SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What do you make of chaos being a potentially generative force? Can you share an experience of a time when you found order on the other side of chaos? What has helped you develop the patience to find order on the other side of chaos?
Basic biology - when an invader enters the human blood stream the white corpuscles break up and surround it to overcome it ... they don't just go head-on or slide by ... and eureka the body is cured , in fact it acquires immunity !!! growing stronger out of chaos / confusion ????
For sure, chaos is a potentially generative force. I learned that there are two states of being, that is, stable and growing. Growth can and does happen in all circumstances, but we typically grow the most in unstable times. Stable is rather dead. It's unstable and even chaotic times that are generative, most alive, and during which there is the potential to grow the most. I've been in interactions during which I've stayed in the present which became chaos, not having a goal and not knowing where we were going and not trying to make a particular outcome happen, and I find such interactions to be a little scary, mostly exhilarating, and full of growth potential. Yes, I found order on the other side of chaos, in the sense that things made sense and some wisdom was gained, but I wasn't looking for order, and the order was temporary particularly if I stayed in the present which opened to the next chaos. I don't think of it as my developing patience to find order on the other side of chaos -- that sounds too goal directed. What happened is I learned that wonderful growth can come from chaos, so I can at least sometimes allow it to happen, be patient with the process, and trust that growth will likely come from it.[Hide Full Comment]
chaos and confusion is experienced only when we do not move on with the flow of time. the universe is constantly renewing itself. When we accept this and notice the subtle changes taking place then we would be filled with awe and wonder not fear and uncertainty. The way to be happy is to be in sync with the ever alive present.
This article is excellent and so very true. Unfortunately fear almost always accompanies chaos. My experience has been that unless the organization's leader can be comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, he or she will just reinforce old systems even though they no longer work. This effort is most often executed through micro-management and bureaucratic procedures that remove the decision-making power of the individual. One need only observe government agencies to see this in action. The same can be said of an individual, but those who have a strong spiritual practice tend to be more comfortable with chaos. They have developed the faith and patience to allow the situation to settle into a new, higher order. This is the basis of personal growth and maturity, but it requires courage.
Chaos by over loading people and rightly said by J. Krishnamurti division brings conflict and conflict and chaos both creation of human being because of insecurity. We all suffer from insecurity and deep meditation only solution to such condition for each individual. One day entire world will be vaikunth free from cast, religion, and boundary predicted by BRAHMAKUMARI ( BABA LEKHRAJ ) SATUG WILL COME
Caught in the grip of chaos in my mid-twenties, my brain physically went into circles of ever-expanding dark space and the mind shut down but the inner resilience of the heart held on with instinctive impulse to stay anchored in the present moment. This whole experience lasted less than an hour. Reflecting on it now, three decades later: the generative force embedded a core sense of cellular level strength that has been with me through quite a few crisis. The beauty of our evolved human organism and the human spirit have the potential to generate inner order and adapt to create external order both individually and collectively.
Time. Failing again and again. Sitting back . . . Rest and contemplation. Learning. Reaching beyond myself and circumstance. New friends. Trust. . .
But, ultimately, it goes back to "time" (God's time). (He leads us "to order" only after assisting us to understand what brought us to chaos in the first place.)
"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” Nietzsche. Interesting article, especially given the fact that the rate of change is faster than Ever in history, information now doubles every 20 months, add to that technology changes = chaos. I believe Being With the chaos helps, rather than running from it. Breathing and being and knowing. However, if the author is suggesting Purposefully overloading people with more and more information, I believe that is a form of cruelty. Some people, my Mom as an example, cannot handle change nor cope with it; if someone were to pile that change one on top of the other my Mom would have a complete mental breakdown which serves no one. Others are like this too, and the breakdown does not always lead to solution, but to shutdown. I would say for those who enjoy and challenge and are resilient, it can be possible for the chaos to lead to problem solving and to different ways of thinking about or considering an issue. Depends on the person/group. In my own life, chaos has led to lifestyle change and it has also led to better resilience in realizing, 'this won't kill me.'[Hide Full Comment]
In my experience the person holding space during chaos is of essence.
Just as a natural child birth has to be facilitated by a skillful mid-wife, the birth of new adaptive order from chaos requires a conscious human being - someone who is almost empty to let nature operate through him or her.
Left ONLY to nature, chaos may claim its casualties before order is restored - a compassionate catalyst on the other hand, greases the transition with love and presence which to me make the process worthwhile.
Also, induced chaos will work only when in limited quantities or controlled environment - if the magnitude of the chaos induced (to encourage emergence) destabilizes the system, then we have a problem!
Finally, in my experience, slowing down the process when there is chaos creates space for nature to operate - which as a facilitator I try and do.
As a recent experience, a certain training activity did not go as planned - but holding space for the debrief took to conversation to an entirely new space in similar depth as it would have if the activity would have worked :) So nature is at play all the time!