Self-Approval is the Fastest Route to Flow
What usually happens when there is a perceived catastrophic problem? Well, we go to the authority figure of the moment, don’t we? A local mayor, counselor, or CEO for answers. We may be asked to prove our self-worth. And in doing so, we may jump through a lot of hoops to receive help. In the framework of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy emerges from her crashed pad, yearning to go home. She is told by the Munchin Mayor, as well as Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, to seek the advice of the Wizard. But the Wizard is on the other side of the county, and Glinda notices that Dorothy is traveling without a broomstick, so she sets her on the path.
Not Nobody, Not No How!
After Dorothy’s travels produce not one or two, but three other travel companions, the group finally reaches the doorway of the Emerald City. They try to use the bell, but it is out of order. Then, they knock and a guard opens the window and posts a sign that reads: Nobody Gets In To See The Wizard Not Nobody, Not No How.
Dorothy begins to sob. All she wants is to get home to Aunty Em, who may have a heart condition. Dorothy’s been through an awful lot by this point in the story and is worn out from the emotional toll of it all. The guard himself peeks out the door’s window and is so touched that he, too, begins to sob. He learns that they have been sent by Glinda and invites them all in to go to see the Wizard.
So in they go.
Take the Long Way Home
Frank L. Baum decided to write all of the challenges into the story that would leave a contestant on Survivor look like a lightweight next to Team Dorothy. They conquer challenge after challenge to finally produce the broomstick of the evaporated Witch of the West. Dorothy learns that the Wizard, is a man rather than a wizard. Now the story would be truncated a great deal if Dorothy knew to click her heels together and head home at the story’s start. Had she been present with herself, she may had been aware of her own power through flow to go home. What if the only lesson we take away is this: We all possess the power to enter flow. It is there for the taking. Life would be so much more simple, indeed.
Apply this wisdom of entering flow with what you know to any writing block. Take out a piece of paper. Write about the problem and ask for guidance. Fold up the paper and place it in your pocket for the day. At the end of the day, unfold the paper and write what solutions may have popped into your head during the day by trusting your instincts. Isn’t it worth a try? It’s better than trying to flee metaphorical flying monkeys now, isn’t it?
Here’s to Growing YOUR Flow,