Note: I loved seeing fireflies on warm summer evenings near the creek outside my university residence in Grahamstown, South Africa. They ethereal appeal filled the air with a sense of mystery that captures the essence of the illusive nature of our treasured dreams. I hope that you enjoy this post. ❤ Jodi Sky Rogers
Fireflies & Dreams: How to Keep Them Alive
Keeping your dreams alive is a lot like releasing captive fireflies from a jar…
Fireflies blink and glow at night. Just like your dreams, their flicker of light in the darkness inspires a sense of hope and excitement. Your dreams are like treasures, gifts to the Universe that only you can fulfil with your perfect balance of capabilities, desires, weaknesses and strengths. All that’s required of you is your willingness to fulfil them and to go along for the ride.
Do you hold your treasured dreams close to your heart? I know I do. They are whispers from our very essence.
Sometimes we feel the need to protect them. So we catch our flickering firefly-like dreams in jars. Here, we feel that they are safe and we can admire their glow from the comfort of our inner world, sheltered from the cutting blade of dream slayers, the critics and the naysayers. At times we bury them deep, so deep that we even hide them from ourselves to spare them the wrath of our doubtful minds and negative voices. We fear of failing to make these dreams come true.
Fireflies don’t survive long in captivity. They may be okay and light up in your jar for a day or two, but longer than that they don’t stand a chance. Your dreams don’t survive long in a captive heart either. They were not meant to exist that way. When stuffed away for too long, they die, locking us into a life time of grief as we mourn the things that could have been. They thrive in their natural habitat out in the world– this is the best place to admire their warm glow from.
‘Release your fireflies into their natural habitat in the evening, and enjoy watching them blink their way across the night sky.’ ~ eHow.com
To keep our firefly-like dreams alive, we need to be brave Soul Warriors as we release them into the wild to allow them to flourish and transform into something beautiful.
You need to give birth to your ideas, visions and inspirations. You need to bring them out for air, allowing them to breathe and take form in the physical world. By giving these dreams permission to exist, you can slowly take the steps to make them manifest in your life. Connected to your heart-space you need flow with your soul’s desires and recognise each next step to take as it is reveal at exactly the right time. You need step forward with faith, trust and the confidence that all will unfold exactly as it should – because your dreams where meant to be.
There will always be dream slayers, detours and stumbling blocks. But with hope and courage in your little Soul Warrior heart, these minor glitches have nothing on the true magnitude and magnificence of your dreams. Besides – the moment you stand in an open field under the starlight and moon stamped sky of night, soft grass under your feet and the cool evening breeze against your skin, watching the magical dance of firefly dreams being released from captivity as they drift towards destiny – you will know that there is nothing more beautiful.
That is what I found when I finally took my leap into the unknown in the name of my dreams.
You may feel vulnerable with your heart wide open and your emotions raw, but your mind will ease as your awareness expands and you revel in the excitement of possibilities that suddenly open up to you. And you will also find that standing next to you are your tribe – the fellow believers who are there to cheer you on, who believe in you and have so much faith in your ability to manifest the vision in your heart. They too are standing out in the open afraid to set their firefly dreams free, but doing so in spite of the fear. There are those too, who will be inspired by your courage and determination. They can’t help but stare in awe and come alive with hope as you light the path for them to follow.
“You would not believe your eyes,
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
‘Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave tear drops everywhere
You’d think me rude
But I would just stand and stare”
~ Owlcity, Fireflies (Lyrics)
So dear heart, Soul Warrior and members of my spirit tribe – How can you keep your dreams alive? What can you do to release them from captivity?
Take one step today. Then be open to the miracles that follow.
More Firefly Inspiration….
Music Inspiration – Owlcity’s song ‘Fireflies’ is one of my favourite. It’s such a beautiful song and always reminds me of by late cousin, Stephanie, who passed away 3 years ago at the age of 16 because she loved the song too. Give it a listen on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuRGfAaju4
Symbolic Significance of Fireflies – Fireflies are considered as a symbol of hope, inspiration, illumination and creativity, among other things.
“Fireflies teach us the value of living simply, and relying on our own inner voices for illumination. Fireflies also come to us with a message of creativity, and remind us that our paths are made lighter by the beauty that we allow into our lives.” Source: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-meaning-of-the-firefly.html