[Excerpt from TT: 2009-06-14]
[Question] Back to basics 101 – I need a refresher on how to break the hold of the negative pole of Flow – Stagnation/Inertia. Would Michael offer some practical suggestions on dealing with this problem when it is hard just to do/start anything? I hope this is general enough – dealing with the negative pole of Flow. ( And yes, I see NCF playing a role in this as well, :) ) I think I’m stuck smelling the roses in only one place.
[Michael Entity] One of the most effective ways of breaking Inertia is to surrender to it. This may seem counter to the intent, but one of the things that keeps a person locked in Inertia is the sense of “running in place,” or “doing a lot of nothing.” When one can surrender to the gravity that seems to keep one in place, the footing can be regained, or the sense of productivity and fulfillment can be regained.
The point of having a Goal of Flow is to learn how to navigate within the currents that are natural to the life, and often those currents swirl, so to speak, or slow, or eddy.
One of the greatest challenges for those in Flow is to overcome the pressure to show evidence and justification for their presence.
When a fragment chooses Flow as a Goal, it is because there is an interest in the nuances and subtleties of existence and this increases the sensitivity of the Personality.
This sensitivity is heightened so as to develop an intuitive grasp of the life and its natural flow, much like one might have when navigating a boat, skateboard, or other vehicle of momentum that pulls all of the senses together to calculate navigation without having to over analyze.
However, this sensitivity then leads to an awareness of all of the subtleties of one’s “insides,” so to speak, so all of the areas within oneself that are not flowing freely are felt, too.
[Comment] perhaps that is part of the problem – a feeling that the natural flow is being blocked and feeling uncomfortable with that and wanting to ‘flow’ again – and not quite seeing how to get back there.
[Michael Entity] Often, the Personality will turn to external environments for the solution to the lack of freedom within.
Flowing externally and can help the flow, internally, but often it can take internal adjustments, as well.
Both the internal and external are connected, and one can help the other, but when one is neglected over the other, it can cause the sense of inertia, no matter how productive and free the life can seem in one area over the other.
One of the most effective ways we’ve seen our students understand the concept of FLOW is to set alongside it the concept of PERMISSION.
When one feels the life is not flowing, internally or externally, it can help to ask where one has limited his or her sense of Permission. And often that permission is the barrier to the very simple and freeing experience of Relaxation. To relax. To embrace. To allow. To Be. Without apology or proof.
We have more to say about this, especially in terms of how the negative pole can be shifted by using the positive pole of the other Goals, but we will elaborate on that in other sessions.