January 16 is the annual Appreciate a Dragon Day. I know it’s not an official holiday, but it’s worth celebrating if you’ve got a soft spot for dragons.
AADD was initially created by author Donita K. Paul to celebrate the release of her book DragonSpell, but I see it as an opportunity each year to honor the dragons in my life.
I remember the first time I met dragons—at least in this lifetime. There were two of them: P and M. (I’m using initials because dragon names are very personal… and very powerful.)
P and M were young, hip dragons. Their scaly bodies were multi-colored and iridescent. They preferred wit and humor over dull seriousness.
The best word to describe them? Irreverent.
“Boring!” they would bellow if I asked them a question they thought was too serious.
P and M appeared to me during a group meditation in which four of us were venturing back to ancient Lemuria to do some research. The colorful pair showed up in dark glasses with their arms folded across their chests. They looked like seasoned nightclub bouncers from a rough neighborhood.
At first they were less than cooperative and had a good laugh at my expense. But it turns out P had been guarding an etheric vault of Lemurian wisdom for tens of thousands of years—at my request. And unbeknownst to me, I had been carrying around the access password in my cellular consciousness until P prompted me to remember it.
And so I honor P and M for being in service and for working with me over many lifetimes. I appreciate their wisdom and guidance and especially their irreverence.
In that same year I came across an enormous white dragon in meditation. She was so large I couldn’t see her entire form in my inner vision. I felt puny and self-conscious in her presence. At the same time, I really wanted to communicate with this wise and ancient being, but she kept her distance. I could tell she was evaluating me, reading my energy.
She vanished without a word, and I’ve never known whether she thought I was unworthy or unready to interact with her. But I’m still awed by the experience of being in her presence.
Do you have any dragons in your life or in your past life memories? If you do, it’s perfectly OK. I won’t say anything to anyone. I promise.
These days it’s OK to talk about your guardian angel or your higher self, but talking about your dragons… I know, I know. Some folks may think you’re a bit whacky.
Over the years I’ve met plenty of people, especially in Japan, who were aware of dragons around them as guardians or spirit guides. And whenever heavy weather begins to brew, I often sense dragon energies dancing in the clouds.
I’ve even met dragon energies who’ve incarnated into human form, which must be a difficult journey. But there are all kinds of spirit beings who’ve chosen to assume human form so they can participate in the Great Shift, our process of global ascension. (Check out a short article and video I posted about the Shift.)
Some of us have memories of being dragon riders in other lifetimes. When I see movies about dragon riders (or the ikran riders in James Cameron’s Avatar), I can’t help it, I get excited. I feel the memories stirring in my DNA and I start to long for those kinds of thrilling experiences again.
A wise master once explained to me the challenge of being a dragon rider, “You either rode them hard… or you died.” Simple enough. And as many books and movies have portrayed, dragons and their riders forge incredibly durable and intimate bonds on multiple levels of awareness.
In meditation several years ago, I had the honor of reconnecting with a dragon with whom I had shared such a bond many lifetimes ago. Even now, she watches over me as a guardian and offers me guidance whenever I ask.
And so on this day, I celebrate the wise and wonderful dragons in my life. I appreciate them sharing their love and light with me, in this lifetime and beyond.
I invite you to do the same. Light a candle in the name of your dragon. Raise a toast. Sing a prayer of gratitude.
You can even put on dark glasses and act a little irreverent.
Hey, if there’s a special dragon in your life, I’d love to read your story in the comments below!