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- Jessica, Black Canyon City, AZ
My story took place shortly after losing both my parents and I was suffering from a frozen shoulder. It was so painful I wanted to die and I was so depressed because I couldn't call my mom for comfort. All I could do as I waited for my doctor's appointment to come in a few days was to curl up on my bed in the fetal position and cry.
That's when I had my butterfly experience. It was dark in the room because I wasn't even able to reach over to turn on the lamp. I thought I was hallucinating from the pain when I saw a glow on the ceiling. I closed my eyes tightly thinking it would go away when I opened my eyes. As I peeked out I saw three beautifully glowing butterflies. Two were fluttering back and forth with each other as if arguing. Then one moved away from the other and moved near the little one as they fluttered so brilliantly with blue and gold colors. I couldn't believe my eyes and thought it was the pain that was causing me to see things, so I turned over to face away from them. In a few minutes, I heard a whisper in my ear saying, "Don't cry. You're going to be alright. Keep praying for the strength to get through this. I love you, my sweet daughter." I jumped up and cried out "What, who are you?" But they were gone. The pain had left me momentarily as I sat on the side of the bed crying because it hit me who the butterflies were. The two larger ones were my mom and dad and the smaller one was my oldest brother who had drowned when he was just seven. To this day I'm not sure if that really happened but it inspired me to write a poem called "Pain's Inspiration" and I want to share it with you...
Pain, pain, go away...
And please don't come back another day!
As I cry out, "Haven't I done enough to pay?"
Straining my aching muscles with every stretch and sway.
Not that I'm ungrateful to wake so early this day
But just once, I'd love to feel like I have made some headway
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be a child and go out to play?
Instead, I retreat to the zone of silent tormented dismay
Searching for why this relentless pain keeps me from my portray
Of the real me--once an active and fun-loving grandma gourmet
Missing the joy of creating grandbaby blankets that I used to crochet.
All day wandering aimlessly lost without purpose, it is sad to say
The only joyful anticipation left is curling up in my heated cocoon as I lay
Waiting for glorious milligrams to induce my sleep and take me away
To be for just a few blissful hours in a painless dreamy soiree.
All too soon, I awaken to a bright sliver of the new dawn's sunray
As my persistent alarm of pain cuts like a knife-an atrocious clichÃ©
Making hope fade fast and leaving nothing to welcome with hurray.
With one painful stretch, I cry out, "No more" and I silently pray...
Lord, please take away the pain just enough so that I may
Summon the strength to continue doing your will today.
Once more, I push through the agony and tears hoping for one forte,
Then above me, I see three softly glowing lights fluttering, as if in play.
One energetically chases the other who is slower and wanders astray.
As it dawns on me who they could be, their wings of light form an array
Three brilliant sparkling butterflies circle over me, as I hear one say,
"Keep going my child...you can make it through yet another day."
Their soft sweet touch fills me with a shiver that opens a gateway
To strength and support that could only be from the spirit of Yahwey.
Still feeling the presence of my dearly beloved papa and mammae,
A surge of energy pulls me to my feet, as the butterflies fade away.
I feel the pain is still there, but no longer is it a dark doomed soothsay
Gratefully I whisper a sincere thank you for showing me the pathway
By bringing blessings of their love on the wings of a butterfly bouquet,
And showing me that whatever challenge comes my way,
Our Heavenly Father is still with me and I will be okay!
By Jessica Dumas (inspired by a true story)
Dedicated to my dearly beloved brother, mother and father (the 3 butterflies)
- Joan, LIVERPOOL, MERSEYSIDE, ENGLAND
- I was devastated when my dad passed away from cancer as I was very close to him. The day he died I went to his church of baptism and sat a little
while and lit a candle. As I was returning to my car a large removal truck went by with the company's name which happened to be my dad's surname and
I had never heard of this before. Other odd things occurred after his passing but the one thing that convinced me my dad was with me was after his funeral
late in the evening all the family were sleeping and I was last up. I heard a noise in my garden and looked out but all was okay then as I got into bed
I felt a fluttering on my leg and thought it was strange and kind of kicked the quilt with my foot.
