(how) do you relate to the constant flow of the universe?
the purpose of creation, destruction, and the flow state.
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I hope you find this post today empowering by understanding the importance of embracing some discomfort in your life.
The Universe is in a constant state of flow. Not controversial, but why is this idea important?
This understanding has been a catalyst for me in internalizing the idea that you might not be exactly where you should be. It’s common in today’s fast-food-inspired Western spirituality to tell ourselves we’re exactly where we should be, all the time. Make peace with the present moment! Blah. Maybe not.
What if you don’t feel at peace for a reason?
I think an important understanding regarding flow is recognizing that there are mistakes in life. We all make them. I make them (every day).
As you have perceived mistakes, the universe has created destruction. Keep this idea in mind as you read.
So that uncomfortable feeling we feel could be an indicator that we are missing something in life—that we feel off track. Maybe we shouldn’t blindly trust the unfolding universe, as we are part of that universe, and we can take part in creating some of that unfolding.
First, a quick explanation of the flow state.
The Flow State
As the Universe continually flows, you will find yourself in and out of the flow state in life. When we enter the flow state, our demands for a situation only slightly exceed our skills for that task—it’s the sweet spot. In the flow state, we find ourselves most focussed and often most connected to life.
We can enter the flow state with writing, making music, rock climbing, video games, and many other activities we encounter.
We find ourselves in rhythm with our task. This can be wonderful, and it often is, but the marketing powers that be have recognized the profound addiction that one can have from the flow state. What do I mean? We become addicted to a task that has us enter the flow state. And this task can be one we don’t want our efforts being put towards.
Something can be a flow of distraction.
Consider video games. They can become addicting, I’ve been there! They’ve come to the point of being so addicting that the World Health Organization has categorized them as such. And video games force us into that flow state with their innovative advancements in the virtual worlds where there’s always something new to be discovered, a new high score to hit, a new task to achieve. With all of these, it becomes the perfect feedback loop of dopamine to keep the skill demand just enough. It’s the perfect formula for the flow state.
I’ll dive more into this idea of the flow state at another time, however, the purpose for today is to understand we can find ourselves in a flow state that prevents us from connecting more deeply with life itself.
Essentially, we can flow against our desired life.
The flow state can be distracting because in those moments it feels profoundly meaningful! We can find ourselves locked into a thought pattern—a life loop—that leads to us having a misframing of reality. This misframing can have us feeling as though life is off course, passing us by, and we become uncertain of the direction we are heading.
We find ourselves locked into a loop we don’t want to be in, yet we are addicted to said loop! A loop that leaves us anxious and unfulfilled.
So how can we zap ourselves out of that loop? Or that undesired flow?
Conflict and Chaos
So at times, we must embrace some instability, just as the universe does. When we disrupt our loops and thought patterns, we allow new meaning and wisdom to come into our lives, but these only occur when we embrace those altered moments in life—those conflicts—and that chaos.
Conflict can be good.
Conflict is important.
Conflict fuels change and it is what makes life interesting.
What is the central premise of every film you’ve ever watched? Conflict.
What is the central premise for the universe creating something new? Destruction.
The conflicts in our life create a need for resolution, which requires inner reflection. This reflection creates insight into our emotional needs, our desires, and the relationships we hold. Embrace conflict…and by doing so, we allow ourselves to embrace a bit of chaos.
Conflict with the Unfolding Universe
WE are part of this unfolding universe. Yes, it’s interconnected, but that means the discomfort we feel can be an indicator of a change we want to make.
This inner conflict means it’s time for a journey, somewhere.
The perception of conflict in our lives are moments for us to recognize it might be time for some creative destruction in our life; some chaos. We must make a choice to step outside of our comfort zone by inserting those moments of chaos, uncertainty, and confusion. These moments—this creative destruction—can open a door for us to reach a more constant state of peace.
By doing this, we allow ourselves to flow with the universe by choosing moments of chaos in order to find peace.
To recognize peace, you need chaos.
The universe itself is not static. It’s not stable. It’s not moving towards any master end goal. There’s no wizard in the sky holding all of your secrets to life.
We must be the ones to find our own secrets in life.
So we are left with a universe that is evolving with constant creation and destruction. And we should act accordingly.
All of us hold a piece of the puzzle that is commanding that creative and destructive process of the universe.
And all we can do to optimize that process is finding ourselves flowing in and out of states of creation and destruction, just as the universe itself does.
Be creative with a touch of destruction. Enjoy the flow.
Until next time,
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