By Rev. Heidi Peck
Unbeknownst to me, at the tender age of five, my spiritual journey began. The young boy who lived across the street proposed, put a ring on my finger and I believed we would live happily ever after. I was very excited and couldn’t wait to tell my friends in Sunday School about this incredible news. Our teacher got wind of the story, promptly marched over and told me I couldn’t marry him because he was going to hell.
I loved that little boy with all my heart, and although I didn’t understand what being Jewish meant, I knew deep down that something wasn’t right. My mother made me give back the ring which reinforced the declaration and left me feeling betrayed. Throughout my life, this early experience of betrayal would haunt me – at times the pain would take me to my knees.
After a rather colorful divorce, you guessed it – my husband betrayed me by having an affair with another woman – I crashed through the double doors at the Center for Spiritual Living in Fort Lauderdale. If you had told me then that I would become an Ordained Minister – I would have told you that you had lost your mind!
As I was pondering the content for this article, a dragonfly buzzed me while I was vacationing on Sandy Beach in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. As a totem, the dragonfly represents a time to gain new perspective or to make a change. In most traditional religious belief systems, people are taught that they are born with sin and that they are powerless to change the outcome of their lives unless they begin to worship the idea of a God that exists outside of themselves. We believe that the power and the presence of God exists within us.
The great master teacher, Jesus of Nazereth taught us – It is done unto you as you believe. This is what gives us the power to change what we believe, which ultimately changes us, our brothers and sisters and the world around us. It is only by examining and exercising the power of our mind, that we can find and fulfill who and what we came here to be. The dragonfly supports this idea of emotional and passionate energy in our early years and greater mental clarity and control in our golden years.
If a dragonfly has shown itself to you, it can indicate a need to institute changes that can result in a colorful transformation during the next two years. If you seek guidance or spiritual support, please join us on Sundays at Haynes Community Center at 10:30 am for the crystal bowls and 11am for Sunday Services! For more information, email email@example.com, call 505.922.1200 or visit cslwestside.org.