The Gift of a Blue Butterfly

I was given a gift today. It was the gift of a blue butterfly...

After a lazy morning, sleeping in and moving slowly, I went for a walk, listening to Andy Williams tunes, like the song - "Try to Remember that kind of September..."

The day was warm, and beautiful - and I thought to myself, I do live that kind of September where life is now mellow..."

Half way through my walk, a blue butterfly flew almost directly in front of me and then perched itself on the branch of a Leyland Cypress on the edge of the path. It spread its wings magnificently, and stayed there - unwavering, for what seemed to be an eternity...

I looked at it, only inches from me, and was surprised it did not move, and seemed not afraid of me in anyway. I was determined not to be the one who moved first.

Almost immediately, I felt my heart flooded with incredible love for this creature - for all creatures - as I thought of loved ones in my life. In that moment, time stood still and I felt a deep sense of oneness with this incredible blue butterfly.

No one passed me on this walk - and that in itself - is rather unusual. I furtively stole a glance to my left - and then to my right - but there was no one in sight. It was I who became momentarily distracted - not the blue butterfly.

And then it seemed like someone was approaching my left side - but when I turned to look - all I saw were the rays of the sun beaming through tree branches and casting their light in a circle that seemed impregnated with a golden and brilliant hue and with so much love as well. Almost instantly the circle danced and morphed into what seemed to be the shape of a lotus. I realized that this light was a Presence that was never absent to me... I felt surrounded by a legion of spiritual beings, those who have gone before me and are still with me, and those who have never manifested on this plane of existence, all cloaked in the Presence and Love of God as well.

I looked back at the butterfly that had remained steadfast and unwavering - its wingspan fully spread. I saw a spot on its left wing where it was slightly separated and maybe damaged.

My heart swelled with love and I was moved to tears. In that moment, everything seemed connected and beautiful and I felt immense peace. I did not feel alone and realized I have never been alone, even when I felt desperately so.

I thought of walking on, but the butterfly was teaching me so many things on so many levels. It was teaching me about being fully in the present moment. It was teaching me about receiving unconditional love. I gave thanks to it, and for the messages it was bringing to me.

And so the butterfly remained, for over a quarter of an hour - and I stood there - my eyes locked with it - and no one else came by during that time, or for the remainder of my walk.

Then suddenly, its mission accomplished, it gathered and folded up its wings and gracefully flew away, and found another perch eventually.

I have never seen a butterfly like this one. I came home and looked up blue butterflies, and found that some types are rare and facing extinction. I also looked up the meaning of blue butterflies and butterflies in general, for in many shamanic and Native American cultures animals all have some significance, and they have been showing up for me - physically or in my dreams since this year started.

I feel incredibly moved, and know that something happened today I don't fully understand in this moment. It was one of those mystical experiences that is simply a gift. I leave you with some information I found online about the meaning butterflies...

Butterfly

Transmutation, Dance of Joy
The butterfly is the symbol of change, joy and color.
It is the symbol of the soul.
They remind us that life is a dance,
not to take things quite so seriously.
They also remind us to get up and move.
Dance brings the sweetness of life. 
Butterflies bring color and joy to your life.
Look at them and remember what joy is in your life,
if its a lot or a little, it is still joy.
They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to traumatic;
it can occur gently, sweetly, joyfully.
If a butterfly totem has shown up in your life,
make note of the most important issues in your life,
and see what needs to be changed.

Meaning of a Blue Butterfly
Butterfly are often considered as a sign of life, as it's an adult which is at the peak of its life. Butterflies are often regarded as a symbol of love, and so can be seen used in various cards and paintings. In many cultures, butterflies are used to symbolize rebirth.

As butterfly goes from its larva to pupa state, it becomes almost non-living. But, again it comes out of its pupa state into an energetic adult as a butterfly. This symbolizes rebirth.

Just like the above meaning, resurrection is another meaning associated with butterflies due to their metamorphosis.

Many times in Christian art Jesus is shown holding a butterfly.

Woman and the butterfly
Blue is a fresh color, and often blue butterflies are used to show joy and happiness. This color is also a cool color, and spotting a blue butterfly or holding it can have a calming effect.

Often observing a blue butterfly is considered lucky, as these are rarely seen in some parts of the world. Butterflies have iridescent and shimmering wings.

They are beautiful and colorful creatures. Due to their beauty they are also used by many artists to make various crafts.

This animal totem is considered sacred by many cultures and so considered mysterious and spiritual.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/meaning-of-a-blue-butterfly.html
Butterfly are often considered as a sign of life, as it's an adult which is at the peak of its life. Butterflies are often regarded as a symbol of love, and so can be seen used in various cards and paintings. In many cultures, butterflies are used to symbolize rebirth.

