Trust the Wisdom of Flow to
Keep Your Life in Balance
by Judith Orloff, M.D.
Flow is perfect attunement with a larger-than-self energy that helps us find balance in our lives. I view this energy as Spirit, compassionate and wise. Trusting the wisdom of flow means going with what’s presented to us as
gracefully as possible, rather than flailing around in
opposition—which creates a life out of balance. Our
life’s flow propels us in certain directions. Of course,
we do everything possible to create optimal outcomes,
but we also must know when to ease off. The art is
learning to go where the current takes you rather than
maniacally mico-managing every detail of your existence.
the flow safeguards your life force. Here’s a basic law
of balancing energy: to realize your dreams, you must
give them some breathing room. Do the footwork--but also
stand back a little, let the universe work its magic.
Paying attention to these signs about flow gives you a
choice of behavior.
signs you’re in balance with the flow:
happy, or at least able to accept what is, without
engaging in an unrelenting internal battle.
* You go
after what you want, but back off if you’re pushing
too hard--that tense, obsessive sense of being in
energy is high; you have an ease in relating with
people and yourself. If conflicts arise, you breathe
deeply, work towards resolution instead of getting
rigid or retaliating.
pass, and you may not even notice. Kids get into a
flow-consciousness when playing, artists when
evaluate the timing of situations, rather than
simply trying to break doors down.
can feel like coasting, a deeply spiritual state
because you’re trusting the energy of the Now.
signs you’re pushing against the flow
an energetic line you cross here between happiness
and misery that you must recognize. It’s when you go
beyond being healthily assertive to forcing the
flow--a form of insanity in which you do something
over and over again with the same negative results.
give-away is that your well-being suffers: you’re
energy is frazzled, physical symptoms are
aggravated, you’re impatient or desperate. A
constant uphill battle can make you sick, instigate
a cycle of frustration, blockages, and emotional
the issue you’re fixated on a rest may feel
intolerable or evoke tremendous anxiety.
Typically, others are irritated by your pushing, and
relationships linked with the desired outcome are
deal with conflict by fighting it and clenching,
instead of working toward the best possible
compromise. In unavoidable, stressful situations you
hate every minute of the “ordeal”--rather than
flowing with it--and thus inflict suffering on
yourself or others.
Overall, going against the flow feels horrible, is a
life force drain. It’s about fearfully clinging to
self-will, and losing temporary touch with a
compassionate intelligence, your Higher Power. This
will help you find incredible balance in your life.
© Copyright 2005 Judith Orloff, M.D.
All RIghts Reserved. (Adapted
from Positive Energy by Judith Orloff M.D, Three Rivers
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Judith Orloff, M.D. author of the new book Positive Energy: Ten Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear Into Vibrance, Strength, and
(Three Rivers Press, 2005). She is also author of the bestsellers Guide to Intuitive Healing and
Second Sight. She is a psychiatrist, a practicing intuitive, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, has a
private practice in Los Angeles, and is an international workshop leader on the interrelationship of intuition, energy, and medicine.
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