A butterfly flaps its wings over the Pacific Ocean and a hurricane develops in the Atlantic. Far-fetched?

Depends on who you ask.

In our previous post, we blogged about Ray Bradbury’s famous tale, A Sound of Thunder, from which the term, “the butterfly effect” was coined.

The butterfly effect is the power of a simple action, such as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings, to make huge ripples in reality.

In Jewish mysticism, we don’t use the term “the butterfly effect” but we do have a similar concept.

The Kabbalistic masters teach that each of our actions, and even our words and thoughts, may have a profound effect on the Universe. That they have at least some effect, is certainly the case.

In some instances, an individual’s actions can have energy-building, world-spinning, Universe-rippling impact. Good deeds can tilt the balance of the world to the side of ultimate Goodness and Wholeness and Peace.

Even if the deeds, thoughts, or words you do are small, or the changes you make are on the inside, remember: what you do is important.

So go ahead and be the butterfly!

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Past Butterfly Post: Time Travel and The Butterfly Effect

For a deeper look at the butterfly effect through the lens of Jewish mysticism, see the original post at HJC.com.