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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790 thoughts on “Procrastination

      1. Yes, Matilda… it’s like the saying ‘success breeds success’. Getting on with it really does foster focus, clarity, commitment and inspiration, as you say. With this being the end result… and a feeling of joy to boot, it’s a wonder that we delay at all.

      2. For many people there is an insurmountable inertia that accompanies procrastination which renders the option of ‘just getting on with it’ null and void. There is no judgement whatsoever in what I am saying, it is merely a statement of fact.

  1. Procrastination can be like a cancer it eats away at our healthy impulses and slowly takes over our way of thinking-making us feel that it is ok to delay and indulge…..but this way of avoiding has consequences and they only hurt ourselves at the end of the day so one could call it self sabotage or self abuse even if it actually denies others evolution too.

  2. Procrastination is just another excuse we use to waste our time and energy, and a way to delay bringing the truth of what we know.

  3. What if procrastination was the same as swallowing a dose of poison? We would be less inclined to do it for sure. In my experience it is very similar only the poison is an energetic poison rather than a chemical one.

  4. I very much agree Alexis where we procrastinate there is learning there that is specific to us. I was sharing with someone today around my patterns around how I sleep and how I know that if I made some simple changes it will be much more than my sleep that will shift. I have known this for some time and yet here I procrastinate. There are also other areas that I am more resistive to in addressing. But as you say these are the areas that we can not only learn a great deal about ourselves, but when mastered we can be of great service to others.

  5. What you are sharing in this article feels so simple but can have a profound effect on how we feel; ‘By completing another job that I have got stuck on, I will free up even more space in my body.’

  6. It is the delay in holding back from moving and expressing from our innermost that is the most damaging, as it has already been felt just not confirmed and expanded upon.

  7. ‘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.’ Well called out Alexis, we are the designers of our own world and we shape it at our will.

  8. It can feel tough to be so aware of the tension we feel, but it is a way forwards to grow and allow these moments to be felt deeply because then we can move on to the next step.

    1. I agree Gill, feelings of tension in the body are red flags that alert us to the fact that there is something that we are reacting to. I try to stay quite ‘matter of fact about it’, as in “right I can feel tension in my body and it’s accompanied by repetitive thoughts, so this is an indication that I am not responding to the situation/person in a way that is supportive to me and my body. So how could I respond in order to reduce the level of tension that I am feeling?”. It’s interesting that often the answer is the same ‘accept/surrender’.

  9. I recently had my car cleaned inside and out, this was something I had been procrastinating over for months, thinking that I didn’t have the time. It feels amazing to have the car clean and clear of clutter and makes me realise that it is important to make the time and space for such things and that putting them off creates unnecessary tension and stops us enjoying the spaciousness and support that is possible.

  10. Something that I have procrastinated about lately is sorting out and clearing a room in my house. I had pictures of how hard it would be and so I have been avoiding this room. In the end – with pressure from my family – I decided to tackle it and actually it was very simple and very enjoyable to go through this process. It makes me realise that I had built a block in my head and that I had constructed pictures of how hard it would be and the huge amounts of time it would take, but actually the biggest hurdle is just getting on and doing it instead of procrastinating about it and the rest was easy. Great learning for me.

  11. ‘And it is by restoring the flow of Universal Communication that we will begin to restore true harmony on Earth.’ I had never considered procrastination in this way but it’s like putting in damns and boulders in a free flowing stream. Today I started some jobs that, as I’m doing them I’m wondering why I didn’t do them before. In some perverse way there is one which I’ve saved doing because I knew I’d enjoy the building of the shelves and being able to bring greater order to the home. But if I’d done this back along what other jobs could have been allowed in the flow subsequently. My wanting to avoid and control all we are given is there, but it’s great to notice and to do things without knowing what’ll be given next to complete.

