I wish you a Joyful and Abundant New Year. And what does that have to do with the War of Art?

So here we are again – a New Year has rolled around and we are all wondering where the last one went and thinking about what’s coming up.

We reach for our diaries and journals and madly make lists and vow to turn over a new leaf.  Well that’s all vey fine in theory, however we must ask ourselves – why do we keep putting the same things on the list year after year and never seem to get them done. Well there’s a very good reason for this you see.  It’s called Resistance.  I have just read the most wonderful book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield .

The War of Art is a MUST READ.  If you do nothing else this year to enhance your creative flow, get this book and read it. Why am I so passionate about it? This quote says it all really… “ Most of us have two lives.  The life we live, and the unlived life within us.  Between the two stands Resistance.

”The book then goes on to identify Resistance, our relationship to it and what we might do about it. It says, ‘Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. …. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit.  It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be.”

“What does resistance feel like?

First, unhappiness. We feel like hell. A low-grade misery pervades everything. We’re bored; we’re restless. We can’t get no satisfaction. There’s guilt, but we can’t put our finger on the source. We want to go back to bed; we want to get up and party. We feel unloved and unlovable. We’re disgusted. We hate our lives. We hate ourselves. Unalleviated, Resistance mounts to a pitch that becomes unendurable. At this point, vices kick in. Dope, adultery, web surfing .”

I think that after you have read this book you will have a much better handle on why you just cant get to – that painting, replanting the rose garden, setting up your studio or any other creative endeavour you are ‘wanting ‘ to do.

This Week’s Question:What are your biggest Resistance greeblies?

Look For Thursday’s Post: Recent work from Kadira – Golden Light

Next Monday’s Post: Emotions in art – a way towards abstraction

Posted by : Kadira Jennings

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