Butterfly Building is a self-actualization program for women, a thought changing, new pattern making accountability partner of sorts, emanating from the imagination, and curriculum building TiSiWiDi skill set of Semaj Brown. In 2010, after urging from her husband, James Brown, MD, Semaj designed
Butterfly Building, which was intended to be a personal comprehensive program for her to lose weight. It was complete with a course catalogue, Flight Manual: Declaration of independent Flight, Butterfly Bill of Rights, Veg Allegiance, and Constitution with anti- gravity activities, workshops, vegan cooking classes she taught herself, and more. Semaj explains her motivation: “I was holding a great deal of pain, my daughter had died from a blood disease, and I was yet grieving. I needed to do something, if I was to live. This was my chance at beginning. I would have to be the architect of rebuilding me. I imagined
myself free. I imagined myself to be a butterfly.”
Semaj ended up losing more than pounds, she; she loss the weight, emotional and psychological weight; she was lighter, and clearer about her life, her goals, her purpose. In addition, she lost 120 pounds. Friends were in frenzy; they wanted to know how she did it. Eventually, the program was opened to the public. Butterfly Building is designed around the migratory path and metamorphosis of the butterfly. It is fun and rewarding as women move through the different stages; from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. Each woman decides her own goal(s) through a process of discovery. Semaj has created a parlance specific to butterflying that keeps everyone lifted, in flight. It is 2020; Semaj is preparing to take the Butterfly Building course again. During this time of social upheaval, it will serve as a guide to remain focused, at peace, and determined to butterfly.
So, how does one use this Flight Manual? Well, that is much like asking how does one change? There is usually upheaval regarding the challenges we face surrounding nature’s constant, change. Most people have some measure of difficulty with this thing that happens all the time without our permission.
Change asks nothing of us or from us. It proceeds serenely or tumultuously without concern for our disposition. Yes, change is rudely consistent.
The Butterfly Building Flight Manual is smitten with change. Process, metamorphosis and transformation all give goose bumps. Some say the hardest part is getting started. But, Butterfly Building says you are already started. Let us simply recognize your point of navigation and fly onward
with the power of *TiSiWiDi… our mighty friend the sovereign wind.