I’ve heard the phrase “chaos magic” for years, but never bothered to look into the definition for two reasons:
- When I’ve heard it mentioned, there were dark and evil connotations. I’m not interested in playing with that, so it’s not high on my long list of things to research.
- I’ve got enough chaos in my life. Why go looking for more?
I had no interest in a method of manifestation that focuses on darkness or confusion. I mean, good lord, do an image search on the phrase and some of the results are so creepy they’ll make you cry.
No, thank you. Life is hard enough without stirring that pot. I’d rather “be excellent to each other” and bring order. I wanted to find usable, harmless patterns in the chaos. (In fact, I even titled my soon-to-be-published second novel Patterns in the Chaos.)
I have always, in spite of societal training otherwise, assigned my own meanings to the objects and circumstances in my life. I’m a big watcher of synchronicity and signs from “the gods”.
I create my own reality, as well as I can, by paying attention to a glowing trail of psychic bread crumbs. (I don’t always follow that trail, but I do pay attention to it.)
I didn’t learn this from anyone else. In fact, sometimes I learned it in spite of anyone else. It came naturally, as I’m sure it does for many of you. I didn’t even think of it as magic. It was just … the only way life made any sense.
Turns out, that’s exactly what chaos magic is. Who knew? (Not me, obviously.)
To my great relief, I just learned that “dark and evil” have absolutely nothing to do with it. From this excellent article by Andrieh Vitimus on the Llewellyn Worldwide website, here is a straightforward definition.
Chaos magic is an attitude, a philosophy that promotes experimentation, play, and creativity while discarding dogmatic rules. Chaos magic points out that the techniques more than the symbols are what matter and that our belief in a system is actually what makes it work.
Well, sheeit. Been there! Done that! Literally wrote a book about it! I had no idea at the time, but I wrote extensively about my personal version of chaos magic in my first book, Shape Shifting–reclaiming your perfect body. I just thought it was an excellent way to live a productive and compassionate life. Again, who knew??? (Again, not me!)
And get this … there’s no religion inherently involved, so there’s no fear that “evil” is attached. I get out of it what I invite into it. And if I don’t bring it, it ain’t there. If I engage demons, I get demons. If I engage unicorns …
… okay, maybe not unicorns.
The point remains, if I screw up, it’s my ass–so I had better play nice. Therefore I declare, consistently, that I don’t mess with any vibes below the level of the Christ Consciousness, the Big Gun from my religious upbringing–the one who is “judging” me from my subconscious. That’s some early programming that I don’t know if I can rewrite, so I might as well work with it.
Buddy Christ makes sure that I don’t wander too far from that glowing path of breadcrumbs. And there’s enough room for both science and spirituality that I don’t have to choose between them.
So. I guess I’m a natural-born chaos magician. Who knew? (I do, now!)
Here’s you a magical dog, dressed as Professor Chaos:
Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author and editor/manuscript doctor (and former stand-up comedienne—is there anything she can’t do???). Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first in the series is Be Careful What You Witch For!, a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. Its sequel, Patterns in the Chaos, is scheduled to be published sometime in 2016.
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