Admittedly I’m a little behind in getting my reviews out for my 50 book challenge. I actually finished book #3 a few days ago but it has been a super busy couple of weeks for me. Appropriately enough, I chose to read Seven Life Lessons of Chaos by John Briggs and F. David Peat – nothing like reading about how chaos theory applies to everyday life during a particularly demanding time in my own life.
This book was one that continually made me pause in order to process the explanations being described – I really had to give the rationalizations a good think. The authors write from the Zen perspective of chaos theory and, if we chose to really pay attention, how dominant chaos is in our run of the mill, work a day lives. For instance, one chapter is entirely devoted to finding more time. Within the depths of chaos theory, fractal time exists in infinite patterns; however, we have come to solely rely on “mechanical time” – a construct of the technological age. Our creative self is what taps into the fractal extension of time – hence why when you are doing something you love time seems to speed up, whereas when you are bored to tears, time inevitably passes at a snail’s pace.
I have long been a subscriber of the GAIA theory. For those not familiar, this theory states that the earth itself is a living organism and that by hurting the earth we are essentially hurting our selves. The authors use a lot of comparisons between GAIA and chaos, all of which made much sense to me. What I particularly found interesting is how finite details make all the difference when it comes to dissecting how chaos will play out. One example used is how weather reports are fundamentally based on chaos theory and that anything beyond a three day forecast is nothing but an educated guess – the closer weather systems get, the easier it is to make mathematical predictions for how they may manifest.
This book is very much a scientific read but it is put into terms that non-science majors can certainly appreciate and understand. At its core is a message of self-awareness in conjunction with how, as inhabitants of this planet, we are interconnected with nature and the universe in ways we may never fully comprehend. If you apply the lessons taught in this book and train yourself to look at the world in terms of patterns and fixed relationships, you WILL view life on this planet differently and with a greater perspective of how simple interactions and reactions can affect the greater whole.
I definitely recommend this book – it is a quick read with grand implications – each of which deserve serious consideration.
Next up on the book shelf: Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell