The Five “Laws” of Chaos, discussed in Chapter 23, Sec. II, of ACIM, are basically the laws or rules of the ego’s unhappy game of separation. They (the “laws”) are put in quotes because as Jesus says they are not real laws but are simply made up. The problem is, he continues, that we believe them, and we don’t realize we do…
He also says that once the first law is set in motion the other four automatically follow, and that you can’t have or believe in any one of them without the rest.
Another way to look at these laws (or stages) is to review the Chart and see how these are the ego’s steps away from our awareness of our true identity in Heaven…
Here they are in a nutshell:
Laws of Chaos
1) “The truth is different for everyone.”
Our belief in sin: Differences are real, and those differences are important! There is a hierarchy of illusions. (in defiance of the first miracle principle: there is no hierarchy of miracles.)
2) “Each one must sin, and therefore deserves attack and death.”
Our belief in guilt: You did really sin, it was really terrible, and you will be punished.
3) “For if God cannot be mistaken, He must accept His Son’s belief in what he is, and hate him for it.”
Our belief in fear: God is as crazy as we are, and we should be afraid! He also believes we sinned and we should be punished. We made up a God in our separated “image and likeness,” and we told Him how He should think and feel.
4) “This seeming law is the belief you have what you have taken.”
Special hate: In a savage world the kind cannot be kind. They must take or else be taken from, by others who are worse than themselves. The Course calls this our special hate relationships.
5) “The final principle…holds there is a substitute for love.”
Special love: It’s hidden in my brother’s body, and he must be killed for it. However we do this in seemingly subtle ways with the “face of innocence.” (described in Ch. 31, Self-Concept vs. Self, p.656)
Ken Wapnick calls this substitute for love, not our true innocence as one Son of God, but the special innocence, special love or attention, for our made-up selves as individuals. To get this special innocence back, we must kill and cannibalize others time, energy, and regard. This process can take the form of manipulation, control, and/or compromise…
Even in the world of time and space, so called “life” must eat other “life” in order to survive and maintain itself. This is simply a projection of the first law of chaos. In order to be different and separate from our Father in Heaven, we believed we had to sever (kill) our connection with Him and take (eat) a piece of His Life and run with it. Thus the ego’s laws come full circle.
Think about these laws and notice your reaction to them. Do they seem credible? Does any one of them particularly stand out? How would you describe each of them in your own words?
For further discussion of the “Laws of Chaos”… what they mean, how they play out in our special relationships, and most importantly how they can be acknowledged and released… listen to Ken Wapnick’s CD set or MP3 download @ facim.org,
or read Ken’s comments in his insightful discourse “Journey through the Text,” Volume Three, p. 213-220…
or see the SFACIM Course & Coffee Chat video on the Laws of Chaos: click here