What is Flow?
What Gets in the Way of Flow
This is the fifty thousand dollar question! If you know when you’re not in flow or not living in a way that promotes flow, you can avoid what doesn’t work and do more of what does. So, here is what gets in the way of flow.
Flow moves. Since an object in motion tends to stay in motion, in order to stay in flow, you have to keep moving. Picture a stationary rock. How easily does that rock move? Not easily, right? Now picture a rock that is rolling. It’s a lot easier to maneuver that rock, isn’t it? It’s the same thing with people. It takes a lot of energy to get that initial movement started, but once you get in motion and stay in motion, you’re much more likely to stay in the flow of life.
Is it easier to drift downstream or paddle upstream? How about letting a kite float on the wind or trying to get it to go where you want it to go? Flow moves at its own speed and direction. While it can be controlled with a lot of effort, it’s usually not worth it because you will run out of resources before flow runs out of energy. Often people have grand plans. We want to reach our goals and then keep going higher and higher. Flow doesn’t work that way. It moves in spirals. There is always ebb and flow. Always space for resetting. When you let go of the need to control, things will happen in the appropriate way at the appropriate time – or perhaps not at all. But even when that happens, it will be because it’s time for something new.
Who doesn’t want everything to be about them? Our ego can get in the way of flow when we want what we want and nothing else will do. Sometimes it’s good to be surprised. What life has in store may be far greater than anything you can imagine. I know my imagination is pretty limited. So I love a good surprise.
Fear is probably the biggest flow stopper. We can all have a million “what if” questions. We all have terrible things in our past that we don’t want repeated. Flow knows where it is going. It is always balanced. It always reflects the energy and intention that you put into things. Trust it.
Programming refers to seeing what you think you are going to see. This vision is usually based on what you’ve already seen. For example, you may be programmed to see failure so you stop just short of winning. You could be programmed to see rejection, hardship, poverty, or loneliness, so you can’t see anything else. Every moment in pregnant with possibilities. Be present. See the whole picture. Get beyond that programming and get in the flow!
Knowing It All
Knowing it all is a form of control. If your head is so full of what you already know, no new information can get in. This locks you into one pattern. If life isn’t flowing that way, you will probably battle against the flow out of conviction that you know better. There is an easier way. Go with the flow.