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. You have beautifully highlighted how it is our relationship with the outer world that creates our individual “issues”.

    1. What’s ironic is that we are all weighed down by our ‘individual issues’ when the truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as an ‘individual’. We have created the concept of individualism by bunching together a section of the whole but the whole is exactly that, it is the whole and it can never ever be portioned off.

  2. And often when we make those steps to self responsibility we are greeted by the magic of God as if to say welcome back. Today this happened to me with rainbows in my bedroom and my friend having a perfect heart shape appear in the bottom of her coffee mug.

  3. You make it abundantly clear that procrastination is but a symptom of something much deeper going on which in turn is proof of the fact that everything is energy before it is matter, i.e rather than it being just a tap that is still leaking it might be about lack of self worth, needing to be the expert, an investment in recognition on account of whatever and so on. This makes attending to what is needed when it is needed great therapy.

  4. Great blog to come back to as we are forever learning about how our life is an expression of us from within and so working with it in a matter of fact way allows us to understand more about our choices within. No waiting for it all to be ok first, let’s do it and then work through what we find.

  5. Since reading this blog my attitude to what I procrastinate about has changed – now I’m intrigued, What can I learn and heal? It’s a lovely opportunity to live more fully and not just skim along the surface of life.

      1. We are everybody else because the absolute truth of the matter and indeed matter itself is that there is only the one collective whole. Therefore when we evolve, that evolution bleeds into the whole and equally when we procrastinate, that procrastination gets taken into everybody else that is part of the one united whole.

  6. This has brought quite a profound change in my life Alexis. Every time I start to think about putting something off, I ask myself why would I do this? What is the point of delaying it? So then it gets done…pretty cool.

      1. There is not a single moment in our lives when we are not offered the potential to use something about that moment to evolve. Evolution is on offer constantly, there are no ‘off’ moments. We are the ones that choose to flick the evolution switch to either ‘off’ mode or ‘sleep’ but as far as evolution goes it is always ‘on’.

  7. Getting up those few minutes earlier and allowing more space in the day allows me to not delay (and put things off because of time pressure). I find that I get done what needs to be done without that strive, pressure and push, which is what I am ultimately putting off. It’s not the job that I don’t want to do, but the feeling that goes with it when under pressure.

  8. I have let procrastination have such a hold on me. Putting off even the slightest thing weighs me down and builds weight the longer I avoid. It is not about going into drive and constantly doing stuff but being super honest with myself about when I am skirting things. I love the feeling of being open to what is needed in each moment and simply getting on with it.

  9. It feels quite easy to claim to be quirky or not keeping up with changes in the world, but that checking out behaviour has a given up feeling about it. I understand fully where you are coming from , being naturally totally disinterested in computer technology too, but when we embrace the changes of the world, instead of putting them off, it is interesting to feel how we develop and grow.

  10. Maths. At the moment there is something in me that just locks up and wants to flip the table to avoid maths. But there’s a part of me that keeps saying “Let’s look at maths again” because the energy in my body needs to come out.

  11. Quite often I find the procrastination isn’t even to do with the thing that’s being put off, but about what comes after the completion of it.

    1. Now that is interesting and opens the doors wide for further contemplation –are we anxious about what is next, do we entertain a need for a reprieve, do we want recognition, do we not feel enough?

    1. I agree Steve, it’s a bit like oiling an old gear stick, initially the movements are slow, awkward and clunky but eventually the gear stick starts to move much more freely until eventually it simply glides through all of the gears and settles in 5th.

  12. The feeling of being able to respond however is required at any time without any resistance, delay or control is true surrender and comes fom letting go and committing to just saying yes.

  13. The physical feeling of openness when we get something done that we have been procrastinating about gives us a vast space inside and movement flows through the body so effortlessly. It makes well worth getting things sorted to relieve the stagnation.

    1. It does and it inspires me to keep going there and addressing the stuck bits. I have an experience now of how it feels to clear the blockage compared to how it feels being blocked.

  14. I have fallen in love with completion, procrastination is out the door and hitting the floor. I love the feeling of completion, it’s downright superb.

  15. ‘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.’ Ah, this is gold. The consistently enough I can relate to exercising – at first I hated the consistency of doing an exercise programme – like I exercise but not in this way. Now I’ve gotten into the rhythm of it and am enjoying how it feels it’s no longer a chore.

  16. I have a spring cleaning job to do on my overfull computer, and rather than procrastinate about it, which I started to do with a grumble and a groan, it is now a job that will get started immediately and will be finished when it is done. It feels very different to start to get it sorted out straight away.

