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Be The Butterfly

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!

Check out more God in Therapy posts, and the God in Therapy collection.

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.

Be The Butterfly


Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2013). Be The Butterfly. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2013/01/be-the-butterfly/

 

Last updated: 6 Jan 2013
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