Stephen Pressfield on Conception, Birth & Primal Energy in Creative Work

“Conception occurs at the primal level. I’m not being facetious when I stress, throughout this book, that it is better to be primitive than to be sophisticated, and better to be stupid than to be smart.

The most highly cultured mother gives birth sweating and dislocated and cursing like a sailor. That’s the place we inhabit as artists and innovators. It’s the place we must become comfortable with.

The hospital room may be spotless and sterile, but birth itself will always take place amid chaos, pain, and blood.”

Stephen Pressfield in Do The Work