by Nick Smith
would develop naturally.
But we rarely ever stop
to consider that there might be a better and easier way.
We seem to take as a
given the idea that success takes effort and dismiss the
'miraculous' as being from the world of fantasy and myth.
When we organize our lives in this way it's as if we are telling the universe to 'get out of my way' because 'I know best'...
Then we wonder why we get stressed, have to expend so much effort to get what we want, deal with 'unforeseen circumstances' and life often seems to be against us.
We battle against life and then wonder why it's such a struggle - talk about a self fulfilling prophecy! Whatever we give our attention to we get more of.
By the same principle and as Carl Jung observed,
The idea that 'flow' comes from being disciplined and focused is a myth.
Flow comes from non-resistance - a still mind from letting all things be exactly as they are.
It comes not from managing the events in our busy lives or resisting negative feelings or emotions but from a willingness to be open to receive - a quiet, effortless, playful, open receptivity to the guidance, the support and the gifts that our intuition and the universe long to give us.
We don't need to manage our days:
Our intuition knows exactly what we need in every moment and every situation when we remain present and attentive. If there are plans to be made then we are told.
Even the achievements of the ones we think of as the most successful and happy amongst us on this planet, pale into insignificance against what we are capable of when we learn how to consciously and effortlessly shape each day and create our hearts desires by harnessing the power of the Love within us.
The term 'self
development' becomes a meaningless concept when we recognize and
access the perfection and the power that are an immutable part of
who we already Are.
When we see how easy it is to create an abundance of flow, creativity and joy into our lives, then there is nothing left to organize and manage.
All of life bends to support us when we choose to step back and let our own Self shine because, I believe, this is life's only purpose.
When we step back and let our intuition guide us, instead of being hostage to the ego's limited thought system, we are choosing to call life friend - and that is what it becomes to us.
When we allow the Love within us to nourish us and shine upon our world then everything in the world reflects that Love back.
As an effect it can do no
other. No-one and no-thing is missing that we need, no-one meets by
chance and we can't help but be in the right place at
the right time.
What do we want to give our attention to,
That's the choice...
The world is simply a reflection of that choice. It's the best of teachers. Life just wants us to be happy, to teach us what we really want as opposed to what our ego has us think we want.
If we ignore life then maybe it has to knock a little harder next time to help us hear, but that's never a bad thing.
When we do step back and
allow all things be exactly as they are, we can recognize that our
Will and life's purpose are the same thing - to restore to our
awareness our natural, loving and miraculous creative abilities.
We can choose to let ourselves be changed, or, more accurately, we can let who we think we are be changed.
Here's a way to do this...
Life shows us all the ways in which we hide our light, deny our genius and rationalize our erroneous belief in powerlessness.
You could call it a process of disillusionment - helping us replace our fearful illusions with the recognition of our own love and power. Once we see this, the trick is to allow ourselves to become defenseless - not to avoid any 'negative' feelings or event but to seek the gift of learning in each of them.
Turn to them, see what it
is that they have to offer us and accept the gift. Then we are free
to move on wiser, richer and untroubled, having resolved 'the
problem' at its source once and for all.
When we allow ourselves
to be defenseless and sink deep into the direct experience of the
feeling without an agenda or need to resolve anything, insights
reveals the lessons, and these lessons are the stepping stones to a
life of endless flow, creativity and healing.
When we try to overcome
any of these states we are passing up the gift of learning that they
This attentive defenselessness is how we allow life to take us deeper into our natural 'flow' state by highlighting and healing ever thought that still holds us back.
In these situations we need to first orient ourselves to be able to receive help. One way of doing this is to first asking a question that our ego is unable to answer.
By asking ourselves,
...we open ourselves to
the realization that there is absolutely nothing that our true Self
cannot happily resolve if we are simply willing to receive, by
letting go of our expectation of how this ought to be resolved.
Maybe we need to remind our self of the power of our choice with words such as,
It takes no more than an
Remembering how to
Just like the eagle in this little story we turn away in disbelief and recommit ourselves to making the most of our little lives and to being the best chickens we can be.
Some of us have been
known to write stories about the eagles that fly above us from time
to time, we worship them as 'heroes' or 'chosen ones' or 'gurus' and
some hope that one day they'll come back to save us, not recognizing
that they are just the same as us and the way to freedom is simply
to remember how to fly again.
When we plan and organize we set aside our natural creative power and hand over control to our limited 'thinking' minds and so constrain ourselves to outcomes that are by design limited to the beliefs, thinking patterns and laws of our culturally conditioned mind set.
When we plan and organize we set up future expectations that blind ourselves not only to the countless blessings and opportunities to learn and grow each day but also to the awareness of the ever present creative genius that is our own Presence.
We were created to soar
and yet we peck around in the dust as if we were chickens.
In real 'Flow' we receive instead of plan, give instead of organize, because all of life bends to help us when we get out of our own way and invite it in.
And best of all, there's
an incredible ease and quiet confidence that comes from recognizing
that once we've learned how to step back and allow our
divine spark to shine, it's quite literally impossible to fail
at anything we set our heart on.
Instead of trying to create the conditions for Flow, we can learn to access it directly and,
...and naturally resolve
any problem for the benefit of all concerned.