Your Butterfly Effect in an Interconnected World

Updated: May 1

Did you know that one single butterfly could potentially stop or accelerate a tornado from happening at the other side of the world? Now would you believe me if I said you have similar capabilities in this interconnected Universe we live in?

I first learned about the universal law of interconnectedness during my master studies in Imagineering. Where we researched themes such as ‘complexity science, ‘the butterfly effect’, and ‘emergence’.

The other part of my revelations about interconnectedness stem from mystical experiences and my growing interest in spirituality, and quantum physics. Through those revelations I am starting to reconnect to this universal truth within myself.

I am positive I am barely scratching the surface, and I do not claim to be an expert, I am just sharing my perspective. So I invite you to see which parts of if may resonate and are insightful and helpful on your own journey.

Even though my study was not designed to ignite a spiritual transformation, it did so for me, as it opened my eyes, mind & heart to the unknown. It also introduced me to concepts that I now believe are in essence quantum physical, but seemed to have been translated into organisational science. Though I did not realise this at the time, I am starting to discover the correlations more deeply and I see how my expertise in Imagineering, indirectly translates into what I am doing now.

During my studies, I started to learn that change can start small, that you can plant a tiny seed somewhere, with the potential to create tremendous impact and transformation elsewhere (emergence). I also learned how to be a catalyst for this change, and I now 100% believe that If I truly want to contribute to a better world, I have to start internally and guide others in doing so as well.

This perspective is not unfamiliar, as this lesson has been passed on by many world-leaders for centuries, ‘’Be the change you wish to see in the world’’ Mahatma Gandhi, ‘’heal yourself, heal the world” Deborah King. Finally “When the wisdom of the heart replaces the chatter of the mind, The power of Love flows forth.”— Marianne Williamson

I want to elaborate on that last one, the power of the heart, and the power that we as individuals have on a collective level. According to neuroscientist, Dr. Joe Dispenza’ “there’s significant evidence that group meditations of the right size with skilled meditators who change their emotions and energy can influence and create nonlocal, measurable effects on peace and global coherence.” Simply put: a global meditation has proven to lower criminal rates within a city!

When I first read about this, I thought back to my days at University when we studied ‘the butterfly effect’ within complex systems.

Let me first explain what a complex system is. A complex system consists of interrelated parts, these parts are all interacting with its environment and are constantly evolving and adapting (King & Lawley, 2016). This means that when one part changes, this can have a tremendous impact on another part within that system.

Now, the term 'butterfly effect' refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wing can create tiny changes in the atmosphere, which can ultimately alter the path of a tornado, or delay, accelerate or even prevent the tornado from happening at the other side of the world. We live and are part of the most complex systems of them all: The Universe, and just like a butterfly, we can make changes and impact this "system", for the better!

“If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

Have you ever walked into a room of people, and upon arrival, without words needed, you can just sense that there is tension? Or have you ever been with a loved one, and without explanation, you know how they are feeling?

Quantum physics made easy: we are part of a field of energy, and our being adds to this field of energy. This is not only true for tense and dense energy, but also for loving energy, and this has a tremendous impact, as proved by Dr. Joe Dispenza’s group meditations.

In my yoga classes I often practice a meditation with my students that focuses on activating a loving emotion within ourselves, such as gratitude, love, or compassion. During this meditation we slowly start to increase this feeling, filling up our whole body, and eventually creating a bubble of this loving awareness reaching as far as we can imagine. (practice this guided meditation here)

Now imagine walking into this room of yogis, what kind of vibe do you think you would pick up? And would that give you a better feeling that walking into that room of tension?

Learning to activate these loving feelings within ourselves and returning to this, increases not only our own vibration and makes us feel good, it increases the vibration of the collective field as well, truly making this world more loving. So I want to invite you to take responsibility for your part within our complex system. The best thing you can do for the world today, is trying to live from that place of love as much as you can, and create a ripple effect;

Because just like a butterfly flapping its wings, us opening our hearts, can move mountains. The shift is in our hearts. Start today.

I have recorded this meditation for free use, click here)

Thank you for reading,

with all my heart,