Flow Likened to Toto
Accessing flow can sometimes resemble Dorothy’s loveable and mischievous pet dog, Toto. He is adventurous as he leaves home with Dorothy in Kansas. He can be a rascal, too, when he’s hungry. And, of course, he is courageous when Dorothy needs him the most. How can flow be that way, too? Let’s take a look.
Flow is Adventurous
Toto seems to be in constant motion. Jumping up on a plow when Dorothy sings about rainbows. Escaping the confines of Almira Gulch, he leaps through the open bedroom window into Dorothy’s arms. And, of course he is found trotting along next to Dorothy as they runaway from home. When we take small adventures, like a crisp walk around the block, we engage our chances of finding flow. The very word itself suggests movement. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way suggests a tool for accessing creative flow is a planned solo outing she coined an Artist’s Date. They are simple outings. A few of these might include: sitting in a coffee shop and observe people there for character analysis; or, paddling a kayak around a lake; or even window shopping at a mall. The point is that adventure invites flow along on the trip. The discovery is often a hunch of a new project or insight of how to re-write the first few chapters of a story.
Flow is Assertive
Just as Toto snatches a hotdog from Professor Marvel’s small campfire, so is flow assertive. It knows it wants to be fed. With small adventures. With treats. And, pampered like Dorothy’s loveable pooch. Flow may require a commitment to having a cup full of gel pens to glide over a journal’s surface with ease. It might need classical music playing softly in the background or perhaps silence to be heard. The more we seek to align our energies with flow, the more insisting our hunches will become.
Flow is Courageous
Not only does Toto escape from Almira Gulch, he also escapes from the Wicked Witch of the West’s castle! He bravely flees to find Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion and leads them back to Dorothy in the castle. When we are caught up in flow, we simply write what is coming out of our fingertips and onto the keyboard. We do not stop to worry about the weight of the content, or over petty spelling errors or grammar mistakes. We are reminded of Allen Ginsberg’s words: “First words, Best words!”
Try to cajole flow into your favor by treating it like you would a cuddly dog like Toto. Take it on a small adventure with you. Feed it well. And, find courage to write what it is that needs to be written. Treat flow as a loving companion and see where it leads.
Here’s to Growing YOUR Flow,