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Flow Journey: Choosing Between Fear And Joy

Posted Sep 12 2011 10:04pm

I’m working on the 4th installment of the Flow-Integration materials . It’s titled “Choosing Joy” and addresses the stages on your Flow journey when you move from fear to joy.

[It is a 4th "wave"  for a reason. It's not something that you just do, just like that. In your head, you could perhaps. ;-) But if you want it to be grounded and expanded and open to flow at the same time, if you want it to become your reality - you've got to build up to it over time.]

And by the way, it has nothing to do with turning your back on fear or controlling fear or letting go of  fear or being positive or anything along these lines.

Rather, it’s about a natural transition from a fear based defensiveness to a joy based openness. Which at some point, as natural as it is,  requires that you take full responsibility for it.

The responsibility aspect was a surprise to me by the way, but that’s the experience. And I respect experience! :-) Even more so as I gain a deeper understanding of  what lies behind.

I have grown up with both tremendous fear and tremendous joy,  living side by side so to speak.  For several reasons, including the fact that my parents were Holocaust survivors and at the same time wonderfully joyful spirits by nature. So I know both states, fear and joy, intimately. It has been my greatest weakness and my greatest strength. In that sense too I had a choice to make.

There was a time in my life where I chose fear. Now, it’s joy.

Joy seems like an obvious choice. However, it’s not all that simple. Much of the time, you don’t have a choice. Sometimes you do, but even then, choosing joy is not necessarily the easiest path to walk. And you know it somehow.

As Y. shared yesterday, on a Flow~Integration conference call : “Being, going with the flow, going with life however it unfolds – it has been so difficult for me. I wanted to be on top of it and in control. I can be more present now. I have the tools I need and the care for myself. I take more responsibility for what it really is that I want. This is very new and very nice.”

Joy does, at some point, become a spiritual and personal responsibility (not a heavy duty though  – just a responsibility :-) ).  Joy becomes a dedication, a commitment, a calling, the compass by which you choose to move through life.

The more you’re willing and able to follow joy’s calling, the bigger is the potential for freedom and flow in your life. You can then  joyfully surrender to life’s flow and at the same time joyfully co-create it. Yes, you can do both. :-)

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