Pay Attention Without Too Much Focusing

Pay Attention Without Too Much Focusing

By Harold Boulette

“Brain experts (looking through the linear perception filter) agree that a basic structuring principle of your brain is the exclusivity called attention blindness, where concentrating on one thing causes you to miss other things. … If you couldn’t narrow your focus, you’d be awash in a flood of sensation … Yet single-pointed focus can also be dangerous and misleading, especially with the increasing amount of stimuli battling for your attention these days. By listening to music through your noise-canceling earbuds, you may miss the sirens of the approaching fire trucks. Focus too long on one belief system or methodology, and you risk becoming righteous and calcified as your understanding and creativity decrease. … There is a proverb in Zen Buddhism that says, ‘This is it, but if you fixate on it, then it isn’t anymore.’ It implies that one-pointed attention can disrupt direct experience and direct knowing, both components of the spherical-holographic reality.” ~Penney Peirce


It is important to pay attention to what is going on around us and within us, but the other side of that coin is too much focus on a few things that seem important to us cause us to not notice others that could be of greater importance. Have you ever been working on something and your concentrating so much on what you are doing that you don’t notice anything else? Maybe someone will come up and poke you and say something like, “I called you three times and you just ignored me.”. Someone might ask you something like, “Dis you see Fred this morning?” to which you respond, “no,” then Fred walks in and says, “What are you talking about? I walked by your desk five minutes ago and said good morning to you.” That used to happen to me fairly often when I got to concentrating on what I was doing so I am well aware that when we concentrate to much, focus too much on something we think is important (or more often, have been told is important) we miss other things.

As Ms. Peirce notes, there is just so much going on that we can’t pay attention to all of it, but that isn’t what is needed. Obviously, we can’t focus on everything, that wouldn’t be focusing at all. The point is to not focus, to not concentrate on just one or two things. This will definitely turn the world around you into a blur, probably a very confusing blur, but that is a good thing. Good because it will help you recognize that those things you tend to focus on are illusions, not nearly as real or solid as you think. Much like the old saying, “you can’t see the forest for the trees,” which few understand. The idea is, when you focus too much on a detail or two, you miss the big picture, or other details outside your point of focus.

If someone if trying to teach you how to see auras around people, animals, trees, etc., they will tell you to stop focusing on the person, stop focusing on the physical. They will probably tell you something similar if they are trying to teach you how to get psychic impressions. You need to stop focusing on a few things if you want to see and be aware of what else is there. But this is more than just something you do with your eyes. A large part of it happens in the brain. Our brain filters out those things we consider unimportant, or that we simply don’t believe in. So we not only need to open our eyes to everything that is around us, we also need to open our minds.

Peirce also mentions that too much mental focus can result in a kind of mental calcification where we refuse to change, to listen to other sides, to consider all possibilities. As a result, your creativity is likely to suffer. After all, how can you have creativity without change? For that matter, how can you have growth without change? Obviously, you can’t, do we need to accept that change is inevitable and try to choose what change is best rather than chaining ourselves down to our old beliefs and ideas until we are buried under a tidal wave of change that we refused to prepare for.

The old Zen saying she quotes sounds like quantum physics in one sense: observing a thin changes that which is observed. The part of that which is often missed is that whatever we observe is often observing us as well, so just as our observation changes it, it is changing us. What is missing in the simplicity of this quantum belief is that there are degree of observing. If we concentrate hard on observing something, if we strongly focus on it, that strong observation will solidify it into it’s most solid, most detailed variation. If we observe the same thing with much less focus, if doesn’t change as much and we might get a better idea of it’s true nature by this sort of observation. For one thing, when we don’t concentrate too much on one object, we can see how it is interacting on various levels with other objects and forces around it, and that give us a much better understanding of its nature. It’s somewhat like observing lions in the wild gives us a better understanding of them then observing one caged in a zoo.

The main point of all this is that when we concentrate very much on the physical, the material, we miss seeing the spiritual. It isn’t so much that the spiritual is invisible—though to a large degree it is—but much of it is because we have been taught to focus on the physical. This focus on the physical while living on the material plane makes sense to many, but you will never know the spiritual if you always concentrate on the physical. And you need to learn the spiritual before you leave the material plane. To do that, you need to awaken your spiritual faculties with the aid of the spiritual Light sent to us from God through the spiritual sun. And to “see” the spiritual sun, you can’t focus on it’s physical partner.

A shorter version of this story previously appeared on the blog Solar Wind.

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