: complete confusion and disorder : a state in which behavior and events are not controlled by anything
: the state of the universe before there was any order and before stars and planets were formed
Chaos (n.): late 14c., “gaping void,” from Old French chaos or directly from Latin chaos, from Greek khaos “abyss, that which gapes wide open, is vast and empty.”
Meaning “utter confusion” (c.1600) is extended from theological use of chaos for “the void at the beginning of creation” in Vulgate version of Genesis (1530s in English).
Meaning “orderless confusion” in human affairs is also from c.1600. Chaos theory in the modern mathematical sense is attested from c.1977.
“I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.”
Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, one of America’s greatest folk and rock singer-songwriter and writer of all times.)
“In chaos, there is fertility.”
Anais Nin (Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edlemira Nin y Culmell, 1903-1977, Cuban-American author or journals, novels, critical studies, essays, short stories and erotica.)
“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 (1946-2000, American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, and author.)
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”
Mary Shelley (1797-1851, English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and best known for her Gothic novel, Frankenstein. She was also married to the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was also the daughter of William Godwin, a journalist, philosopher and novelist, and Mary Wollstoncraft, educator and feminist philosopher, who died 11 days after Mary’s birth.)
“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
Henry Adams (1838-1918, American historian and member of the Adams political family. His great-grandfather was John Adams, United State’s second president. His grandfather was John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. Adam’s father, Charles Francis Adams, was a historian, diplomat and congressman. Henry Adams wrote The Education of Henry Adams, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize one year after his death.)
“The only geniuses produced by the chaos of society are those who do something about it. Chaos breeds geniuses. It offers a man something to be a genius about.”
B.F. Skinner (Burrhus Frederic Skinner 1904-1990, American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher, who developed the theory of behaviorism and wrote his utopian novel Walden Two. )
Have you ever lived or worked in the “belly of the beast,” an environment of virtual chaos?
I have, in more than a couple of toxic environments. I had a traumatic childhood and a 12-year marriage that eventually ended in divorce. And like most people I have had my share of challenging work environments. These situations aren’t always tumultuous. Sometimes they appear rather mundane. But mostly, these relationships have tones of erratic drama, cruelty, and indifference.
So, why do we stay in such relationships for any length of time, especially when we feel pain? Sometimes, we aren’t able to just cut and run. Sometimes, we have to wait and plan our escape or allow Life to present other plans towards freedom.
Personally, I believe my higher self has picked and continues to pick these challenging assignments as valuable training grounds. In other words, I signed on, subconsciously, to learn some valuable life lessons about the nuances of abuse, and also about the depths and healing of unconditional love, compassion, kindness, empathy, forgiveness, and most importantly self-love.
In choosing challenging environments and relationships, the contrast of who one really is, can offer valuable clues to one’s life purpose. They allow opportunities to sort out what we truly desire and then connect the dots to what unique contributions we can make in this world. Now, that’s priceless. That’s GOLD.
May we be inspired to discern the divine chaos that may or may not exist currently in our individual lives, and to develop the insights to bring order to light.
Written With Love, Tonya