I am sitting by the rooftop pool in a hotel and watching a dragonfly trapped behind a glass wall. Its wings are crimson and they reflect an iridescent shimmer as it flies. I marvel at how powerfully the spirits are communicating with me today as I have come here with the intention to write about the symbolism of dragonfly, its significance in my life, and how it represents my work today.
When I was a kid, I loved being among nature. I loved playing in the gardens – finding cool, shaded spots among bougainvillea shrubs and creating sanctuaries for myself. I was a natural witch, spending lots of time collecting ingredients from various parts of plants, slicing up little roots, picking flower petals, extracting juices from leaves – and I’d pretend to make potions on a crudely assembled altar in the garden. I was happiest when I was in nature – feeling an easy flow with the elements and an innate understanding of how energy worked.