Procrastination

Is it possible that by working on the things we resist and procrastinate over in our outer world, that we can affect our inner world? A bit like energetic surgery, in reverse. And from my experience, I would most definitely say that “yes” – “yes, it is.”

There are some jobs that I love to do and will do first, and others that I will procrastinate over. And then there are some that feel so uninviting that I don’t get around to doing them at all. Cleaning shelves is one example. There’s something about having to take everything off a shelf, dust it and then replace it, that simply makes me want to just give up. But I know there are people that love the whole process of dusting.

What this then leads me to understand is that the things that each of us procrastinate over are specific to us. And therein lies a jewel. If the things that each of us resist are different, then the origin of those things must be coming from within us. We are each therefore the creator of the things that we either procrastinate over or resist completely. Hence we can trace everything that exists in our outer world to an energetic starting point in our ‘inner world’ –– our inner world being the energetic starting point within our bodies.

Tackling my almost pathological avoidance of technology is a great example of how, by addressing something in my peripheral world, I was able to simultaneously work on my inner world. What I discovered was that the energetic starting point for my resistance to technology was my investment in identity. I was heavily invested in being seen as a rather quirky woman, who was going against the grain by not being on social media or having a phone that did much more than texting or calling people. By addressing my resistance to technology, I unearthed my investment in identity and lanced a boil that had been festering for years.

But there’s more. Addressing things in our outer world deals with the inner blockages, and so then frees up space within us for more clarity and more flow.

As my awareness around this topic has grown, so has my determination to explore the effects of committing to doing the things that are way down on my invisible to-do list. In the beginning, tackling the jobs, chores and issues that I was avoiding was as palatable as swallowing a mouthful of gristle.

However, I have been able to apply myself consistently enough that there is a part of me now that actively embraces tackling the things that make me falter. What motivates me is the fact that I can feel how when I get stuck on something in my external environment, it is reflecting an inner stagnation: one whose rot sits within me, whether the job is on my invisible to-do list or not. The things that ‘dropped off’ the bottom of my to-do list, because I never got around to doing them, never really disappeared. They continue to sit deep within my body, like a fungus, until such time that I eventually get around to dealing with them.

What I can feel on a very physical level is that when I finally get around to tackling something that I have been procrastinating over, this then opens up an incredible sense of space and freedom in my body. It’s then that I realise just how energetically congested I have been, even though I haven’t been consciously aware of it. So now, everything that I am resisting gets flagged, and to the best of my ability I work through the steps that are needed to complete the task.

Last weekend I went to the hardware shop and bought a washer for my laundry tap (fixing my dripping laundry tap is something that I have been procrastinating over for months). A wonderful shop assistant took ages showing me how to change a washer, and the next steps are for me to learn where to turn the water off from, and to then to go down to the garage and find the tools that I need. By completing another job that I have got stuck on, I will free up even more space in my body. But space is not empty: on the contrary, it’s crammed full of communication – communication from the Universe. Universal Communication knows no bounds and carries with it the answers to every problem that man is currently facing and indeed will ever face.

By working on our internal energetic congestion, we open the valves that allow Universal Communication to flow freely through us. And it is by restoring the flow of Universal Communication that we will begin to restore true harmony on Earth.

By Alexis Stewart, A woman who has remembered that she made a commitment a long time ago to serve God and is now dedicated to fulfilling that commitment.

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861 thoughts on “Procrastination

  1. Alexis this is a great read which has motivated me to tackle excel spreadsheets I have avoided learning how to use them when in fact they would come in handy. That belief that we have that you cannot teach an ‘old dog new tricks’ is something I have taken on board and used as an excuse without checking out if in reality it is true.

  2. With just this alone there is a lot for us to ponder on ‘Hence we can trace everything that exists in our outer world to an energetic starting point in our ‘inner world’ –– our inner world being the energetic starting point within our bodies.’

  3. It is interesting in itself really why we would not like some tasks over others after all they all should be the same right assuming that they are not physically dangerous or painful or uncomfortable? – why any difference as they all pretty much the same movements of our body and roughly the same expediture of energy (give or take depending on the level of manual or physical work involved). So it must be our perception of them and what these tasks represent or reflect to us about life that must be different and therein lies the lesson to be learnt from every task that we avoid or do not like doing.