  12. When we are constantly putting something off, what is it that are saying? We feel ill prepared, we are too busy, we are overwhelmed, it’s not the right time to do this? All those feelings will delay us further and cement us to procrastinate even more, instead we can choose one thing to do and build on that.

    1. One step at any one time and then building on that with another step always sounds like a wonderful idea. Beats trying to tackle everything at once and getting overwhelmed.

    2. I find that all of the above are great excuses not to make a start. Every task is simply a chain of moments. If we pay attention to the quality we bring to each moment the task need not be onerous but one that offers an expansion and a learning.

      1. If we could bring love into every moment then each supposed ‘chore’ or difficult task would be bathed in love and would no longer be seen as something to resist but moreover an opportunity to extend love into our environment and beyond.

  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” this is so true, I know in my life if I let things build up that I need to do, it effects all areas of my life.

    1. “I know in my life if I let things build up that I need to do, it effects all areas of my life”, yes because we take all that we are and all that we are not into all areas of our lives.

    2. There is a beautiful symbiotic relationship between the outer and inner worlds. When I am feeling out of sorts the first thing I do is find something to tidy! This isn’t something I actively tell myself to do but is a natural impulse that I go to because I know how much it supports my inner relationship with myself. I cannot feel clear inside if anything in the outer is out of place.

  14. I find it amazing how easily I can feel to do something but then go well what if… and then waste time thinking about it, asking others and then doing it whilst all the time allowing my body to get a little racy and anxious over it for no need when I could just have done it in the first place. For me the remedy is to honour, confirm and appreciate myself more and so trust myself with what I feel rather than allowing any doubt to creep in.

    1. Beautiful, James. So often procrastination comes from feeling lack of self worth and then simply overwhelmed by what needs to get done. If we back ourselves, knowing we are given nothing we can’t handle, in full appreciation of everything we are it is much easier to rise to the occasion and simply get on with what needs to get done.

  15. In our resistance to doing what is needed we can create all manner of mountains of excuses but when we actually get the task done there is such a freedom and expansion within our bodies – the relief of our bodies not carrying around all the excuses is huge.

  16. Made me chuckle reading “In the beginning, tackling the jobs, chores and issues that I was avoiding was as palatable as swallowing a mouthful of gristle”. It certainly sometimes feels like that for me.
    I find there is invariably one of two things going on for me: either there is a level of responsibility, awareness or something like that I am trying to avoid and this itself requires attention – or I am holding the task in a manner that is untrue, e.g. there is a ‘should’, a blame, an expectation or something lurking under it all. Either way I agree that when I finally choose to tackle whatever I have been procrastinating around, the feeling of internal space, freedom and expansion is huge.

  17. If there is something external that we are procrastinating about, then it is a reflection of something internal about which we are delaying.

  18. I’m such a pro at this I can even procrastinate the procrastination! But all jokes aside it is incredible how many excuses one can come up with to avoid something of worth.

    1. Interesting why we do this. It really doesn’t make sense, does it? It just goes to prove that the spirit is running the show and it is deeply invested in the mess it has created. Stubborn pride is very hard to break.

      1. I would say that the vast majority of things that we do with and to our bodies makes no sense and yet we do them anyway. What ties us into doing things to our bodies that restrict, reduce and harm them are our preceding choices. Our preceding choices are what sets up our subsequent choices, therefore the choice to just get on and do something is often not available to us.

      2. Yep because a non negotiable part of our evolution is for our spirit to admit that it’s stuffed up big time and our spirit’s a slippery fish who’s masterful at not calling himself out.

  19. “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.” This really explains why we procrastinate and let our house, car, workplace etc get full with things we don’t need because then we are busy with that instead of what we could connect to if we weren’t busy with that.

    1. We have to continually keep putting obstacles in our own way in order to perpetually muddy the truth, otherwise we’d have to face the pretty ugly reality that the chaos that we see all around us is self created and most of us are not prepared for that.

  20. Alexis, I have certainly noticed with tidying my house; if I let the mess build up and avoid tidying it, then this affects my inner world – I feel less clear and tenser.

