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The Cycles Of Disorganization

Did you know that as humans we have the same cycles as trees, stars and computers? Well, according to Kristine Hallbom her research suggests that we do! I read a fascinating article over the weekend titled The Universal Cycles of Change---Patterns in Nature Translated to Human Behavior. For the past 16 years she and her husband Tim Hallbom have been studying nature and the laws of the universe making connections between how inner reality relates to outer reality and their affect on one another.
The article fascinated me and immediately caught my attention around what we all experience with cycles of chaos or disorganization in our lives. Some of us move out of it more quickly than others, but we all experience upheaval and then eventually a movement toward calm.
Hallbom identified seven cycles all systems experience that I'll mention briefly here:
Creation—new beginnings
Growth—development and "self" organizing
Complexity To Maturity—becomes more complex and reaches a "steady state"
Turbulence—becomes too complex and needs to shift to the next level
Chaos—falls apart because it has become too complex
Droppings Off— there must be a letting go to rebalance
Meditation and Dormancy—regains its balance and is able to move back into—Creation where there is now more energy for further growth.
Hallbom uses the example of a tree to explain the process. The tree is created from seed which over time and with plenty of water and light grows to maturity full with all of its leaves. During autumn the leaves turn brown and they drop off the tree. It then lives in dormancy through the winter. Come Spring the tree sprouts new leaves. She explains that when any system becomes too complex it must have a dropping off to regain balance. All systems, including snakes and computers, are designed to go through this process.
She goes on to say that the only living system that does not allow for this natural dropping off is human beings! Humans are the only ones that will allow themselves to stay stuck in turbulence for extended periods of time. The universal cycles affect several areas of life; she lists: romance, career, health, family, money, friends, present state of mind and spirituality.
She poses the question: What do you need to drop off so you can bring your life back into balance? Where do you feel stuck or turbulent? She lists several areas where we can focus our attention; clutter and disorganization are two of them. You can read the entire article on www.thewealthymind.com
Let me know what your thoughts are about the article.
Happy Organizing!
Warmest Regards,

posted on: 7/24/2008 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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The Nature of Being Organized

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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