Your life has two elements. You cannot have life and not have both elements in it. It has the “intentional” and it has the “chaotic”. There is a vast field of energies you are connected to and set in motion that you didn’t intend to. This is your life’s “chaos”. All energy interlaces, literally all. There is no actual causal separation, thus your “intention” actually means very little.
Chaos is a dialogue. Just because it hasn’t made sense to you yet, doesn’t mean it can’t. Any metaphysical work, to be strong, has to allow for complexity. Do you actually know how you have succeeded or failed at doing anything, ever? If you have successfully done something, do you really know why you succeeded?
“Chaos in the world brings uneasiness, but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth.” Tom Barrett
“Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.” Henry Miller (American Author and Writer, 1891-1980)
“Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.” Henry Brooks Adams (American writer, 1838-1918)
I will not be giving a scholarly discussion of chaos. The mathematics would be meaningless to most, and the theoretical ramification pointlessly obtuse. So I will focus more on what it might mean to those with a metaphysical view or practice. We can see chaos at play every day. It isn’t hard. It’s really just the fact that no matter how deterministic any activity would seem, it always has the potential to twist away from what we would consider a normal path. You follow a cooking recipe to the letter, say, and you had even tried the same dish done… Seek More
My interest is in postulating what personal benefits might be expected in a given framework by purposefully introducing the seed of chaos into an otherwise stable system? Doing it wrong? I help my wife “do it wrong”. It goes surprisingly well. I do things wrong all the time, which leads into your area of interest. Does it ever seem like you are caught up in a sea of activity / presence? Just all this energy flowing around you that you couldn’t stop and feel like you drown in sometimes? Did you know it’s a mystery that a bee can even… Seek More
You cannot generate the chaotic forces, these “strange attractors”, but you can merge with them. A strange attractor is an observable repeating pattern that might even seem acausal, but is enduring despite our failure to see causes for it. Thus all idealism seems to fail, and “how it should work” never seems to match up with how it does work. There have been a lot of metaphors for merging with these chaotic factors. “Dancing with Shiva” and “Joking with Coyote” just being two. Normal humans don’t find Coyotes jokes funny, but if you would use his power you have to… Seek More
How to use chaos? Feel ready for that? Chaotically. Excellent. Chaos is a dialogue. Just because it hasn’t made sense to you yet, doesn’t mean it can’t. In fact, chaos is the reason why two people can report success in their practices and not seem to agree at all on how it is done, like performing a healing. And free will applies to this, but it isn’t the absolute rule behind it. The way it makes sense to one person isn’t the same way it will make sense to another person. That’s true. Two factors are at play behind your… Seek More
Now the actual application of chaos, instead of theory. I will paint a big picture. It’s just an allegory, so don’t take it literally. But it will explain what I mean to explain. Every being in the universe is standing in a huge hall of mirrors. Each looking at various mirrors in turn, and all of them subtly “imperfect”, but they actually are perfect. It’s meant to be this way. They are fun house mirrors, and everyone has a chance to get it. “Get the joke.” Standing behind us all is a clown. From time to time he stands behind… Seek More