Some years ago during my avid-reading phase when I couldn't wait to get home from work to read more, or postponing going to work in order to read, I came across one quote which has stuck with me ever since.
"Spontaneity knows its own order."
It's a quote from one of Jane Roberts' Seth books, which I highly value as wise, profound sources of information into the deeper rhythms and systems of life.
But the idea that 'spontaneity knows its own order" is one that I've resisted. It's not easy to ignore the expectations of, and commitments to others - financial, social or otherwise - to simply follow one's intuitions.
And yet, early into my desire to 'let go' and see where life takes me, I'm getting a glimpse of the immense depth to the possibilities and experiences that might ensue.
This morning I 'let go' and began 'business-nannying' someone who's enjoying and valuing my advice in areas of work strategies, health, diet & attitude. At one point during an informal chat, I suggested a short exercise to relax and quieten the chatter in my client's mind. Being relaxed, I explained, helps with clarity and focus, from which better results follow. As I lead the guided meditation, I noticed I too was enjoying and benefiting from the exercise. I then realised that this guided meditation wasn't planned, but fitted the needs and circumstances of my client. I noticed that other ideas, comments and processes that I shared fitted the context of the circumstances, more ideally than would any course, or seminar.
Spontaneity does seem to know its own order, both in the micro and I believe the macro -- for the community, state or country (how could it be otherwise?).
While spontaneity may well know its own order, trusting that process is, shall I say, "interesting".
Does trusting one's spontaneity mean being 'irresponsible'? -- I don't believe so. I think that spontaneity truly does know its own order.- it's what I call 'self-organising systems' awareness, of the collective/community pressure (or 'downward causation') encouraging individuals to do extra-ordinary things (both good and bad1)
There's a deeper process and rhythm at work, one that I can't and shouldn't second-guess. But I'm willing to trust it, to see what it has in store for me.
This all sounds suspiciously like a religious person who's found God and seeks to do God's will. There's a difference though - God's will is usually taken to mean one that is independent of the collective or community of which I am part. The downward causation that I wrote about in my first book is different. It's the gestalt, or 'collective-awareness' beckoning and encouraging the parts (cells, organs, individuals and nations) to form a more coherent, vibrant and dynamic whole.
That is why I 'call gurus to account' to improve the whole, not just winners, or those wealthy enough to splash out thousands for some course.
- 1. Even 'bad' things and events have an underlying purpose - one that might be as simple as highlighting existing inequities that need addressing. As explained on the Belief Institute website, a belief in some separate or fundamental 'evil' requires a disconnect of individuals from their interdependence and interconnectedness with One and All.
Simarlarly, the 'scientific' belief in 'evolution by chance mutuation' is as short-sighted and shallow as believing in an independent, vengeful 'evil' - both require a belief in a fundamental disconnect that is incongruent with the nonlocal connections and influences quite necessary for the functioning and evolution of One and All.