We chose the name Pantarei for a specific reason. Pantarei or ‘Panta Rhei’ is ancient Greek and means ‘everything flows’. We indeed see the flow of life, like a river – as a great flow – and we believe that when we as people, feel connected to our own presence, our life becomes harmonious and situations flow from one to the other. The essential flow of life is achieved when we understand the concept of flow and can integrate into everything we do.
We as human beings change constantly. We can only meet the person in front of us in the ‘now’ and join them in their own process of flow and change. It is still the same person, just as it will always be the same river, but in every moment in time we can notice the changes within us, that create the changes around us.
The flow of life can be unpredictable
It doesn’t mean that everything will be nice, kind and happy, but rather that we will be able to move from one situation to the other in a smoother way. That no matter how we feel – sad or happy or something else, we’ll be able to acknowledge it, allow it, digest it and move on with a bigger heart and further clarity of ourselves and our surroundings.
There are times in our life when we clearly feel that we are in the flow of life – with ourselves, with our surroundings, with what happens to us and the way we are able to deal with it. As humans, we have the need to be connected, to be in touch – even if we love to have our moments of solitude. We become depressed when we are too isolated and not a part of the world.
Flow connects us to everything
To us, the sensation of being in flow also means to be connected and to be part of the world. Every session that a practitioner conducts with their clients of the Pantarei Approach should lead to more connection of the person with themselves, with their surroundings and with their lives. Our ability to change and our experiences of being in flow, become constants that we can rely on and build on – using them in our daily flow of life, to swim with the flow around us.
When we have a problem and we focus on that, we feel that this is our life. When somebody is able to show us how to connect to ‘the bigger picture’ of our life, to what we want, what we love, our strengths and life experiences; the problem becomes our interest and challenge, rather than something we identify with.
Our uniqueness is being shown in so many ways in our life – through what happened to us, how we have been overcoming obstacles in life and who we were when it happened. Even years later, it is about our choices in life, our loves, pains, decisions, and passions. When each of us perceives their path in life as different, as unique, as interesting, as their own, a world of possibilities can open.
Our name comes from the philosophy of Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher of the late 6th century BC, who said …“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”