There is a coherence beyond neural linkage. Something that persists beyond brain damage. That knows an ‘I’ without defining ‘I’. It is the bit which is left when chat stops in meditation. That is the true self.
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 manage to fly or a human being manage to swim? It should be a physical impossibility for something as weirdly shaped as a bee to fly, but they fly all the time. All this energy that you seem unable to affect, well, that’s a seeming. It’s a mistaken notion.
When I hear that about bees, I feel that the observer simply doesn’t have all the facts. This is true, and there is a reason they don’t. They attempt to apply “heuristic” logic to it. They try to break it down into principles they feel they understand. This always has, and always will, fail miserably.
Let’s set the “way back” clock to late prehistory at about the time of the early literature and late sophisticated cave paintings. The early system of symbols was originally structured in keeping with a holistic observation of pattern in our world. Runes, for example, are present in everything from tree branches to cracks in dry soil, to vein pattern observable in human skin.
With absolutely practical application, I would assume? Yes. They didn’t “compute”, not in a divisive sense. Not to say that heuristic thinking is useless, but our species has gotten psychotically obsessive. Sumerian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, were well suited to make records and observations of dynamic systems. Thus we believe they have “magick” power now. This isn’t totally baseless, but that’s another topic.
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. You “didn’t mean it”. This phrase makes me laugh. As to my view, it’s entirely meaningless. This is your life’s “chaos”.
I really started to see this when I started managing a group of people. I would think of management as poking the tornado. That is a good metaphor for it, but the other aspect of your life is all the time, energy, and emotion you spend on what you “intend” to do, which includes your habits and emotional patterns.
I always used to get angry when someone would refuse to take responsibility for the side effects of their intentional acts. I understand the feeling, but that anger gets you entangled in something you would likely prefer not to bother with. Better to mind your own chaos or selectively influence the chaos energies of others.
Is there an underlying framework to “chaos”? There is, yes. All energy interlaces, literally all. There is no actual causal separation, thus your “intention” actually means very little. It is actually amusing to think of the enthusiasm people have for intention, and I’m never surprised when the “law of attraction” enthusiasts get discouraged. It’s too bad they stop so early though. They are just on the other side of the curtain and just need to take one more step to see clearly.
There are “powers” in the chaos energy that surrounds us. In science, they call these “strange attractors” among other things, and yes, they are a part of the continuum of consciousness we call mind. Even when you still subscribe to the idea of “my mind / your mind”, it is why you can seem to act entirely at random. Why you can surprise yourself with emotional outbursts or act impulsively despite otherwise seeing yourself as a strictly disciplined person.
Those forces overcome us? No. You blunder into them. The “chaos” energy is endlessly permeable, but your awareness blinds you to it. It “screens”. Normal humans have astoundingly selective attention. Animals do not, and thus they anticipate trends like famine, plague, and natural disaster almost effortlessly. They were just paying attention. Chaos is not inimical to nature.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.