As butterfly goes from its larva to pupa state, it becomes almost non-living. But, again it comes out of its pupa state into an energetic adult as a butterfly. This symbolizes rebirth.

Just like the above meaning, resurrection is another meaning associated with butterflies due to their metamorphosis.

Many times in Christian art Jesus is shown holding a butterfly.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/meaning-of-a-blue-butterfly.html
Butterfly are often considered as a sign of life, as it's an adult which is at the peak of its life. Butterflies are often regarded as a symbol of love, and so can be seen used in various cards and paintings. In many cultures, butterflies are used to symbolize rebirth.

As butterfly goes from its larva to pupa state, it becomes almost non-living. But, again it comes out of its pupa state into an energetic adult as a butterfly. This symbolizes rebirth.

Just like the above meaning, resurrection is another meaning associated with butterflies due to their metamorphosis.

Many times in Christian art Jesus is shown holding a butterfly.

Woman and the butterfly
Blue is a fresh color, and often blue butterflies are used to show joy and happiness. This color is also a cool color, and spotting a blue butterfly or holding it can have a calming effect.

Often observing a blue butterfly is considered lucky, as these are rarely seen in some parts of the world. Butterflies have iridescent and shimmering wings.

They are beautiful and colorful creatures. Due to their beauty they are also used by many artists to make various crafts.

This animal totem is considered sacred by many cultures and so considered mysterious and spiritual.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/meaning-of-a-blue-butterfly.html
Butterfly are often considered as a sign of life, as it's an adult which is at the peak of its life. Butterflies are often regarded as a symbol of love, and so can be seen used in various cards and paintings. In many cultures, butterflies are used to symbolize rebirth.

As butterfly goes from its larva to pupa state, it becomes almost non-living. But, again it comes out of its pupa state into an energetic adult as a butterfly. This symbolizes rebirth.

Just like the above meaning, resurrection is another meaning associated with butterflies due to their metamorphosis.

Many times in Christian art Jesus is shown holding a butterfly.

Woman and the butterfly
Blue is a fresh color, and often blue butterflies are used to show joy and happiness. This color is also a cool color, and spotting a blue butterfly or holding it can have a calming effect.

Often observing a blue butterfly is considered lucky, as these are rarely seen in some parts of the world. Butterflies have iridescent and shimmering wings.

They are beautiful and colorful creatures. Due to their beauty they are also used by many artists to make various crafts.

This animal totem is considered sacred by many cultures and so considered mysterious and spiritual.

Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/meaning-of-a-blue-butterfly.html

Comments

Cynde Jackson said…
Awesome.....awesome experience and awesome retelling! What an experience to treasure!
Anonymous said…
What a beautiful reminder for us all to be mindful of our surroundings :) Sheila
julie said…
Hi and thank YOU. I was Given the Message of Blue Butterfly last night in my Dream. It landed on me again (for the 2nd time in a Dream) and I was eagerly led to Google for the symbolism. This lovely website "Aligning with Grace" was ALREADY the first Message Confirmation, but also reading your blog of your Experience was Perfect interpretation in regard with my inner Messages. I have been Receiving the Guidance of the Blue Butterfly for about 2 years recently as It has been so sweetly Guiding me along my Journey. It is a Messenger for me that says YES! You are EXACTLY on THE RIGHT TRACK or PATH ie: In Alignment With Grace. Oh JOY and RAPTURE!
xoxoxoxo to you all. Julie Miller in Sedona AZ
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you for sharing Julie! Blessings!
Mary P said…
Olga, how especially timely this was for me too. It was wonderful and inspirational just as it was.

