When you are in the present moment or in flow, you are in a peak experience. The voice in the head is gone, the self critic is gone, and only awareness remains. All senses are heightened and there is a feeling of great aliveness in the body.
Down to the cells, there is a feeling of lightness and bliss. You feel benevolence towards everything, peaceful and joyful. It is a relaxed state without tension.
Scientific journalist, Steven Kotler, was so amazed that he was able to heal completely from a very serious illness by getting into the flow state that he did the scientific research and wrote the book, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.
He found that in flow, you are in Alpha and Theta brain state and the 5 most potent feel good chemicals known to man are released into the body so you feel great! You feel completely fulfilled in this state.
Creativity skyrockets by as much as 700%, the immune system is drastically heightened, motivation surges, the nervous system resets and you are in a state of peak performance. Studies have found that CEOs operating in flow are 5 times more productive.
There is no worry, anxiety or negativity. Besides the fact that you feel fantastic, another great benefit is that synchronicity and happy coincidences happen over and over. You feel tapped in, tuned in and turned on as Esther Hicks says.
I found myself in this state for several weeks after I was in an accident where I was hit by a pickup truck going 40 miles an hour when I was walking across a crosswalk hurrying to catch a bus to work in the morning. I wrote about this in a short ebook on Amazon called Finding Heaven on Earth: Discovering the Power of Flow.
My brain naturally re-wired itself after several weeks so I lost this state. I remembered the fantastic benefits. I read Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now and knew what he was talking about, however I was only able to be focused in the present moment for seconds at a time then just minutes.
I realized I needed to let go of all the negativity and stress to more easily let go and spend longer focused in the present moment or in the flow state. The big Aha! moment came for me when I learned that most people are habitually in Beta brain state all day long and that in Beta state it is actually hard to stop thinking negative thoughts.
The first key to being focused in the present moment is that it is easiest if you are in Alpha brain state. It is easy to access Alpha brain state by doing a deep breathing pattern for a few minutes.
In Alpha state, the body and mind relaxes, there is clarity of mind, impulse control and you are all of a sudden connected with intuition and your higher self.
In Alpa brain state it is actually hard to worry and think negative thoughts.
Yogis and Buddhists have known this for over a thousand years. Until the very recent advent of brain scan technology though we did not have the clear scientific data.
The second key to being in this state is to have awareness of all parts of the body. Eckhart Tolle points out that to be in presence, focused in the present moment, you have to be present in the body and feel awareness of all parts of the body. In the beginning this can take training because many people are habitually focused only in their heads.
You can become present in the body by concentrating awareness in each part of the body at a time and going through the whole body focusing awareness on one part at a time. It becomes easier and easier with practice.
The third key component that is very helpful to get into flow state and be in presence is accessing the whole brain state. The whole brain state happens when both hemispheres of the brain are functioning in unison at the same time instead of one hemisphere being dominant at a time, which is usually the case.
Buddhists have also known this for over a thousand years, however recent brain scan technology has provided the scientific data for how and why it works. Getting into whole brain state is also easy.
There are many ways to access the whole brain state. Dr. Les Fehmi, Director of the Princeton Biofeedback Center, found that one of the fastest ways to access whole brain state is to focus on space.
Using brain scans, he found that focusing on space will make the blood flow equalize in both sides of the brain, so you achieve whole brain state.
Focusing on the space around an object or within an object will trigger the whole brain state. You could also focus your attention on the space between your fingers, the space between your eyebrows, the imaginary space around your heart, the space around your body or in the room around you, etc. In another blog with that title, I write about the very many amazing benefits of the whole brain state.
I am doing a course by Eckart Tolle called “Teaching Presence”. He starts off saying you will always feel you are not ready to teach this.
My attention perked up at this. He went on to say that if you wait until you are focused in the present moment all the time, you will wait a very very long time and then he laughed. He said it is easy to feel like a fraud because you get knocked out of the present moment.
He calls these times you are knocked out, “rebirths”. I thought that was a funny way of referring to the re-appearance of the ego or the voice in the head. He says the rebirths will become shorter and you won’t get caught up in them for as long.
He points out that the ego is very cunning and very stealthy in the way it hooks the mind and causes a rebirth. He says then the problems pop up, one problem after another appear in your mind.
When he said this I realized he is not hip to doing consistent deep breathing patterns to re-wire the brain to habitually be in Alpha brain state. Because when you are in Alpha brain state, it is hard to be negative.
That has been a fantastic benefit of my setting alarms on my phone throughout the day to consistently do deep breathing patterns to keep in the Alpha brain state, and at the same time I focus awareness on every part of my body to be completely present in my body and I also focus my concentration on space around and within objects to get into the whole brain state. It feels great!
Whatever you do consistently rewires the brain so that with enough consistency it will eventually become automatic.
Since I have been doing this consistently, not only have I let go of negativity, stress, worry, and anxiety, I have gotten to feel such bliss when doing the three things. I have had way more joy in my life which has spilled over into the life of my daughter in so many ways.
So problems don't keep popping up for me when I am not in presence like Eckhart says, however what I have found DOES happen is that old patterns that I have not yet healed will pop up. And then I realize that they are then old patterns that I have to heal.
Sounds so simple. When the patterns pop up it is not a pleasant experience to varying degrees. It can feel like a kick in the butt or bring even more anguish. This is what Eckhart talks about with his “rebirths”. Acceptance and non-resistance is key.
I have been cultivating feeling consciously loved and supported by the Universe. As I do this, and am consistently focusing on being in the present moment, what I need seems to appear at the right moment.
A friend told me about going to the Hoffman Institute for five days which is fantastic for clearing old patterns. I have also been doing a course called Unlimited Abundance” by Christie Marie Sheldon who has a website called loveorabove.com.
This course has taught me a great way to clear old patterns. She says the Universe loves you so much it will show you what patterns you need to clear so you can finally be done with them and have what you want.
I read a very interesting article the other day about an insanely rich man married to a woman I admire. It was written by a prominent Washington Post Columnist. In the interview, the rich man talks about dining with many super famous people and his conversations and experiences with them.
There is a picture if him in his living room wearing crazy expensive Hermes shoes with expensive things all around him. He did not look happy. I thought poor guy.
I thought it costs nothing to do Alpha breathing, feel awareness of every part of the body and get into whole brain state where you can access the space where the 5 most potent feel good chemicals in the world flood your body all for free. You feel bliss, one with everything, love for everything, in love with life and completely fulfilled. All for free!
The same chemicals that are in drugs that people spend crazy amounts of money for and die for, you can access these same chemicals all for free in your own body! And on top of that you are up to 700% more creative, your immune system goes into overdrive, the nervous system resets, you are connected with intuition, and are in peak performance.
It takes training your brain but it is definitely worth it! Please leave a comment below.