Butterfly medicine teaches us to avoid clinging too dearly to any one state, and to appreciate the beauty in every cycle--birth of the caterpillar, cocooning in chrysalis, emergence of the butterfly, butterfly dance and migration, and eventual return to the earth. There's exquisite elegance in the perpetual dance of impermanence, a richness to each stage and epoch.
The Butterfly effect:
Understanding and applying this Buddhist philosophy can bring the Butterfly Effect to life in our lived experiences. In chaos theory, the Butterfly Effect refers to a phenomenon in which due to the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in later states. While the theory and mathematical definition are applied in weather pattern prediction and quantum mechanics, the popular metaphor describes the example of the minor atmospheric perturbations from the flapping of a butterfly's wings influencing the details of a tornado's formation, path, and duration several weeks later.
Butterfly Design, Pattern, & light
We can appreciate the dichotomy between a butterflies' neutral tones to camouflage and blend in, and their flashiness to scare away predators, which makes them stand out.
We can appreciate the dichotomy of the butterfly and the moth, diurnal and nocturnal, resting with wings closed or wings open.
We can appreciate as well how butterflies express and often reject the male and female dichotomy, expressing in many different asymmetries and new patternings.
Sacred SInging CIrcle
The first two Sacred Singing Circles with Angel and Adriana have been a pure joy to attend, coming together with like-hearted souls and building positive energy within a charged container, singing in English, Spanish, Japanese, Sanskrit, Lakota, and Nahuatl. In our first circle we sang the Mariposa / Butterfly song, appropriate for the new beginning in sacred and transformative circle, and in our second group we developed the felicitous theme with a Nahuatl butterfly song, 'Huey Papalotl.' Lyrics, translation, and some explanation are outlined below. Please join in the Sacred Singing Circle every other thursday evening; see the facebook events for up to date details and information.
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