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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Necessities of Life

Order and Chaos

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

It occurred to me just the other day, that the reason Harry and I make a good Spirituality Group team is because he brings order, and I bring chaos, and both are necessary. Chaos is the creative source. Gothic novelist, Mary Shelley, wrote, “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos.” Artist, Paul Chezanne, put it this way: “We live in a rainbow of chaos.” Harnessing the chaos inside oneself so that it's orderly enough to be understood by others is how art brings focus.

I stand by the Native American belief, “As within, so without; as above, so below.” We, in other words, are a microcosm of the macrocosm. Space itself has certain natural laws that bind it into order. Likewise, we have certain physiological functions that take chaos and give it manageable structure. Both are necessary—out of chaos comes order. As Carl Jung said, “In all chaos is cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.”

When we look around us and see only chaos, we are terrified that order may never come. When our thoughts are swirling to the point of craziness, we fear it will never stop. When that is happening, one way of gaining some degree of control, is to look to the small things. Put order where you can. It may sound silly, but doing the laundry, folding the sheets, ironing the pillowcases, helps calm the storm. One of my favorite ways to bring order to my own interior chaos, is to go into my basement and work—clean up, straighten shelves, bag the trash, and box up the give-aways. Cleaning out a closet, or mopping a floor seem like menial tasks, but they help to bring order to disorder both physically and mentally.

I have a neighbor who mows her grass even in winter. Once or twice a week, she is out there with her lawn mower. She puts out fresh pine straw, rakes and bags sticks and leaves. I have a feeling that is the way she brings order to her own chaos. Being close to the earth, getting our hands dirty, grounds us, and grounding is needed when chaos is flying around inside our heads.

We will never have order as a constant state simply because there are too many variables to control. Also, because chaos is the creative source out of which the rich tapestry of life is woven. Many colors, many threads, bound together into lovely patterns of light and dark, all necessary to the whole.

                                                   In the Spirit,


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