|Painting courtesy of Sylvie Eudes|
Harmony is a funny thing. We tend to place a great deal of importance on arranging our environment in a harmonious way. We seem to have a Feng Shui approach to life. We try to arrange our environment and the people in it, in such a way, that is harmonious. Of course, this sense of harmony varies from one person to the next, dependent upon each persons idea of what is harmonious...
We develop these ideas about the way things should be. We buy into the idea that if the world was more like this or that, then everything would go off perfectly. Once we have developed an idea of perfection an interesting thing begins to happen...
Having developed an idea as to how things ought to be, we impulsively begin to assign roles to those in our environment. We assume that it is their task to bring our plans of perfection to fruition. We place unverbalized expectations upon the people in our lives. At this point we have created a world where we rest at the center as the foreman, and everyone dances around us charged with the task of accomplishing our agenda. We misunderstand our place in the world, and as a result come to false conclusions about the role others are to play in life.
It becomes our life. We own it. Therefore, things are not just happening, they are happening to us. This is an important distinction. Instead of everyone having a role to play in life, they appear to be assigned a role in our life. As opposed to being an expression of space-time, it is as if we stand apart from space and time, as a solid-permanent entity, that owns a particular stretch of real estate.
It is important to note that most everyone is involved in this fundamental confusion. So, it should come as no surprise that conflict is the inevitable result. The world is spinning around 6 billion centers!
This whole movement rests upon the assumption that the world is suppose to be other than it is... Of course, we come to this conclusion, because reality does not conform to our ideas about reality. So, sitting at the core of this assumption is the original misunderstanding, namely that thought is the Alpha and Omega. We believe that what we think is the first and last word. As a result, we believe that reality should conform to our thinking. This is the inception of insanity. We are insane when we buy into the idea that reality is suppose to be inspired by our thinking!
When this isn't the case (which is often!) life appears to be chaotic. This chaos, or our inability to conceptualize truth, invites us to develop ideas about how the world should be. From this point of view, what we call chaos, is in reality nothing more than a lack of understanding. This lack of understanding gives rise to a certain sort of fear or paranoia- a feeling that there is no ground to stand on. This fear is then expressed in our expectations or ideas about how the world is suppose to be... Our hopes, aspirations, or expectations are nothing more than the affirmative version or the expression of our fears and apprehensions.
How do we solve this problem? Simple enough, it is!
|Painting courtesy of Zygmunt Kubasiak|
Confusion is nothing more than a lack of observation. When we listen all things are made clear. In observation what once appeared to be chaos is revealed to be order. It is not that reality changes per se. Instead, we have discovered the natural order of things, and allowed our thinking to be a reflection of this order. This is the restoration of sanity.