Cultural Butterfly

Project

The Cultural Butterfly Project is a catalyst,

inspiration, and support for a culture of the

 greater good and well-being of all.

 

The disruptions, upheavals, and breakdowns in our lives are happening because the beliefs and stories we've been living by are upside down and backwards. We've been playing a zero-sum game. 

 

Dr. Bruce Lipton outlines the false beliefs and stories which control our life and are killing us. We've been living by:

  1. a Newtonian belief that physical matter and the material realm is all there is, that matter is all that “matters”, and matter causes and creates other matter;

  2. a Darwinian belief that the world is based on competition and struggle for survival, so people fight over physical matter.

 

He calls them the “caterpillar” structure. In a word, these beliefs and stories are bankrupt, and the external crises we're experiencing are a reflection of this bankrupt thinking and models of how life works. 

 

Our world today is the end of these old beliefs.  It is the end of the “caterpillar”.

 

In this 3-minute video, Dr. Lipton describes the process of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly, and how it is like our current economy, like this:

Quantum science says the beliefs and perceptions we have been living by are false because:

  1. the invisible field of energy is real and is all there is, and our mind shapes our biology and life to conform to our beliefs and assumptions;

  2. evolution is actually based on cooperation, not competition; the whole biosphere is a balanced harmonious community, except for humans, because of our false beliefs and perceptions.

 

Our current socio-economic culture is an expression of an underlying worldview of separation from life that Indigenous peoples described as the disease of the white invaders. They named it "wetiko," literally “cannibalism”.  It translates as the alienated human soul, no longer connected to an inner life force and so it feeds on the energy of other beings. 

 

That’s why the Cultural Butterfly Project is a catalyst for a culture of our connectedness and the well-being of all.  This means the real "hero's journey" is to connect with our authentic inner powers as creators and bring a new reality and new world into being from the inside out.  It also means addressing both the individual and collective experience and knitting them together, because whatever any individual does absolutely affects the whole.

As Buckminster Fuller famously said, "You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete."

Elaine Cornick, founder and developer of the Cultural Butterfly Project, describes this project in this 17-minute video of the Sunday talk she gave titled “We’re in a messy transformation, and that’s the good news!” at the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Florence, OR on Sept. 22, 2019.

​There are innumerable examples springing up of this socio-economic cultural transformation that is creating new ways of living and working together.  These give real hope and substance to the new world we are in the process of creating.  See Signs of the Emerging Cultural Butterfly under “Blog" for examples.

 

I am sure you know that a butterfly comes from a caterpillar that goes into a chrysalis.  However, did you know that when a caterpillar goes into the chrysalis, it does not automatically become a butterfly?

The caterpillar contains within its body other cells called “imaginal cells” that are the basis for the butterfly. These imaginal cells are the seeds of future potential which had been dormant and which now begin a process of creating the new form and structure of the butterfly. In order to actually become a butterfly, the imaginal cells must connect with each other.

 

A breakdown is always an opportunity for a breakthrough. However, there is no guarantee that there will be a breakthrough, just as there is no guarantee that the imaginal cells in a caterpillar will become a butterfly.  Therefore, connections, cross-pollination, and conscious cooperation between and among the imaginal cells are critical for creating a new and different life, both in the caterpillar/butterfly and in our human lives and experience.  

Transformation (both individual and collective/cultural) does not occur in a linear, straight line. It requires deconstruction (falling apart) and then re-configuring in new, unknown, unpredictable ways because of the quantum field.  It requires moving into and through the unknown, because that’s where creation happens.

Becoming a new culture (individually and collectively) requires a non-linear process that has the right conditions for creativity and transformation.  It is the same process that a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly.  Cultural transformation occurs organically through individual people, from the inside out.  It is not some externally-decided or managed change or event.

 

Dr. Joe Dispenza says that we get stuck on the mistaken idea that transformation has to be predictable and that we should be able to know how it’s going to happen. That’s our biggest error because the quantum model says that we can never control the outcome.  It has to be uncertain and unpredictable.  

Since we create our lives and experience through our stories/world views, one important purpose of the Cultural Butterfly Project is to give us new perspectives about the cultural stories we have been living by and see possibilities for evolving into higher levels of cooperation and co-creation.

 

There are innumerable examples springing up of this socio-economic cultural transformation that is creating new ways of living and working together.  These give real hope and substance to the new world we are in the process of creating.  See “Signs of the Emerging Cultural Butterfly" under “Blog” for examples.

 

Meet Elaine Cornick

I am a catalyst, mentor, and guide through the transformational process, leading people through the confusion of today's world and into the emerging culture.

 

My work is inspiring new perspectives, re-framing our perceptions, reorienting our lives to create more well-being, and helping make this transition as easily as possible.

I am an elder and a continuous life-long learner in the areas of personal, emotional, mental, and spiritual transformation, offering clarity and empowerment for people who want to live from an authentic way of being with deeper meaning and purpose.

For the past 40+ years my passion and commitment has been inspiring new perspectives to transform the ways we work and live.  I have continually explored numerous leading-edge approaches to creating our reality because I know that the real journey is to connect with our inner power as creators and bring a new world into being from the inside out. 

Since 1970 I have been on a spiritual path, exploring and practicing consciousness from many angles. This has included a great deal of transpersonal  emotional work, studying with a Lakota Sioux shaman/medicine woman, Transcendental Meditation as well as other meditation practices, studying and participating in metaphysical communities, and working with a spiritual teacher from the Hindu tradition. 

 

As the next step of this path and process, I have been ordained and am now offering my work as a ministry. My ministry is a catalyst, inspiration and support for people who are involved in creating a culture of the greater good with well-being of all.

   

In my previous professional life my work was counseling and coaching, which was more focused on fixing or solving problems. The work I do now is focused on possibility and creating. 

 

I have been laying the foundation for this all my life, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Management, plus experience in coaching/counseling/consulting, facilitation/training, program development, community relations, and sales and marketing in the private, non-profit, and government sectors.

I initially reached out to Elaine to gain a new perspective on my finance career.  What started as the question of "What can I do about my job?" became an exploration and manifestation of "What can I joyfully create with my life?"  Through conversations with Elaine, I was able to envision a much broader field of possibility and embrace my own creative process.  "Working" with Elaine is a transformative, life-changing experience. Elaine brings a wealth of insight, wisdom and knowledge about the creative process to each conversation. While she holds a respectful space for the exploration of serious topics, I find that it is her bright light and unique perspective that fuel the fires of alchemy.  She is truly gifted in creating a nourishing, vibrant atmosphere for clients to manifest their own larger creative, transformative spirit.

~ Angie B

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