Book Review: The War Of Art – Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

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Zy Marquiez
April 11, 2017

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 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 [i.e. procrastination], 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.

Maraudering deep within our darkest 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]

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.

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, Book Two features ways that the individual can tackle resistance in myriad ways, while Book Three goes beyond into deeper ruminations on invoking the ever-elusive Muse.  He 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.

As the author aptly notes, if Resistance couldn’t be overcome, the great works that humanity has wouldn’t be available these days.

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.

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 regret was that the book was not longer.  That’s the sign of a good 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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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly 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.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

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Who This Blog Is For

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Zy Marquiez
January 6, 2017

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– Robert Byrne

In fairness to give credit where credit is due, this piece has come to fruition due the work of a person who is highly respected in this blog.  The name of this researcher/investigator is Jon Rappoport [www.nomorefakenews.com], and he carries out very incisive work in a myriad of fields.  One of his posts, in similar light, inspired this particular piece.

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Let’s preface the body of this piece with who this blog isn’t for.

This blog is not for folks that are lazy by choice and lackadaisical.

This blog is definitely not for people who value conformity in any way shape or form.

This blog is also not for the people who want the easy way out.

This blog is certainly not for folks that just want comfort or want issues sugar coated.

This blog isn’t for folks who don’t practice self-education.

And this blog finally isn’t for people who just want to be told what is best for them. Only the individual themselves can ultimately decide what is best for them.

With that, Who is this blog for?

This particular blog is for the many individuals who strive to learn more from life; the individuals who will not be held back on their journey to achieve the pinnacle of their dreams – their true dreams, and not the ones prescribed by society.

Are you tired of the cookie cutter answers the establishment has ready-made for every single scenario that props up? Then this blog is for you. Are you searching for answers as to why the world is screwed up and don’t seem to find any semblance of an answer proposed by the comptrollers, then this blog is for you. Have your instincts taught you not to trust the mainstream media institutions/corporations that lie to you repeatedly? Then this blog is certainly for you.

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Now let’s take a side road for a bit.

People are often quick to tell you their likes, their dislikes. However, many a time we rarely hear an individual’s true passions if those particular dreams go against the grain. This is because some people often criticize everything that doesn’t conform to their reality and personal point of views, which prevents nonconforming individuals from opening up to them.  Moreover, this prevents individuals from flourishing in many ways having to seek their passions in the outskirts of societal circles.

With that in mind, what is it YOU want? What is it you truly want? Are you living the life you wish for? If not, are you at least pushing beyond conventional thought to solve the issues preventing you from attaining/creating your reality/dreams?

Its easy to live the comfortable life – the prescribed life. Unfortunately, that tends to get people in a funk, and often takes years to realize, or worse. Instead, it’s really hard to pursue your dreams when most others says you have to do A, B, or C.  Heaven forbid you think outside the box.  Or better, that there is no box.

If you’ve read this far, you are probably at the vanguard of the tidal wave that’s taking place in the undercurrents of our societal ocean. You are the type of individual making changes, pushing against the grain, cracking bricks with toothpicks of rebellion that give globalists spinning headaches at night because you are the key to this whole enigma – the free individual, who this blog is for.

Being the only ship making berth in a unique bearing, while the rest of the armada is anchored at the harbor can be quite daunting. It can seem you are not just the tip of the spear, but the entire spear itself, and can only count on yourself. You are your own help, your own protector. Even your very own liberator. But isn’t what life is all about? This is not about doing everything by yourself. But some particular battles rest upon on you, and only you.  And how you choose to live your life is one of them.

In any case, it is you who ultimately has to answer for the choices you have/haven’t made. It is you who will have the knack for success when the chance arises, or will learn from possible missteps on your path to knowledge/wisdom before reloading. It is you who has the brass stones to plow forth through the inferno of conformity, dislodging all obstacles in your path and it is certainly you who are responsible for your life at the very end.

So why not make all that matters in your life your choice? Your reality? Why not now? Why give others that option when it need not be?

