May 29, 2019
The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield is a very innovative way to look at the resistance individuals face (a.k.a. writer’s block) when attempting to walk the path of a creatively conscious life.
Because resistance is something that we all face in one way shape or form, this book is a book that stands to help everyone in their own unique way.
Pressfield minces no words in his apt definition of what holds creative individuals back: Resistance.
Resistance is what leaves most individuals feeling like abject failures after losing multiple bouts with it.
The paradox of this conundrum is that Resistance isn’t as untouchable as it might seem at first blush. Yes, Resistance is the paradise of procrastination on the creative path, it is the ultimate obstacle, the veritable Darth Vader. As such, resistance is the epitome of self-sabotage. But, therein lies the key to this curious conundrum: the self.
As we venture deep within our inner realm, we will note that Resistance is the ultimate enemy which seeks to slay every one of our hopes and cast limitations into each and every one of our dreams.
As Pressfield points out:
“Resistance is a bully. Resistance has no strength of its own; it’s power derives entirely from our fear of it. A bully will back down before the runtiest twerp who stands his ground.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
In other words, if the percipient individual – guided by the self – is to overcome this ruthless opponent, they need to face it head on.
As the saying goes, Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Like the ego, fear only grows when you feed it, so cutting Resistance of at the pass is crucial. And this is where the book shines, not simply in the proactive ways to look at the matter at hand from deeper perspective, but in how to handle Resistance as well.
In essence, The War of Art is split into 3 parts.
In Part One, Pressfield shows a plethora of ways in which Resistance can be better understood. Thereafter, Part Two features ways that the individual can tackle resistance in myriad ways, while Book Three goes beyond that and into deeper ruminations on invoking the ever-elusive Muse.
Likewise, Pressfield also covers what separates amateurs from professionals, while also touching upon the artist in a refreshing way, and how the artist fits into the grand scheme of things. The book yields still more, but those are the core concepts, the veritable foundation of the book.
As the author aptly notes, if Resistance couldn’t be overcome, the great works that humanity has wouldn’t be available at all for people to enjoy and learn from.
If you are an individual who runs head on into Resistance daily – and who doesn’t? – or simply needs a healthy dose of inspiration, this book will definitely help you handle those in spades. And if you seek to live a more creative life, whether by hobby or profession, then this is a must read.
One fascinating point covered by the author is how he broaches the subject of the ever elusive Muse. Pressfield’s unorthodox approach to invoking the Muse is a breath of fresh air, and one that we can all relate too. In his own words:
“When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.
“Just as Resistance has its seat in hell, so Creation has its home in heaven. And it’s not just a witness, but an eager and creative ally.”
After reading the book, my only wish was that the book was longer. That’s the sign of a great book.
If you want an active ally to accompany you in your personal battleground against Resistance and need a spark to light the tinder of action, get this book.
 Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art, p. 99.
 Ibid., p. 108
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