December 21-C, 2022

Hatteras Sunrise 10/29/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
What I know about creating flow
is built around emptiness, stillness and silence,
and requires us to have no attachment
to any outcome,
which implies no opinions,
no expectations,
no restrictions,
no demands,
and being like a cork on the water--
or like the water itself,
which has no association with liking
or not liking anything it comes across,
but folds everything into its path
in an "Okay, now what?" kind of way,
with the emphasis on the "Okay" part.

Which means we cannot use flow to get what we want.
Which means we don't want anything.
We are just along for the ride,
enjoying the experience,
having the time of our life,
no matter what.

The heart of flow 
requires us to be aware of what's happening
and what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
and how we can help with that
using the gifts of our essential/original nature
and the innate virtues/characteristics/aptitudes/traits
that came packed in our DNA
to do what needs to be done.

We are always working on what is needed here/now,
focused on doing the right thing,
in the right way,
at the right time,
in the right place,
and the end result--the outcome--
plays no part in what we are doing
to meet the need of the moment.

In the flow, 
there is no end result,
there is only flowing,
on and on forever.

This is it.
Flow is all there is.
We do not use it to get something.
We are it all the way.

Experiencing the experience of flow
is the very essence of life.

Long-leaf pines know it.
Hippopotamuses know it.
Sage hens know it.
All sentient beings know it
when they are being alive to--
and at one with--
the time and place of their living.

There is nothing to get,
or have,
or own
that is better than being alive
to the here/now
in each situation as it arises.

If you comprehend that,
you are as enlightened as you need to be.

Be the cork at one with the water.
Or, the water at one with the cork.

Nothing to add.
Nothing to take away.
Just being here/now all the time.

Water does it.
It's what Tiggers do best. 


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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