MASTERY OF INTENTION AND FLOW: A FUTURE WORTH HAVING
George Michael Smith and Charles Eliot Smith
Practices for Synergy Between Intention and Flow
A person flying an airplane in the sky versus vs driving a car on a road — what’s the difference? When driving on a road, there are certain inherent factors that affect the path one travels. Weather, daylight, and all sorts of road conditions become variable that may delay or arrest the journey. Roads only work if you stay on them; either because it’s the guide to the destination or because there are likely barriers or ditches keeping the car on the road. The road is your course. If a tree falls across the road, it is likely you will have to backtrack and either wait or take a detour. This type of travel has an intention to arrive at its destination, but is unable to flow with the physical space it is in.
If the travel is by flight, then there are inherently different factors that affect one’s path. When flying, the destination is still a fixed point, but the path to get there is marked by a series of waypoints that exist in free space. The intention is held in the mind [of both pilot and computer], while the flow exists in the way the aircraft gets from point to point. The path between each waypoint is the course. One may drift a few feet away from the course before correcting, or many miles. If there is a storm or danger, waypoints can be changed to create a different course that can still lead to the same destination. Rather than backtracking, a flight plan allows for the detours needed to be part of the forward movement. One means staying on fluid course with small adjustments vs being bound by the conditions of a single, permanent course.