Take disorder for example: Disorder is a creative solution to a problem. A solution that worked for a time to suppress and/or heal. But eventually the “solution” cause more problems than benefits. Now, one can’t take anything away without receiving something new. It’s not, “this is bad”, but rather, “check this out, this also works and is more sustainable, give it a try.”
Illness: Is a healthy reaction to a sick situation. Love the illness, love it, love your healthy responses, listen to them so you can get well again.
It’s about changing relationships. We can’t just keep fixing what’s broken. Sustainability means using the “junk”, the “trash”, the disposed in a new way, revitalizing it. Transforming trash into a structure for play and creativity. Changing perceptions and relationships.
We must open ourselves up to possibilities and new perspectives. Ultimately, it is a choice to let go of symptoms and patterns. We must choose the possibility for a different kind of experience, a more hopeful, healthier, and more sustainable way of being.
De-centering means shifting our focus from the thing we can’t fix to a smaller more tangible thing that we can handle.
PS. When changing, there is a chance that the contradictory or the complementary will come together, and their encounter will be violent. This violent encounter will have the power and potential for allowing somethign new to come into the world. We have to encourage these (possibly violent) explosions so a new world may be born.
PPS. “Open yourself up to death” is not a morbid, spiritual chant – it is the possibility to leave somethign behind that may be doing us harm so that the new may surge forth. Every day we should be willing and able to ask, “What must die? What is holding me back?”