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Creative Flow 2:
Live Forwards, Not
This article continues the correspondence with Ananda begun
in part 1: Creative Flow:
Is it possible to enjoy consistent flow states? Here
we discuss the importance of 'living forwards', the sense of
being fresh and new as you let go and enter the flow of life.
(Please refer to part 1, before reading this page.)
Subject: RE: question: creative
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 16:00:47
Thank you so much for taking the
time to answer my question, and thank you for such clarity and
insight in your beautifully written email!! Your answer really
brings together a lot of things I've been reading and thinking
about these last two years. I will be re-reading your email
many more times. I am thinking a lot about the distinction you
made between the two aspects of flow which is very
I want to share with you a
poem written more than 1500 years ago by a Chinese poet, titled
'The Peach Blossom Spring', the story goes like this-' A
fisherman was drifting down a river. He was lost after many
forks and turns. He found himself in a beautiful village with
peach blossoms everywhere. The people there are beautiful and
life is like paradise. They are unaware of the world outside.
They showered him with such hospitality. He left at the end of
the day and found his way home. After a while he missed that
village and journeyed down the river trying to find it, but he
never found it again.' I feel it's such a wonderful metaphor of
the state of being that we are pondering, which, in your words,
'is about trust' and 'happens when we let go of
Your words remind me so
much of the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, whom I feel are some of
the greatest teachers on the planet. I really appreciate
your profound wisdom and your joyful, loving
With my best
Here is my reply:
Thank you so much for your kind words and for
'The Peach Blossom Spring' poetic story.
It brings to mind something that I was thinking about after
replying to your initial email. And that is the ancient Greek
philosopher Heraclitus's ideas on flow, change and
'No man ever steps in the same river
twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same
As children we live forward,
moving out into the moment, experiencing life anew. As
adults we begin to live backwards, trying to recreate our
pleasurable experiences and avoid the potential for
This is like the man in the story
who misses the village and goes looking for it again. But
the village has gone, he cannot find it anymore, just as we
cannot effectively repeat an experience and get the same
richness from the experience as we had when we were in the
In a newspaper article recently, the writer described a person
as having reached the age where they were facing consequences
rather than possibilities. This phrase had quite an impact on
me. Part of growing up is to learn about consequences and the
responsibility you have for your choices and actions. This
insight is there to help you make better choices. However, we
also abuse this facility by allowing it to be run by fear.
Our anticipation of painful situations and circumstances locks
us into comfort zones and ruts of behavior. Our memory of
pleasures locks us into limiting our actions to those few
choices that have worked for us in the past. Gradually we
become closed off from the flow of life. And we wonder why we
don't feel alive anymore!
Wisdom allows us to be circumspect and appropriately cautious.
However, in our consciousness at least, we need to be willing
to 'let go of the side' and swim in deeper waters.
The rocks in midstream can give us
temporary relief from the surging current of the river of
life. But they are not meant to be island habitations.
That's where the trust comes in. Use your knowledge, yes.
Make the best possible choices, yes. But abandon yourself to
the flow, and trust.
Live forwards into life. Don't live backwards, because 'live'
turned backwards is 'evil'!
A warning if ever there was one!
This aspect of being in the flow is about creative living.
Experiencing the richness of life as though for the first time,
It's the Baby Mind of the Zen
It's Krishnamurti's insistence on
clearing out the old, and looking at things completely
afresh to learn, observe and experience without judgements
And it's Abraham-Hicks' joyous
reaching out expectantly for the good, for the well-being,
for the abundant new life that is out there waiting to be
relished and enjoyed.
Pre-paving the future with
positive expectancy and then trustfully abandoning the sides
to experience and be in the flow of the wonderful life
pouring into each present moment.
Onwards and upwards, better and better,
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