One might understand and assess movement from the degree it exudes a sense of vitality, a sense of being fully alive. Hence one might attend to the energy experienced between the person, the motion (Shusterman, 2008; Sheets-Johnstone, 1999), others, and the world at large (Merleau-Ponty, 1968).
The energetic register of flow consciousness is the realization of interactivity (and relativity) as the fundamentally human and more-than-human condition. Vitality, bodily vigor and movement liveliness are primarily indices of ‘fitting with’ others. Becoming physically educated with the Function2Flow approach is a process of kinetically, kinesthetically, aesthetically and ultimately energetically finding resonances and synergies with others. We look to the emerging fields of “energy psychology” (Mayer, 2009) and “energy medicine” (Dale, 2009) for the “quantum affects” (Schwartz, 2007) of this energetic register of flow consciousness; however, the broad practices of fitness (including those of nutrition) that bring us to the energetic register of flow consciousness are readily evident in a progression of kinetic, aesthetic, kinaesthetic, and energetic flow motions. “Einstein tells us that the Special or Restricted Theory of Relativity came from a feeling in his muscles” (Leonard, 1974, p. 169). Similarly, much recent “quantum” thinking about “waves” and “particles” is finding, through appeals to “morphic fields” (Sheldrake, 1995) and “biocentrism” (Lanza & Berman, 2009), its way back to flesh and blood bodies and their interactivity with other similarly constituted beings. We need not delve too deeply into these fields of energy research (McTaggart, 2008) to acknowledge the vitality-enhancing register of flow consciousness and the importance of engaging in flow motions that energize us (Smith & Lloyd, 2006, Lloyd & Smith, 2012).