Our luscious planet Earth is a living, breathing consciousness in and of herself. She is a life force that sustains all life. Animals are an integral part of Earth as well as to our existence. During one of my meditations, I was told from Spirit that there are so many souls who wish to live a life here on our planet that they'll choose to incarnate as one of the many life forms that inhabits this plane - which includes thousands of animal species. Working with the simplicity and purity of the animal spirits as a shaman is always so profound and delightful. Animal messengers and totems come through to bring us special messages and special support.
When a butterfly crosses your path, you're witnessing Spirit in physical form. There are so many stories from people who've lost a loved one and then saw a butterfly flying around them shortly thereafter. Often times they'll see a butterfly during the funeral service. According to Ted Andrews who wrote the wonderful animal spirit book, Animal Speak, butterflies were considered the symbol of the soul in early Christianity. To the Native Americans, butterflies symbolized change, joy, and color. Many times spirits will come through in the form of butterflies, hummingbirds, dragonflies and lady bugs. It's up to you to decipher which is significant to you.
Butterflies are physical representations of hope, joy, and pure unconditional love. Butterfly Medicine reminds you that you're always supported and always loved - no matter what your circumstances may be. Butterflies are magical, miraculous creatures reminding us that life is ever-changing, ever-evolving, and ever-joyful.