Last week I had a reading with a medium and one of the things my father said was that when I saw butterflies to remember him and his love for me. I also think of him and my appreciation and love of the natural world that he led me too.
Thanks,
Mary Pike
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you so much Mary for your kind words. Love and blessings to you! Olga
Anonymous said…
I lost my beautiful 18 yr old daughter on Christmas Eve, 15 months ago. It deeply hurt me and affected me in so many ways. I was at work shortly after my daughter passed in early spring and having a cigarette on my smoke break at work. Our building is located on the Delaware River in NJ. As I was on break, a beautiful blue butterfly landed right on my step and did not move. I quickly ran inside to find something to catch it with. All I could muster up was a baby bottle that I was in the process of saving change in for my Church's Baby Bottle fundraiser for unwed Moms. I dumped the change out and scooped the blue butterfly up and put the nipple on the bottle. For the rest of the day at work and into the evening, that butterfly came with me and a friend to WalMart and throughout my evening. When i got home I thought about putting it over at my daughters grave, but I have a great backyard for butterflies. My husband is a great gardener and we have tons of flower species that attract butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. I walked over to a huge whiskey barrel that was in full bloom and dumped out delicately the blue butterfly on a beautiful flowering bush. I was so taken by the butterflies calmness and it did not fly away even when released from the baby bottle. I just knew it was my magnificent baby girl who I had lost to a tragic death just a couple months before my encounter with MY BLUE BUTTERLFY. I ran in the house to get a flashlight so I could continue my encounter with the blue butterfly. As I shined the flashlight on the butterfly it would open its wings to full span and than as I moved the flashlight away it would slowly close its wings, but not fly away. I watched it for hours during that evening. It never moved. The blue butterfly brought me great peace and joy. And due to the fact that I had just experienced the greatest loss in my life with the death of our gorgeous 18 year old angel, there was not alot of joy in my life at that time. I video taped the encouter and took several pictures. The next day when I woke up I went out back to see if my butterfly had gone away and it was still there. I was so happy. But when I came home from work it had flown away, I sat out back for hours hoping that I could catch a glimpse of my beautiful blue butterfly again, and low and behold their it was in my huge butterfly bush (purple). For over a week that blue butterfly called my yard home. The day after I had my encounter with the most peaceful and beautiful creature I had ever seen, my ONLY SISTER had a blue Morpho butterfly come to her in her yard. She called it my daughters name. She told it not to move as she ran in the house to get her good camera. It stayed there and she was able to capture the most beautiful pictures of her blue butterfly. I am convinced it was my little girl coming to tell me and my sister that she is OK and it is OK to feel happy again. The cicumstances of her death were not a happy, pretty or peaceful passing and there were so many unanswered questions. The district attorneys office has been working on her case since the beginning and they have still not been able to determine who to bring up on charges, but that will happen, I just know it. I wanted everyone to know to just "believe" and be open to these type of special experiences. I go back and watch the video of my special encounter all the time and it instantly makes me feel better. Thanks for listening...Karen
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful and moving story of your own blue butterfly! It leaves me speechless! I hope you find peace with your daughter's passing, but like you, I believe she was letting you and your sister know she is all right. I have on several occasions heard people share that a butterfly appeared to them after the passing of a loved one... It is interesting how this butterfly was also so still and hung around... Just a few days before I shared this story with Suzanne, I was thinking about the blue butterfly. She has one in her treatment room - not a real one, but it was seeing this that sparked my retelling of this story. Blessings to you! Olga
Anonymous said…
Thank you for responding and posting my story Olga. Every word of it is true. I have so many stories to tell since my daughter Jessica's passing that I could write a book. This is just one of the many miracles that we have witnessed since God called her home. I don't understand why he had to call my butterfly back, but he did and it is not our job to question "WHY" I will get all of the answers to my questions when it comes time for my light to fade and go home to be with my Lord and Savior :) Until then, I will continue to help my broken Angels that come to me for help and to enjoy the miracles that pop into my life. I have a great husband and 3 other children that I need to stay strong for. Blessings to you too!!
Olga Rasmussen said…
It is so wonderful to hear that the miracles have continued for you, and yes - that perhaps you will write a book! I encourage you to do so! I think your story will help so many others. We cannot know what is in God's greater plan - but perhaps it has opened your heart more deeply to be more compassionate and to help more "broken angels" become whole! Beautiful work indeed! Thanks again for sharing your story and bringing light into my day! With love, Olga
Anonymous said…
my aunt passed away and her funeral service was today. I came to her grave after the service, and sat for a while. a beautiful tiny blue butterfly came to the site and landed on her flowers. it brought peace and a sense of spiritual joy. I researched meaning of blue butterflies and a lot of cultures view the blue butterfly as a sense of rebirth or resurrection.
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you so much for sharing your story on the blue butterfly. I also agree that it seems to be a symbol of rebirth, and blue butterflies show up for me at very significant times!

Blessings,
Olga
Kimberly said…
I was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 weeks ago,I t's all so surreal to me still.I have been avoiding family functions,wanting to just be alone which is so not me.Today I took a afternoon nap and had a dream about 1 of my daughters bringing me blue butterflies,in the end of the dream the butterfly was hung up between my chin and in my blouse.This is when I woke up.
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you so much for sharing Kimberly! How beautiful! I believe they are messengers!

Blessings, love, and healing energy to you!
Olga
Unknown said…
I too was visited by a beautiful soft blue butterfly and it led me to seeking more about it which led me to your wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing and being there to support my inquisitive and curious mind. Namaste
Olga Rasmussen said…
Thank you for your kind words! And blessings!
Olga
The Lord has been speaking to me through butterflies, and I have been trying to find the meaning of why. Some say that I am the butterfly, but I have no idea what it means for me ahead. There might be changes in my life that may need to be made, but I do not know what exactly or how. Thankyou for this blog, although years late, I do appreciate its words.
Olga Rasmussen said…
You are most welcome Me'Leeza! blue butterflies continue to speak to me and appear to me at most opportune times! Blessings to you!

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