  4. I would now go as far as saying that procrastination is a form of illness, or certainly an illness producing behaviour. I can feel the impact of it instantly, like a heaviness or lag that weighs down and hampers the flow.

  5. This is so true, when I procrastinate and avoid doing something or saying something I always end up feeling like I’ve swallowed a balloon. My cheeks puff up, I start to look like I may be having a baby within a few month etc. I also see a relationship with the food I choose to eat, usually food that slows me down, makes me feel lethargic.

  6. Procrastination is a way to delay but whatever we procrastinate on will need to be dealt with somehow sometime. When we leave things till later it often means we are letting something else come in to complicate that particular situation so there is more to deal with when we actually do get round to it.

    1. When we procrastinate and put off completing something because we have run out of time, when will you have more time later? Time cannot be; saved, made up, slowed down or postponed. Time moves relentlessly and doesn’t stop, because we choose to challenge it.

      1. There have been so many times that I’ve used the excuse that I don’t have enough time to do something and yet when I do have the time to do that thing, I still don’t get round to doing it. Which exposes the fact that it actually has nothing to do with time and everything to do with inertia.

  7. I’ve got a few things I need to complete. I know they need to be done but I also feel what’s there for me to sit through, feel and the hurts to let go of. This can be a standing up to energy that seeks to undermine, or writing a report that I feel will be criticised. All are invaluable opportunities to connect to a strength within and realise love cannot be rocked.

  8. If we know that procrastination serves us not, then why is it that we continue to do it? Same as with foods that we know do not suit us, why do we continue to eat them? Or indulge in behaviours that we know serve us not – and yet we continue to use them…
    There is more to the picture that just knowing that something does not serve us. We must look at what it is that we are getting or what we are avoiding more specifically when we choose those behaviours that we know do not serve. In many ways we are avoiding responsibility and our own empowerment. Could it be this that we are afraid of?

  9. Procrastination can weigh us down, whilst activation energizes us: “What I can feel on a very physical level is that when I finally get around to tackling something that I have been procrastinating over, this then opens up an incredible sense of space and freedom in my body.”

  10. There is something about the rollercoaster ride of procrastination that I enjoy on a subconscious level. Like I take pride in the fact that I can do whatever I want for so long then cram it all in last minute to tick the boxes.

    1. There is a constantness to the soul and so anything that is up and down, back and forth or stop and start is identification for the spirit. Having said that the spirit loves the constantness of those of us that constantly procrastinate, constantly moan, constantly bicker, constantly try hard, constantly achieve high, constantly put others first. And so I suppose the question that arises with constantness is ‘what is it that we are doing constantly?” If we’re constantly listening to our bodies, if we’re constantly applying self-care, if we’re constantly going deeper within ourselves then these are qualities that the soul relishes.

  11. “Is it possible that by working on the things we resist and procrastinate over in our outer world, that we can affect our inner world?” Absolutely yes to this, as it is something I have felt on numerous occasions when my procrastination has taken centre stage in my life. Only putting something off for a day starts to build a tension in my body and this tension grows and grows, uncomfortably so, until I make the choice to address and complete it. The crazy thing is, it is usually so easy to do, that it has me wondering why I put it off so long in the first place, especially as the space consequently created in my body feels amazing.

  12. Procrastination is exhausting and debilitating. I have realised it takes a lot of effort to not do stuff that needs doing because there is a constant tension about it. And it is not about constant drive because of course we know that in fact we are never going to be in a place that everything is done. We can however be honest with ourselves about the times when we duck or blind side things that need doing (procrastination) and that it does create tension.

    1. Thank you Matilda – this tension from procrastination is palpable indeed and feels like a weight on the body which does lead to a feeling of exhaustion. You have spelled out that it takes MORE energy to NOT do certain things that need to be done, than the energy required to do what needs to be done! How funny is this and SO true!

