Flow State

The most comprehensive explanation of flow state I have ever heard. Flow state doesn’t just pertain to the creative realm, it extends to how you conduct your entire life. Your ability to be in flow in creative spaces or athletic endeavors depends on how consistently you align yourself with Source from moment to moment throughout your life.

Nature and The Human Soul by Bill Plotkin

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Based on the Medicine Wheel, which appears in Native cultures throughout the world, this book outlines the life cycles, in some of the most beautiful, eco-centric language I have ever heard. If you are curious what ecotherapy is, this book is a great sample.

 

Many spiritual and tribal traditions throughout the world have some kind of map of the life cycles, highlighting the importance and significance of different phases. In Western societies, we generally lack maps of psychic space, or rituals for community recognition of passages through the different phases. There is a vague trajectory of the standard or ideal American lifetime: school, job, marriage, family, retirement, etc. But the map presented in this book (and held in many indigenous societies) is soul-centric and eco-centric. This is opposed to the linear timeline our society holds, which is, (because we are such an individualistic society,) based on ego and industrial achievement. Collectivist societies are very caring of the natural world which sustains them. Progress is measured not only by the achievement of the individual, but also in how it simultaneously supports the natural world and the community as a whole. If individual progress or achievement compromises the wellbeing of the environment or the community, it is no achievement at all. An eco-centric model of development assumes that these phases of development are preeminent. That is to say, they exist before us and despite us. They are intrinsic to Nature itself. A soul-centric model of development implies that the community prioritizes the Soul over the ego. That is to say, it prioritizes our personal aspect that is inter-dimensional and indestructible…our heart-centered essence we can feel when we are most aligned with our integrity and the universe. Indigenous and collectivist societies base the course of our development on the uncovering of our soul’s purpose in this lifetime, and the carrying out of different tasks the soul finds it necessary to undergo in order to manifest its purpose in the world. This is a very different and compelling model than most Westerners are familiar with.

Readings by Malidoma Somé

So. Beautiful. Oh my God…

If you want a view into the indigenous wisdom that existed pre-colonization, read his books. To start with, I would recommend his autobiographical piece, Of Water and the Spirit. Somé is from the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso in west Africa. In accordance with prophecy, he was kidnapped by missionaries in his youth, through which process he lost much of his connection with his tribal roots. Then when he was a young adult he returned home to remember, and be initiated in the medicinal ways of his people. “Malidoma” means he who makes friends with the enemy. With his Western education and traditional indigenous wisdom, Somé spans a bridge between the two worlds. He shares African indigenous wisdom with Westerners in a way they can understand. I had no idea JUST how rich and beautiful the pre-colonial world he depicts would be. It is incredible what magic has been lost. Reading his books is a beautiful way to reawaken our own tribal and shamanic memory, that lies just beneath the surface.

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Beautiful videos

I just stumbled upon this woman’s videos and they are amazing!! She talks about a level beyond ego, and I can absolutely feel that she is speaking from there in her presence. It is rare to see someone coming from there that is not a well known teacher or elder. Given her age and social location, she talks about things in a way I find to be very relatable to the young, modern, Westerner… perhaps more so than some of the teachers of old.