the Eye of the Dragonfly

“…Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength, not to be greater than my friend, but to fight my greatest enemy, myself. So when my life fades, as the fading sunset, may my spirit come to you without shame.” (Lakota Chief Yellow Lark)

Walking toward the pond on the Wetland Trail, you will find a handful of peaceful experiences in the Earth Sanctuary.  Several rock sculptures greet you on the travels toward the Labyrinth.  After winding through the twists and turns of the salal web, focusing on your spiritual contemplation, you might then meander down to the Spirit Rock, removing your shoes and stepping to the edge of the pond for a prayer.

Michele meditating in the labyrinth at the Earth Sanctuary, Langley, WA

We read one together.  “…Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.  I seek strength, not to be greater than my friend, but to fight my greatest enemy, myself.   So when my life fades, as the fading sunset, may my spirit come to you without shame.” (Lakota Chief Yellow Lark)

Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) male.  Pacific Northwest.  Summer.  .
Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly (Aeshna multicolor) male. Pacific Northwest. Summer.

I have been seeing dragonflies, not as visions, but in life.  They come toward me in parking lots, soar by in the backyard.  A dragonfly art print hung from the wall of the Airbnb.  A pillow on the bed was adorned with a colorful, oversized version.

And then, in prayer, we stood face to face with the biblical symbol of transformation and renewal.  It was the Equinox.  The insect hovered in front of us, flew a few loops, and hovered again.  She was alert, watching, listening, a part of the prayer.  Balance, renewal.  I think there may be a theme emerging!  

Let the games begin.  I am ready to leave the last six months behind.  We all are.  So much gratitude to the dragonfly for delivering the message of the Eternal!

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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