The How and Why of Butterflies
Spotify PlaylistMichael Jackson – ButterfliesTori Amos – Sleeps With ButterfliesAlicia Keys – Butterflyz - Drumline MixDave Barnes – ButterfliesJohn West – ButterfliesBen Westbeech – ButterfliesReel People – Butterflies
You ever get the sensation of butterflies in your stomach? Those feelings can:
- hint you to impending danger, kind of like a "spidey-sense," or
- confirm your feelings of desire for intimacy, when you're meeting with that new, special person in your life.
Aptly named for the delicate fluttering of butterfly wings, the butterfly sensation is the finely tuned and receptive nerve action in your gut. It doesn't just send messages to your brain, it connects you in every way with your world. Everything we do in this life is about CONNECTION with our universe: the physical, the mental, the emotional, the subtle, the seen and the hard to see.
Science cannot be ignored when it comes to figuring out how things work. Science explains the butterfly sensation as a phenomenon of the nervous system. In your abdomen, not all that far from your stomach, there is a junction or network of nerves called the celiac plexus or solar plexus. In some philosophies it's known as the abdominal brain and spiritually one of your centers of intuition. These nerves work as part of the autonomic nervous system (involuntary nervous system) to control many of the bodily functions we don't always consciously think about, such as:
- heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, dilation of the pupils in your eye, and even sexual arousal.
- It works with the "fight or flight" response that helps us defend ourselves or get out-of-the-way in case of danger, and preps our body any time we are excited... or, that's right... aroused.
- Hormones, endorphins, and neurochemicals are brought into play helping to power us up, get us in the appropriate mood, and even deliver feelings of euphoria, in most cases without us even thinking about it.
Those are the mechanics. And once these nerve actions in the abdomen get going, we might feel butterflies. But why do we seem to get butterflies, especially with Love?What if I said the feeling of butterflies is driven by an innate "desire" of the spirit in people to bond? After all, from voluntary action to involuntary action, our beings are electromagnetic, biochemical, cohesive instruments designed to connect and sync:
- people sharing attraction will "magically run into" each other everywhere, repeatedly
- we ask someone to hang out or date when we have interests or qualities in common
- we feel actual sensations of "heart-break" when disconnected from a loved one
- two people, in a moment of attraction, lock glances, pupils dilated, and witness eternity pass in the literal twinkling of an eye
- lovers will awaken in the morning smiling warmly at each other, after having shared the same sleeping dream
- lovers will physically unite via intercourse and anticipate each other's movement into an erotic dance of intimacy.
- A long time married couple will begin to resemble each other
Now, If any of that sounds too romantic, weird, or fantastic to you, also keep in mind that on a regular, non-romantic basis:
- two similar body types sharing close sleeping quarters will result in the syncing of cardiac cell rhythms, thus falling into synchronized heart rates and similar breathing patterns
- women sharing residence will commonly share the same menstrual cycle
- close siblings will finish each others' sentences
- close friends will blurt the same thoughts
I could go on in ways both scientific and fantastic explaining the ways people have described their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls trying to connect with one another.
This sensitivity, in-tune-ness or intuitiveness, is natural and shouldn't be looked at as bad or good, but as a tool to work with and pay attention to. I say don't be nervous about butterflies. Get to know them.Connect. Other than walking into a tiger's cage, or obvious "danger-filled" activities such as sky diving, I encourage you to look forward to more butterflies. Know they will come, and go, over time. But make more connections daily and let your gut, your intuition, guide you through.
Oh, check out the Spotify songs I included up top, and let me know how you liked them.