Many people speak of Chaos without truly understanding it’s meaning. For example, there is a branch of Mathematics called Chaos Theory. In it’s simplest terms, it can describe something like the behavior of a weather system. It’s not an exact science, hence why the weather reports are often inaccurate.
The important thing to understand about Chaos Theory, is that it is based on what is happening at the start of whatever is being analyzed. Any unexpected change can invalidate the current analysis.
But there is another use for the word Chaos. It denotes randomness, disorder or confusion. When you throw a pair of dice, Chaos come into play. You have no idea how they will land, what numbers will come up. That’s what makes gambling so exciting.
And as for randomness and disorder, just look in your kids room and you’ll understand.
Chaos is all around us. It touches us daily. The action of random elements of life, the so called “Murphy Effect”. For some of us, it is a constant companion. Nothing ever seems to go right, no matter how hard we try. And we don’t understand why. We say it’s just “bad luck” or “karma” or “fate”.
But those of us with a visceral understanding of Chaos, we see something else. In order to deal with the oncoming storm, you need awareness. Awareness of everything you think, do and say, and the possible outcomes from it. That funny feeling that raises the hair on the back of your neck. It makes you crazy having to look at everything, but it does help.
Relationships are the worst, because each individual is a set of chaotic emotional responses. If you study someone long enough, you can even start to see how they will respond under certain stimuli.
Now as a person with a dominant and sometimes overbearing personality, I love to poke people and see their reactions. Yes, I do it on purpose. When they react, I compare it to a list of predicted behavior and see which one was chosen. But beware, the unexpected happens a lot. Every time i poke or prod someone, I expect them to explode in uncertain ways. In an instance of “Don’t try this at home”, a friend of mine tried it with someone, to very unexpected and somewhat unpleasant results. When she complained, I told her she was poking at live bomb. What did she expect?
In many different cultures, Chaos is embodied by an archetype. The god Loki, and Prometheus, are examples. My own personal favorite is the Native American Archetype of Coyote. The Trickster God, he is depicted as a hero, but always with an edge. It is said he brought fire to the Tribes, but also the concept of death.
Coyote is a teacher of lessons, a creature of chaos and laughter. He fights hard and refuses to give up.
Some if us who believe in Chaos, see it as a Primal force, see it as the underpinning of creation. From this Chaos sprang what we call reality. In science, some who study Quantum Physics see the nature of what lies beneath what we see.
Some of us see a correlation between what the scientists see and the chaos we experience in our everyday life. Chaos can be tasted, felt and on very rare occasions, avoided or channeled. It all comes down to awareness and expecting the unexpected.
Embrace Chaos. Expect the unexpected. Become more aware of yourself and those around you. I sometimes call myself Brother to Coyote. I feel his hand on my life, and I am aware of what can happen. It’s lots of fun, actually! Especially poking people that are SO entrenched in their modes of belief. They blow up real good!
Dedicated to my good friend Raven