Thursday, 1 January 2009

Butterflies on my mind...

Another New Year begins. Today the Butterfly has been drawing my focus, this could be that it features heavily on my second website – soon to be on-line, but it goes deeper than this.

The butterfly is about transformation – the caterpillar into the butterfly. It reflects the never-ending cycle of life. It is connected to the ability to let go of the old and embrace the new – maybe the new year? But again, it seems to go deeper than this.

Maybe more importantly, the butterfly is the power of air – the power of the mind. When we think about positive transformation, the mind plays a key role – after all, we need clarity of mind before we can successfully transform ourselves and our lives.

When we think about books such as You Can Heal Your Life or The Secret, we can see just how powerful the mind can be. It can create a wonderfully abundant and joyous life, or a life of restriction and lack. It is all about intent.

This seems to be the crux of the issue – intent. The butterfly led me into thinking about the Butterfly Effect – the idea that a butterfly flapping it’s wings in South America could cause a hurricane thousands of miles away. This notion is based on chaos theory.

I wonder though, how much this term has become misunderstood? I always believed that whilst in theory it is possible for such a thing to happen, we could never truly know or track such an event back to it’s source. After all, one would presume that the butterfly was only a tiny part of the picture. But maybe that’s the point; the concept that this could happen is all we need to be inspired to believe it to be so. And taking this further, the fact that we believe it, does this make it possible in the first place?

It’s a bit like the question would a falling tree in a forest miles away from a human make a noise? We could never know, for to test such a concept would invalidate the experiment. Reminds me also of Schrodingers Cat, but that is a whole other story…

Quantum mechanics, chaos theory and new age musings – who would of thought there could ever be such correlation?!

All comes back to the power of the mind…

Of course, the butterfly effect is really all about cause and effect – and this is where the power of intent is important.

Linking the power of the mind with the butterfly effect – I guess my wandering mind connected the two. I then started to think about the concept of Paying It Forward – doing a deed for someone, who does a deed for someone else, and so on.

Deeds do not have to be physical to be Paid Forwards, why not thoughts? If enough people send out positive thoughts of healing, love, harmony and peace, then surely it would have some impact on the world?

In addition, it is important to think about the impact of our thoughts on both our selves and on others. Negative thoughts create negative patterns, positive creates positive, so before we start self-negating at the things we dislike about ourselves, maybe we should instead celebrate the things we do like about ourselves instead? Don’t underestimate the power of the mind to create – and destroy.

So I guess the outcome of my meditation with the butterfly was to see how important it is to respect the mind, to honour the power of the mind and to use it wisely.

The butterfly is also about beauty and grace – watch one gliding through the air, to see why. So, maybe as well, the butterfly helps us to see the beauty in nature, the beauty that is present in us all – if only we looked…

So, send out beautiful thoughts – if enough of us do, then maybe it will make a difference. We may never know, but maybe that’s the point? Let go of fixed expectations, and embrace the possibilities of the unknown…

Happy 2009.