March 10 Glimpses of Being The flow
Excerpts from show notes and quotations
Our society is built and actually strives on our need to compensate by consuming. Compensate? Compensate What?
Lets take a look at the definition of the word to compensate:t:
To offset counterbalance the effects of a force or movement, so as to cancel out an undesirable influence so we can produce equilibrium.
Equilibirium means bringing some kind of balance again, a mental or emotional balance into our lives.
Jalaluddin Rumi says:
The more awake one is to the material world, the more asleep the spirit.
When our soul is asleep to God, other wakefulness closes the door of Divine grace.
Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the most respected and qoted mystical poets who lived about 700 years ago as a Sufi master in todays Turkey. During his lifetime he produced a prolific range of inspiring and devotional poetry which encapsulates the Sufi’s experience of union with the divine. These timeless classics have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, as Rumi has become one of our most popular poets. Although Rumi was a Sufi and a great scholar .
His appeal reaches across religious and social divisions. Even during his lifetime he was noted for his cosmopolitan outlook. His funeral, which lasted 40 days, was attended by people from all religions and cultures.
The Flow experience
And I quote Hungarian psychologist Csikszentmihalyi here:
“Flow provides a sense of discovery, a creative feeling of transporting a person into a new reality. It pushes a person to higher levels of performance, and leads to previously undreamed of states of consciousness. END OF QUOTE
The Flow is a state of being in which you are in alignment with your Inner Self.
You do not feel separate from nature and your true Inner Being, timelessness is certainly one of the ingredients of that feeling. Not being self conscious (like can I do this, am I doing this right?), no fear of failure is part of this state. There is no resistance to possibilities. One acts spontaneously and in the most intelligent way in that very moment. There is not thinking
To do without doing, without effort comes very close to one of the features or ingredients of the flow experience. The activity is so rewarding in the flow experience that there that the action becomes effortless. One is immersed in the activity.
The Polarization of attention
And I like to quote Maria Montessori on this
“…And each time that such a [phenomenon of] polarization of attention took place, the child began to be completely transformed, to become calmer, more intelligent, and more expansive; it showed spiritual qualities, recalling the phenomena of a higher consciousness, ” (Basic Ideas of Montessori’s Educational Theory, Clio 1997, p.11)
Hildegard von Bingen was a well known Benedictine nun, visionary, prophet and writer in the beginning of the 11th century in Germany. Since early childhood she had visions into other dimensions. One of her famous large texts has the title know the ways. This writing is called
Know the ways of the Lord
O glistening starlight,
O most brilliant singular figure
of the royal marriage,
O glowing gem:
You are arrayed as a person of high rank
who has no mark nor wrinkle;
You are also an angel’s companion
and a citizen of sacredness.
Run, flee from the ancient destroyer’s cave!
Come, enter into the palace of the King.
Meister Eckhardt did just that and he was one of the first in Christianity in the 12th century. Meister Eckhardt is seen as one of the greatest Christian mystics. Many modern thinkers have been influenced by him.
He says in one of his instruction talks:
God enters into you with all that is his, as far as you have stripped yourself of yourself in all things. It is here that you should begin, whatever the cost, for it is here that you will find true peace, and nowhere else.
The Beloved a poem from Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Someone came to the door of The Beloved and knocked.
A voice asked: Who is there?
He answered: It is me.
The voice said: There is no place for me and you
The door was closed
After a year of lones someness and fasting
The man came again to the door of The Beloved
A voice from inside asked: Who is there?
The man said: You are it.
The door was opened for him.