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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886 thoughts on “Procrastination

  1. Thank a so much Alexis for all you have shared here, exactly what I needed to read today. I have an invisible list of things that I, for no logical reason, baulk at doing, and the more I put it off the more it seems to drive a edge between me and it by me adding layers of recrimination, confusion, pressure, and frustration! It’s also so supportive to read of the internal energetic element within us that the things we procrastinate on might symbolise. The blog and comments have been very inspiring, lots to look at here and with a fresh and more playful approach now for my list of things to sort out.

  2. Choosing to visit the hardware shop to buy a washer for the tap you connected with the shop assistant and lightened their day as well as stopping the drip of procrastination exposed by the tap.

  3. I so agree with your point about tackling something we’ve been procrastinating over and how it frees us space in the body. This week I tackled and sorted lots of papers that had been piling up in my home office area. It didn’t take as long as I’d expected and now looks and feels more spacious. A greater feeling of expansion in my body too.

  4. In my mind, I wouldn’t say I am a procrastinator – if there is a job to be done, I just get on with it & do it. But procrastination can come in various ways, for example, if I have an idea of something I’d want to do, I may take weeks, months, years to get around to it. This is not because I don’t know how to do it, but because of insecurity. I doubt whether my idea is good enough, whether it would really be of benefit & whether it would work, whether I’m strong enough to do it and so on and so on. All of that leads to procrastinating and not acting in the moment the opportunity arises.

  5. I would say that busting my long term habit of procrastination has been one of the most significant advances in my life. It has freed up all areas of my life, I now feel like there is a forward momentum that has replaced a stagnant or at best intermittent flow. In fact I now feel like I am chomping at the bit for new challenges that involve learning new things and as far as my relationship with computers goes, it has gone from one of mistrust, annoyance and avoidance to one of delight and appreciation. Bring it on I say, bring it on.

  6. I so agree with your point that after a delay – when I finally get around to something ( that may not even take very long to accomplish ) the feeling of space is amazing.

  7. “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.” Oh wow I love this expose – dealing with things as they come up is so very refreshing.

    1. LE I have been working on procrastination now with a certain dedication and have got to the point that not only am I ‘dealing with things as they come up’ but I am dealing with things before they come up, which feels nothing short of incredible. I am flagging things in advance that I would have previously procrastinated over and I am choosing to investigate, explore and deal with them before there is any kind of issue around them.

      1. Wow that’s amazing Alexis. I too am becoming more aware of things before they happen and am learning to take appropriate action.

  8. I came back to this blog because I was caught by the words
    “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.”
    So if we could trace all illness and disease back to the energetic starting point how would this change the way we interacted with ourselves and life?

    1. And how much that would affect our current medical model?! Getting to the energetic root cause, rather than fixing symptoms. The future of medicine?

  9. Procrastination is just like a leaking tap! We can put things off for as long as we like, let’s be honest we are completely in control of when and how we do things. So do we want to be a leaky tap or do we want a smooth and efficient flow to our life?

    1. Lucy I can’t help but wonder if we are “completely in control of when and how we do things”. I know that our choices are governed by our preceding choices, therefore if I have procrastinated my entire life over pretty much everything in my life then choosing to simply stand up and get on with things is not going to be an option. Saying that, I agree that we can choose differently but certainly in my experience I have had to choose my way out of where I was at, one loving choice at a time.

      1. Absolutely Alexis, we have an opportunity in every moment to choose to be the change we want to see in our lives. We can be on the front foot, in the driving seat if you like, or a passenger in our own lives. It is always a choice regardless of how long we have made those choices for.

    2. Great analogy Lucy. Best to sort a leaking tap as soon as you become aware of it or as consequences aren’t good if you leave the water ( energy) to leak away ….. .

      1. Ha ha no not at all. Leaking water has been a bit of a reflection in my life and each time I knew what was happening long before I did anything about it and then had a massive mess to clear up. Each time I look back and wonder why I pretended not to notice. Goodness, I wonder how many other areas this simple reflection is talking about!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.’

  12. 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.

    1. Great point Andrew. Our perception of things to do and events colours everything in life. Yet, as you say, we are just moving our bodies in one way or another. I recently discovered that I actually enjoy cleaning toilets! Something that years ago I detested doing….

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

    2. Yes the complication is just adding more to the job to be completed. For some reason the perennial procrastinators (of which I have been a master) have taken on the “if I don’t see it it doesn’t exist’ approach. The trouble with that is what was a little bump turns into a mound and then, potentially, a volcano.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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.”

  19. You have a great content here. This one really hits me “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.” I really agree on this, once we are able to take control of our inner congestion and was able to frees it up everything will change. We can clearly see the changes externally, the flow and harmony the within our life. I wrote some content on how we can manage and overcome procrastination you can check it in my blog.

  20. 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.

  21. “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.

  22. 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!

    2. So true, it is exhausting because we are not being honest about what is there to be done. If we bring honesty then we can discern if there is more to do or, potentially, simply release it for another time.

    3. So true – it is exhausting to not do things. Sometimes I have tried to complete certain tasks and it’s like dragging myself though mud. At another time when I feel impulsed to clear the decks and I do get round to tackling them it’s amazing how quickly they can be completed. And the feeling after that is great!

  23. ‘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 🙂

  24. 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.

    2. So true!! I hadn’t really clocked that but when I rest after I have completed whatever needs to be completed, the rest is deeper and my body is more at ease. If I take time off there is an ache of guilt at the abdication of responsibility. True honesty is needed to allow the body to rest when needed and then embrace work to build our commitment to life.

  25. “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.

  26. ‘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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. “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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