By Doris Deits
While some of us are watching in horror and disbelief at the current political and social landscape of our country, others are quite optimistic about this cacophony of chaos and conflict.
I can’t argue that things don’t look somewhat grim out there. In fact, I have had many a conversation with people who are losing hope that we, as a country, will be able to make it through the next year without disastrous events of some sort happening that will have a very real and, dare I say, unpleasant, impact on people’s lives.
This can be very unsettling and stressful both mentally and physically, especially if one isn’t focused on a bigger picture.
But how are we to have a Merry freakin’ Christmas, or a Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza, Solstice, Yule or Ramadan if we have leaders of countries talking about pressing the big red NUKE button!? This kind of talk doesn’t bring visions of dancing sugar plums.
Then there’s that Tax Cut for the impoverished 1% to think about. Oh, and we can’t forget about the Health Care-No Health Care (for you) thing. Almost makes one look forward to the distraction of hearing about the next famous person to go down for sexual misconduct – no shortage here, folks.
No, I can’t blame anyone for thinking we all may be going down in flames soon, but I can give some hope.
In my study of metaphysics, there is much written about the concept of chaos. Chaos is actually seen as a positive opportunity for change and growth. In fact, it is believed that without conflict and the resulting chaos it brings, we cannot evolve.
How mind blowing is that? Everyone I know wants to avoid conflict at almost any cost. Nobody goes looking for conflict, or wanting conflict to find them, so how can it be a necessary fact of life?
Metaphysics asks us to stop looking at conflict as a bad thing and to see it as an expansion of our current evolution. Very much like childbirth, new ideas, perceptions and realities cannot spring forth without some pain and discomfort.
Sure nobody enjoys the pain and discomfort, but once we accept that conflict is the way to the new, better and improved, the quicker we’ll get there.
It can be a challenge to embrace something as dicey and unpredictable as conflict. Meeting or interacting with an opposing force is frightening when the outcome is unknown. ‘Will I come out in one piece?’ is always at the front of my mind as I engage in a conflict.
Perhaps we just need to look at conflict as a way for both sides to get something better – not perfect, but better. The chaos happens because neither side knows what that something better actually is quite yet. The great thing about chaos is that something totally unexpected can magically appear that could not have been created, but for the initial conflict.
These are the’ jewels’ of conflict that the Teachings tell us to look for. Replace your ‘fear of losing’ with the ‘adventure of a treasure hunt’! Have it in your mind that you may not know what you’ll get, but it might be something really good.
It’s interesting to see how two things come together, one side raging against the other (expressing their opinions) in a weird dance until a harmony can be found somewhere in between the differences, where resolution can be found.
So as you look around at the shit storms of our current reality, reach out with your mind to see a beauty in the overall process. Look beyond the conflict and chaos – to the future and to the ‘jewels’ that we have yet to uncover.