Next morning my husband was making the bed which was a blow up as we had family staying and it was next to our Xmas tree. There in the bed was a white
butterfly off my Xmas tree lying under the quilt. I asked all my family if anyone placed it there and they reassured me no one had, so that's what the
fluttering was that I felt. My dad did not believe in anything of life after death or mediums and knowing that I was a believer this has convinced
me it is real. I have seen many butterflies since his passing and always say hello to my dad. They even appear when I'm thinking of him. I'm sure he
knows how much I miss and think of him and some things scare me but it has made me question and learn more of what happens to us when we die.
- Marie, Hempstead, NY, USA
- My daughter died suddenly at age 37 about four months ago. I was sitting in the backyard one day with my other daughter and a butterfly kept circling
around us. I knew it was my daughter Michele and it brought us so much comfort to know that she was still with us.
- Ronald, Holden, ME, USA
- I'm going to keep this short as I want the basics to take the lead in this story. About 7 weeks ago my 20 year partner and companion passed away
unexpectedly. In my sorrow I asked her to give me a sign that she was now okay as she had suffered extreme pain and no doctor would help her while
she was alive.
So one day I am outside on my deck and a White Admiral Butterfly came to visit me and for the next 3 1/2 hours stayed with me fluttering around
me constantly and twice landing on my finger. That in itself was enough of a sign but what happened next astonished me as the butterfly sat
on my finger I notice something coming at me from a tree in my yard. it seemed really fast but then again in slow motion too. That's the only way I can
describe it. It was a miniature white admiral butterfly that scooped down hit my arm and flew off. Since butterflies are full grown when changing
from a caterpillar, this made no sense to me as to why so small (maybe an inch wide).
The combination of both butterflies tells me that my girl is okay and waiting for me when I pass from this Earth. That's about it. I
need no other explanation as it was a spiritual experience I will never forget.
- Nerida, Kawungan, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
- My eldest daughter was very close to my mum; as she was growing up as she used to care for her while I worked full time. As my daughter grew
up she had a strong connection to my mother and as time went by my mum got very sick with emphasema and at the same time my daughter was
struggling with depression and my husband and I moved and my daughter shared accommodation with her siblings. At the height of my
mother's illness she practically begged me to convince my daughter to move up with us for a sea change, so to speak and a fresh start.
My daughter finally agreed and within that year my mother passed away. It was almost as if she felt it was her duty to make sure my daughter
was going to be ok.
After years of failed relationships my daughter finally found Mr Right many years after my mothers death and they married in October last year.
She had a fondness for butterflies and released a box of live ones on her wedding day - it was absolutely magnificent. Words could not describe
how beautiful it was, in particular I had one that sat just under my hat on my left side and I thought at the time I wonder if this is mum.
Little did I know that this particular butterfly was going to stay with me the entire night, didn't move while I ate and drank. Then just
before the commencement of the speeches it flew off and landed high up on a light at the back of the reception room where it had a full
view of the wedding venue and all who were present and it sat there for the rest of the evening. My daughter's bridesmaid even made a comment to
the butterfly in her speech bringing it to everyone's attention that it was my daughter's grandmother overseeing the event. It was beautiful.
I am convinced without a doubt that this was my mother and we were so blessed to have recognised that she was present to see her
precious grand daughter find the man of her dreams and get married.
- Suzette, Flushing, MI, USA
- After a fall down a flight of stairs, my sister-in-law died of her injuries. I wrote a letter to my brother describing my relationship with my sister-in-law using the butterfly in much of the letter. The letter was heartfelt and sincere. Two months after her passing, I took a trip to our local zoo that had a butterfly house. I went with my granddaughter's, my daughter, and my daughter's mother-in-law. Minutes after stepping into the butterfly house, a monarch butterfly alit on my nose and would not leave. My granddaughters were laughing and dancing around me,not knowing what we should do. A volunteer helper came to our rescue with an index card, and gently dislodged the butterfly from my nose. It was all videoed by daughter's mother-in-law. To this day I know that the butterfly was my sister-in-law giving me a gentle reminder that she will always be near. It made me very happy.
- Denise, Lawrence, KS, USA
- Summer of 2003 was a very dry and hot summer in Lawrence Ks . On August 26 I lost my father , My mother called early morning to tell me that daddy was acting strange . As I had done many times through the years I drove to my parents home with fear in the pit of my stomach . When I got there Daddy was not himself I gave him a spoonful of peanut butter since he had diabetes ,strangely he took it with his left hand( he was right handed), he licked the spoon clean but still no words a look in his eyes that I had never seen before and he couldn't stand up so my mom decided to call my brother.
