The butterfly is a symbol of hope and rebirth.
It reminds us that even in the darkest of times, there is always light.
The butterfly is also a reminder that change can be beautiful.
If you identify with the butterfly, it means that you are a hopeful and resilient person.
You are someone who sees the beauty in change.
When you look at the world, you see the potential for growth and transformation.
You are a natural optimist.
Do you connect with Butterfly energy?
One of my favourite “stories” ever is about four sentences of text by Zhuang Zhou (莊周) – often known as Zhuangzi (莊子) – a Chinese Daoist.
[Zhuang Zi] is credited with writing—in part or in whole—a work known by his name, the Zhuangzi, which is one of the foundational texts of Taoism.
Here is a description of the story of which I speak:
IN ZHUANGZI 莊子, an ancient Chinese text written by Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi during the late Warring States period (476–221 BCE), a story tells that Zhuang Zhou once dreamed he was a butterfly, flitting and fluttering around, happy, and doing as he pleased. As a butterfly, he did not know he was Zhuang Zhou. All of a sudden, he awoke and found he was Zhuang Zhou, solid and unmistakably human. But then he did not know whether he was Zhuang Zhou dreaming he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuang Zhou. In the end, Zhuangzi wrote, there was necessarily a difference between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly; this difference was the ‘transformation of things’ 物化. The transformation is a change in consciousness between reality and illusion. The constant flux between dreams and awakening leads the ‘self’ to change from being unaware of the distinction of things to being aware of the definite distinction between and among things.
The above is from here: Zhuangzi and his butterfly dream: the etymology of meng 夢 - The China Story
The actual text is:
Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know that he was Zhuang Zhou.
Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou. Between Zhuang Zhou and the butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.
The above is from Zhuangzi: Basic Writings, translated by Burton Watson.
@korvo is well-versed in Dao and might know more about this.
I do connect with butterfly energy! A lot of those traits really do describe me too! Butterflies have a special meaning in both my own family and my husbands. Maybe I ought to meditate on that for a little while soon! Thank you for sharing!!
I have always loved this story and its implications.