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Anatomy of a Butterfly2009.12.16

    Anatomy of a Butterfly

    The Butterfly is an ancient symbol. In Chinese philosophy it is often referred to as the Ancient Butterfly (kochō 胡蝶), which we will use here.

    It all started with a marvelous story, The Butterfly Dream, by Taoist Master Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi), who lived in the 4th Century BC.


    “Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.” (tr. Burton Watson 1968, Columbia University Press, Wikipedia)

    Is there a thin veil between dream and reality? Is this the musings of a Chinese sage, or the Taoist experience of nature?

    The musings of this Chinese sage captured the imaginations of an impressive list of philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and even entrepreneurs, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ricoeur, Carl Jung, Jacques Maritain, Jacques Lacan, and Thomas Merton.

    It also inspired entrepreneur Roger Hamilton, founder of Wealth Dynamics, who puts the Ancient Butterfly at the core of the brand symbol.

    Elements include the four intersections and eight points that refer to the Wealth Dynamics Profiles: Creator, Star, Supporter, Deal Maker, Trader, Accumulator, Lord, and Mechanic. The sides of the square refer to the four seasons and energies of Spring (Dynamo), Summer (Blaze), Autumn (Tempo), and Winter (Steel), which are integrated in movement with the fifth element of Water or Flow, that connects all of the others and represents the dynamic nature of transformation in life.

    The Ancient Butterfly is the symbol of Transformation, as well as the transient nature of wealth, and is shown here with the inverted triangles as wings. Each wing of the butterfly is in color, representing the energy of the season, Spring (green), Summer (red), Autumn (orange), Winter (silver), and the Butterfly in the logo representing Flow (blue).

    The words in the brand symbol further explain the concept, based on the insights of Carl Jung, which in turn were influenced by his exposure to Chinese philosophy, particularly the I Ching, or Book of Changes. These terms are Intuitive (INNOVATION), Sensory (TIMING), Extrovert (PEOPLE), and Introvert (DATA).

    The formula V x L stands for Value X Leverage, which equals Wealth.

    The Wealth Dynamics symbol incorporates the anatomy of the butterfly as a practical application of ancient wisdom. Once you understand the symbolism, watch the ten minute introduction to Wealth Dynamics in Roger Hamilton’s video on YouTube at

    When you understand the differences in the Wealth Dynamics Profiles, you have the key to understanding why people attract or lose wealth in each profile. Carl Jung coined the term Synchronicity, which here also means being in the right place at the right time, or having lucky timing in life.

    Once you know your own Profile, you discover the path of least resistance to success in your career or business. This is a huge advantage, because you learn faster, and connect with the right mentors and partners for your career or business.

    French Microbiologist Louis Pasteur said that, “Opportunity favors the prepared mind.” It is not enough for opportunity to knock. You must know when it is knocking for you and take quick and appropriate action, or opportunity goes away.

    Fortunate people make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly.Unfortunate people take too long to make a decision, and easily change their mind. The Wheel of Fortune turns for you or against you, depending in part on what you do when opportunity knocks.

    Developing the criteria to make the right decisions will set you on the right course in life, and what a difference that can make in five or ten years time. The key is learning to find your flow and stay in your strong suit throughout the changes and challenges of life.

    Wealth Dynamics Training can help you find the path of least resistance to your Creative Career Path. To learn how, visit:

    William Reed





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    William Reed

    William Reed is a renowned author-speaker who coaches physical finesse and flexible focus for a creative career path. A certified Master Trainer in Guerrilla Marketing and 7th-dan in Aikido, he combines practical wisdom of East and West to help you learn personal branding at the Entrepreneurs Creative Edge.

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