This article is all about chaos, causality, synchronicity and intuition which are 4 very important concepts that we fail to consider have a huge effect on our lives in general.
So lets get started with chaos theory which is the mathematical field of study that can be applied to the real world to explain behaviour in dynamic systems.
You are probably asking what’s all this got to do with my life?
Well the simple answer is that chaos theory proposes that small changes in the initial environment can have huge unpredicted changes in the outcome, so let’s applying this theory to you right now we can propose that;
Small changes in what you do in your day to day life can have a significant effect on what will happen to you in the future, the trouble is you just can’t predict or calculate what those effects are.
Lets go back to the Big Bang at the dawn of the creation of the universe, if we introduce chaos theory to this event we can then ask ourselves ‘how could tiny immeasurable changes happening at that moment ever predict that you would read this article today dressed in the clothes you wearing?
So my point is wouldn’t it be amazing if you could apply chaos theory to your life and know that just a few small changes that you can make every day could have a huge effect on your future, its just you can’t really guarantee what this effect will be.
This therefore moves us nicely onto our next concept that of causality, which is the relation between an event (the cause) and a second event (the effect), where the second event is understood as a consequence of the first.
At this point you are probably saying to yourself that you know all about causality or that your life is more complicated and ambiguous than simple cause and effect, and I agree that there are many random and intervening factors that contribute before a cause has a direct effect in the complexity of your life, otherwise we would all already have a clear tried and tested map in front of us that would lead us towards success and fulfilment.
Considering causality in a bit more depth you will agree that there are times in your life when you can look back and call ‘defining moments’ these are moments where we are at what is called a ‘causal nexus’ at these points in your life there is a direct connection between the cause and effect relationship.
When we reach these times of ‘causal nexus’ perhaps we can do so after a chain of other casual events, the trouble is that sometimes we just don’t realise which causal events are the important ones unless we have the ability of hindsight.
Perhaps you might be saying that it’s just a coincidence that you are reading this article, some things you might say happen for no particular reason, perhaps these are times when we say things like “it must have been meant to be”.
There are times that we ‘just know’ that things happen to the extent that chance alone cannot explain the occurrence and this is what is called synchronicity.
When was the last time you said “I was just about to ring you” when you answered your phone, or like me have had a chance encounter with a friend on the street half the world away after you had just been thinking about them?
The Dalai Lama once said “I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”
At this point lets try and bring a bit of all of this together, small changes will have un-measurable effects on your future, and causality helps you make real effective change, the only trouble with causality is that you can usually only see your life’s defining moments with hindsight. At rare moments we will also have synchronicity which in the words of Lewis Carroll is a “poor sort of memory that only works backwards”.
Getting back to the here and now, what we do have is intuition and;
Intuition is the ability to make a decision based not on inference but on a feeling of what we are doing is the right thing.
Intuition is sensing that something is right without the rational process of going through the options, with intuition we make the right decisions because we just know, the question is can we train our intuition, does it come from the trained unconscious mind. I believe intuition is a result of training, its habit, it can be taught, its the way your brain handles complex information and comes up with the answer, its the ability to think faster than you are consciously aware. Have you ever tried to consciously tried to ride a bike, it’s almost impossible to do.
With intuition we need to let go and let go and let it flow and trust in the process.
Bringing these 4 almost intangible concepts together, your life’s purpose may not yet be apparent, your journey may seem random or chaotic, but little changes in what we do will have huge effects in our future, we just can’t calculate what. Neither do we know which of all the decisions we make will be a ‘causal nexus’.
Sometimes things don’t seem to happen for any particular reason and only in the future do we see that there is synchronicity involved and all we have now is intuition to guide us.
But if intuition is an unconscious process, is there as Carl Jung proposed a collective unconsciousness that at times is effected by synchronicity which by definition transcends space and time and our normal perception of causality.