Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy - The Dragonfly
Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy - Aristia Ninos, L.M.T.            Connecting the Mind~Body~Spirit
The Dragonfly
Strength, Peace, Harmony, Maturity, Balance, and Prosperity
 
At Elements of Massage & Integrated Therapy, the dragonfly was chosen because he represents peace, tranquility, and balance.  In many cultures the dragonfly is regarded as a symbol of light, renewal, grace, and transformation.  It is no wonder that the dragonfly holds out its wings so proud!  
 
Dragonflies are old and adaptive insects, and are most powerful in the summer under the effects of the warmth and sunlight.  Their colors are a result of reflecting and refracting the power of light.  In Japan, dragonflies represent new light and joy encouraging us to let our own light shine forth.  
 
Dragonflies are fantastic fliers, moving in six different directions,  darting like light, twisting, turning, changing direction, even going backwards.  They are inhabitants of two realms- starting with water, and then moving to the air with maturity.  As the dragonfly skitters across the top of the water, it reminds us that our deeper thoughts are surfacing and we must be mindful of the outcome we wish to have.  As a creature of the wind, the dragonfly represents change and a sense of self that comes with maturity.  The dragonfly exhibits the many colors of life.  With maturity, the dragonfly's own true colors come forth and  ultimately reveals its inner beauty.  
 
The dragonfly lives a short life.  It knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has. 
This is a great lesson for all of us. 
 
The Dragonfly Symbolizes:
  • Maturity and a Depth of character
    The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
       The traditional association of Dragonflies with water also gives rise to this  
       meaning to this amazing insect. The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water
      represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper
      implications and aspects of life.
 
  • Power and Poise
    The dragonfly’s agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise - something that comes only with age and maturity.
    The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour,  hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.
  • Defeat of Self Created Illusions
    The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors depending on the angle and polarization of light falling on it.

    This property is seen and believed as the end of one’s self created illusions and a clear vision into the realities of life. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity.
       This again indirectly means self discovery and removal of inhibitions.
 
  • Focus on living ‘IN’ the moment
    The dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature.  It flies only for a fraction of its life and usually not more than a few months.  This adult dragonfly does it all in these few months and leaves nothing to be desired.  This style of life symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living IN the moment and living life to the fullest.  By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t and make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.
    This ability lets you live your life without regrets like the great dragonfly.
 
  • The opening of one’s eyes
    The eyes of the dragonfly are one of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights. Given almost 80% of the insect’s brain power is dedicated to its sight and the fact that it can see in all 360 degrees around it, it symbolizes the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self.  It also in a manner of speaking symbolizes a man/woman’s rising from materialism to be able to see beyond the mundane into the vastness that is really our Universe, and our own minds.