We don't normally see chaos as an ally, because it seems so, well, chaotic. It feels uncomfortable and thus unfriendly.
Part of the problem is that we've been taught that change is bad; that we're supposed to create things that have 'staying power' and just keep on growing and expanding in the form that we envision.
When things start changing, we fall easily into fear (because we think it should stay the same) and we cling to what's dissolving. Understandable, but not particularly helpful (and I speak from experience!).
Given that everything seems to be shifting around us at the moment, it's a great time to take a new look at chaos, and make it once again our ally.
In Indigenous and/or Ancient Wisdom traditions, all is energy, and energy is always moving, transmuting, morphing, and shapeshifting. It becomes one thing, then falls apart or dissolves so that the energy is freed to become something else. The ancients saw this as Life expressing itself in endless varieties.
For ancients and alchemists, chaos is the very center of creativity -- the pure pool of creative potential that ultimately finds expression or takes a particular form. One might say that chaos is the wellspring of manifestation. That definitely makes it an ally!
Instead of panicking because energy has become stagnant and wants to move, which means something is going to fall apart or dissolve, we can look through the appearance to the energy of creation behind it, and know that it's going to become something new, and often much better if we allow it and work with it rather than struggling against it.
But how do we remember our innate capacity for co-creating with chaos, for opening into a conversation, a dance, with that Source energy of creation?
There are many paths and many practices, from a variety of traditions, yet the crucial elements are finding the stillness within you, a portal for working with the energy of creation.
And what does all of this have to do with Pandora and her famed 'box of ills' (aka chaos)? Quite a bit. Pandora, starting with the Greeks, became a feared force that 'opened the box' and unleashed all manner of horrors upon poor humans. This, as it turns out, was Pandora's story as rewritten in support of an emerging Patriarchal worldview - change the myths, and you change the culture.
Originally, though, Pandora was another face and name for the Great Mother, Gaia, Rhea, by all names, who provided all that was needed, and provided it generously and abundantly. Pandora as Great Mother had her jar -- shaped like a womb -- from which all abundance grew.
Pandora's story reminds us that the chaos we fear is actually full with abundant new possibilities, creativities, and ample energies in support of positive change.
Pandora, like chaos, can once again become our ally as creative artists of our own lives -- and of a new ways of being, living, and working that serve all. By delving back into a remembrance of the gifts of the Sacred Feminine, we open the jar of hope and all abundance.
Blessings on the Way,