Erik’s Dragonfly

As many of you know, Erik loves to visit as a dragonfly. I really never paid much attention to these beautiful creatures until he died, and certainly wasn’t aware of any symbolism involved. Now, dragonflies seem to be all around, visiting me and others like never before. When several of the blog members shared what they represent, the dragonfly visits made sense to me.

  • The are often represented in Japanese paintings, representing new light and joy. To some Native Americans they are the souls of the dead. Faerie stories say that they used to be real dragons.
  • Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and can reflect the light in powerful ways if we choose to do so. “Let there be light” is the divine prompting to use the creative imagination as a force within your life. They help you to see through your illusions and allow your own light to shine in a new vision.
  • Dragonfly symbolism crosses and combines with that of the butterfly and change.
  • The dragonfly symbolizes going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing.
  • Dragonflies are a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity.

This one is perhaps the most personal message to me (and others) from Erik. It made me a little sad, yet happy for him at the same time:

  • A dragonfly lives a very short life and it tries to live to the fullest with what it has. I think this is the greatest lesson for all of us. We should try to enjoy every moment of life with what we have.

One member of the Channeling Erik family, Lidian, graciously shared her own dragonfly stories, including a magnificent photograph and video. Please enjoy as Erik would certainly want you too.

Synchronicities abounding recently! Recently, I got out of my car and my attention was drawn to my car antenna. There was a spectacular orange dragonfly sitting calmly on top of it. For a second I truly thought it was a plastic cat toy that my son put there as a joke. But it was real. Never saw one in Pasadena, CA before – they must live here somewhere, but we don’t have much standing water so that part is a mystery. As I walked up to it I thought for sure it would fly away but it didn’t. It let me get so close that I could see the glittery lace of it’s wings and I swear it smiling at me! It was hot on that antenna and so it flew away and showed me how it could glide on the wind and I thought “oh come back so i can get a picture” and seconds later it came and calmly sat back down and let me take all the pictures I wanted. It got hot again so it flew away and I said if it comes back again, this is a special experience. It did – a total of 10 times. I was so entranced that we blew up one of the pictures and put it in a frame on the living room wall. I think I will call the picture “Erik’s Dragonfly”!

Erik's Dragonfly

If you look closely, you can make out a mischievous little grin!

Soon after, Lidian shared another encounter:

The dragonfly came back on another day, this time to visit my son, who was really in need of comfort and companionship at the time.

He called to tell me our little visitor came and hung out with him a couple

days after the first visit.  That dragonfly actually let Ian give him a

quick pet – a pretty amazing thing to have happen! Maybe your son came to visit mine! If Erik had anything to do with it, it was a very kind and cool

thing to do.

Check out the short video clip for yourself. Was it Erik or someone else? I can’t say for sure, of course, but as long as it gives us comfort and puts a smile on our face and in our hearts, it really doesn’t matter, does it?



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  • Cassie

    Now that I think of it, I have been seeing dragonflies everywhere. Just yesterday I saw a gorgeous blue one circling around. It didn’t really occur to me until reading this. I’ll have to start paying attention more.
    Also, last night I had a very vivid dream with my grandma who passed away in 2003. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a dream with her, or if I’ve even had a dream with her since her passing. All of a sudden she was sitting next to me, I realized who it was and I just put my hand on her leg. She put her hand on top of mine and I just told her how much I’ve missed her and love her. She responded saying the same thing and then I just burst into tears. It was really comforting waking up this morning. Before I go to bed sometimes, I’ll ask my loved ones to come visit me in my dreams. I’m hoping last night was the start to many to come!!
    I know Erik’s been helping bring loved ones to some people, and if this was his doing, then thank you, Erik!!!! I’ve missed her so much and being able to see her in my dreams, and it feeling like real life, was so heartwarming.
    Love to you all

    • Oh Cassie, I’m so happy for you!

  • Steve

    Dragonflies are cool. When we were kids in NH, they used to always be out around by the pool. We’d even let them land on our fingers.

  • Lidian

    Elisa, thanks for that – you are such a good writer. I was reading this today at work at lunch and was thinking about what someone might think if they stumbled on this website and read about us adults going crazy over dragonflies. And maybe some us are a little crazy – first year or so of processing this kind of grief can do that i guess. But here, I know that i’m surrounded by others who understand and are sharing about their own ways through the maze.
    The depth of the pain brings us together but so does the realization of the opportunities this exerience we share can bring. So again, Thanks Elisa for creating this sacred place for us to do this work – together.

  • A dragonfly totally kept bugging me 2 days ago when I was outside my front door! It landed on a branch of the azalea bush next to me and flew a little too close for comfort a few times, then flew away. I was afraid it was trying to get in the door with me!

