Mahatma Gandhi and Butterflies

by | Apr 14, 2015 | Taming Your Inner Critic | 0 comments

April 2015

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

What change would you like to see in the world?

For me, I would like the world to be a less violent place. I would like to live in a world where everyone has enough food to eat and clean water to drink. A world where people are kind to their neighbors, where they are gentle with one another, speaking words of kindness instead frustration or anger.

Sounds impossible doesn’t it?

Some would say these are ambitious, bigger than one person desires.  How can I, as one lone person, turn this world into a kinder, gentler planet?

By being the change I wish to see.

We know from our work together that thoughts and feelings are energies and that energy is not static, it travels. Thoughts are in motion and move from one person to the next, to the next, to the next. Our small ripples of thought can have a much larger impact elsewhere on the earth.

Quantum physicists often speak of the butterfly effect; the smallest of motions in one part of a system having a far greater effect on a distant part of the same complex system. The example often used is the flapping wings of a butterfly affecting the earth’s weather pattern enough to cause a hurricane thousands of miles away.

We can be that butterfly.

My thoughts of kindness and peace travel out as energy into the world. Somewhere my thought intersects with someone else’s thought of a similar vibration. Like attracts like, and so these two thoughts, vibrating at the energetic frequency of “kindness”, merge into a larger mass of energy.

This larger, more powerful mass of energy, called a thought-form, may land in someone’s energy field, causing them to think the thought, “Wow, I just felt this warm, energetic hug! It came out of nowhere. That was lovely!”

And so that person, still vibrating in the embrace of that energetic hug might be inspired to do some kindness for the next person they meet. Maybe they smile to their seatmate on the bus or leave a large tip for their waitperson. Or maybe they walk around all day brimming with thoughts and feelings of generosity, peace and gentleness.

Just like the butterfly, my simple thoughts of kindness and goodwill have an effect on someone far away. I am sure of it. And if more and more of us lived by Gandhi’s words, think how significant of an effect we could have on the world.

It’s not impossible to change the world. In fact it really is so simple – by being the change I want to see – by all of us being the change we want to see – we can have a much larger impact than we ever imagined.


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