This post will serve as the conclusion to this series not because I have said all there is to the subject of FLOW, but because I have said enough. What happens next is entirely up to you and the bias under which you endeavor to live. I have unearthed enough for you to experience a complete transformation of your life if you are able to connect the pieces. I have also left so much unsaid that the rest of your life can, if you participate in your own consciousness, be a life of wonder, expectation, curiosity, discovery and tremendous beauty and meaning.
I’m often asked by people to give them a practice, a pattern, a ritual, a place to go, or a thing to do. If you want a king to rule over you, then the world is full of guru’s, priests, Imams, pastors, and life-coaches who all believe they possess the secret sauce and will charge you for their plan for how you should live. Be my guest, do as I have done, dedicate decades of your life to following such spiritual direction and see where it takes you. No doubt, you’ll end up either deeply disappointed or deeply enamored with the delivery system and those who promote it. Neither end is where I am pointing you.
Do we want to end up religious? Then follow a religion. Learn its history, its sacred texts and traditions. You’ll gain some things, and lose others, but know there is no guarantee of divine union. The product offered by religion is ritual, particular doctrines, particular communities, and distractions. Want to avoid religion? Then follow Tolle, Chopra, Dyer or Williamson, and learn how to meditate, find presence, sit still, be with being, etc.. You’ll gain some things, but lose others, but know that despite your countless dollars, calories, and time, you may end up with a pseudo-spirituality which makes us feel superior to oppressive religion, but never really reveals God and thus can’t reveal who we truly are. Maybe that’s what we want. We want the comfort of our Maker without any of his requirements, judgements, or obligations. Perhaps in the end, we don’t want reality.
Maybe you think you can manage life without FLOW or spirituality. Maybe apathy or disinterest is the best you can do right now. The proud will always live in a diminished, self-centered reality. Avoidance can only get you as far as you are right now. There is always more we can do to eradicate confusion and delusion, but will we do it? There is nothing in life that actually matters more than this, so we would do well to find it. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Whatever you get, get insight.”
Each one of us is only willing to go so far before the cost becomes too high. Whether we see ourself walking with Jesus, or following some other path, we all get to a point, a precipice, a watershed, where we reach the end of our conscious awareness. Like the character Truman in the movie “The Truman show” our boat reaches the end of what we thought was reality. This is the only point where what I’m offering will make any sense. Whether you drift there or sail there, I hope you’ll get there and not ignore your life’s perimeters. They exist whether you are striving to reach them or playing it safe in the dream land of unconsciousness. Please, get to your limit. Reach the end of your rope. Meet your deepest exhaustion and exasperation. For some, that is where flow takes you, and for others, FLOW begins the moment we get over our false self..
What exists after we cast off our deep beliefs? What if the reality given to us by institutional power is wrong? Who are we really? Who are we if we don’t have our money, our career, our name, our zip code, our friends, our country, our religion, or our history? Who are we if we are not a parent, a sibling, a child, or a citizen? Who are we in our first minute and last minute of life? What do we call everything in between those minutes which we appraised as so important or so terrible? Who are we in 100 years? 10,000? Only our creator has this answer? God will always have the final say.
Flow ends where it began.
“All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:7-9)
The end of flow is the end of our masquerade, our fake ID. Flow ends at its beginning, immediately. FLOW begins moment by moment, breath by breath. FLOW is continually ending and perpetually beginning. Flow begins in our weakness and ends in our authenticity. FLOW is each moment, God incarnating in the Christoform pattern, each of us dying and resurrecting each moment. Flow is the dance between microcosm and macrocosm, meta-narrative and sub-plot. The end of flow is punctuated by beginning again and this can never change. What appears wearisome, is the proof of God, renewing each moment, resuscitating our dying life with his own. Incarnating each moment as the experiential love of God.
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Revelation 21:3)
You don’t need me to spell this out. Paul said in Romans 14:22, “The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God.” You don’t need religion, a ritual, a team, a guru, a system. Let them go. You need only a moment of honest reflection and the faith to believe again. It takes effort to free-fall. We must try. We must begin. We must join again. We must hear and heed the voice of God. Turn off the video game or the news. Sit still. Turn down the volume on your life’s drama. Pray. Make your bed and clean the tub. Study. Be done with small talk and politics. Liberate. Go for a walk, a ride, or a run. Contemplate. Make the call you know needs to be made. Forgive. Say what needs to be said. Heal. Become present, intentional. Live. Be with THIS moment only. Flow. Walk with God.
We are alive. Right now our life is in this body, in this time. FLOW doesn’t stop when this body does. It begins again in a new wave-form, in a resurrected body, in a perfectly complete, New World. Our efforts to be with FLOW now are the dress rehearsal which will allow us to find a familiar experience of being with God once we shed our grave clothes.
We take FLOW with us, because FlOW is God within us, incarnating not only in our life today, but every life, for ever to come. So be it.