recognizing patterns of resistance


I started my day as almost every day for the last few weeks. I first did the dishwasher, put away the pots and pans and cleaned the kitchen while my tea was waiting for me.

Than I started my “to do list”. This list guides me more or less through my day and through my week. I list all the things I need and want to accomplish in a particular time frame.
While I wrote all the things on an used envelope I made two columns, one for the ” important” things, like getting an insurance, taking care of a loan, or finishing some window blinds. The other column I filled with the “unimportant things” the leisure time things, things which I would love to do but which I did not give to much importance, or time to plan.

When I looked at this envelope, it struck me in a way as someone would have hit me with the heavy pan I earlier put away from the dishes.

This envelope was the perfect example for the things I learned about our resistance and our genius in the two important books which have lead me already so far. Seth Godin’s “linchpin” and Steven Pressfield’s “the war of art”. The resistance, or the lizard brain is described by Godin and by Pressfield as the energy which holds us back, which does not allow our creativity to come forth. The resistance wants to keep us in the place we are and we so often think we belong to, just to keep us save.

Whereby the daemon or the genius the force is which inspires us, which will guide us in the creative process, which is connected to the open, vast energy of the creativity.

When I saw this envelope and I analyzed what I just did, I came to the result that I need some practice in mind shifting. Why do I not start with the things on my list which appear to be the least important thing?

Probably Seth Godin put it the best way by writing:

“Which ever way the wind of resistance is coming from, that’s the way to head – directly into the resistance. The resistance will help you find the thing you most need to do because it is the thing the resistance most want’s to stop.”

“You do not need more genius, you need less resistance.”

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