Saturday, April 14, 2012

Oh the Butterflies are dancing

Beauty at its finest
is beginning to be seen!
Those magnificent butterfies
are now just having a party here
as I sit and work from the lanai
these days!
I spoke with my dear friend Laura this week who is battling a bug that has her down for the count, and going through kleenex by the box just down the road from me.
She did manage to let me know that the butterflies are about to break loose from their multiple chrysalis are now everywhere; hanging from all manner of places around her home!
I wait anyday for someone to show up at our warrior Laura's to hang a sign and offically declare her home the
"butterfly sancturary"
as she carefully plants butterfly plants
harvests the seedlings
nurtures them so carefully, and then watches those little catterpillars as they move about to assure they land at just the right places!
Ah, yes, so many delight in the movement and the dance of the butterfly...
Yet so few take the moments or time to recognize all that beauty goes through to transition to its state of amazing grace and that dance!
Such elegant creatures, and delicate but strong messengers they are!
I often reflect on sign Me "A" a warrior here who recieves so many messages from her daughter from the other side through the butterfly; at times that she seems to really want or need to feel her close!
She has been known to be sitting on a curb of a restaurant when a butterfly will just show up out of nowhere and light right beside her, as if to say,
"I'm here and just want you to remember and to feel"!
Or the time her husband was out in the middle of the gulf of Mexico fishing, and being a man who didn't really believe in life after death communications, was feeling something on his arm, and busy fishing, he just kept "batting the intrusion away", but it kept returning until getting his full attention!
He finally paid attention only to then see it was in fact a BUTTERFLY!
In the Middle of the Gulf of Mexico!!!
Yes, it did get his attention, and it did allow him to "get the message" as tears streamed down his face, he then realized that was in fact for him and only him!
...
ah the butterfly
with all its beauty, its significance and very personal messages and stories of thousands.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross brought the significance of the butterfly to the hospice movement; to the world of death and dying in her landmark work and in her life.
It truly speaks loudly if we look back to the concentration camps and the death camps in understanding the true meaning of transition and life never ending.
A horrendous time in history, filled with horror for children, women and men; stories of ghastly moments filled with such pain, fear,death, smells and pain.
Something that was remarkable to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross when she visited there was what was etched in those camps though amidst the memories and the painful memories of horror;
and that prepared her for what would be her life's work left a life long impact on her brain, soul and body there.
As she looked around those bare barracks and I suppose the spirits of those housed there, their pain and angst; she noticed that they had carved their names, signs,  wooden bunks crammed together that were five deep.
People have carved their names, dates, and drawings. Immediately Elisabeth wondered how, why, what kind of instruments had they used to do this in the terror they must have known then?
Could they have used utensils, their nails, rocks, or something else they had found to do such things in their time of needing to leave a mark of the fact they had existed, had lived?
But what was truly amazing was the art she found.
And it was everywhere these things,
and some were dreadful she reported, but she found something quite remarkable.
Everywhere she looked she found
BUTTERFLIES
yes, in such a dark and tragic, fear filled place of impending death and tragedy and hatred.... people had etched butterflies; some were very crude, others quite magnificent, and she kept wondering
"why"?
She said that question for over twenty years,
"why" would people draw, scratch, etch butterflies in such settings, in such horror.
So many years later,
The pioneer of death and dying put that image together with her work of those she was called to care for,
she realized the connection of those who had been in those concentration camps and their etchings, their carvings and the messages...
That butterfly image representing that soon they would be out of the hell they were experiencing in those horrific camps and free!
She went on to lecture, to heal, to be remarkable in her work and assisting others to understand
that we all are coccons in our bodies, here until our work is complete
and then we shed that cocoon
free as a butterly
once the work and struggle is done!
the butterfly has represented
HOSPICE for years and years
I think as a tribute
to Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross!
and here locally our warrior
Laura usually hosts her teams memorial service that hospice has to remember their patients who have died at her home,
where they release butterflies over the canal there!
I always have said, I bet that most of them take up residence at her home after the release cos' I don't think I've ever seen so many in one place as I do when sitting in the back yard there!
So for today,
I hope you have a butterfly type of day!
Free to be,
to be absolutely thrilled by wonder,
by color,
by flight and beauty
with each breath you take!
May you find a butterfly just comes up and gives u a kiss on the cheek while you are out and about!
Blessings to you and yours~

Walk in Beauty,
DRSES

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34 comments:

Irene M said...

