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Week 17 – Think, Focus, Concentrate!



You want answers and results? Be still and think, focus and concentrate!

In our Master Key Mastermind reading this week, we focused (pun intended) on the power and ease of concentration.  There were quite a few “thought provoking passages” in the reading and I thought it would be a great idea to share a few to provoke your thinking.  Read each passage and then pause to really think about it.  What does it mean as a stand along statement?  How do you interpret it as it compares to your existing beliefs?  How, if at all, can you benefit from applying the principle to your life?  And finally, what will you do with this information…if anything?  Ok, here we go…

The first foundational statement is: “Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary.”  Do you associate an action, effort of activity with the idea of concentration…something you need to do?

“Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values…there is always the cry ‘to have’ but never the cry ‘to be.'”  Humm…

“The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement…” What do you think about that?

“As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention, gives it life and being.”  First, I revise the state somewhat to: As food absorbed fortifies the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention and brings the ideas to life.  What is your reaction to that idea?

Another of my favorites is, “Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently.”  I certainly know without question that there is power in silence.  Being still allows you to hear God speaking…His direction…His answers!  Do you take time to just be silent, alone and still?

Last note:  It is very important to be selective, strategic and thoughtful about what you choose to concentrate on.  Be very careful here.  May people pursue symbols of power instead of power itself.  The reading puts it this way, “You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either event you will find that they turn to ashes just as you overtake them.  Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because it has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who try to get without giving always find that the law of compensation is relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.” Keep the following in mind, If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage; If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance; If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.  Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact–this is the germ cell.”   Your thoughts on that???

I trust these ideas shared have stimulated your thinking.  Whether you agree with them or not, the act of thinking is a great activity to engage in.  Too often people “just don’t think!”

con-cen-tra-tion / con-cen-trate:

…exclusive attention to one object; close mental application.
…to bring or draw to a common center or point of union; converge; direct toward one point.
…to bring all efforts, faculties, activities, etc., to bear on one thing or activity
…to become more intense, stronger, or purer.

6 thoughts on “Week 17 – Think, Focus, Concentrate!

  1. The “Last Note” brought it home for me, that conversation about symbols had me deep in thought all week. Good points.

  2. It is funny how in society we use the phrase, “…think about it”. After reading Haanel I too realize it is most often times a meaningless phrase because we absolutely must earnest concentration on the subject and focus on an outcome of it or to negate it. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂

  3. What a wonderful way to showcase these thought provoking questions. Nicely done.

  4. Yes Celeste, when the mind is quiet it can hear something on high. Attention is definitely food for the mind. I agree with your ideas on all of this. Great points.

  5. Well said Celeste 🙂
    I think we all have moments of concentration, but most people do not take time to be quiet and focus on the important things…

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