THE WAY OF CHAOS
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This inspired work is an essential resource for the serious student of applied philosophy. Adapted from the beloved Tao Te Ching by Lao tze circa 500 B.C., it offers a unique collection of verses organized in 81 chapters on the art of living well. The Way of Chaos serves as a daily reader and reference, and also may be "consulted" in the tradition of the I Ching for inspiration, direction, and deeper insight into whatever situation the student may be facing.
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The Way of Chaos is a philosophical adaptation of the Tao Te Ching, the ancient text of Taoism. Such an adaptation was possible because of key philosophical similarities that exist between Taoist principles and PhilosophyCenter's approach to self-work. Drawing from several English translations of the Tao Te Ching, The Way of Chaos recasts the ancient wisdom in contemporary language expressly for the student of self-work with the aim of enhancing daily study and practice and providing deeper insight and inspiration along "the Way."
|"The image of the butterfly offers a number of meanings in line with philosophical practice. The ancient Greek word for butterfly is psychē, which also meant "soul" and "breath," and by implication, "self-mover" (the presence of the soul in the body causes the body to move itself, evidenced by breathing). Self-movement further implies self-work and the refinement of one's character. The butterfly is no doubt the most widely recognized icon of chaos theory, central to the model. Every school boy or girl has heard the magical business about the butterfly that flaps its wings in Calcutta or China or somewhere else exotic and remote, setting into motion a series of complex causes and effects that manifest as a thunderstorm in some locale thousands of miles distant. The butterfly also represents metamorphosis through cooperation with the natural forces of change. Furthermore, this fragile creature of both exceptional beauty and defenselessness (apart from its ability to camouflage itself or give the visual impression of a more predatory insect) reminds us of the fragile beauty of living in humility, defenseless in the willingness to accept and move in cooperation with rather than against the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Finally, monarch butterflies, in their uncanny ability to migrate up to two thousand miles south each year as winter approaches, from the northern United States to the volcanic slopes of central Mexico, demonstrate a mysterious innate and guiding intelligence that calls us to remember our own potential to follow the guidance and unfailing direction of the inner voice through the long migration of our life.
"The Way of Chaos is designed to be used as a daily reader and reference. You can select one or more of its chapters to set a direction for the day, as each focuses on some subtle aspect of philosophical self-work. Or, if you like, you can peruse its pages for insight into a particular area of your life that already has your attention. It also can be used within the mysterious framework of what Jung called 'synchronicity' by picking it up with a particular question or concern in mind, and letting intuition direct you to an inspired passage."
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