Here is another excerpt from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art:
“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own.
Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
I love the idea that those who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others, and I believe it to be true.
Has criticism of others shown up in your life as a form of resistance? This is a yes or no question~no “Yes, BUTs…” allowed. I will definitely admit I can answer yes to this question (very much a work in progress here), and I can also say next time the voice of criticism starts to sneak in, I will be calling it out for what it is: a form of resistance in me. As much as we sometimes like to kid ourselves, it’s hardly ever really about the other person, huh?
Leslie ~Sparkling Yogini