the WAR of ART - by Steven Pressfield [scanned book].pdf

(Dana P.) #1



he next few chapters are going to be about those
invisible psychic forces that support and sustain us in
our journey toward ourselves. I plan on using terms like
muses and angels.
Does that make you uncomfortable?
If it does, you have my permission to think of angels in
the abstract. Consider these forces as being impersonal as
gravity. Maybe they are. It's not hard to believe, is it, that a
force exists in every grain and seed to make it grow? Or that
in every kitten or colt is an instinct that impels it to run and
play and learn.
Just as Resistance can be thought of as personal (I've said
Resistance "loves" such-and-such or "hates" such-and-such),
it can also be viewed as a force of nature as impersonal as
entropy or molecular decay.
Similarly the call to growth can be conceptualized as
personal (a daimon or genius, an angel or a muse) or as
impersonal, like the tides or the transiting of Venus.
Either way works, as long as we're comfortable with it. Or
if extra-dimensionality doesn't sit well with you in any
form, think of it as "talent," programmed into our genes

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