  17. By the time I get to procrastinating about some task or other, it is clear that there is some tension, conflict or reaction in life that I have failed to deal with.

  18. “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.” So relevant for me to read this today as yesterday I completed a few tasks that had been hanging around for a while. They didn’t take very long to do, but making the decision to tackle them and feeling the spaciousness and difference in my body afterwards was amazing.

  19. Procrastination is a short term fix…like all other short term fixes…coffee, cigarettes, sugar, heavy or too much food, any form of distraction whether it be tv sport, a hobby, texting or going on social media if there is no true purpose. All these activities come with consequences. It is worth getting honest about how we feel as a consequence …what these activities have led us to do/be….and why we chose them in the first place…..not to dwell on or get lost in this but to allow ourselves a choice to be more kind to ourselves in a truly loving way.

  20. Procrastination only slows us down, weighs us down and makes everything else feel harder to do – and yet we are experts at this so there must be something we get out of it in order to continue with such behavior!

  21. Alexis, this is so true that when we finally undertake doing something we had meant to do ages ago, it is a very freeing feeling indeed!

  22. I love procrastination, its so obvious what we are doing – holding us back from being Glorious, and yes so obvious you have to giggle at the silliness of it’s ploys, because they are ridiculous.

  23. There is always something to learn about our behaviour, so it is fascinating to feel into why we may delay or procrastinate about a certain job needing to be done. The reason is usually so trivial, it is easier to simply get the task done.

  24. It’s such an uncomfortable process to procrastinate, my whole body feels out of sync with my self and a sense of purpose.

    1. Spot on Ariana – it is so uncomfortable a process to procrastinate and it affects us in all other areas too…And yet we are experts at it – how crazy is that?

  25. It is great to get underneath why we may be putting a job off, what exactly is it, this something we would prefer not to be doing? It often brings up a feeling of inadequacy, overwhelm or lack of responsibility. Once the underlying cause has been realised, the job is easy.

  26. Something that is becoming more of a focus more me of late is completion, which is the opposite of procrastination. Working on something and doing one thing at a time until complete, feels amazing. I see that I can procrastinate by getting distracted on another activity as well as leaving something that is not complete. Completion, as you said Alexis, provides more space to feel what’s next.

  27. “By working on our internal energetic congestion, we open the valves that allow Universal Communication to flow freely through us” oh yes this is great, this is the kind of stuff we should be educated about at school!

  28. I have to admit that this can be a thing for me – I clean the fridge or my computer rather than do some jobs, and if it’s a big thing then the whole kitchen gets a scrub. Being willing to go within and see why is a learning each time.

  29. Taking the world as it is at present, and all it needs is a reflection of Love. As we can all bring love as a living reflection and reflecting is the great form of communication and once we set that as our foundation, life becomes much simpler.
    As a child growing up, all I wanted to be was like those around me, and what they were reflecting on a daily basis so imagine what a true foundation of love being reflected can share to those who are discerning enough to feel the value of Love.

  30. It is quite strange how we can get into habits that don’t serve us but actually clog us up, and drain us. The logic of putting something off just does not make sense, because it doesn’t go away but in fact grows in proportion to the task. We do behave in odd ways sometimes, in contrast, it feels so great to get things done and completed instead.

  31. Alexis, what I find interesting is that the things that we are avoiding dealing with in our outside world are great indicators for what we need to deal with in our inner world and so we have a clear guide for to what to work on with our own development.

    1. Absolutely Gill … which shows how much these jobs have been holding us back and creating tension within us – simply do the job at hand and we feel liberated.

  32. There is no doubt that when I address the inner there is no resistance in what is being asked in the outer. It can be a work in progress in some areas but never the less my movements are changing to loving ones and I am getting to complete tasks that I have put off for a very long time. It feels amazing to complete tasks and I now embrace completion rather than avoid it in my life.

      1. What has been very revealing for me over the years is to realise that time has never been my barrier, because when I have had the time to get on with the jobs that I’ve been putting off, I still haven’t done them.

  33. When we get through a list of jobs that have been building up for one reason or another, the relief of the tension is immense. We can dismiss it but the change feels so good in the body.

  34. Procrastination brings drama and complication when we can live in the simplicity of following our body’s impulses and living our truth.

    1. Yes, same here for me Rebecca, I have too developed a curiosity of simply tackling what I tend to put off, and it is quite a bit of fun.

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