Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Aug. 9, 2006)
A butterfly wish Native American Indian
Great Spirit looked down upon his two legged children. They were warmed by the gift
of fire and at this fire they could also cook their meals.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|The Gulf Fritillary, commonly
seen red-orange butterfly around Florida. A few black spots on wings
and a cluster of white spots near the top (costa) of the fore
Turtle Island (North America) was patterned with snow-topped mountains, rolling
green and amber plains, lakes, and crisscrossed with rivers. Great Spirit painted
the meadows with multicolored flowers and medicinal herbs and filled the skies with
the songs and warnings of the winged. Turtle Island provided much food and
materials for shelter for all living beings upon the Mother Earth.
But Great Spirit felt something was still missing. Something had been overlooked.
After thinking on this, Great Spirit decided to offer the gift of beauty and
freedom, so created the butterfly.
Great Spirit gathered the most beautiful of colors and took the black from the
maidens hair, yellow from the warm summer sun and blues from the lake and sky
to create the butterfly. This butterfly would flutter to be a reminder for all two
leggeds that if one lives a life seeking beauty and honoring freedom for all living
things, even the smallest of things, harmony and balance would naturally
The butterfly also became a messenger to Great Spirit. If someone desires a wish
to come true, they must first gently capture the butterfly and whisper that wish to
it, then set the butterfly free.
Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal this wish to
anyone, but will take the wish to Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude
for returning the beautiful butterflys freedom, the Great Spirit grants the
This weeks Back to Nature column is the last in a series of three columns on
butterflies. I hope our readers are inspired to further their knowledge about
butterflies learning more about these smallest of beautiful creatures. There are
several guide books to assist you in your quest for knowledge:
Butterflies through Binoculars: The East A Field Guide to the Butterflies
of Eastern North America by Jeffrey Glassberg.
A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies by Paul A. Opler, Vichai Malikul, and
Roger Tory Peterson.
National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Butterflies Of North
America by National Audubon Society.
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