Years ago, as I contemplated this idea of Flow, I became interested in the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi(brilliant psychologist!). I bought his book Flow The Psychology of Optimal Experience hoping it would explain a shortcut or some step by step process I could employ anytime I wanted to be in Flow. Ah, yes, I really am that naive. But the book was pretty highbrow, scientific to be sure, and I just couldn't get into it.
Today on TED, I watched a fantastic video by the man himself. He is smart and funny and his talk dumbed it down enough for me to really get it. Having heard him talk about Flow, I now think I am more likely in a state of Arousal. I think my learning curve remains pretty steep. Sure, I feel expert at certain things, but I am always (and I do mean always) still learning things about each and every part of my art making process. It was possibly presumptuous of me to think I had achieved true Flow at this point in my artistic path. Critics may say that it is just a label, it doesn't matter, etc. Perhaps I have more science in me than I care to admit, but this stuff is interesting to me.
And I also have to say, a state or Arousal is pretty sweet. But now it reallyreallyreally makes me want to Flow. Watch the video yourself and this will all make sense.