In The Flow
Michael Blair Schleyer, Ph.D.
Everyone lives in the flow of life to some extent. To what extent
is the important question, for the more one is in the flow, the more
life is magical and adventurous – not a problem, or a series
of problems to be solved.
The flow can be likened to a river, the river of life. Everyone swims
in it, moving toward a more enlightened state of awareness. This state
is brought about by experiences, each containing one or more spiritual
lessons to be learned. The quickest, most direct route to this enlightenment
is found in the center of the river, in the center of the current.
In that space, the water moves toward its destination the fastest.
Of course, the center of the current is the most frightening for most
people. There is nothing to hold on to, and as those who have traveled
there know, you cannot fight the current. If you do, it causes havoc
and panic. You must move with it, in total surrender, with faith that
you will survive the trip. You allow it to carry you to its conclusion.
You trust that this greater energy will bring you to where you most
need to be.
Nearer the shore, where the rocks and boulders and tree branches are
numerous, it is easier to slow down, grabbing on for safety, controlling
your life out of reason and fear. However, you get battered more,
and the trip is rougher and less exciting. You feel ‘stuck’
much of the time, and end up in the same place after a much longer
The spiritual path begins with small tastes of the flow. Sometimes
the flow is experienced through drugs (which make them so seductive).
However the flow is experienced, most people want more. They feel
Most of your time at first is spent out of the center of the flow,
dealing with problems and frustrations, fighting for things, ideas,
or ideals to which you are attached. You begin to wonder why this
state of flow exists, and how to get connected to it in a more permanent
way. You experiment with your life. This brief will give you guidelines
which will save much experimentation and time. It will help you move
to the center of the flow more quickly. Be aware that it takes much
courage to live there.
Flow: A particular energy field or way of existing
where events happen without effort, as if magic were in effect. Change
in all aspects of life is experienced more quickly. The world seems
more adventurous and mystical in this space.
Intuition: A message or feeling coming from your
deepest self, as a form of guidance. If you do not follow this guidance,
you end up ‘paying for it’ in some way.
Energy: An opening, an increase in aliveness that brings
attention and clarity. There is evidence of more peace and awareness
of what truly is. It is important that you have faith that life’s
process is a totally supportive experience. No matter what it appears
to be, this is the case. Events that appear negative are caused by
karmic consequences of past experiences given for a spiritual lesson,
or as a test of a lesson previously learned. How you respond to them
are lessons in themselves, and an indication of your current state
of awareness. When you are experiencing an event that seems negative,
truly ask why, and you will learn.
Of Moving In The Flow
1. An idea comes to you and carries energy with it, bringing it to
2. The idea and its energy persists, usually over a few days or more.
(Exception: when the energy is strong and a move must be made immediately.)
3. As the doors open to manifest this change, each step must be taken.
4. You must also surrender totally to the possibility that the doors
may shut at any time, and the experience may not happen.
It is God’s timing (or the timing of the One, or the timing
of the most inward Self), rather than our own, with which we must
learn to live. God’s timing puts us in the flow, and brings
us always to the right place at the right time for our spiritual growth.
Spiritual timing is a difficult discipline to practice, and it takes
dedication and awareness to master.
Make plans, but be flexible enough to do what you intuit when the
time arrives.Be responsible by letting others know if the flow takes
you away from a previous appointment.
Get used to following your internal guidance in deciding when and
where to go.
Do something only if it feels right. Stop immediately if it doesn’t.
Do not rush or go too slowly. If you get the sense of rushing or going
too slowly, you are out of spiritual time. Bring yourself back to
center. If you have rushed, or moved too slowly, you may find yourself
in an alternate time frame, experiencing things that you hadn’t
counted on. Accept this new time frame and bring yourself back to
center within it.
I have learned to move in this manner over the years. If you don’t
move when the time is right, when the move is apparent, all kinds
of things seem to go wrong. Your world becomes confusing and is wrought
with all types of emotional explosions.
I have moved to new cities and new situations based only on internal
guidance, with no guarantee of the outcome. This tends to be frightening
at first, but intensifies the sense of adventure and exploration in
your life. And things always work out for the best, for the highest
good. When you live this way, you are living in true service.
Concentrate on the present. As your thoughts wander to the future
or past, do not become involved. As soon as you become aware, re-focus
on the present – what you are doing, seeing, hearing and experiencing.
Do not wear a watch. Consult one as little as possible. Use you intuition
to know when and where to go. Learn to follow your own inner energy
without question. There are no vacations in the flow. You live and
experience fully wherever you go with no definite plans to return.
Buy one-way tickets, except when round trip prices are equivalent.
You must develop your ability to be patient. When the flow doesn’t
seem to be working in large ways, it still is, in smaller ways. Make
note of these ways when you get weary. Sometimes you must wait long
periods of time (short in other people’s minds) until a major
change happens, sometimes several months or longer.
There is always a reason behind these periods, usually providing a
time for rest, or for spiritual lessons to be learned. You always
get what you really need in the flow. Try not to worry about this.
If you’ve acted in a manner to move you away from the center
of the flow, it may take some time to karmically re-align before the
flow fully kicks in again.
All anger, impatience, greed, and insensitivity, things that take
you away from the center of the flow, can be traced to attachments
of some kind. As you become aware, let them go, apologize as quickly
as you are able to for your inappropriate behavior, and move back
to the flow, where you are happy and feeling more alive and well.
Pull nothing from the flow. Simply let everything come and everything
Michael Blair Schleyer, Ph.D.,
is a spiritual teacher whose areas of specialty include spiritual
healing, spiritual lessons, and living in the Flow. He is also a
gourmet living foods chef and teacher, working with people who have
weak immune systems.
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