The book begins with a glimpse of the author’s personal journey and what inspired her to write this book. She presents the idea that the elevated stream of consciousness associated with Flow can be cultivated by each of us for our own personal betterment, and to increase human potential. Early in the book we are introduced to the concept that Flow is much more than a state of consciousness, and that it is a tangible force in our environment. The author shows us that Flow is not something to be achieved or attained; rather, it is innately accessible to each one of us.
To help the reader begin to understand what Flow is and how to harness it, they are introduced to the critical elements of mindfulness and the power of present-moment-awareness, without which, it is impossible to enter Flow. Comparisons are made between ancient and modern perspectives, finding similarities between mindfulness philosophies and the Flow state. Ancient teachings and present-day research both found perception to be the single most important quality in determining how we experience life, and how we view the world around us. For this reason, the importance of present-moment-awareness and how it relates to Flow becomes a recurring theme throughout the book.
The investigation of Flow as a consciousness that extends well beyond the brain is crucial to understanding the full scope of this energy. We can simply use our own elevated consciousness to tap into it and, in doing so, we become the co-creators of our reality. Research findings in the areas of physics, medicine, and human biology are bridging the gap between science and spirituality, and by shedding light on the more subjective and unseen elements of our world, the author encourages us to acknowledge that they play a relevant role in our experience.
Throughout the book there is an emphasis on the underlying principles of mindfulness to give a greater basis for understanding the crucial mind-body connection, not only in mindfulness practices themselves but also in the experience of Flow. The author spends time highlighting some of the critical elements of being in Flow, and also takes a close look at the act of surrendering to our experience as paramount to entering Flow. The important role that the heart plays in our experience of life and our ability to enter the Flow state is examined, revealing it as not just a life-sustaining organ, but indeed a gateway into Flow. We come to see Flow as a state of consciousness that exists within us, just as much as it exists all around us. The author shares personal stories to illustrate the power of being in the Flow state and how it can affect the outcome of our experience. Finally, the author addresses the relationship between ‘Enlightenment’ and Flow , suggesting that these two states of being are quite possibly one and the same. The book ends with a conclusion summarizing her findings – that through our own intent we can cultivate Flow to unlock the door to enhanced human potential for ourselves, and for humanity as a whole.