But first a story.
The baseball diamond.
I was maybe eight years old.
My parents had invited a visiting professor to dinner and he was explaining something about his work (which I assume was in the field of psychology or sociology).
It was about how people find things.
About tracking what we do when we look for things, and what the most efficient or rational methods are.
I may be missing all sorts of important aspects or implications here. But then again, I was eight.
Imagine you’ve lost a button on a baseball diamond.
That was the exercise.
The professor asked people to map out how they’d go about looking for the button.
Some people start at home plate and pace counter-clockwise around the edges.
Some people go up and down in lines.
You know, people vary .
But not that much.
My mother took the pen and the drawing of the baseball diamond…
And covered it with chaotic incoherent scribbles.
The professor looked at her, confused.
“I’ve never seen anyone do that before,” he said. “Probably because that’s not the most efficient way to do it .”
“Yeah, but she’d find the button before they would,” my father pointed out.
And anyone who knew my mother knew that this was true.
There are patterns in the shapes things take.
Patterns in the way we relate to the shapes things take.
Patterns in what we think is relevant to our relationships with the shapes things take and with our own patterns.
There is a genius in being able to operate in chaos.
To operate only in chaos? Not so good.
But to be able to operate in chaos is one of the things that Dance of Shiva gives you.
Order from chaos.
And new chaos from the order you just created.
That is Shiva Nata.
You can’t bring things into being without having a little bit of comfort with chaos.
Fortunately, doing Shiva Nata will untangle whatever internal patterns you have that make it uncomfortable for you to be in chaos.
Or uncomfortable to be in structure.
There is always another pattern within the pattern. And there is power in intentionally going to the places where you can’t see the pattern.
Because you are the pattern.