Dealing with Disorder

Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic. ― Frank Herbert

For your spiritual reflection this week, think about all of the times in your life you’ve longed for logic and there was none. Dealing with disorder – with things can’t be understood or put back together again is probably one of the most difficult spiritual maturities to attain. Most of the time we’d make up a story to tell ourselves to make it make sense (hence all the myths in creation!) and sometimes those stories keep the truth of the matter from us.

Instead, the healthiest thing to do is to embrace that maybe it doesn’t make sense. It’s not fair that wisdom comes with age after our bodies fall apart. It’s bonkers that humanity writ large cannot stop profiteering at the expense of our planet. It’s so maddening that sometimes, we can not save the people we love.

Being present to this disorder is hard, but we can do if we know some things ground us more magnificent than any disorder.

People are generally good. We are greater together. We are destined to go onward and upward forever, and people will remember us fondly after we are gone. We are each divine and worthy of care. We are good enough.

As you think about the things that don’t make any sense, think about the things that do make a lot of sense, and hold them close to dispell despair. In this way, you will be held in a spirit of ever-lasting love and hope and one step closer to understanding the universe.