Christopher Columbus Smith was my Grandfather's Grandfather

A Bucket List?

Use Hypnosis to Create

a Butterfly List!

This article was originally published by William C. Smith, BCH July 14th, 2011

One of my favorite movies of all time was “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
And it got me to thinking:
Did I have a Bucket List?
Would I even want to have a Bucket List?
Why did I seem to have some resistance to the idea of a Bucket List?
Would it be beneficial to have a Bucket List?

Being a Hypnotist and especially because of the work in some of the areas I work in, I’m probably more analytical when it comes to words and ideas than most people – even most Hypnotists!

And after looking at the idea, I realized the resistance I was feeling was the concept of a Bucket List as things I wanted to do before I die!
At first I couldn’t understand why I had such resistance, and then I realized it was because it has a negative connotation to it – dying! --

(in case you're wondering -- Christopher Columbus Smith was my Great, Great GrandFather!)
I’m all about LIVING LIFE and enjoying every day as much as possible – so the idea of thinking about things to do before I die, just didn’t make any sense.
So I decided to rename it – my “Butterfly List”.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,

the Master calls the butterfly."

- Richard Bach

Picture of a Butterfly from my trip to the Cayman Islands

Why a “Butterfly List”?

A Butterfly List is things You want to do while you’re ALIVE that will:
Inspire You!
Push you to Achieve!
Be Remembered and Cherished!
Make you Grow as a Person!
Teach you Something NEW!
Lift Someone Else UP!
Benefit Someone Else!
Bring a Smile to Your Face or Someone Else’s!
Lighten Someone Else’s Burden
Why did I choose a Butterfly to represent my List?Because a Butterfly represents:
Change -- going from a Caterpillar to a Butterfly
Freedom -- being able to Fly!
Winning – the struggle to escape the cocoon!
Stages – egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly
Calmness / Serenity
Luck - some people say if a butterfly lands on you, it represents good luck – not sure I buy into that – I believe we create our lives. The more focused I work, the luckier I am. But I still enjoy it when they land on me!
So how can you use Hypnosis to help you create your Butterfly List?Use DayDreaming – also knowns as Self Hypnosis to see / feel yourself doing those things on your list. Something that’s really important to you, should be thought of daily.
The more times you DayDream about it, the more you begin to think about how to turn the DayDream into an accomplished goal.
And then you can mark that off your Butterfly List and move onto another thing you want to do.
My Butterfly List includes a trip to Muir Woods to walk among the huge old trees that have been around hundreds of years. And also on my list is a Hot Air Balloon ride! And you know what? I Daydream about those things and if they’re not done by the time you’ve read this, they will be soon. I’m already making plans!

Someone shared this Irish Blessing with me:

"May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun,

and find your shoulder to light on

to bring you luck, happiness and riches

today, tomorrow and beyond."

. .

Now, how about you? What’s on your Butterfly List? Would Hypnosis help you achieve that list? Without a doubt!


What’s holding you back? Fear, worry, stress, doubt, lack of Self Confidence? These are common problems Hypnotists help people with. We help everyday people with everyday problems.

Now, just for fun, here are some interesting facts about Butterflies:
The study of Butterflies is called Lepidopterology.
Butterflies are part of the animal kingdom and are an order of insects.
The name of the order for butterflies and moths is Lepidoptera.
The term derives from the Greek for scale and wing, because their wings are covered with thousands of overlapping scales.
There are about 170,000 species, but only one-tenth are butterflies; the rest are moths. Butterflies have knobbed antennae, while moths have pointed, often feathery, ones. They go through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa or chrysalis, adult.

They sip nectar through their proboscis which is coiled under in a spiral when not used for feeding.


A friend of mine used to tell me that the word butterfly was invented by William Shakespeare when he reversed the usual word “flutterby”. But that’s not true because according the Oxford English Dictionary of Old English, the original word was “botter-fleoge”.


And here’s one of my favorite quotes from Jack Nicholson --

“Temper is the one thing you can't get rid of by losing it.”

A line from the film “Anger Management”

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