  13. ‘Addressing things in our outer world deals with the inner blockages, and so then frees up space within us for more clarity and more flow.’ Reading this one sentence this morning, I can feel the truth of your words, Alexis, how comfortable I have become with certain inner blockages and how the feeling of these being unblocked is uncomfortable almost to the point of being terrifying. My heart has started racing and a slight shiver runs through my body. How telling!! And since I’m being totally honest, I might as well admit that I have been avoiding your blog and commenting on it as when I read it for the first time, I didn’t care much for the feeling it was stirring deep within, like waking the big white elephant in the middle of the room that I have been tiptoeing around for years. I know I will thank you for writing this blog eventually, but at the moment I can’t see past the white out that has filled the room 🙂

  14. I have found that procrastination is like the feeling I get when I ‘take time off”, (which is different from true rest) I can feel dull and demotivated. Being ‘on it’ brings a vitality.

    1. For me there is a difference between the feeling of taking time off and procrastination and that is the fact that when I am procrastinating I have whatever it is that I am procrastinating over constantly flashing silently out of the corner of my eye. Very annoying but interestingly not annoying enough that I am always impulsed to do something about it.

  15. “Addressing things in our outer world deals with the inner blockages, and so then frees up space within us for more clarity and more flow” – absolutely. And brilliant that you saw an identification in this pattern as well. I find it interesting how we often behave as if we have no idea about or no affinity with certain things in life and refuse to get on, and that attitude comes with such stubbornness and we even refuse to learn about it as if we are supposed to know it with no effort and even asking is too much of an effort. But the thing is we do know, in truth, and we keep appealing the opposite. And the way we appeal pretty much gives away that we do know it through and through.

  16. ‘What I can feel on a very physical level is that when I finally get around to tackling something that I have been procrastinating over, this then opens up an incredible sense of space and freedom in my body’, I can feel when I do procrastinate how tense my body can be – showing me that procrastinating is not our natural way.

  17. I can feel with procrastination that for me there can be a real stubbornness around some things, and a refusal to go there until I absolutely have to, I can feel how draining this can be.

  18. Alexis, I love to read this article over and over and every time it supports me. I am becoming more aware of tackling jobs that I avoid and can feel that this is an ongoing work in progress – I feel lighter and more empowered as a result so its definitely worth working on.

    1. Rebecca I feel the same. I’m in a new job at the moment and if I was still procrastinating the way that I used to it would be overwhelming. But armed with the ability to keep my body open to new things and to embrace them as they come up, I feel exhilarated in my new role. To be honest the only reason why I’m able to have a go at managing is because I’ve worked through my habit of procrastinating because prior to that I chose not to manage because I thought that there was too much about it that was too hard. Movement leads to movement, I have unstuck myself.

      1. Fabulous comment Alexis…….we are constantly offered more and yet often turn it down for fear of how hard it could be and yet there is a part of us that is knowing of how much a blessing this “hardship” could be for us and everyone else. I love how you have unstuck yourself. Procrastination is a killer when it comes to moving forward and stepping up. ‘armed with the ability to keep my body open to new things and to embrace them as they come up, I feel exhilarated in my new role.’ Very inspiring. I have been dancing with procrastination for a long time and gradually the hold I have allowed it to have over me is lessening and I feel that sense of spaciousness and freedom, autonomy and authority and the joy of ever increasing responsibility.

    2. I too love returning to this article and each time I am reminded of something I have been putting off, and how easy it will actually be if I say yes to it. And on the flip side, if I keep on saying no, not yet, then tension builds and my body suffers; not a wise and self-loving choice to make in any shape or form.

  19. As above so is it below and within, we can either return and live our true divine nature to our every last particle or delay and procrastinate and rot within.

  20. Procrastination is a killer. And even in the most apparently mundane incidences when I avoid something that is there to be done, I can feel the harm of it. On the other hand when I am simply prepared and up for whatever is needed I experience so much inspiration and learning.

  21. “What I can feel on a very physical level is that when I finally get around to tackling something that I have been procrastinating over, this then opens up an incredible sense of space and freedom in my body” So true and often those jobs don’t actually take up much time to complete at all!

    1. I had lived most of this lifetime with procrastination as my normal state of being. I set myself up for a life filled with tension and anxiety. It kept me thin but at what cost to my body and the people around me. It is like you have said Sue when we stop procrastination, we create space.

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