Emergence – From Chaos to New Order- In the Eye of the Storm – An individual response to the Global Crisis
January 8, 2021
The alchemists understood the return to chaos as an essential part of the opus. (Jung, 1970, p.197 para 253)
It is hard to believe a finished piece comes out of wood carver’s workshop when the front of the shop is clean and highly organized. The view from the street is much different than the experience of the workroom.
There were two significant events this week. The first was the election in Georgia that brought about a different kind of balance in the senate. The second event was the invasion of the nation’s Capital building. When I saw the result of the Georgia run off, it was much like the store front of the wood carver. All the time and effort it took to make it happen is hidden behind the scenes.
The scenes at the Capital riot were in opposition to what the building represents and the work it does. It is hard for me to see the embodied opposition to democratic values, just as it is difficult to look at the mess in the wood carver’s workshop. Jung’s reflection of the alchemist is helpful to me. The work of democracy is no different than the personal work I must do. There are messy parts of me that I hide from view. My inner workroom is chaotic, and I need to remember it is an essential and valuable part of who I am. Creativity can be born out of chaos and the feelings that emerge as I encounter it.
Groups of human beings, left free to each regulate themselves, tend to produce spontaneous order, rather than the meaningless chaos often feared. This has been observed in society at least since Chuang Tzu in ancient China. Human […]