Make Art Not War

When You Focus On What You Would Love

I’ve had a “mantra” mulling around my mind this week ‘if I am experiencing [anxiety, discomfort, pain, irritation, frustration, anger … fill in the blank] it is because I am not focusing on what I would love.’

My creativity has bumped up, I’ve been painting, playing the ukulele, knitting, writing, reading more books about quantum physics and metaphysics, playing with marketing copy, connecting with my team and members of The Athena Network, all things that I love and, as a result, have noticed that there is a new pep in my step. No surprise, my vibration has been raised by focusing on what I would love.

The book I am reading today is “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield (thank you William Whitecloud for the recommendation). I’d originally read it on kindle whilst in Swaziland on William’s writers course. Loved it but, as there is, for me, something more intimate and delicious about reading from paper I ordered the paperback. I know I’m into a good book if my highlighter and pencil are both stuck in my mouth waiting to be used. Seriously, every page has inspired me. Then I get to the end and feel a sharp intake of breath …


Are you a born writer? Are you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

Do it or don’t do it.

It may help to thing of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimetre farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being on it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

What are you currently putting off? I’d been putting off things that I love in exchange for hard labour, something I thought I had to do, as a result of focusing on what I love, immersing myself for the pure joy of it, creating because I love creating everything else has been accomplished … as if by magic!

It isn’t as if I don’t know that focusing on what I love is what gets me results. I get taught up in the drama, the resistance and forget myself, forget my gifts …

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