In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” Deepak Chopra
What is your first response when life feels chaotic? Are you at ease with chaos or do you resist it? Or does chaos excite you with its possibilities for change.
Changes May Feel Chaotic
I’ve read that the vibration of the universe is speeding up; therefore, our sense of time is changing too. No matter how fast I move, it seems that I can’t get as much done in a day as I used to. I could blame it on my age, but I know that’s not the reason because I’m still very energetic. But time is only one of the elements that contributes to my feeling that life is chaotic.
Life is changing on every level. In the last year, I have made the choice to complete a book and have it published. This will happen in the near future and I will soon be posting information about it on this blog. This has required that I learn about aspects of online technology and marketing that do not come easily to me. As a result, I feel I’ve been living in the midst of chaos and stressful change.
Change and Chaos May Contain Hidden Gifts
Change often seems overwhelming, and our fear of change may develop into a resistance to embrace new experiences and limit our possibility for growth. A wonderful spiritual teacher of mine told her students to ask the universe for what we needed because the universe would send it to us. She also warned us that it may not look like what we expect nor come when we want it. So, what if exactly what we need is buried in this chaos and change? If we are unwilling to look at what is there, we may not notice the treasure.
That’s the problem with chaos. It’s so distracting. It may also bring conflict into the situation. Even if it’s good chaos, it may face us with too many choices. How can we deal with all this? Oneness recommends the following: “When your energies are at a low ebb and you are experiencing resistance, it is time to pull inward and not to escalate adversity by directly confronting those circumstances.” (Page 94) In the silence within we can consider the value of each choice we face and get in touch with our inner, higher selves. When we look inward, we are more likely to make wiser choices.
Embracing Change Leads to Spiritual Growth
I’m sure that you, like me, have met people who resist any change. They may be satisfied with their lives the way they are and don’t want to “rock the boat.” They may also fear any unknown. Chaos is disconcerting because it reminds us that having the ability to totally control our lives is an illusion. Our fear about it often comes down to one major fear—that we will not know how to successfully deal with the change. But the reality is that if we’re alive, we will at sometime experience adversity, and that’s not always bad, for it often brings us face to face with lessons we need to learn.
I really admire a friend of mine. In the last two months, her husband has had to have surgery, then he injured his knee, then their dog died, then the day before they planned to leave on a trip their car developed a major problem. Obviously, this has been a stressful time, but she has had a great attitude because she accepts each thing as it comes, looking for a positive solution, doing the best she can without letting anger and resistance create more problems.
“For to realize the full potential of this journey, it is necessary that you be willing to immerse yourself in the treacherous waters of change, knowing that the ability to swim like a champion, under all possible conditions, is within you.” Oneness, (Page 97) My friend is definitely swimming like a champion. If you don’t know how to swim, this is a good time to learn.
When we can embrace the possibilities that chaos offers and trust that the answers we need lie in our deeper selves, we no longer need to fear the chaos. Without the fear and beyond ego, we will always be led to decisions that are for the highest good of all.
How do you manage the chaos in life? Please share your specific comments.
© 2012 Georganne Spruce
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