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the war of your Art

August 1, 2012

“That which is suppressed is expressed.”

I don’t know about you but things have been weirdly intense for me lately. I have had some incredible conversations with some amazing people and almost all of them include me saying these words “You have to read Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art.”

Early on in the book , under the heading of THE UNLIVED LIFE are these words:

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us.”

That is what we end up talking about.

The unlived life within us, that which we have allowed to be suppressed.

The part of us which is (perhaps only temporarily) winning the war and expressing itself.

There is a certain amount of sadness in the conversations. A realisation that there is a part of us that has to fight to be seen and heard.

There is a certain amount of joy in the conversations. A light in the eyes that is has at its source a fire in the belly.

There is a certain amount of courage in the conversations. Coming from a growing understanding of what must be done and how it can be done.

There is a certain amount of fear in the conversations too. I don’t need to tell you where that comes from.

Or maybe I do.

This is my 100th post here on finding my own Way. In many ways it has been a long time coming. I guess there is a part of me that wants the 100th one to be significant in some way. So I haven’t been writing. (Thank you to everyone who noticed and asked what was up!)  I have been waiting for just the right thing to write to come along. I haven’t even sat at the keyboard staring blankly at the screen. And now that I am sitting and writing I am having to fight strong urges to just quickly do other things.

  • That Google search for that piece of software I have been thinking that I need.
  • The end of that episode of Game of Thrones that I haven’t finished.
  • A nap. Everything is better after a nap!
  • Checking my email. Facebook.
  • Food. Green tea. Yes that would be nice. That would help me write.
  • A different post altogether. That one will be really, really good.

Underneath all of that is fear.

Sometimes it will distract us for a few minutes. Sometimes a few decades.

But that which is repressed will be expressed.

And that is why things have been so weirdly intense for me lately. I find myself sitting with the most amazing people who are taking steps (sometimes very small but steps all the same) towards expressing the unlived life within them. Those conversations are hard. But they are also my favourite conversations to have. Important conversations to have.

Every day.

And today, Wednesday August 1 2012, is an important day for one of them. Today my colleague, mentor and friend has become what few can claim to be.

He is a published author.

Many years in the making. Many distractions along the way. Many friends urging him on.

I introduced you to Engibear a little while back. You can read about how he came into being in this post. Then you can go here to booktopia and order a copy of the book for your kids or the kids of someone you know or just because you want to show your support for someone who is ( perhaps only temporarily) winning the war of his Art.

He had to publish it because that which is repressed WILL be expressed.

Congratulations Andrew.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    August 1, 2012 8:36 pm

    It is such an amazing accomplishment for Andrew – and I’m so happy I’m here – at this time – with him – as he celebrates this wonderful achievement! He has indeed won this battle … and so have you! … congratulations on your 100th post! Happy centenary!

  2. August 2, 2012 3:16 pm

    You might also want to check out this great post from Justine Musk that came out today.

    http://justinemusk.com/2012/08/01/6-things-you-need-to-know-about-your-inner-creative-badass/

    P.

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