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Butterfly Effect - Part 1 of 3

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Author: Michael Manjin

The Butterfly Effect - Part 1 of 3

The "Butterfly Effect" actually implies that a small event or action can have a very significant even dramatic effect on any given outcome in the future. If you've seen the movie "The Butterfly Effect" with Aston Kutcher then you have an idea of what I'm talking about. In that movie the character played by Aston Kutcher repeatedly returns to the past in an attempt to change the future in order to win the love of a girl. What he soon realizes is that every time he attempts to alter the past the events in the future play out in ways that he never could have anticipated.

What if Hitler had never been born would the world be different today? What if Martin Luther King would have lived? And what if the events on 09/11/01 had never happened. How different would the world be today?

You're probably thinking those are fairly significant events and you would be right. However, even one small change, action, word, nod or smile, could set into motion a change of events that can alter the world as we currently know it. So lets look at an example of a trivial event that no one would even notice or think about. To illustrate I'll use an example from Ian Stewart's book Does God Play Dice? in which he attempts to explain the concept of chaos.

"The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devasted the Indonesian coast doesn't happen...."

Ironically a devastating sunami did hit the Indonesian coast on December 26, 2004 many years after Steward wrote this particular book.

By the way the title of the book relates to Einstein's famous quote that "God does not play dice with the universe". In other words, Einstein's contention is that events do not happen randomly. There is a reason why events happen the way they do. We may not understand the reason why and may never understand why.

The main point I'm trying to make is that even the smallest most insignificant event has the potential to change your life and those around you. When you think about the events that have occurred thus far in your life how many really big life altering events have occurred? Chances are your life and your reality are shaped by miniscule changes from moment to moment, hour to hour and day to day. This is why in previous lessons I explained why you need to always be "in the now". By being in the now you will be in a receptive state that allows you to recognize defining moments in your life and take appropriate action or not. If your preoccupied with thoughts other than those which empower you then your emotions may unintentionally manifest into a reality that you never intended.

In closing it's important to remember that what you don't do or say can have just as big of an impact on manifesting your reality as what you do or say.

To your continued prosperity,

Mike Manjin

About the author: Mike Manjin presents advice on self improvement and personal fullfillment. To discover more about powerful success principles please visit or for more information email him at

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