Inner alchemy…

I had no clue what I wanted to write about until the other day as I was walking out of my bedroom, and my eyes quite suddenly fixed themselves on this sea glass dragonfly (pictured below) that sits on my bedside table. “Got it! Thank you!” I said as I exited the room.

I have been intuitively drawn to wolves and hawks for decades, but dragonflies, decidely different creatures, were only added to my list in the last few years. I really like the following excerpt about their symbology that I found on It makes me think of these ethereal little beings as guides that can help us uncover our hidden spiritual depths.

In every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization. The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life.  The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.  The Dragonfly moves with elegance and grace.  The Dragonfly is iridescent both on its wings and body.  Iridescence shows itself in different colors depending on the angle and how the light falls on it. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity

The Dragonfly normally lives most of its life as a nymph or an immature. It flies only for a fraction of its life.  This symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living in the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t, and to make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.  The eyes of the Dragonfly symbolize the uninhibited vision of the mind and the ability to see beyond the limitations of the human self. 

When I came across this description, I immediately flashed on how similar it is to panning for gold. Hear me out… To get to the gold that we truly are (uncovering our spiritual selves), we must first find/create a source of freshly flowing water (clear mental/emotional energies) so that mud and sediment (old, unprocessed emotions) no longer muck up what it is that we are seeking!

I wish, like the dragonfly, that I could accomplish this process more gracefully and elegantly. Transformation, however, can be quite a messy business, because letting go of old entrenched energies takes willingness, practice, patience, and a healthy dose of courage. What we are panning for is less lead and more gold, less ego and more soul. This inner alchemy is no small task, but I believe that as our dregs are “loosed,” our iridescence rises more and more to the surface.

Published by Lisa White

I am a former elementary school teacher, self-avowed word nerd, student of esoteric philosophy, energy medicine practitioner, questioner, wonderer, and lover of early-morning walks.

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