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by Tracee Sioux
Flow is the crack you're seeking.
All creatives keep coming back to their craft for one reason—even if they aren't aware of it—to reach a state of flow.
Flow is being heavily researched in science, neurology and psychology these days. It's a state of being where your brain is completely absorbed in what you're doing, it feels a little bit like a meditative state in that you lose track of time and become very "present." You experience biochemical changes and release hormones that make you feel really, really good.
Flow is the crack that keeps writers and painters and software developers and architects and dancers and business geniuses coming back to the work.
Flow is the art of creativity.
Flow is how you touch God.
Since most of your day is full of minutiae, to-do lists, kids, work, paying the bills and shoveling the driveway there are few times when you're really present and experiencing being a "creator." Which is why when you do reach flow it feels so incredibly good.
Seek it more.
Now, an amateur will sit around and wait for inspiration to come knocking. An amateur will stall and procrastinate and say that writing is really grueling work.
Writing is NOT grueling work if you're tapping into flow.
How do you tap into flow?
Like most things, it's 99% habit and training. You have the power to train both your brain and your inspirational genies to show up on time. But, it takes some consistency and practice.
What you're trying to do is create a neural pathway of "openness" in yourself. You want your brain and heart and Soul to get into the habit of opening and inviting the genius of inspiration to flow through you. And to receive it and manifest it onto the paper or canvas or website.
I can reach flow when I'm writing. Period. I can reach it if I'm writing a spiritual self help book, I can reach it while writing in my diary, but I can also reach it when I'm writing about the pipe fitting biz and engineering and the agriculture industry. I can reach it writing a blog or a book or an article.
This is the secret to how I wrote Soul vs. Ego Smackdown: How to say YES! to your Soul and tell your Ego to Suck It! in two days. I went to the Northern Colorado Writers Retreat for a weekend in November, creating space for flow to flow through my Soul and pour itself on paper and I wrote 30,000 words in two working days.
THAT is the power of flow. And it feels A-Maz-Ing.
If you're finding writing difficult and grueling my suggestion is this:
You, my loves, are the creators of the Word. With each word building on itself you have the holy power of creation of the Universe.
Not everyone has this gift. People reach flow in a million different ways ... but, you were chosen for this way. They say the pen is mightier than the sword ... so wield it with a holy honor at the power and the gift you've been given.
And bathe your Soul in flow every single chance you get.