A Butterfly’s Wing

…physics tell us that beneath the surface, every object and event in the universe is completely woven up with every other object and event. There is no true separation.“ ~Dr.Eben Alexander, “Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife


Since I have moved to Arizona, not one day has gone by where I have not seen a butterfly. Butterflies symbolize transformation and are the symbol of letting go of the old to welcome a new life. (Ironic, considering why I moved to Arizona.) When you watch a butterfly, you can’t help but notice the pure joy it seems to experience flitting (yes, that is a word) around like it does. Considering its beginnings were in the small safety of a cocoon, the butterfly represents pure freedom and complete transformation.

Looking a little closer, you notice the complexity hidden behind its pure simplicity. Each wing is made up of more colors than you can even see with the naked eye and if you are so lucky as to touch one of its wings, you find it is as thin as paper. Each color on the wing is distinct and stands on its own, but at the same time blends with the colors around it to form the pattern of the wing itself.

One of the biggest misconceptions we have as humans is that we are separate from everything and everyone around us. We, as individuals, have been taught that we live in our own world. We suffer the consequences of our choices and reap the rewards of our accomplishments. We are taught to be separate from everyone else yet at the same time agonize whether we “fit in” with the crowd.

I tell a story in my keynotes of a woman who is standing on a bridge holding a pebble in her hand. This woman is the deceased grandmother of my friend Al who had an experience with the afterlife after a near death experience where he was shown scenes of his life from the other persons perceptive rather than his own. His grandmother escorted him on this life review journey and at the end guided him to this bridge. With the pebble in hand, she dropped the pebble into the vast ocean beneath and they together watched the ripple effect the pebble had on the huge body of water. She turned to her grandson and said, “Just as this small pebble sent ripples through the entire body of water, so follows that your deeds and thoughts affect all.”

We, spirits having a human experience, are given the gift of creation; the ability to make choices in order to create the reality we want. The lesson which we have forgotten is that in order to create this reality, we need each other. Just as each individual color woven together makes the beautiful wings of the butterfly, each of us individually together makes up the human race. The pattern we have chosen to weave lately is not one in which I, as a human, have been proud. Watching the politicians backstab, children being tortured and killed by their own mothers, innocent people being shot or caught in an explosion…I can’t help but wonder if a wing made of such hate and separateness would fly?

One day soon we will come to understand that the only way out is together. What we do for others, we do for ourselves. It’s the law of physics…those who come from the same Source are bound together, past and future.


In Dr. Eben Alexander’s journey to the afterlife he was given this message that is for everyone to hear:

You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.
You have nothing to fear.
There is nothing you can do wrong.

You are loved unconditionally by God,


Chris Sopa is founder and owner of Chris Sopa International, Inc. You can learn more about her at www.ChrisSopa.com. Find her at Facebook.com/ChrisSopaInternational, Twitter @ChrisSopa, LinkedIn, and .

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