Friday, June 13, 2014

How to Stay in the Flow

What does it mean to "be in the flow"? And why does it matter? In order to answer that question, it might be easier to examine the opposite. What happens when you're not in the flow?

When you're not in the flow, you're going against the stream of consciousness. Picture yourself in a boat with oars that you don't need, except to paddle upstream. And when you're paddling upstream, you're going against the natural flow of the stream. In other words, you're fight what IS.

Fighting what IS doesn't change it. Fighting what IS creates anxiety and anger, frustration and fear. But people confuse what it means to fight what IS. So allow me to clear up the confusion.

What IS simply is. There is no sense arguing with it. It's happening. To deny that it is happening is to deny what is right in front of you. The confusion is the difference between acceptance and giving up. One does not give up to what is happening when one accepts that it is happening.

And when one does accept what is happening (denying it changes nothing), then one is free to actually do something about it. To change it, if necessary.

If I'm up to my elbows in clutter, telling myself there is no clutter doesn't help me clear it up. That mindset only serves to build on the clutter, or at the very least, allow the dust to keep building on it.

But when I accept that the clutter surrounds me and prevents me from moving around, blocks my energy and keeps me in a state of heaviness, then my mind is free to come up with solutions.

The "flow" is another way of saying "the art of allowing". Allowing what you want in your life to manifest. Sounds simple enough, but it really isn't.

Anyone who as been in the doldrums, experiences anxiety or outright depression knows firsthand how challenging it can be to stay or even get to the "flow". There are energies present that can make it so very difficult. And by energies, I mean where our thoughts go. For whatever reason. By whatever means.

Being in the "flow" is basically another way to say, I'm not going to argue with what IS. I'm going to appreciate all that IS, no matter what.

And when I'm sad or frustrated or even angry, I'll allow myself to process those feelings and emotions so that the energy doesn't get blocked inside me. Remember, I'm not going to deny what I feel. And then I'm free to get back into the "flow".

"Flow" comes with appreciation, gratitude, and a knowing that there is purpose in all that IS. And within that "flow", we create more of what we truly desire. In the words of Abraham:
Every time you say, "I appreciate that. I really like that. I applaud that. I acknowledge the value in that." Every time you do that, you spend some of your Energy, and it is the spending of the Energy that creates a vacuum, so to speak, or an attraction, so to speak, that draws more and more and more and more
Flow. Or paddle upstream. Either way, the energy you expend will bring about more of the same. Your choice. As always.

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