This is an excerpt from a post by Jackie Lawson, HTCP on her web page.
I have heard athletes talk about being “in the zone,” and I have read many accounts of artists and musicians describing their experience of “aesthetic rapture.” Now I am finding people from every discipline talking about “Flow.”
Flow is a state of complete focus, mental clarity, and instinctive action. These are the characteristics of Flow: the sensation of being outside normal reality; the feeling of timelessness; the sense that you are part of something larger; the absence of physical pain; and the experience of ecstasy.
The term Flow was coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, (pronounced “CHICK-sent-me-high-ee”) one of the world’s leading researcher on positive psychology. Check out his Ted Talk “What makes a life worth living?”
In a WIRED interview about, of all things, websites, Mihaly was asked: “What do you mean by flow?” His response was:
“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
I experience the state of Flow every workday in my healing practice. I would say that as a healer, I have experienced Flow through Connection with Higher Source, Mastery and Setting a Loving Intention.
I propose that Flow + Love = Sacred Space.
I think it’s all the same state. Healing makes whole and, after a healing, clients feel much less addicted, unbalanced, and needy long after the session. In fact, in my practice, energy work has helped clients overcome physical and emotional addictions.
Flow is a healing state.
Please comment with any thoughts, experiences or ideas.