“Out of the chaos comes the new order” is a phrase I’ve often used with clients over the years, reassuring them that, even though we may create some messes while working together, it’s often part of creating the new order.
Now this phrase seems more relevant and poignant than ever as we approach the end of a very unique and challenging 2020. Wow! What a year! And what an opportunity to examine the way we live and the way we treat each other. Hopefully we are finding ways we can not only get through all the challenges, but also rise above them and do what we can to make things better.
Believing so deeply that what we focus on gets energized—what we put our attention on increases—I do my best every day, no matter what is going on, to give thanks for all the Good there is—in my life, my community, our nation and in the world. In fact, the more chaos and confusion there is, the more determined I become to focus on the Good. There is always something to be thankful for.
It’s so easy to focus on what is NOT working, but from my perspective, that’s just asking the Universe for more of what isn’t working. Is that what we really want? I don’t think so! One of my teachers suggests that,
We bring about what we think about.
I invite you to reread that last phrase, if only as an invitation to monitor what you are thinking about. With all the chaos, the breaking down of old systems and the other challenges that are going on in the world right now, it is very easy to get caught up in a spiral of negativity—of worry, anxiety and fear. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t experienced all of these in recent times. AND hopefully, it also can make us more aware of what we ARE thinking about as well as what we would like to bring about.
Here’s a recent message written on The Power Path Seminars website:
If you get stuck in an emotional whirlpool, bring music, laughter, beauty and friendship into your environment to help launch you into a higher vibration.
And to this I would add, bring more order into your life.
If you want to create more order, take time to notice and acknowledge where there already IS order and give thanks for it. Notice the order in the night sky, in nature, in beautiful displays found in your favorite stores. Notice and/or create order in more spaces in your home or office. Clearing one space can act as inspiration to clear another space. Every time you notice a cleared space, it can serve to remind you that you ARE creating more order. It affirms the New Order!
If you want to create more peace and harmony in your life (and in the world), take your mind to places where you feel more peace—in the mountains, at the ocean, walking among the trees, engaging in spiritual practices, remembering special memories. Use your imagination to envision more harmony in your life and among all peoples. That may seem like a tall order, but peace and harmony start from within, and the more we focus on peace and harmony, the more we will experience it. We can then take it a step farther by radiating peace and harmony out into the world. There are many global communities right now who are doing this very thing, including:
The challenges of 2020 have provided us with countless opportunities to change and improve our lives. Many have a clearer picture of what is really important and are becoming much more aware of and compassionate for those who are suffering in so many ways—many for a very long time. And, increasing numbers of people are inspired to do something more about it.
There are many ways, large and small, to contribute in some way to bring about a New Order and make this world a better place. We each have skills, tools, gifts, practices and attitudes that contribute to the well being of ourselves, our families and friends, our communities and the planet. Let’s do what we can to increase the experience of order, peace and harmony, and bring about more compassion, more joy and more love.
Maybe the best questions we can ask ourselves are:
- What can I do to make the world a better place?
- What do I want to bring about, and therefore what do I want to think more about?
- What small step can I take?
Here are a few suggestions:
Take some deep breaths. Smile. Set an intention. Meditate. Pray. Listen to music. Make a donation. Reach out to others. Volunteer for something meaningful. Read to a child or elder. Organize a drawer or shelf. Look for beauty. Take time for acts of random kindness. Spread love, joy and compassion. Think about what’s working. Think about what you want to bring about. Think about what you are grateful for. Think about order, peace and harmony.
A friend recently sent me an updated YouTube video of We Are the World created 35 years ago by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson among others, reminding us once again:
We are the World
We are the Children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day, just you and me
Let’s set an intention to bring about a New Order and a brighter day. Let’s each do our part to make our world a better place, and ask others to do the same.
May we each fill more of our lives with thanks and giving.