TIGER 2

FREE THE FLOW

Out into the world and within yourself

Rumi

Why do you stay in prison

when the door is so wide open?

Do you flow within yourself and out into the world, Wild and Free?  Or are you content being a tiger in a cage?  No problem if you prefer to be warm and safe.  Enjoy.  But if you want a taste of the wild side, this is your chance.

 

The more alive and creative flow within themselves and out into the world so much more freely.  You can see and hear and feel the difference when they walk into a room or onto the stage.  They flash vitality and spirit.

 

Long, long ago the I Ching described the effect of the flow:

Whenever a feeling is voiced with truth and frankness, whenever a deed is the clear expression of sentiment, a mysterious and far-reaching influence is exerted.  The root of all influence lies in one’s own inner being: given true and vigorous expression in word and deed, its effect is great.

The effect is but the reflection of something that emanates from one’s own heart.  Any deliberate intention of an effect would only destroy the possibility of producing it.

 

Many hundreds of years later Marc Chagall agreed.

 
 

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works;

if from the head, almost nothing.

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One must still have chaos in oneself

to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

Come along. Run Wild and Free.

You can always go back to be a nice little tiger in a cage.

 

 

Many Free the Flow early each morning.

A great way to warm-up for the day.

Give it a try.

A.  Control the flow---Energize & Relax

B.  Flow out into the world---Wild & Free

CFlow within yourself---Open and Receptive

D.  The risk and glory---do you DARE!

A

CONTROL THE FLOW

Energize & Relax

You'll soon be flowing Wild & Free.  Best make sure you can control the flow when needed.

 

a

AUDITORY POWER WORDS

Lie down or sit in a comfortable chair.  Breathe in and feel the energy of your mind and body.  Feel the alertness and energy grow as you breathe in deeply---perhaps tighten muscles to feel the power---say ENERGIZE out loud or in your mind.

 

Close your eyes as you breathe out, and feel peace and relaxation flow through your mind and body---say RELAX.

 

Repeat breathing in and out until there is a strong association between the sound of the word ENERGIZE and being alert and energized---and the sound of the word RELAX and being peaceful and relaxed.  During the next week continue to reinforce the associations, and thereafter as needed to keep them strong.

 

You want the associations to be effective in major areas of your life---so generalize.  Reinforce them in different places, like home, library, bar, etc.  Try not to attract too much attention.

 

Now when you want to give your energy level a boost say ENERGIZE a few times out loud or in your mind.

 

 

If stressed say RELAX.  The shift begins immediately.  Works great, and so much cheaper, quicker, and safer than pharmaceuticals---you control the effect.

 

Now RELAX also has the power to control your thoughts, emotions and impulses.  The next time you sense the beginning of an unwanted and unneeded thought, emotion or impulse, say RELAX to yourself a few times.

 

Catch the thought, emotion or impulse early, while still weak.

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

 

 

 

b

VISUAL POWER WORDS

If your favorite modality is visual rather than auditory---see the words ENERGIZE & RELAX in your mind as you create the associations, rather than saying the Power Words.  Or, print ENERGIZE & RELAX on cards and flash them to create the associations.

 

Generalize.

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

c

KINESTHETIC POWER WORDS

If your favorite modality is kinesthetic---use your body to anchor ENERGIZE & RELAX.  Like, slowly clench your fists to anchor ENERGIZE and slowly open them to anchor RELAX.

 

Generalize.

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

 

 

 

d

USE MULTIPLE MODALITIES

It is very useful to have a wide range of responses to any situation.  If you have only one or two available, it's just luck if your reaction is appropriate.

 

If you associated ENERGIZE & RELAX in only one modality, go do the other two as well.  Having the Power Words associated with all three modalities greatly increases your ability to react to best meet the needs of the moment.  And you can fire them off all at once---greatly increasing their power.

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Power Words work great because they were created using a combination of the placebo effect and the intrinsic power of Pavlov’s classical conditioning.

 

B

FLOW OUT INTO THE WORLD

WILD & FREE

 

Now instead of controlling your body, thoughts, emotions, and impulses---flow Wild & Free out into the world.

 

Your mind rapidly shakes off long assumed constraints and flows with more and more spontaneity and freedom.  That results in a wonderful increase in adventure and creativity, love and joy.  Also, increasing your flow increases the flow of others when they are with you---you give them emotional oxygen.

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The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it---basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.

Charles Bukowski

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…the reduction in cognitive inhibition allows more material into conscious awareness that can then be reprocessed and recombined in novel and original ways, resulting in creative ideas.

Jordan Peterson, Shelley Carson

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You can begin the flow in many ways.  Here are three for you to consider.

