Embracing Chaos

So much of our energy is spent creating order from disorder. It feels productive and powerful to sort and organize. It feels so incredibly satisfying to place things into tidy boxes. The illusion of control feeds our ego.

We categorize our relationships, manage our time and compartmentalize our emotions. It feels so empowering to think that we have mitigated and planned for every risk, reduced out failure rate, and juiced every minute from the day.

Then life happens. Upheaval. An unexpected accident or illness. Relationships evolve. Things move around. We suffer and struggle to understand why the plan didn’t work. Why things won’t stay in the places we put them? Why can’t we get our life under control?

It’s a useless fight. Gripping and controlling things beyond ourselves. Chaos is natural. The most powerful emotions come from chaos – fear, anger, and especially love. Galaxies come from explosions. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Create within chaos, rather than fighting it. Observe and notice your feelings in a heightened state of confusion. New perspectives and ideas present themselves to you. Use those ideas to invent and develop your creations. Flow within the emotions and experience them in their entirety.

Do not confuse accepting chaos for complacency. You are not resigning or giving up, but rather embracing emotional power for it’s creative genesis. Release your grip on control and see how rich life is before you.

“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.” ― Terence McKenna