The Release Phase
First stage of the flow cycle is a struggle phase. The second phase is a release phase. In struggle, you are thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking. Release, you are taking your mind off the problem. You are, we're gonna talk about how to do that in a second, what we're actually talking about, but you are literally going to stop thinking about all the thing that you've been focusing on all along. When we do that our brainwaves shift. They go from high beta, which is where we are when we 're in struggle, down to alpha. You also get a global release in the body of a chemical called nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gaseous signaling molecule. It is everywhere in the body. It's also what Viagra or any of those medications do, they pump you full of nitrous oxide and, among other things. Improves your libido and your, nevermind. (laughs) When there's this global release of nitric oxide in the body, what happens is that nitric oxide pushes the stress hormones out of your system. It f...
lushes norepinephrine and cortisol out of your system and replaces them with positive, feel-good neural chemicals, like dopamine, serotonin, anandamine, and endorphins. So, anybody who's familiar with my story knows that I got into this work because I ended up curing myself of Lyme Disease with surfing, with flow. And I I couldn't figure out, like how the hell do you cure a chronic autoimmune condition? With surfing it doesn't make any frickin' sense at all. Turns out, autoimmune conditions basically means your nervous system has gone haywire. You don't know where normal is. After I had been sick for a couple of months, forget the couple of years, I had no idea where normal was. I couldn't even find it. But getting into flow resets your nervous system to normal, flushes the stress hormones out. Herbert Benson, who's the Harvard cardiologist, who mapped a lot of the in, the flow cycle [Inaudible 00:02:06]. He believes that most so called cases of spontaneous healing are actually flow states. And it's primarily because of what nitric oxide does and how it resets the nervous system. So, the second stage of the flow cycle, struggle release. This, by the way, this may look familiar to people, so this is the creative cycle. This is the cycle of creativity. It's another map and a model. This is, we've known this since the 40s and 50s. This may look very familiar. It maps directly out of the flow cycle. Preparation. Struggle. Incubation is what happens in release. Illumination is the flow state itself. And verification, the final, we call it recovery. But this is, this the map of the creative process.
Do you want to learn more about flow? Take the Free Flow Profile to find out if you are a Deep Thinker, Crowd Pleaser, Hard Charger, or Flow Goer.
If creativity is already core to your life, then this program is perfect for you. This could mean you’re a copywriter at an ad agency, a scientist hunting a breakthrough, a coder designing software, an entrepreneur dreaming up your next start-up, a writer aching to finish that novel, or a landscape painter trapped in the life of an accountant — all that matters is that generating novel ideas (and putting those ideas out in the world in some form or another) is core to your life and purpose.
Why Does “Flow for Creatives” even matter?
You keep losing the battle to be innovative in the rush to be productive.
You have writer’s block or coder’s block or painter’s block and the thing you used to love most in your life has become a source of pain and frustration.
You have trouble managing your emotions and fear keeps getting in the way of your good ideas.
You have trouble sustaining momentum on projects and tend to quit early rather than to finish what you started.
You have no idea how to gain access to groundbreaking insights and ideas when you need them most.
You don’t actually believe creativity is trainable.
You’re numbing yourself with substances and placating yourself with distractions as a way to ignore the fact that you’re not living up to your creative potential.
You get lost in the fixing to get ready phase, and never get down to business.
You keep bashing into creative walls, but never breaking thru.
Your emotions keeping getting in the way of your desired outcomes. Fear of failure keeps you from committing to projects; perfectionism keeps you from making your work public.
Flow For Creatives can help.
It’s like an inspiration turbo-boost training program. It’s practical, experiential and experimental. You learn a new idea about Flow and Creativity, apply it to whatever problem you’re trying to solve, see what happens, then make it your own.
And, did you know…
When in Flow, your creative problem solving abilities can spike by over 400 percent.
Research done at Harvard shows that the heightened creativity produced by Flow can outlast the state by a day, sometimes two—suggesting that Flow actually trains the brain to think more creatively over the long haul.
Creatives are more prone to depression than most people, but an understanding of the process can protect against this liability.
Creativity tops the list of 21st century skills—meaning those skills that are essential for thriving in the modern world—yet 75 percent of people think they’re not living up to their creative potential.
The baseline brainwave state produced by Flow is also the ready condition for “Ah-ha” insight, meaning being in the zone makes you primed for breakthrough insight.
Fear blocks creativity, while Flow resets the nervous system, calming us down so we can avoid burnout and gain access to much needed insight.
Unless you know how to train the brain properly, most people tap into their deepest creative potential at age 5 .
Frustration is actually a built in component of the creative process—it’s a sign that you’re moving in the right direction not a sign that you’re going about it all wrong.
Life is better than ever and we are feeling worse than evener. We are neurotic, stressed, unmotivated and it’s literally killing us. This class is for anyone that is serious about staying in their their highest performing state.
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