Solutions from the Edge of Chaos © Martyn Carruthers 2002
Creative Chaos in Coaching & Therapy (part 2)
Your life reflects a complex phase space, with vast information enfolded around the organizing principle of your identity. You can change your identity to prosper in complexity and to survive chaos. You can benefit from our chaos coaching.
Continued from: Creative Chaos in Coaching and Therapy (1)
Chaos & Consciousness
Systems become chaotic as they approach their limits. Rocks in a desert erode into unpredictable shapes. Ethics become flexible under stress. Entropy prevails.
According to the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, you can find chaos in order, and order in chaos, using your mind as an organizing principle. The organizing principle we focus on is integrity – a stable experience of connectedness, integration and purpose – an ongoing experience of self-as-system that is stable over time.
As people approach the experience of integrity (not just wordy descriptions), they often describe a series of non-ordinary realities (which we call ecstatic states) that seem to represent stages of undifferentiated consciousness. These experiences can be characterized as non-linear, self-generated and self-organizing.
(Some people liken these experiences to fractals – visualizations of mathematical equations that show apparent endless complexity with repetitive details.)
If you prefer not to suffer, we can help you change the “you” that chose inefficient, self-sabotage or masochistic behavior. (We often call this identity work as it helps people change their sense of identity).
We can help you experience a phase space that contains both chaos and order, in which you can redesign and rebuild your identity – a new you – in alignment with your chosen mission or purpose. (This is easier to demonstrate than to describe!)
Human Identity is a Process
Order is often renewed in chaos. Native Hawaiians told me that the volcano goddess, Pele, destroys old land to create new land. Governments are often created during crisis and revolution.
If, in a complex system, an identity (organizing principle) becomes obsolete, the system may degenerate into chaos – unless or until another potential identity emerges. In human systems, different organizers will differently evaluate relationships, find different solutions and differently manage or control behaviors.
If you are afraid to change your beliefs, or if you identify with your beliefs, your beliefs are your limits. If you are comfortable only within your beliefs, you may fear whatever might move you beyond them. But your comfort is temporary. Sooner or later, life will push you into unknown territories.
We cannot defend you against complexity – rather we can help you prepare and develop. You can update your old self and gain a new sense of life. New identities can organize appropriate values, beliefs and relationships.
The I of the Cyclone
As tiny changes in initial conditions can lead to huge differences in effect, creating the seed of a new human identity is a significant event. We often start with a seed question, “What do you want?”
Exploring your answers can lead, step by step, to your core desires … to your life goals … to your sense of mission. Then transformation can make sense. If you have a life goal or a mission worth fulfilling, you will find ways to take the next steps.
Your identity organizes your behavior within your environment. If your behavior or your environment reach a limit, you can regenerate your identity or you can suffer the consequences, which include disease, depression, anxiety or rage. The end of identity includes both physical death and a form of fragmentation sometimes called identity loss or psychosis.
We help people solve the consequences of clinging to old beliefs, which include:
We can guide you through and past these beliefs. As with super-saturated solutions, a seed crystal of your congruent desire can provide a nucleus for a new core identity – an organizing principle for your thoughts, beliefs and actions.
If you rebuild your identity while focused on a congruent life goal, your new identity will automatically focus your behavior on your chosen mission. See Quantum Thinking.
Perceiving people as complex systems can complement classical,
As tiny differences in initial conditions can make huge differences in subsequent behavior, we help people focus on positive, congruent goals. Focusing on conflicting goals can produce more than one attractor (resulting in identity conflict). Focusing on somebody else’s goals can produce an attractor based on a role model (resulting in identification). Focusing on negative goals (E.g. “I don’t want ...”) may not form an attractor (resulting in identity loss).
This journey can lead you to a sense of connectedness and integration, to the Soul of Soulwork. You are not separate from the universe, you are part of all-that-is. You reflect the whole and you can feel connected with the whole. While many people describe these experiences as transcendental, this work is best done together, privately with few distractions, rather than online.
Make space for an identity that supports your chosen mission.
Abraham & Gilgen. (1995). Chaos Theory in Psychology. Westport USA: Greenwood.