Book Review: The War Of Art – Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield | #SmartReads | #Art | #Writing | #Poetry | #Poems | #Dance

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
May 29, 2019

The War Of Art – Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield is a very innovative way to look at the resistance individuals face (a.k.a. writier’s block, et al.) 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 life, 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 of us feeling like abject failures after we’ve lost 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: self.

Marauding deep within our darkest inner realm, 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.”[1][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, it only grows when you feed it, so cutting Resistance of at the pass is crucial.  And this is where this book shines, in the proactive ways not only to look at the matter at hand at a deeper level, but how to handle it as well.

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, and an unorthodox – but refreshing – look at the artist and how the artist fits into the grand scheme of things.  The book yields 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 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 thing 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.”[2]

After reading the book, my only wish was that the book was not 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.
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Source:

[1] Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art, p. 99.
[2] Ibid., p. 108

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

The Artist Of Eternity | #Art | #Creativity | #Imagination | #Poetry | #Poems | #Writing | #Painting | #Dancing | #Singing | #Motivation

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.”[1]

“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.”[2]


BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
April 23, 2019

The Artist of society, irrespective of what branch of art they undertake, is a very salient component of life in its full breadth and scope.  So much so that they are one of the pillars upon which society, modern culture, stands.

In fact, with a critical eye towards this notion, James Allen, author of the gem-laden As A Man Thinketh, wrote in his reverberating book on this that:

Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the afterworld, the architects of heaven.  The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.”[3]

The idea of humanity perishing without The Artist might seem outlandish at first blush, but maybe not.  Perhaps the notion is best thought under the guise that, humanity as it currently stands, would perish.  This would mean that humanity and life itself, without the appreciation for what makes life great via The Artists, would be akin to an individual experiencing life without joy.

Removing art in its every form would be removing one of the strands of life that makes it great, one of the very strands of life that makes it pleasurable, exciting, inspiring and incredibly meaningful to experience.

This shows how paramount The Artist is to the human condition, to human life, to society as a whole.  Likewise, this also showcases why imagination and dreamers are so important.  This is because:

“The dreamers are the saviors of the world.  As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, throughout all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of the solitary dreamers.  Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.”[4][Italics In Original, Bold Emphasis Added]

This is why appreciating the inherent ability of human potential cannot be overstatedWhat inspires individuals should not only be appreciated but held in high regard, for it is the fuel that lights the fires of the phenomenal, it is the engine that drives people’s motivation to achieve great things.

With these thoughts in mind, as an individual, you should consider to:

“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”[5]

Stay true to them, stay true to you, stay true to your course, your journey.

The power of dreams shouldn’t be looked at askance, as most of modern society does.  Those that seek to trap an individual’s imagination are merely conforming to the very system that aims to do just that, and they are conforming without a second thought.

Of utmost important is the fact that:

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.  The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”[6][Bold & Underline Emphasis Added.]

Every dream requires a vision, every dream requires imagination. Where one goes, the other one follows.

Nothing paints a better future upon the canvas of life than The Artist.

Nothing can, and nothing will – The Artist Is Forever.

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Footnotes:

[1] James Allen, As A Man Thinketh, p. 52.
[2] Ibid., p. 51
[3] Ibid., p. 51
[4] Ibid., p. 51.
[5] Ibid., p. 52.
[6] Ibid., pp. 52-53.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

#Quote Of The Day | #Writing | #Writers | #Focus | #Perseverance | #Mindset

“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world.  And he must hold to his illusion even if he knows it is not true.
– John Steinbeck


Editor’s Note: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS.  The end.

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The flash is bright – under assault
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Zy Marquiez

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