In quantum physics,”the butterfly effect”describes life as infinitely moving in a creative flow beyond our comprehension and prediction…somehow we feel separate from this extraordinary flow and its seems to contradict our most precious beliefs about being a separate self…primarily it questions our belief in being able to control and set goals of our own choice…as a species we may need to make dramatic changes in these contradictions in order to survive.

The ancient Taoist gives us a hint on life’s flow as being similar to water and suggest the sage should follow its course:

“One of the most used symbols of Taoism is that of water. Water is in many ways a Taoist ideal. Water stays low (seeks the lowest level) and humble, as the Tao does. Water nurtures all life, as the Tao does, yet does not seek to control. When water comes to an obstacle it doesn’t fight or worry or even think about it. It just moves around it. Yet because it is patient, and always act in accordance with its own inner nature, there is nothing water can not overcome. ”


Our physical body largely follows the rhythm of this flow and there is much evidence that our subconscious mind also is in harmony with this flow .. however our self conscious mind has been conditioned to achieve many artificial goals and fulfill many expectations…as a result we frequently develop feelings of alienation and boredom …some type of therapy and healing seems to be needed.

Perhaps the most serious problem of the self conscious mind is its obsession with the past and future while rarely living in the present…but as “the butterfly effect” clearly shows our perception of history and future is largely an illusion and irrelevant to the infinite interaction of life’s events…it is true that our concern with the past and future is also habitual,but in realizing its falsehood we could be in a better position to finally letting it go.

To enter fully into the flow of life,it seems helpful to make our life as simple as possible by being free of our self conscious clutter…and it also appears important to realize that our subconscious mind is more truly our real self than the illusions of our  ego centered conscious mind.


One Response

  1. Excellent and insightful analysis. Thank you.

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