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Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

This is so in sync with what I have come to understand about my journey with the dragon. I often comment about the myths of the dragon today as compared to the original understanding of the dragon from the Asian culture. Revered as a source of luck, a guardian of the elements and benefactor, in the years its reputation has been tarnished to an evil, destructive beast.

How can one possibly create a peace dragon? Well there is the first of the lessons we can garnish from this amazing creature. To draw a peace dragon, you must first be able to release the dark images, and embrace your open heart to create an image that reflects this unbiased reflection. And then you have to go one step further – come to an understanding of what peace is to you. When I work with children and ask what the "dragon" and "peace" conjure up in their heads, it is non-stop answers about the dragon, but when I ask about peace, silence falls across the room. Sets of tired idioms are called out. Quiet is the usually the first word thrown out, and I have to giggle, because of course, I can only imagine an adult in a not so peaceful voice yelling, "Give me peace and quiet!" To draw a peace dragon we not only have to let go of the negative myths, the tired, empty answers, but find truths for all these "dragons" in our lives to understand them. We need to go to the source of them. Paired with the search for our understanding peace, we transform the fire of our lives into beacons of light.

The above graffiti reflects a sentiment I wish to hold near to me in this honored year of the dragon. Love your dragons. What does it mean? It means for us to embrace the world without the myths that have been attached to them, to come as the masters of heart have described, to see everything as a newborn with the eyes of objective joy without judgment. It also means to let go of those personal myths that anchor us in the limiting stories we commit to, instead of being the most brilliant light we can be. Love your dragons. Why? Because love provides a fullness of being that allows you to take flight. And perhaps when you have learned to love your dragons, you'll find yourself winging it on the back of one of those amazing creatures. To close, I'll quote from a book called the voices of our ancestors by Dwani Ywhaoo, who eloquently states what the dragons have shown me. She is a Tslagee Indian, which brought a new layer of understanding the breadth of the dragon culture of our world. This notation was sent to me by a friend who heard about my mission, and knew this passage would ring true for the work ahead.