Ah..... Everyday's A Gift.....
The butterflies are everywhere by me, too. Thanks for making this wonderful creature the focus of today's message/blog. A beaute of a morning, sun shine / blue sky, quiet cup of Hazlenut coffee.
Ah......Everyday's a Gift.....
Love to all, (sigh), slightly FIRM

Anonymous said...

Isn't the saying "butterflies are free"? Light as air, unpredictable, gentle landings, dramatic markings and so much more to be said about the beautiful little creatures. Thank you for the info on Eliz Kubler-Ross, I had no idea. Learn something here every day.
Thank You.

fluff said...

Dr. Sherry, such a heart touching message today about the butterfly and the messages they bring. Amazingly, her in SE Michigan it is not yet butterfly season but yesterday when I came home, it was chilly in the 50s and there was a little white butterfly beside my porch flitting from leaf to leaf. I immediately thought of precious Mom and wondered. Thank you for the message today.
It has been a busy day for me. Shelter was busy with visitors and one adoption of a cat so that was great. Been busy this evening and now I have some time to sit and read. Wishing all those who stop by here a peaceful evening and I hope your day was wonderful. /Sandy♥

Anonymous said...

hellooooo,
this is my second try to post here,
funky night breezes , and just wanted
to say hey, and wish everyone well,
loved the butterfly stories today, quite special to me ♥
nite nite !
hugging my angels, sign me,
A.

DrSES said...

Seems to me, that today's post was sent through spirit, as both sign Me A, and Fluff had visitors on the day of the message! WOW, am I over the top with joyful noise about hearing that... yes indeed butterflies are freee and able to connect us in such powerful ways through the dance and remind us to get up and dance with tear streaked cheeks and regain our balance in the step... make some noise dear ones... shout, holler, whisper on the winds with great gratitude on the wings of the majestic ones that are with you always...what a gift you each give to me along with your powerful angels.. wado!

ajm said...

helloooo.
after rereading here I realized that I forgot a couple of things I wanted to say,
Laura, it is no surprise to me that you are graced with a yard full of
beautiful butterflies, thru your hard work and dedication to help them
build their shelters you are giving us all a great gift.. ♥
and the last thing...
STOMP !!!
sign me, A.

ajm said...

helloooo.
after rereading here I realized that I forgot a couple of things I wanted to say,
Laura, it is no surprise to me that you are graced with a yard full of
beautiful butterflies, thru your hard work and dedication to help them
build their shelters you are giving us all a great gift.. ♥
and the last thing...
STOMP !!!
sign me, A.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's buggy here! It has taken me this long to get on your blog....sad isn't it? Feeling better, thanks friends, and thanks for the kind words and wonderful thoughts of butterflies....even in times of fear, devastation, and horror, as E. Kubler Ross testified to- such a beautiful peaceful thing to see. To me it is a promise. I'm sure Dr. Showalter can share the ancient indian legend behind the butterfly. It is an amazing, and such a beautiful story! Everytime I see one emerge, I make my wish... I guess the reason I find purpose in the butterly is I believe what I heard a few years ago.
"Believe in a more beautiful tomorrow, plant a butterfly garden today." I want the butterflies to land here and say to themselves...Is this heaven?
To all the warriors out there, love, peace, and joy like the butterfly!
Butterflies usually don't fly in anything under 70 degrees, but right after my aunt died, my uncle reluctantly went on a annual camping trip he and my aunt always went on and enjoyed together. Out fishing the first day, alone, cold- mid to upper 50's, in the middle of a large lake, across him, right in front of his face flew 1 single yellow butterfly... Made a believer out of him as well. The message is simple, and pure.. our loved ones are free! We should do that with our hearts~ and souls too! Love ya Dr. Ses, I am honored! Waddo!

Anonymous said...

helloooo..
happy to see someone is feeling better, and has energy to post here.. thanks too for the fact about temperature and flight of our spirited butterflies..
me thinks I need to grow my own
garden of butterfly love..
Right back at ya, with wishes,
pure and simple... happiness &
faith.....
" sweet dreams " to all,
hugging my angels, ♥
sign me, A.

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