I’m sure you’ve heard of the “flow state” — the sense that you’re completely in tune with what you’re doing, there’s no friction, you’re “in the zone.” Usually it’s referring to a mental state that comes with engaging in productive action. But I’m going to take it one step further and broaden the definition a little bit. The flow state can extend to all aspects of your life, your body, your relationships, even your finances.
What is Flow?
Consciousness loves to move, it loves change, it loves to flow smoothly like an unencumbered stream. Every aspect of the entire Universe is oscillating, either moving towards unity or diversity (Uni=unity + verse=diversity). The machine of this movement is the creation cycle-creation to maintenance to destruction then back to creation again. When something is maintained too long, we have stagnation. No movement. Stuckness. The halting of evolution. Because the one constant in the relative world is change, this halting cannot stand for long, and so destruction comes in to break the dam. This is Karma. When we are in the “flow state,” it feels fantastic, and that is because there is no stagnation, no friction. Consciousness is moving, so is happy, therefore we are happy.
Flow in health
Many non-Western health systems are based on the concept that where there is flow in the body, there is health, and where there is stagnation, disease can fester. If you’ve ever been to an acupuncturist, you can feel the increase in the flow of energy cycling through your limbs. With Ayurveda, practitioners will treat you by removing ama, or undigested matter, from your body that gunks up your systems, both gross and subtle. Manifestation moves in the direction of Being to subtle to gross, so ailments have their source in the more subtle layers of consciousness. This is one of the reasons meditation is so important for the body’s health. It removes the stress (which is a form of stagnation) in the subtle so it cannot find it’s manifestation in the body in the form of a disease or condition.
Flow in finances
This is a hard one for most people to wrap their heads around. The flow of money is a form of a flow of consciousness. That means it likes to move. Any form of hoarding is a form of stagnation, even money. If money is coming to you, it’s for…