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"Every thought we think is creating our future." - Louise Hay
Have you ever had a day when everything seemed to fall into place? A day when all of your appointments were on time, when traffic seemed to part for you, when every interaction or situation seemed to happen effortlessly? This is what "being in the flow" is like. Some may say it is an accident or that it is simply luck but in my experience there is no such thing. Being in the flow is about your energetic offering. It is about your thought patterns and emotions and how those signals create the world around you.
Take a bad day for example. You might wake up feeling slightly "off" and all the events of the day seem to fall like dominoes. People bump into you, a drink gets spilled on your lap, you miss your train, a colleague rubs you the wrong way. Again you might chalk this up to just one of "those days" but when you get into the practice of consciously being aware of how you feel and how you are responding to the world, the realisation that you create your own reality begins to really sink in.
Since I have made the deliberate decision to work on feeling good and monitor my thought patterns, being in the flow has become a more frequent occurrence so that on some days, everything right down to the timing of dinner seems to happen in a spooky synchronous fashion. Navigating crowds becomes easier, problems which would have required a great deal of effort seem to resolve quickly, interactions between people are consistently pleasant and things that I want seem to come in more abundance. Conversely, I know that when I offer negative thoughts, worries or fears then I will see evidence of it wherever I go. The beauty of this is that I no longer feel like a victim of my circumstances. I've started to see that life is not something that just "happens" to us. We create it. Whether it’s a good or bad "flow" day, I love knowing that I can work on my vibration and create the kind of experiences that I want.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not perfect at this and it is not every day that I experience this type of ease. Also, it's important to note that this is not about stuffing away your emotions either. Pretending that you're happy or positive won't work—you have to genuinely feel it. Which is why this new practice can take a lot of time. If you're a person that worries about money and lack of it, for instance, then suddenly shifting your thoughts to feelings of endless abundance is not going to happen overnight. Tuning your thoughts means putting a mirror up to any issues you might have and working through them.
I've been practising this for over two years and there are still times when I can’t help but have a bad day where I end up attracting unwanted occurrences. But what I want to reiterate is that there is an immense joy to this process because you know you are in the driver’s seat. This is the beauty of embracing your ability to be the creator of your life. Instead of feeling powerless or at the mercy of whatever life throws at you, taking the reigns and deciding to work on your inner thoughts and emotions (and subsequently your energetic vibration) is the most empowering thing you can do for yourself. If you have an off day, you know you can get right back into the flow simply by resolving dysfunctional thought patterns and readjusting your feelings.
So the next time you have a bad day, try to stop and evaluate the thoughts you’ve been thinking. Get a sense of what your internal dialogue is and how you feel inside. Are you constantly critical? Easily irritated by others? Do you beat yourself up for making a mistake? Then do the same when you have a really good day and you’ll begin to witness the patterns. Were you appreciating the things in your life? Did you wake up thinking that today is going to be a good day? As you get into this practice, you might find yourself going up and down like a yo-yo but if you stick with it and keep re-focusing your thoughts, the positive emotions start to follow. The key is to be easy on yourself. The bad days may still happen, but the severity will lessen so that negative occurrences are more like small irritations rather than gigantic mishaps.
I've found affirmations to be an incredibly useful way of shifting my thoughts around different areas of my life. If you're new to this, Louise Hay has some very powerful and effective affirmations on her website.
Remember that what you give out comes back to you. This is what makes you the creator of your life. As you become consciously aware of how to shift your thoughts to more positive ones, then the universe will respond in kind. No longer will you feel like a passive consumer of what's happening around you. You will flow more easily downstream, recognising that you are deserving and worthy of all that is good and that the best way to achieve a life of ease is to treat yourself with positive and loving thoughts.