The secret to living in flow

The key to being in flow actually has nothing to do with flow itself. Flow and harmony are more natural states of being than dissonance, disorder, frustration, and suffering.

It's therefore about understanding why you're not in flow, bringing awareness to the root of your ignorance, which is most likely some belief you inherited when you were young that's not in alignment with your truth.

If you are persistent in your digging and remove those blocks, you'll find that a greater flow naturally arises in your life, bringing to you all the things that you desire that've been trying to reach you but got stuck in a pipe along the way.

Perfectionism Is Healthy

I'm a perfectionist. And I'm damn proud of it.

Perfectionism means you've got an eye for beauty, an ear for brilliance, and a desire to constantly improve upon what's in front of you. It results in being in a state of continual growth and learning, while also increasing your capacity to inspire and serve others through the sharing of new discoveries of the incredibleness of life.

What's not healthy is imperfectionism.

Imperfectionism is exemplified by guilt, shame, fear, bitterness, and a general feeling that you aren't good enough, and nothing you ever do will be good enough. This results in a constant state of procrastination, anxiety, insecurity, and suffering.

So I wonder - what is the key to living from a state of perfectionism rather than imperfectionism?

I don't know for sure, but here's the best I have right now. Perfectionism is a result of being totally open and willing to change, while imperfection arises out of a clenching or holding onto certain ideas, ideals, or habits.

Why?

Because a true perfectionist knows that perfection isn't something you just all of the sudden one day arrive at. No, rather perfection is something that can be found in every moment, something that we can simultaneously appreciate while diving deeper and deeper inside of it to find even greater beauty, brilliance, and awe.

As I embrace this mindset more and more, I'm finding it easier to let go of much of the shame, guilt, and resentment I've been harboring since I was a child and picked up on the seemingly all-to-common belief that I'll never be good enough.

I think I shall continue to explore this new mode of living and see where it leads.

So, do you think you could let go of the idea that you need to feel imperfect, incomplete, and unworthy all the time?

Are you brave enough to believe that beauty, perfection, love, joy, and peace could exist right now, in this very moment?

The choice is yours. You already know mine.

Feeling Defeated

Do you feel defeated sometimes?

I do. 

Quite a lot actually. 

And every time it feels like I won't make it out. Like my days are numbered. Like my dreams never get any closer.

It can be quite depressing at times.

And yet somehow I'm still here. Somehow, for some reason I still keep moving forward. I don't have an ounce of intention of suicide, and I don't see myself ever stopping this mission I'm on.

What mission is that? 

I honestly can't describe it get in any way that would do it justice. But I can feel it.

I'll tell you what it is when I accomplish it. Heck, even better I'll show you. 

Because that's what it's always been about anyways. Not telling someone how to live, how to love, but showing them a new possibility of existing by being a shining example. 

Soon enough the vagaries in my writing will come to an end. But the purpose of making this post was simply to tell you this: if you feel defeated, keep going, because I believe that crazy idea you have deep in your heart is real, and that by sharing it with the world you're going to bring so much joy to humanity, yourself, and all of existence.

So do it for all of us. We want what's in your heart. 

 

Why Would I Not Surrender?

For a long time I hated the word and concept of surrender.

Like probably most people, it made my mind immediately flash images of white flags, weaklings, and it would bring up this awful feeling that I was going to have to sacrifice or give up something that was important to me.

Ick.

Even in a spiritual sense it referred to this idea of simply giving up my own personal will and desires in order to satisfy God or do what's seemingly best for everyone else (but not myself). As much as I have deep respect for other people and the creative force of the universe, giving up my power still seemed like a strange, undesirable, and unintelligent move on my part. It seemed like I was still giving something up that was meant for me to take responsibility for.

But lately I've been developing a new conception of surrender. And it's got me real excited.

My new definition of surrender is to align my intentions, words, and actions with three things:

  1. What's best for me
  2. What's best for everyone else
  3. What's best for the evolution of consciousness and the universe (God's will)

With this new definition in place, it makes absolutely perfect sense to surrender. There is really nothing to lose, and everything to gain. The only sacrifice I'm making is giving up choosing actions that will bring about unnecessary suffering and a less desirable reality for one of the three parties above (myself, others, or the universe).

This is still a higher level conception, but it opens me to the possibility that there is a world I can create for myself where fulfilling my deepest desires also fulfills the deepest desires of the people around me, which also create the most brilliant evolution of consciousness that we can conceive. I imagine that the more joyous and vibrant I become, I will naturally have a desire to share my overflow of goodness with those around me, and like waves compounding and building upon each other we will wash over the entire universe with good vibes and real, tangible change. Sounds fun, eh?

And the most beautiful thing about this way of living is that it all comes down to this: follow your personal delight. That's it. It's that simple - literally do what lights you up the most in every moment, and you will purify yourself until you're overflowing with love, saturating the cosmos.

So why doesn't everyone live this way?

Perhaps because it's too damn simple. Perhaps because we love complexity and confusion and suffering too damn much. Perhaps because we're so damn convinced that we're meant to always and forever plagued to experience the realities of imperfection, sin, disorder, and disharmony. Perhaps it just doesn't seem like a realistic or attainable way to experience of life.

Okay. I get that. Cool.

But now I'll ask you this: why not?

Seriously.

Why not at least wake up with the intention every day to live this way? Doesn't that make more sense than waking up with an intention to live in disharmony? Or to live with no intention at all and just aimlessly wander through life?

Sure, this might take a certain level of detachment from the outcome. You can't get upset if at the end of the first day trying this, things didn't work out perfectly smooth. Like most anything, I imagine it's a process that takes time and effort to master, by shedding layers of engrained belief and unproductive thought patterns preventing us from experience a more harmonious reality. It could take weeks, months, years, or even lifetimes. Who knows?

I won't try to convince you of anything. Because really, I don't know anything for sure.

But neither do you. You're clueless too.

So in this world where, really, we know nothing for sure (everything you think you KNOW is almost certainly a belief - just follow it down to it's root), I myself choose to experiment with this new simple way of living.

Why? Because it feels good to me and seems so damn simple and crazy enough that it might contain more than a grain of truth. I like to believe that life can be stupidly simple. And I just plain like crazy ideas.

I'll let my actions, my progress, and my overall experience of life speak to the results of my experiment. And perhaps a few more words here and there too. :-)

YOUR TURN: What do you think about my idea of surrender? Does it resonate? Is it total nonsense? Share your feedback and your own perspective in the comments below.