The following essay is one of many included in Conscious Living For Beginners, an e-book by Michael Manville, available for purchase on Amazon.

“The flow” represents our connection to a higher source of wisdom, creativity, service, and compassion. When we open the flow, we allow this higher source to inspire us and guide us.  If we open the flow consistently, we are on our path toward fulfilling our highest purpose.

Like a river, if we go with the flow we achieve evolutionary and spiritual advancement, and if we block the flow we will feel confused, dazed, or asleep.  The results from blocking the flow are anxiety, stress, depression, and physical illness.

Everyone has their own unique form of expressing the flow. For some, opening the flow encourages them to be artistic and creative; others are moved into positions of service and gratitude. Opening the flow could cause you to take an action or make a choice that seems appealing, but you have refused to take due to some irrational fear.

For example, opening the flow might cause you to join a yoga class which leads you to meet your future lover or business partner.

Opening the flow might cause you to submit an article to your favorite magazine, which leads you to a lucrative and fulfilling career change.

Opening the flow might cause you to contribute to a worthy cause that inspires a child to open their flow and break free from a desperate state.

Opening the flow might cause you to attend a workshop, seminar, or conference that opens your eyes to a new way of doing things.

Opening the flow will most certainly bring you closer to who you really are, which is the only way to achieve any sort of lasting fulfillment and happiness.

Opening the flow is also the only way to find financial prosperity in a way that does not compromise your soul’s evolution.

How To Open The Flow

The best way to open the flow is to recognize and avoid distractions. Distractions are like eddies, branches, logs, rocks, or dams that serve to block our flow along the river of life. By recognizing distractions, you can effectively steer around them and access the flow that is moving clearly and briskly downstream, or more accurately, upstream into the ether of higher consciousness.

One way to jump start the flow or break yourself out of a temporary blockage in your flow is to keep a journal where you can simply write down thoughts that come to you each day. In addition, meditation, yoga, time in nature, and physical exercise are also good practices to help open the flow. These tools are in effect your “paddles” to help push yourself in the right direction and stay in the flow.  Remember, your boat is your body, your mind is your sail, your emotions are the ocean, and your spirit is the wind.

Institutions Serve To Block Our Flow

The flow represents our ability to access our higher faculties, express creativity, and disseminate wisdom. As a challenge to our flow, we are confronted with the institutional dogma which is designed to stifle our creativity and divert our energy to the global control system.

Education, health care, military, social security – nearly all of the “services” which are heavily influenced by our government only “serve” to enslave us in a fear-based livelihood rooted in ignorance.

For example, we are taught at a young age to pursue a college degree in order to “get ahead” and all we get in exchange for heavy levels of debt are unemployable skills.  Most forms of traditional education do not encourage us to think from a higher source, they instead teach us to maintain the status quo dominated by corporate oligarchies and government corruption.  This is the same system of education that would have us idolize investment bankers, while artists, musicians and other creative types are hopelessly underpaid.

As another example, our healthcare system does not teach us the dangers of fast food, pharmaceutical meds, or lack of exercise due to prolonged TV watching and video games.  Instead we are told to ask our doctor when we feel ill so we can get a pill to treat the symptoms. Side effects are treated with yet another pill.

All of these institutional efforts serve to block our flow and keep us in a sedative state that keeps us alive just enough to continue to the feed the system what is left of our energy.

And if our flow becomes so blocked that we become unemployable, the system itself will sustain us by encouraging our reliance on it through the issuance of food stamps, disability payments, or other handouts.  The system is not helping you by giving you free food, it is hindering your spirit by giving your body what it needs to survive through the day and nothing more.

Bring On The Desperation!

Desperation is a state that most of us would rather avoid in life.  However, desperation is a completely natural defense mechanism for unleashing our empowerment, and is often the only thing that will break us out of a deep disconnect with our higher selves.  Like a river that has been dammed, sometimes we need desperation to breech the dam and let the river flow.

However, the predominant wisdom is to avoid desperation at all costs. Instead, our society is designed to ensure we remain content with our TV, junk food, and prescription meds, thus sustaining profits, taxes, and the system of control that sustains us.  It is important to realize that the system in which we live does not force us to find higher ground from within ourselves, so we remain docile, subservient, and spiritually vacant.

When given a chance, desperate people go out and find a job, improve their education, or even come up with some brilliant business idea in the depths of their inner struggle.  Instead of allowing the natural force of desperation to help people evolve, our society discourages people from accessing their flow in favor of remaining on the sofa to wallow in servitude and mediocrity.

Let The Flow Transform You

In conclusion, by opening the flow from within you, you are like a caterpillar emerging as a butterfly. By accessing the flow, you can experience your own metamorphosis into a better and more fulfilled human being. The most important step toward opening the flow is to avoid distractions that effectively block your flow.

Your flow comes from within – it is already there – so there is no need to take any special action to find it, although there are techniques that can assist us in helping to maintain our flow and keep us on track.

The government and the corporate dominated status quo serve to block our flow and represent our greatest adversaries as a species if we are to truly transcend into a world of peace and prosperity.

By starting with ourselves and opening our own flow, we can influence others to open their flow, and start a chain reaction that begins the social awakening that our planet so desperately needs.

How To Apply This Concept To Your Life

To open the flow, choose an activity that resonates with you and practice it for 30 minutes each day:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Physical Activity or Exercise, preferably outdoors in nature
  • Art, Music, or other Creative Pursuits

Work on keeping your mind clear during these activities, unless you have a question you want answered, in which case, ask the question to yourself and remain quiet.  Write down what comes to you and record how it makes you feel (uplifting, afraid, etc.)

The following essay is one of many included in Conscious Living For Beginners, an e-book by Michael Manville, available for purchase on Amazon.