You are experiencing a rest period, a period in which you all should stop, look and listen. You are accomplishing that which needs to be accomplished in the time necessary. You are being slowed down deliberately because you were being caught up in the activity of those who are involved in panic. Because of your initiations you have a safeguard put into place, into motion, into connectivity to allow for a shifting of gears. When moving too fast a safeguard kicks in to slow you down. And in doing so you experience a detachment, but know that this will pass.
Those who have panicked who know better will be sighing relief, but rather than being a part of the herd mentality, initiation brings a slowed down state of mind. Rather than panicking appreciate and follow the dictates.
How do we work with chaotic energies to accomplish our work in a profane world?
In so much as you know these are chaotic energies and they are not useful in work, acknowledging them as such gives you power and the right to set them aside. They will not disappear. Your will is stronger. Because it is chaotic in nature it provides another level of opportunity you are missing [by being in reaction to it], because out of chaos comes order and within chaos always comes opportunity. That which you want to strike down and put out may not be the best way to go.
In your meditation take chaos, look at it and you wait. Chaos impels you to be patient, to be still, yet to be alert, on guard. Chaos is a teacher. She is a messenger of the Gods sent to warn you, test you, prepare you.
How does one function in a chaotic world?
Function with it and learn something new about who you are and why you are where you are at the time. Getting rid of chaos is getting rid of the messenger.