• Etiange D.

The Flow is The Force: Life Happens NOW

I think planning is great, but it can only go so far.

Lately, I have been realizing and recognizing how I can sometimes have a tendency to be dogmatic and rigid in the ways I go about creating and sharing myself. Dogmatic in my beliefs, so much so that it can really come off super preachy. It's not how I naturally am, but it's something I've learned during my chapters of survival. I don't want to be preachy, to tell others what to do. Who am I? What do I know? Nothing. I know what I know through the lens of my own experiences. There is so much that I don't know about this world and those that live in it. So much that I can't see in the daily lives of others, that it's almost laughable to try and be a gatekeeper of something so strange and vast. It's not anyone's place. I wouldn't want to be told how to live my life, and anyone who's known me long enough knows that. I get that there are rules and common sense... but even then, sometimes we find that common sense ain't so common. It's got to be within context, and as we can see, everyone is not on the same page.

'Life has to be approached in this way in order for things to be right.'

'You have to go through this in order to get that.'

'This way of living is wrong and won't lead to success.'

In my 24 years on this Earth, I have seen how life can make a joke out of you when you hold an enormously tight grip onto the plans you've made and leave little room for life/Universe/God to play its part. When you hold tight to one opinion or way of being without leaving room for another to take form, the Universe will always challenge what you think you know with something unknown to you, because nothing is permanent... not even ourselves (not to get morbid here lol). The pattern, whether a day long or 10 years long, is always changing. The origin of the spiral and the destination of it's path are on completely different levels.

Intentions vs. Plans. One takes into account the flow as the force, while one uses force as the flow. Can you guess which one is which?

Plans leave no room for surprise, but intent does. Plans, while effective in creating structure, doesn't leave room for the natural chaos that takes place in each moment. Intentions sets the tone for what we want while creating space for what already is.

I think, if plans went accordingly, it would be way too easy. If we always got what we wanted when we said we wanted it, we would lose touch with the appreciation and gratitude that comes with the investment of time, energy, and space, into the things we want. We'd lose the passion we feel when we finally get to witness our intentions manifesting. The magic. The investment return.

Maybe it's because I'm a Capricorn Venus, but I really do love the power that comes with playing the long game, working smart, and seeing all that I have put time and energy into blossoming and flourishing, in ways that I could have never even thought to plan. I think it's a powerful and transformational process that we can always learn from, whether we are starting something new or have been working on it for years. When I look back, all of my greatest accomplishments and vehicles of transformation have started with a simple intention, whether that was to be a better daughter, a better friend, a consistent creator, an authentic being.

It all started when I decided to shift my intent NOW, and then the plans unfolded. And every time I look back to self-reflect, I love life just a bit more.

"Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed." - Terence McKenna

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