I ran home to get my son off to school and change clothes knowing we were headed to the ER for sure. I got the call my brother had arrived and they were calling an ambulance. So I'm rushing to get to the hospital. Many things happened that day that I have reflected back on many times . While in the ER suite daddy's good friend and minister got there as he had thru the years. We were all standing around daddy (Duane my brother, my mother myself and Paul daddy's minister) as we were hold hands as Paul said a prayer around the bed a brisk breeze whipped through ( I call it a breeze since the curtain around daddy's bed whipped like they were in a breeze but it touched us inside unlike anything I've felt before) Paul looked up and asked if we felt that we all acknowledged we did he quitely says Ewing (my dad ) is going home today. I thought ok then I realized not the home I wanted it to be.
The Dr stepped in and tells us he has a brain bleed and because of a medication he had been on for many years they can't do surgery. They are going to send him to a room upstairs and make him as comfortable as possible but she expects him to be gone by early evening it was like 7am I couldn't believe daddy was going to let them be right about this . We made calls to family& friends and we stayed with him praying and for him. Many people came as word spread that most likely he was dying. We each had our private moments with him to say good bye which was at that time one of the most heart breaking moments of my life Daddy's friend and minister stayed all day too since he at one time he was a paramedic checked daddy's vital signs throughout the day . At 6:36 that evening we lost daddy as Paul listened to his last heart beat.
As I was taking my mom back home that night it started to rain my mom looked at me and we knew daddy must have a hand in this. The day of his service we were at the cemetery when the 1st butterfly I had seen all summer came floating in and landed on the opened bible as Paul was speaking I looked in awe as this huge monarch butterfly floated to my mom to the flowers on the casket fluttered around the family lit on me went back to the bible and was gone. I tried to look for this beautiful butterfly thru my tear filled eyes but it was no where . Daddy knew how I love and believed in butterflies so he showed to let me know he was ok. I will never forget that day. Fast forward to 2018 I took care of my mother 24/7 in hospice at her home she still remembers that day as I do. After a little more than 6 months of mother being bedridden I lost her. Once again there is a moment in life you can never prepare for.
Mother had me plant some beautiful flower gardens before she died . As I water the gardens I get a special feeling when beautiful butterflies appear. In my mind I feel mother and daddy are still here and checking in to make sure all is ok on the home front.
- Manisha, Gautam Buddha Nagar, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- This Monarch Butterfly has a story which connects my soul with that of my spiritual guru & mentor Dr. Wayne Dyer. A story hard to explain & believe yet for me its a living truth....
All my 42 years of my life I have never noticed a butterfly though I am sure they existed around me before. One fine day around August end last year, a beautiful Monarch butterfly appeared before me outside my office shortly after Dr Dyer's death. I have just finished reading his book 'Wishes Fulfilled' which impacted me greatly and made me feel that my search for a Guru has ended. I realised that I have all the answers within me and do not need to search for them outside.
His death felt as if someone close and dear has departed and I was upset. This butterfly appeared like a miracle and circled around me at the entrance of my office forcing me to notice it. That very moment a close friend of mine in Mumbai also saw a similar Monarch butterfly in her house on 10th floor and called me. After pondering for some time,we both realised that this could be a sign from none other than Dr.Dyer with whom we both connected a lot and who was very much on our mind due to his death.
However it was not a standalone incident...The magic continues till date....This beautiful butterfly frequently appears before me in the rarest of places and in most unusual ways for eg. outside my car, in a crowded street or on a highway while driving & It never fails to capture my attention. I strongly believe its a Miracle from heaven...so this time when I saw it I thought of clicking a photo...and to my surprise it sweetly allowed me to do so.
Dr.Dyer was reminded of his late friend Jack when a Monarch came and stepped on his finger while he went on a walk one day, which he photographed and later put it on cover of his book Inspiration..Similarly this monarch always reminds me of him and seeing it around brings a very comforting and pleasant feeling .Thank you Dr. Dyer for making me believe that though dear ones may go out of this physical world, their soul is eternal & those whom we love are just a thought away....