When you are in the flow of who you are, it’s easy to know who you are. That sounds circuitous but think about it a minute. When you know who you are, you are in a flow. Flow is living with what happens and involves a trust with life and being comfortable with who you are in the present moment. You can be as flexible as life itself when you go with the flow.
The full embrace of our most authentic selves feels a lot like being in the flow. Fighting against the flow feels like being out of sync with who we are, who we are so supposed to be. The meditation for the start of this week in the 21-day series that I am following is “Being in the flow is effortless.” Much of my thoughts for my blog this week are inspired by the meditations from the past several days about being in the flow and how that relates to being ourselves.
Deepak and Oprah talk about how we fall off course when our false self creeps in, we are no longer in our flow. So that is when you need to change direction and find our flow. Connect to the source that is. Doing this secures a clear flow and that flow leads to a feeling of fullness, of contentment in the present. Contentment builds a foundation for being who you are and gratitude for who you are.
I think the absence of knowing who we are is what we see with public figures who are in the news these days for all the wrong reasons. Public figures who are being called out for sexual misconduct have totally lost who they are. They are not in their flow and they use their power to take advantage of others. If they understood the essence of who they were, they would know those behaviors are wrong. I do believe though in circle of life, in karma and in the universe taking & returning what is due. At some point, in some way, in this lifetime or in another, each will experience what they have done to another. You will get what you give, the flow of life will see to it eventually, that can only be resisted up to a point.
Life is better in the flow. Being who we are gives us the chance to really be open to an expanded state of awareness too. When someone is not self-aware, they don’t see their mistakes and they don’t care how their actions impact others. They end up with an inflated sense of self that doesn’t serve them well and it certainly doesn’t serve anyone else around them well. Can’t you tell when someone isn’t being their authentic self?
Nowadays, we hear talk of The Resistance. The Resistance is the political movement keeping us awake to the catastrophe of current presidency and Congress. A resistance disrupts a flow. When a flow is disrupted, the life force that courses through will not be maintained. That’s the point of The Resistance Movement, to disrupt this unauthentic Administration.
Instead, we saw a round of elections throughout the country on November 7th that were a reflection of authentic selves resuming their power. The cycle of life / karma / the force of good / the source resurfaced and came back in flow. I believe that when we know who we are, this too will happen for us, we can get back in flow even if we were momentarily out of flow.
Our lives are meant to be in flow. Rivers are meant to flow, they will keep going and find a way to flow over, around or through obstacles. Resistance might periodically pop up in our lives but remind yourself to be in flow. Remind yourself that who you are is better when you are in the flow. Our authentic self is flow.