1.  Hold a book in your hand.  Close your eyes, open the book and stick your finger down on a page.  Open your eyes and use the word or sentence underneath your finger to start the flow.

2.  Start the flow with a question.  “Is my life heading in the right direction?”  “Why do I sometimes get so angry?”  “Who has the best New York bagels in town?”  Anything.

3.  Or, just begin the flow with no starting words or question.  Really flow Wild & Free.

 

When ready, tap the table or say START to begin the flow.

 

SPEED-WRITE OR TYPE

Sit in front of a blank piece of paper with pen or pencil in hand, or in front of your computer monitor, fingers on the keyboard.  Write or type as quickly as you can.  Pay no attention to grammar, spelling, logic or style.    Let your emotions flow---especially love and joy.

 

Wild & Free---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

SPEED-SOUNDS

Make sounds that flow into the world.  Might be words, songs, gibberish, animal grunts, taps on the table.  Anything.  Quickly.  Let your emotions flow---especially love and joy.

 

Wild & Free---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEED-DRAW

Start with a blank piece of paper, and pen, pencil, charcoal stick, or whatever at the ready.  Maybe a picture.  Maybe just marks on the paper.  Quickly.  Let your emotions flow---especially love and joy.

 

Wild & Free---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

FREEDOM FLOW YOUR BODY

Impulses  Emotions

Wear lose clothing.  Freedom Flow your impulses.  Freedom Flow your emotions---especially love and joy.

 

Wild & Free---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

What the hell, go naked and really flow WILD & FREE---I dare you.

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANYTHING GOES

 

Wild & Free---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

 

 

Pay special attention to the flow out into the world you found most difficult.  You may have much to gain increasing the flow of that modality.

 

Humans can only hold about 7 words, numbers, whatever, in conscious awareness at any moment in time.  Our bio-computer has such a tiny bandwidth.

 

That is why Meta-Jumping and Freeing the Flow are so important.  They increase the quantity and quality of what flows into your conscious awareness from the rest of your mind---so critical in building and enjoying the quality of your life.

 

Free your imagination and creativity.

Free your love and joy.

Loosen up your mind, body, vitality and spirit.

 

C

FLOW WITHIN YOURSELF

OPEN & RECEPTIVE

 

Now rather than flowing out into the world, flow Open & Receptive within yourself---Open & Receptive to the flow of your mind into conscious awareness.  Do the adventure more than once.  Big, big payoff.

As before, tap the table or say START to begin the flow.

 

Wait for the flow---Open & Receptive.  Don't be bothered if the flow doesn't start right away.  Increase openness and receptivity, and wait for the flow.  Eyes open or closed.

 

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When you dig a well,

there’s no sign of water until you reach it,

only rocks and dirt to move out of the way.

When you have removed enough;

the pure water will begin to flow.

The Buddha

 

 

LET WORDS FLOW

Let word and sentences flow into your awareness.

 

Open & Receptive---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET SOUNDS FLOW

Let sounds flow into your awareness---music, birds, city street, anything.

 

Open & Receptive---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

 

LET IMAGES FLOW

Let pictures, images, colors, movies flow into your awareness.

 

Open & Receptive---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LET YOUR BODY FLOW

Let your body move in any way it wants.  If you are adventurous notice the difference when clothed or naked.

 

Open & Receptive---for 5 minutes.  START!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANYTHING GOES

 

Open & Receptive---for 5 minutes.  START!

THE RISK AND GLORY

Do you dare be free?

As soon as you know you are in prison,

you have a possibility to escape.

William S. Burroughs

All your life you have worked hard filling your mind with an enormous quantity of memories, associations, words, emotions, facts, belief systems, etc.  From all that material, your mind has miraculously created huge and complex logical, emotional and associative matrices.

Your conscious awareness is the part of your mind that provides the rest with focused real-time data about the world---and the location and condition of your body.  Using its matrices your mind then flows appropriate thoughts, emotions, and actions into your awareness, and out into the world.  Unbelievably fast.

The freedom flows you've just finished greatly increase the quality and quantity of the flow---resulting in many more moments of love, joy, adventure and creativity.  You become one of the creators of your generation.

Explore when to control and when not to control the flow.  Sometimes you'll over control when you should have let your mind Flow Free.  Sometimes your mind will Flow Free when you should have used more control.

Are you willing to take the risk?

Your goal is to find a good balance

between spontaneity and discipline.

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In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.  It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being.  We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Albert Schweitzer

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I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.

Writing a poem is discovering.

Robert Frost

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© 2020 by Ernest Kinnie