    Now I am thinking it must have been Erik – I even randomly thought for a second at the time that it could be Erik, but I thought to myself, “He’d never come back as a dragonfly!” Now I know I am wrong!

    Kristina
    (Erik’s big sis)

    • Cool! I wonder if Erik is actually the dragonfly or if he’s just manipulating the energy of and around the dragonfly so that it comes to us, stays, etc. All of reality in every dimension is just one big sea of energy/information, so it makes sense. Sort of.

  • papyapa

    “A dragonfly lives a very short life and it tries to live to the fullest with what it has. I think this is the greatest lesson for all of us. We should try to enjoy every moment of life with what we have.”
    I LOVE IT!!! I am going to post this on my Facebook if that is ok. It is my “thought to live by” for today! I also have seen Dragonflies a lot this summer. Kara and I had a thing with Butterflies. When ever we saw one I would say “Look baby it is an angel from heaven” I also have seen more butterflies this summer all around me then ever before!
    Love you Elisa!! xox

    • Love you too! I told Erik to bring Kara to you ASAP! Don’t forget to remind him before you fall asleep and send Kara a big virtual hug of love. Oh, and the message of the short life lived to the fullest sure does fit for Erik and Kara, doesn’t it?

  • Stanley

    Hello,

    That is so cool. The Dragonflies look so neat. Not only to get the chance to take so many pictures, but to also get to pet one. What a rare event. 🙂

    -Stanley

  • Skoshi

    What a fabulous picture! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been seeing a dragonfly (or several?) when I go out my front door. The odd thing is, it’s sitting on the sidewalk, like it’s waiting for me and doesn’t fly away. This dragonfly is unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and I’m 63. It’s like a BIPLANE! Here’s a pic:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23959858@N03/4831812296/

    In person, itt looks like two pieces of leaves or leather have been glued on each wing. Very unique and beautiful. When I see it, I think “Erik? Nahhh. Can’t be.”

    • It could be Erik, but then again, maybe it’s a departed loved one or a guide and we’re all just more receptive now to such visits. Who knows? As long as it brings us comfort…

    • Whoa, I never saw one like this before. What a beauty!!!

  • Skoshi

    By the way, that pic of “Erik’s Dragonfly”…the colors going from the warm to the cool…those are the colors of the chakras and their progression…very appropriate! : )

  • Shawna

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing the meanings. I love it that Erik is visiting folks as a dragonfly! What a beautiful picture of Erik’s dragonfly-thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Lidian- about us crazy ones…I love this poem by Apple computers…
    Here’s to the Crazy Ones!

    The misfits.

    The rebels.

    The troublemakers.

    The round pegs in the square holes.

    The ones who see things differently.

    They’re not fond of rules.
    And they have no respect for the status quo.

    You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
    disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
    About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.

    Because they change things.

    They invent. They imagine. They heal.
    They explore. They create. They inspire.
    They push the human race forward.

    Maybe they have to be crazy.

    How else can you stare at an empty canvas & see a work of art?
    Or, sit in silence & hear a song that’s never been written?
    Or, gaze at a red planet & see a laboratory on wheels?

    We make tools for these kinds of people.

    While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

    “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they
    can change the world, are the ones who do.”

    Poem By: Apple Computers, Inc.©

    I hope to get a visit from Erik too!

    Love & Light,
    Shawna

    P.S. I think you’ve got to be a little crazy to be my friend! lol 😉

    • His Mommy is pretty crazy so… 😉

  • Danielle Notaro

    Here’s the funny thing about my olfactory experience the other night. It was the 2nd night in a few weeks that I wasn’t thinking about Erik/Elisa or my worries or my guides. I was reading a book called Methland to take my mind off things.And read deep into the a.m. The other thing is that last Friday a 2 week Musikfest started here in town. We have had it here in this little town of Bethlehem, Pa. for the past 25 years. It’s gotten to be a pretty sizable event. At any rate, I’ve been walking there a lot and hanging out now and then to listen to some music. Running into some people that I know. So, I let go of everything some what and maybe that aided in my receptivity to the skunk/pot smell? I wasn’t looking for it. Know what I mean?

    • Ugh, I don’t think anyone would be looking for that smell! Hey, I just sent you an email.

  • Danielle Notaro

    Thanks, read it.

  • Jonette Teresa Benavides

    OMG!!! The car experience, that dragonfly…that happened to me too!!! Almost exactly the same way! Right after I was introduced to this site. Amazing <3 5.12.13

  • ERIK!! That’s what the one that hung out with my husband looked like!

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