To obtain optimal experiences or “flow”, one must possess or seek out certain attributes that allow it to be possible. This is the second in a series of posts that consider these Flow Attributes from The Power of Flow by Charlene Belitz and Meg Lundstrom.
Honesty, like Janus, the Greek god of hearth and home, has two faces: one that looks outward and one that faces inward. Inwardly, as we enter more deeply into flow, we seek integration, the coming together of all of our sometimes-conflicting parts into one powerful whole. This requires a solid commitment to identify and break through layers of misconceptions, self-deceptions, emotional scars, limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs, outdated responses, internal conflicts, buried dreams, hopes, and fears—all the accumulated baggage of human existence. We are ruthlessly honest with ourselves, no matter how uncomfortable that may sometimes be. We pursue the truth because we know it will set us free from old wounds that interfere with our experience of flow. We question and probe our own inner world to see what’s real, what’s true, and what’s not. The result of this quest for the truth is a deep self-understanding and a peace that can come only when we truly know ourselves…..