Week 50 – The Butterfly Effect
It has been said that, “A Butterfly flapping its wings in Peru can start a change in the weather that leads to a typhoon in China.” The butterfly effect basically is the concept that small causes can have large effects. It was initially a doctoral thesis written in 1963 by meteorologist Edward Lorenz. It was originally laughed out of the New York Academy of Sciences because it was thought to be a ridiculous notion at that time.
It wasn’t until the 90’s that it was proven that the butterfly effect was consistent and accurate. And not just with butterflies, but more importantly it was proven that it worked with every form of moving matter, especially people.
The butterfly effect as it was stated said that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location. It was the assumption that the butterfly does not power or directly create the tornado, but that the flap of the butterfly’s wings can cause the tornado: in the sense that the flap of the wings is a part of the initial conditions; one set of conditions leads to a tornado while the other set of conditions doesn’t. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which cascades to large-scale alterations of events, similar also to “the domino effect” concept.
This concept is all based on energy. The butterfly’s wing flap, when it is feeding, produces a different energy than the energy produced when it is fleeing from a predator. The flap of the butterfly impacts the Earth, and her ecosystems through energy produced. Likewise, the energies produced by all living creatures’ impact the health of the Earth, particularly human beings because we possess the gift of higher level consciousness (the ability to reason and perceive). This energy moves through time and space and creates a ripple effect. This is how a thought and/or idea can literally start from one person and spread exponentially throughout the entire world – ONE IDEA, FROM ONE PERSON! This is the power you and I possess. This is how we can change the world and the fabric of consciousness in society. Not that anything needs changing, but if you deem yourself to be a light unto this world then hold firm to your values and what you want and desire to see different than what it is presently and watch it take hold. One person in alignment is more powerful than a thousand who are not. So DO YOU!
This idea is part of the cornerstone of deliberate creation. You create your own reality. You CREATE what’s both real and unreal to you. This creation is always precipitated by what you already believe regarding any subject of contention. What you believe determines what you make true! After belief, later comes your perceptions, more thoughts, and emotions- that create your life experience.
Everything affects everything else! What I do really does affect you, and what you do really does have an indirect affect on me. Our act of observation, thought, and emotion have significant butterfly effects on this world we live in. Our own personal human wing flapping literally forms the world around us and our experiences in life.
Comprehending the inter-connectivity of all living creatures, particularly human beings, we can see on a micro scale what is occurring on a macro scale, right now, in this present moment. And more importantly we can see how we can effectuate change starting from right where we currently stand. The outside is ALWAYS a reflection of the inside. This empowers us to become change agents. This creates the change that will impact others on a daily basis. We CAN literally change this world if we so desire. Through our words in action we become the positive reaction in the world. This positive energy creates a chain reaction or “butterfly effect” that can be observed and more importantly felt throughout the planet. (Example: Pharrelle’s Happy song, 2013)
There are generations, yet unborn, whose lives will be shifted and shaped by the decisions you make today, and tomorrow, and the next day. You have been created as one of a kind. There has never been anyone like you before and there never will be anyone like you again. Your spirit, thoughts, and feelings, your ability to reason and act all exist in no one else. YOU have been created in order that you might make a difference. Every action you take matters. Every action actually MATERIALIZES! We can see an example of this with the subtle climate changes and how over the years, at least in my lifetime, there have been direct changes in the weather patterns resulting in global warming. I believe this is the larger effect of a smaller cause of human behavior.
The take away: We all have the potential to change the course of the entire planet. Maybe you don’t want to change the planet. Maybe you don’t want to even change the country. Maybe you simply want to effect change in your day-to-day life in a positive and empowering manner. The cause of your thoughts and actions with every decision you make, have very direct and indirect effects in this world and in your life. You create your own reality. And even the smallest, most miniscule things do matter.