Current of life, Flow of life
By Jerome Dechant
Feb. 14, 2012
For some fish, it is necessary to swim against the current of the river in order to stay alive, but for most of us, who aren't designed to swim against the current of the river, it is not in our best interest to do so unceasingly. It certainly may be a good way to build muscles and endurance to swim against the current for periods of time, provided there are intermissions where we can relax and recoup our vitality and energy.
There is a flow of energy associated with our life unfolding from moment to moment. If your life is a constant struggle, you may feel like a little like one of those fish trying to swim upstream against a very strong current. When the current is really strong, no matter how hard you try, you may not be able to advance against the powerful flow. What typically happens is it wears you out until you either let go or die trying. Unfortunately, many people die trying. If only they knew that what they were after wasn’t to be found struggling against life’s flow or current, that what they really wanted was easily accessible to them by going with the flow, and letting life guide them effortlessly towards their fulfilled desires.
Life is suppose to be fun. Someone said that before, I wonder how many people really believe that? Considering the current state of affairs in the world, my guess is there are more people who believe life is suppose to be hard and a struggle because that’s the life they’ve found themselves in.
What is the struggle? It is mostly thinking you know best, and being determined to be right in holding that attitude. Being strong willed, fighting the odds, just keeping at it until you can’t anymore with unending determination.
What is relaxation and letting go? It is a deep breath that was held being let go. No effort to let it go, it just happens naturally. It takes effort to hold your breath; ceasing effort allows your breath to flow naturally, in and out according you your natural need to breath.
When you find the natural rhythm and flow of your life, then just relax into it, there is no struggle, unless you choose for there to be struggle. And if you do choose to experience struggle, you know you can easily relax back into the flow of your life because the flow of your life is naturally always here.
There is a lot we do, which is not inspired by the nature of things. As an example having set times during the day when it is appropriate to eat; i.e., breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look around the natural world; do any other creatures which inhabit this planet abide by such time constraints? You may say, yes, our pet animals do. Why is that? The reason is because we impose the unnatural cycle upon them. Most creatures on this planet eat when they need to in order to sustain their life, but us humans eat for more than just the physical need to do so, we eat because we enjoy the tastes and textures of the foods we have available to us. We eat for social reasons, a sense of community in sharing our food and bounty with others. There are many more reasons why humans eat, some beneficial reasons, some not so beneficial reasons.
Conscious intelligence which is guided by natural urges informs our decisions and enables us to find the flow of our life experiencing with the greatest ease.
When we struggle against the flow of life the experience is a war.
When we flow with the energy of life, the experience is a dance.
Which is more appealing to you? Which seems more natural to you? Would you prefer fighting and struggling, or playing and dancing?
Where is the flow to be found and experienced? Here, now. We are immersed within the flow right now. Can you feel it? Can you sense the ease? It is right here, right now. It is always right here, right now whether we are aware of it or not, whether we relax into it or not. The flow of life is an eternal river, a fountain of youth. When we drink from the river it sustains us, heals us, supports us, and elates us and by partaking of the river, we become the river, we are the flow of life, ageless and timeless.
It may be easy to get caught up in the game of life, to return to the old familiar struggle, but the grace of life is, the river is eternally flowing and without requirements to be met, unceasingly is open to our return to the ease and flow it offer us.
What that means is, you don’t “have” to accept what I am writing about because you can experience, you are experiencing life right now. How you are experiencing life right now is open to your making a decision which leads to what feels best to you right now.
When you find the decision you’ve made results in feeling better right now, you can choose to linger in this better feeling right now. Savor it, like the delicate sweet experience it offers in this moment. When the feeling subsides, you can again choose a better feeling.
There is an ebb and flow to this feelingness sort of like the ebb and flow of your breath. You can find the natural flow of it. Easily return to this flow all the time, or any time you choose to. You don’t have to control your breath, just let it flow naturally. In the same way, you don’t have to control your life, just let it flow naturally.
Joy! Peace! Love! Prosperity!