If you read the original Aramaic Bible you get the following verse: ‘The Earth was chaos and empty and darkness on the faces of the depths and the Spirit of God hovered on the faces of the waters’.
Original Aramaic Bible
If you consider this more deeply, you will see that chaos is defined as the original, swirling, unstructured mass of energy that existed before the act of creation. In this, as well as other religious scriptures, this Chaos or chaotic energy is said to have been acted upon by a ‘Divine Consciousness’ with the power to order and structure it into the reality, the world and the Universe that we know today.
In other words, created reality is structured, formed and layered out of this primordial chaos and contrary to popular belief, still exists to a degree at a very deep level. This is due to the fact that creation is not yet complete. Science has shown that the universe is still expanding, with stars and galaxies in the process of being formed, so creation is still ongoing and has not yet stopped.
The analogy of the flower
Let me use an analogy to explain how chaos and order can exist at the same time, but in this case, on different planes. I can liken creation to a flower slowly blooming and opening. However, even as the petals open, the centre of the flower is still largely bathed in shadows, as the light of the Sun has not yet reached into its centre.
In other words, chaos still exists to an extent and is extremely powerful, as it contains the essences of all energies. The reality we know has been ‘layered’ on top of it, but some of the original Chaos is still there, and can be said to be the lowest level of (unformed) reality.
Chaos in the human condition
This underlying state of chaos means that imperfection (or lack of order and structure) still exists in the world and is even reflected in the human body as well. DNA-driven traits from our earlier evolution as a species exist at a deep level as primal instincts and drives. This is perfectly natural, as these powerful drives were needed for living in a harsh prehistoric environment.
For example, emotions such as anger and aggression were necessary for survival in those early days to ward off enemies and wild animals and protect one’s hunting territory. Selfishness and greed was the drive to hoard food for the harsh winters and sex was unfettered, as large tribes of warriors had to be bred to allow for security and protection in numbers.
However, in the modern world with our present moral development, these drives now need to be carefully managed otherwise they can lead to violence and crime. I would imagine that our DNA has evolved over the millennia, as these drives, for the most part, are more easily managed or have subsided to some extent, allowing for people to become less selfish, more tolerant and loving.
But the remnants of primordial chaos still have a hold at a very deep level of the human psyche. We see this Chaos entering our human experience through our minds when our consciousness is lowered by uncontrolled hate, rage, narcissistic ambition, or even by chemical means such as drugs or alcohol abuse. It can twist and corrupt the human mind which cannot fully process it. It then emerges as selfish, violent or destructive human actions which override conscience, reason and order in the mind. This is typical of the behaviour of psychopaths.
Interestingly, this description fits the notion of ‘evil’ in human terms and using a modern analogy, would be the same as the ‘dark side’ described in science fiction films.
There are some people who claim to be able to work constructively with this chaotic energy, but I believe that it is ultimately self-destructive and by binding oneself to this level of work, you may not be able to reach the higher, purer levels of consciousness.
Spiritual growth and evolution must therefore begin with gradual mastery over these primal animal drives, instincts and destructive urges in order to move to higher levels of consciousness away from the influence of these chaotic energies. In religious terms, this could be seen as the metaphorical “battle between good and evil”.