The song's composer Larry E. Williams had been a roadie for Neil Diamond's live shows and ‘Let Your Love Flow’ had been published by ‘Bicycle Music’ who owned Diamond's own catalogue. Neil Diamond is reported to have shown apparent disinterest in recording the song himself according to Howard Bellamy stating, ‘that it wasn’t in his vein’. The singer Johnny Rivers also passed up the opportunity of recording the song. The earliest release of the song as a single was by Gene Cotton who released it as a single in 1975.
David Bellamy's recording sessions featured members of Neil Diamond's band, including drummer Dennis St John, and it was St John who recommended ‘Let Your Love Flow’ to the Bellamy Brothers. ‘Let Your Love Flow’ reached the Number 1 spot on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ on May 1st,1976, also crossing over to the Billboard chart rankings for ‘Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks’ and peaked at Number 2. It also attained a peak of Number 21 in ‘Hot Country Singles’.
Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing the life force of nature and the universe. It’s about ‘wakeful trust’ and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you. Since the universe was created, Life has been a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Resisting change only creates unbalance, often produces sorrow, increases anxiety and stress, and prevents one’s emotions moving in harmony with one’s world around them.
I have always looked for the opportunity in change instead of focusing on any perceived threat.
None of us will ever move one step forward while ever we have a constant eye on what is behind us. It is far better to become more willing to accept ‘what is’ than to deny ‘what will be’. If we release our creative energy and let it flow, we are better able to relish the possibilities. To get one’s creative energies flowing, one needs to become like the force of water (which is greater than all other forces such as fire, storm, gale, hurricanes, etc.). We need to be more willing to ‘go with the flow’ of our life experiences; not necessarily like or love them but to acknowledge their presence, to identify and flow with all positives in one’s situation. Water flows simply because it willingly allows itself to follow the gravitational forces of the earth.
Having a terminal blood cancer (with an average life span after diagnosis of three years) for the past six years, followed by skin cancers and a possible rectal cancer has led me more earnestly to live for the moment and to realise that in the current of life there is no past or no future obstacles that are allowed to govern; everything flows in an eternal present.
So, if it is increased happiness, feelings of belonging, personal identity and meaningful purpose you want in your life, all you have to do is to be the good person you were naturally meant to be; the good person you undoubtedly are, and ‘Let your love flow’ willingly along every path you follow, every stream you boat, every river and ocean you cross, every mountain you climb, and every cave you descend. Give your free flowing love to every traveller and each one of nature’s creatures you meet during your travels.
Love and peace. Bill xxxx