Excerpt About Flow

The Flowing Medium of the Soul

Here then we are exploring one of the basic properties of the soul: it is not only a medium, a presence, but a flowing medium, a fluid presence. It feels like a flow of life and vigor, of energy and power. The flow is an intrinsic property of the presence, and that presence is felt as one’s own personal consciousness. It is this flow that is responsible for the changeability of the soul, which underlies the fact of our experience as a succession of events. The experience of soul as flow possesses many degrees of subtlety, each reflecting a particular depth of this experience. At the beginning, we experience flow topographically, similar to the flow of a stream of water. We experience the medium of the soul as a fluid that flows through our body. We experience it as streaming from one part of the body to another, as in the flow of energy up the spine. We might be aware that the flow is faster in some areas than others, more sluggish in some regions, more blocked in others, completely stuck or absent, or free and smooth. This can alert us to various tensions and rigidities in our bodies, reflecting fixations and identifications in the mind. This can be very helpful for our inner work, as we recognize the areas where our soul cannot flow as places that need to open up. As we work on them, and they relax and open, our soul may begin to flow to these areas, bringing them to life, and including them in her range of experience. Our soul then inhabits more of our body, and we feel more present, more embodied, and our experience is more available, and more open and flexible. Our experience in general becomes more fluid, more flowing, and we feel this as greater freedom and release

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