What Have Order and Discipline Ever Done for Us?


A revolution against the linear, the ordinary, and the structured has been taking place for some time. This revolt is well-intentioned and much needed. Our minds and hearts yearn for flow states, decentralized information, non-hierarchical control, and self-organization.

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Order gets a bad rap.

Our individual-centric society is obsessed with the salvific pursuit of personal liberation. Our technology gives us unbridled access to oceans of information, and we celebrate this overabundance. A revolution against the linear, the ordinary, and the structured has been taking place for some time.

This revolt is well-intentioned and much needed. Our minds and hearts yearn for flow states, decentralized information, non-hierarchical control, and self-organization. The individual soul needed to be extracted from the hypnotic sleep of the industrial paradigm.

We needed to remember: we are not cogs in a machine; we are human beings, and we are free.

But as is usually the case with revolutions, the baby got thrown out with the bathwater.

In our rebellion against the inherent hierarchy of order, we’ve forgotten that it’s what allows us to exist meaningfully as physical, thinking beings.

Matter is just the ordered, conscious layering of non-physical frequency. Our thoughts are the ordered layering of symbols and meaning. And the actualization of our highest potential is the ordered layering of rightly aligned thought and action.

The rise of the disciplined artist

Contrary to popular opinion, order and discipline are deeply creative. Here’s the twist, though: they are creative potential—the underlying syntax of all creative action.

We’ve all seen the brain diagrams that show the left brain as a logic-governed circuit board and the right brain as a vibrant explosion of colorful expression. And whether we admit it or not, most of us find something deeply alluring about the non-linear, emergent artfulness of the right brain.

That’s all well and good; spontaneous actualization is what pushes evolution forwards. It’s what allows for mutations in the gene pool, the triumph over entropic death, and the spread of novel ideas.

But here’s the catch: even natural selection knows that all ideas are not worth spreading. This is not to say that all memes don’t have inherent value, but only that some serve us and some don’t. Some will lead to the actualization of our highest potential, and others will only continue our planet’s downward spiral.

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Order allows for discernment. It provides the structure that establishes the emergent as something real in the world. It turns those genetic mutations into a template that can be repeated and built upon, so that they can have their chance to thrive.

In like manner, it provides the momentum essential to discover our own personal template—the one that is aligned with our core frequency and our highest intuition.

In order to be creators of our ideal selves and creators of an ideal society, we must be disciplined artists. We must learn to balance logic and flow.

To understand more about what this balance entails, let’s take a brief turn into astrology.

Learning lessons from the constellation Virgo

Virgo is perhaps the most misunderstood astrological sign. It is often characterized as the embodiment of stubborn and prude linearity, but this assessment sidesteps what is most profound about it.

Astrologer Eric Francis (with some reference to Alice Bailey’s work, Esoteric Astrology) gives a perfect summation of the Virgo archetype:

“’The sign Virgo is one of the most significant in the zodiac,’ Bailey wrote in her introduction to this sign, ‘for its symbology concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process, which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality. Every form veils this reality, but the human form is equipped and fitted to manifest it in a manner different to any other expression of divinity and so make tangible and objective that for which the whole creative process was intended.’

An idea becomes real; a potential manifests. The germ of life inside the seed of grain is protected, and when the conditions are right, it emerges and grows. That is the essence of Virgo, where we see so much in the way of intellectual expression yearning for a place to take form. To do this, it’s necessary to honor the life within what we’re doing, and the deeper life within ourselves. This takes patience and care. It requires living in service of that inner light, until it’s fully born.”

Virgo is the distillation, crystallization, and projection of creative potential. It is the quintessence of right relation. And its energy gives voice to the prominent question of our time: how do we achieve balance between the technosphere (logic) and the biosphere (organic flow)?

Publishing companies and info-outlets like Synergetic Press are helping to guide this conversation…but the process requires our continued participation.

So how can these lessons be applied?

In this age of emancipatory awakening, remember to move with ordered purpose.

Open your mind, expand your consciousness, dissolve boundaries, push yourself out of your comfort zone, confront non-ordinary reality…but do so with an abiding reverence for the grounded structure that makes all of this exploration possible.

Practice ritual lifestyle design, and always live in integrity.

Learn to bridge this seeming chasm between bhakti and shakti—flow and discipline, love and power—and you will be a builder of “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”[1]

Crystallize your intention, and use the perfect order of this platform to create the life and world of your highest and wildest imaginings.

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[1] Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics.


Ryan Greendyk

Ryan Greendyk is a conscious internet entrepreneur, writer, kundalini yoga teacher, psychonaut, and sacred space creator. He's pretty fond of tea ceremonies, entheogens, bass-beat wizardry and techno-shamanism, superfoods, gifting, fire spinning, alternative healing modalities, spontaneous outbursts of love, and spending quality time with God and friends. In a nutshell, he's dedicated to delivering others to their highest selves through the creation and promotion of communities, cultures, products, and programs built upon creativity, intentional play, and spiritual self-mastery. He is the Founder of Lightlab and the Producer of Lightlab Events.

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