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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity, Flow and your own Creative Genius.

Updated on April 19, 2011

Finding my own Flow.....

Flow is the place in which we we find ourselves when we are aligned with our purpose and have the ability to meet skill set we are given.

There is nothing more rewarding than finding this state of consciousness in our lives where we effortlessly are able to move along as a river does, effortlessly and in sweeping motion.

Creativity is the ability to tap that flow state and allow the riches of the experience to come through as we suspend our attachment to the outcome of the event and fully experience the event as though we are part of the experience.

Professor Emeritus Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Chick Sent Me High). The Professor is an established author of several books on the subject,notably "Finding Flow", "Flow" and Creativity. In each of his books he describes how we can access this state of consciousness and tap the genius within our creative selves and learn toenter the state of flow as many of our athletes do.

Most people are happy when they are operating in a state of flow. Time seems to be suspended and things appear to work effortlessly without back breaking effort. Things fall into place, we become our optimal best and we are not overly obsessed with the outcome of our efforts. The challenge of coming into a state of flow is balancing the task the person is performing and the skill it takes to complete it. There is an element of serendipity when motivation, ones attention and ones skill to meet the situation come together and work in unison.

Dr. C has said:

"Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives ... most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity…and when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life."

If you can find the time to read these most exquisite works by this fascinating man your life will be enriched by knowing that the state of flow is accessible to all of us, should we but be open to the experience. 

In the meantime, listen to the link below that highlights some wonderful examples of the idea of Creative Flow explained by the "master" himself.


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