Striving to create something greater for yourself [and others] takes a lot of drive/imagination and courage for that matter. It also requires a lot of effort and even truck loads of focused intent that when carried out efficiently leave your naysayers in the star dust.

Best of all is that, as you breakaway from the conventional, the monotonous and the prescribed, you will grow and shine brighter as an individual, and the brighter you shine the easier it will be for you to guide others through the darkness.

And if such words resonate with you, then that’s why this blog is for you.

Digressing:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu

Book Review: David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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Zy Marquiez
June 3, 2016

As George Bernard Shaw once said:

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”

Soon after reading Blink – The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking, was really looking forward to reading this book.

David And Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell does a fair job of giving many excellent examples of what we know as the classic David Vs. Goliath narrative.

The book begins rather strong, analyzing the classic David Vs. Goliath story many are familiar with.

Gladwell does a rather incisive job of showing why it’s likely that David was in fact the favorite in the classic David vs. Goliath fight, once one views the whole ordeal from a big picture, outside-of-the-box mindset.  Unfortunately, that’s not how we are taught to think.

Society often equates size with strength, money with power, and authority with knowledge.  That type of mentality has proven extremely flawed in countless examples, and some of these are shown and dissected by Gladwell.

In its nascent stages, the book read fairly quickly, showing not only excellent examples of the author’s main thesis, but doing it rather concisely sticking to the main points.

The latter half of the book, although interesting, was vastly more long-winded than it had to be.  Would have much preferred additional examples and outside-of-the-box type of analysis.

If Blink was 9 out of 10 scale, then this is a 7 out of a 10 scale.  This book by Gladwell is still a great book to read, and more books should be written on this type of analysis.

Its quite intriguing the amount of times that people in underdog situations actually have an advantage [or many] due to the very circumstances that people claim should hinder them.  Its way beyond a glass-half-full type thinking.

This is a great book for everyone to read, especially people that go through more struggle than others.

Defeatist attitudes serve individuals no good, and hinder many people more so than they should.  This is why this book shines, because it shows that one should just forgo those thoughts and press on.

History is littered with examples of circumstances in which individuals, or groups, pressed on, sometimes even out numbered 10 to 1 – as the book elucidates some examples – regardless of the fact that it seemed that victory was only a dream, and achieved resounding victory.  Better yet, in many more times than one would expect, these individuals not only made it through but set monumental examples worthy of admiration.

In a society where more and more people are showcasing defeatists attitudes, and inside-the-box mentality, this book has made some waves, and rightly so.

It has shown what’s possible when the individual, living in his unbounded creative consciousness and imagination, shows what he’s capable of, no matter the ‘odds’.

Imagination

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Imagination

Imagination…
Can Imagine Nations…
As cells within a Universe…
Where You and I Verse …
At the University …
Thence muse, within Universe Cities
And detach a bit yonder…
Thus, we go on and wonder…
…about the meanings of life..
And how synchronicities are rife…
With the greatest of rapture…
When we go recapture…
All that’s beyond our vision …
Like a intensely soft submission….
To all that is mind-numbing, yet real…
Like when consciousness reveals…
Our real eyes…
That realize…
Real lies…
that unseal cries…
and often crystallize…
Where the profound inner sanctum is found…
Thence promptly then unbound …
Slowly towards infinity …
Wholly spawning affinities…
A Youniverse of possibilities …
Where we dream, manifest …
Of worlds not oppressed…
Thence journey on a quest..
Where there is ceaseless freedom…
Those shadows? We don’t need ’em …
To the gallows we’ll thus feed ’em …
Because they really wouldn’t treasure …
What they really couldn’t measure …
What is priceless; what has meaning…
And they kept on falsely leaning…
On all truly material …
Rather than the wondrous ethereal…
That helps us feel surreal …
That shows life’s true bliss…
As we all journey on through this…
Door way of our soul …
Finding out what makes us whole …
Reaching now the door way…
We go my way? We go your way?
Our key – Imagination …
You’re free – endless creation…

By: Zy Marquiez ©
January 10, 2016