This past month has been a doozy, with scattered, creative and ungrounded energies abounding. Seemingly, it’s never been so easy to be confused and feel untethered. As the pace of life continuously shifts, it can wreak havoc with our routines and attempts to organize. We may find ourselves completely overwhelmed with a lack of direction, spinning out of control.
Ambition: Chaos can manifest when we become overly ambitious, by trying to control, force or do too much. It’s attempting to create from the ego, which will always have limited and mixed results. Ambition isn’t a bad thing but easily moves into dysfunction, confusion and chaos when our time, attention and energy are spread too thin. The lesson here is simplicity, doing less and cultivating stillness of mind. See Managing Chaos: Ambition & Being to explore this theme in greater depth.
Foreign Influence: Chaos can be experienced when we’re trying to assimilate and digest someone else’s energy. This is due to a lack of appropriate boundaries, especially of an energetic, psychic nature. Every thought, emotion and sensation in the world leaves a subtle (or not so subtle) impression on our lives, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. The lesson here is to cultivate an impeccable container of protection around our values, dreams and passions. Learn exercises to help recognize, remove and strengthen your protection from foriegn influences here:
Chaos and the Art of Protection: Part I
Chaos and the Art of Protection: Part II
Initiation: Chaos can also symbolize a rite of passage, a birth into a deeper, intelligent order that transforms the very fabric of our lives. Chaos can represent being on the cutting edge of our personal evolution as we transition into the unknown. Here, the chaos only appears as confusion and disorder to the limited, conditioned and uninitiated ego-mind. The lesson is to trust our intuition, listen to the heart and surrender to Spirit. An article that goes into more depth on the subject of initiation is in the works. Meanwhile, for a good example of an initiatory experience, see: Pilgrimage & the Transformative Power of Discomfort
We’ll touch upon and delve deeper into these themes in the upcoming managing chaos article series.