Monday, 4 August 2008

Surfing The Flow

Don’t you just love it when life flows? I certainly do!

In psychological terms, the word flow is used to describe a state in which we are so fully immersed in an activity that we feel energised, focused and involved, and as a result experience a distorted sense of time and effortless of action. It is an ego-less state in which we are completely present. Flow is a concept integral to the field of Positive Psychology, and its main proponent is the man with the virtually unpronounceable name, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi (those in the know say it is pronounced Mee-high Chick-sent-mee-high-ee, but apparently his friends just call him Mike!).

In spiritual terms, however, flow is quite literally Source energy flowing through us. It is possible to feel this energy flow tangibly. It is a strong and powerful energy stream that contains within it a deep sense of love, joy and peace. It is graceful, abundant and expansive. When Source energy is flowing freely, we experience the psychological state described above in relation to our daily activities.

There is an element of surrender involved in the process, in that flow can’t be forced. It can only be allowed. It is when we get out of our own way that we can be a conduit for Source energy to flow through us into the world. That said, once we’re in the energy stream, there is an interplay between letting it carry us forward and co-creating our journey along the way. We’re not so much going with the flow as we are surfing the flow!

I’m going to be exploring the concept of flow over the next few blog posts, looking at subjects like work, health, relationships and money from the perspective of flow. I’ll also be discussing the topic of how flow relates to manifesting intentions, and the different types of blockages that affect flow. I look forward to you joining me throughout this series, and as always, to hearing your thoughts as we delve into the subject!

10 comments:

Ray Gratzner said...

I am forward to your post series. It is nearly an annoying feeling for me not to be in flow.

Evelyn Lim said...

Haha...I hope to flow better and will be looking forward to your next posts. I have a tendency to put up a resistance and to completely surrender. Help!!

Andrea Hess|Empowered Soul said...

Yup, that state of "flow" is a beautiful thing. It's one of those things, though, we can't get too attached to. Like you said, it can't be forced, and sometimes we try to "find" it again when we fall out. Oddly enough, it often comes back when we're not looking ... :-)

Blessings,
Andrea

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Thanks, Ray. Yes, we can feel when we're not in the flow - something feels "off"! It's very much a sense of misalignment.

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Thanks, Evelyn. I hope my posts will be able to help you break down some of your barriers to flow. Indeed, as I'm writing them, I'm learning more and more about how to release my own barriers too!

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Andrea - Yes! The more desperate we get, trying to regain flow, the more elusive it seems. And the more relaxed we are, the more it flows effortlessly!

Akemi - Yes to Me said...

Hey, catching up with your posts and just wanted to say I look forward to reading more posts in this series!

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Thanks, Akemi!

Irene | Light Beckons said...

I tend to forget to step out of my own way, so the flow keeps crashing into me, LOL! Keeping my eye on next post. :)

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

LOL, Irene! Yes, Source energy does like to keep moving!