  21. “…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 relate to this so well. It is extraordinary how much clearer we feel when we complete something we have been putting off for a long time, and even more so when we simply get on with everything that needs to be done.

  22. It’s never about the things that are there to be done, but our relationship with evolution and what we place between ourselves and what’s to get done that creates both the distraction and delay.

  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.” I love how this happens so organically. The more I sort out/address things in my life that need attending to, the more clarity I feel within me, and the more efficient and committed I become. Its a wonderful feeling.

  24. Procrastination is so dulling that it can lead to a deep stagnation if not watched and taken care of. Staying committed to learning and, the ‘what’s next’, enables completion to take place and an aliveness which follows.

  25. Learning to say yes without procrastinating has allowed my life to flow. Procrastination is us just wanting to delay what is there to be done, far better to say yes and enjoy what comes next.

    1. I love this Alison. when we say yes in the moment feeling the potential of what is to come, we can open ourselves up to what is next without pictures. Without investment in outcomes too we can observe events unfold and in the observation we learn and grow.

      1. Energetically it’s never possible for us to say ‘no’ and so when it comes to procrastinating we are always either saying yes to contraction or yes to expansion, yes to stop or yes to go, yes to less or yes to more, yes to who we are not or yes to who we are, yes to later or yes to now, yes to individuality or yes to brotherhood, yes to comfort or yes to discomfort.

  26. This really makes sense to me; ‘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.’ I know that when I work on things in my outer world, such as; tidying up, invoicing clients, completing projects etc.. that this allows me to feel settled in my inner world.

  27. ‘Procrastination’, reading this word I can feel how tidying up is something that I procrastinate over. My house and car can get really messy and this feels awful and unsupportive, but rather than regularly dealing with this i can allow the mess to build up until I have no choice but deal with it. It’s great to be honest and to work on this as having a tidy house would feel amazing and I know really supports me and my family.

  28. I love how you say we are the creator of the things that we either procrastinate over or resist Alexis. When we procrastinate about something, we are choosing to clog the system instead of clearing it, and it’s all felt in the body. We know there’s nothing stopping us simply getting on with it, other than ourselves.

  29. Step forward, make a change and don’t delay. As I start to embrace that way of being everything in my life changes. Things happen and there are grander and grander next steps.

  30. Very often the things we procrastinate over are the very things that will allow us to grow and truly evolve. This is a great clue to keep in mind if we really want to take life by its horns and live it in full.

    1. Yes I agree Henrietta Chang…….and this reminds me of what I have learned in my swimming lessons and that is to feel absolutely connected to myself and feel very settled in my body before I start…..no taking a big breath and hoping everything is going to work out. We need a steadiness and a consistency that naturally builds itself when we start from the beginning surrendered, grounded and spacious.

  31. Procrastination !!! Something we all have been afflicted with at some time or another as we all innately know that the outer affects the inner and it’s dealing with the inner that we try so hard to avoid.

  32. We can all recognise the procrastination and putting off jobs that need doing, but there does sometimes feel a time comes when we decide to get on with something, and when that happens, we manage to sort it super quick because it just flows so easily.

  33. It’s funny if I consider my responsibility- I can see how I delay things when I don’t want to call the truth of them. In effect I am just delaying my expression to others of what I know to be true.

    1. Absolutely Anon … our spirits can run a-muck with all manner of stories as to why we are procrastinating and a great deal of complication arises in the process. Whereas completing a task leaves our spirits with nothing to run with – no excuses, no stories, no drama – the job is done and on to the next: simple!

  34. It is so obvious that the outer will affect the inner because we know everything affects everything. Simply deciding to get on with the things we feel like putting off is the best start to stop the delay.

  35. The key to our true and speedy evolution lies in exposing the areas we delay or procrastinate in and beginning to bring more life and love to these areas specifically. This is true magic at work.

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