The Dance. 1932-33. Oil on canvas. Barnes Foundation, Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA
Last week I spent a lot of time watching various videos of Ervin Laszlo, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite people. A thinker, philosopher and complex systems theorist who started out as a concert pianist, he is the author of more than 80 books, including one of my main resources for SourcePoint-related quotes, Science and the Akashic Field.
In one video he spoke about what happens when a complex system becomes disturbed. He said there is “discontinuity.” The system inevitably changes. It can’t go back to what it was before. You can’t just patch up the system to try to get it to function as it was. It has to find a different way of continuing.
I thought of the relevance of this to SourcePoint, and to the healing process of body and mind in general. The system can’t go back to what it was before. It has to find a different way of continuing. How many of us have experienced that knowing at a crisis point in our lives? The disruption could be illness, loss, or trauma. In a way all we long for is to return to what was, but deep inside is the clarity that can’t happen, that we will never be as we were before. I think as we open to that and participate in the transformation our healing accelerates. This would seem to indicate that perhaps healing involves a certain degree of discontinuity, allowing the system to find a new way of being in the world.
This may sound contradictory to what I said a few weeks ago about remembered wellness and reminding the body of its state before the disruption. Life, healing, energy, consciousness, all contain many paradoxes and contradictions. We get into a lot of trouble wanting things to be just one way, looking for immutable laws to follow. However, these two perspectives are not contradictory; rather I think they are complementary. As the body connects to the information of the blueprint and receives the messages of its original health, as it recollects its own former state of health and balance, I believe that information works in the disrupted system to create a new balance, a new order, a transformation that is exactly what Laszlo describes: a new way of continuing. The disruption to the system becomes the ground for transformation and growth. Connecting with the blueprint does not return us to some static “perfect” state of order, balance, harmony and flow. I guess you could say that information of perfect health present in the blueprint is constantly interacting with the constant disruptions we experience. Health is not some static state to be attained or returned to but rather a constant dance of balance and imbalance, order and disorder, harmony and conflict, flow and fixation.
Laszlo goes on to equate this process to what’s happening in our world right now: we are a very complex system experiencing drastic disruption on a global scale, and the implication is we are experiencing a very necessary discontinuity with the past. We certainly can’t continue as we have, and we have not yet found the new way of continuing. I find this perspective enormously helpful in understanding my experience of day to day life right now, with all its uncertainty, acceleration; with the sense that old ways and principles no longer apply.
We are living at the heart of a profound discontinuity.
The simple question arises: What better time to connect with that information of fundamental order, balance, harmony and flow and let it guide us into our future?
© 2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei