Being in the flow is well known amongst athletes, successful businessmen and contemporary modern masters as being a key to unravelling blocks that may stand in the way of life. These people often relate that such a state of flow comes from being 100% present in the moment.
My mind thinks this is far too simple. Too easy. Questions arise, “It must be more complex than just being present, there must be something more to it, I mean, isn’t there something that can be done, something to fix, something to take away before I am content to just be with what is?” My mind offers options, ways, ideas, possibilities. This is especially so when I’m not comfortable. In these times my mind can tend to snowball, wondering if I can ever be consistent in my ability to be Okay with life for more than what can feel like a few seconds.
Often times the subtleties are not directly perceivable. The truth requires us to drop beyond the stories the mind tells. How often does one thought after another follow? Where we chase around ideas and concepts only to find precious minutes, hours, days, weeks even months and years pass by without our full presence? Psychologists have found that many couples return for therapy with the same issues time after time, year after year. It’s the mind with it’s stories and agendas that present a virtual fog of unconsciousness that becomes challenging to see through. Life unfolds much more gracefully when we are present to each moment. When we open to the subtleties, to the textures, to the changes and nuances, something changes. We are receptive and we see, feel, touch and hear things we may have never noticed before. This is because when the mind stills we are far more alive. Art that is created consciously serves to prompt us beneath the chattering mind. Like this painting, if you did not look closely, you might altogether miss the figure within the painting. The subtlety of the gestures, the changing tones, all reflect life and it’s invitation to presence.
Artwork by Jhana Bowen
Title: Mystic Woman
Oil on Canvas
The assumption that we are the only one’s undergoing challenge, feeling isolated, overwhelmed and beyond our comfort zone can come up. Especially when we have committed to changing our lives and living fully. We can feel alone even, lost at times. Passing through feelings and beliefs that are at times gut wrenching, making us feel as though we are sailing vast seas of endless treachery. We may think, will there ever be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Marianne Williamson writes “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
When the calling stirs from deep inside, an alchemical transformation is occurring. Where base metals are being turned into gold. Where the lotus arises out of the proverbial mud of our soul. Where the compost of our very lives becomes pertinent fuel for complete evolution. It’s at these times the darkness enables us to see the light of our own selves. That we are our very own Angel we have been searching for. Our doubts and insecurities finally reveal what we truly desire in life and what no longer serves our purpose. It’s at this time our actions, intentions and thoughts come into alignment. We are no longer sitting on the sidelines waiting and praying for a change. We become the change.