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15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.

I have struggled with understanding the above statement this week.  I understand the meaning of each word, but somehow the overall concept becomes cloudy.  This week’s Haanel lesson suggests that concentration is more than focus.  Desire is easy for me to recognize and understand.  I have desire many things in my life and my DMP reflects additional targets of  desire.

My dilemma becomes, if focus isn’t concentration.  What is concentration?  I cannot add ‘desire’ [which I understand] to concentration if I am uncertain of how to achieve concentration.  How do I take my focus to the next step that takes it beyond and into the area of concentration where I can attain the secrets that will enable my subby to manifest my DMP.  I believe if I can make this a reality in my life I will have gained this secret that will bring me to the manifestation of my DMP.  Hmm!

Does my answer lie in Statement 9? The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, mental, or physical, must be under control.

I do not have the answer to my dilemma.  In the interim I will use practice and focus to develop my concentration as I add desire to the mix. 

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In lesson 17 Haanel focuses our attention on distinguishing and understanding the difference between Reality and Symbol.  Many of us concentrate on achieving success, frequently defined as power and/or money—achieving a certain income level, certain job position, etc.    Statement 17-6 clarified for me and  defined concentration as total focus—so interested conscious of nothing else.  “Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.”  In this lesson he seems to lay out a roadmap for activating your DMP [definite major purpose] and achieving your heart’s desire.  Thus one would only need to follow the map to attain ‘success’.

The following are key points that resonated with me.

17-7 All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind;…the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge…

17-8 Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.

17-11 Concentration…transmutation of these thoughts into practical values

17-13 Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment…ease and perfection are gained by repetition

17-15  Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.

17-20 …thought enables man to harness all other natural power.

17-21 Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build.

17-22 If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead to success..

17-25 …subconscious is omnipotent; there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is given the power to act.

17-28 You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead of power itself.  You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead of wealth, position instead of servitude…

17-30 …the man who has found the true source of power…is no longer interested in its shams or pretensions.

17-32 …the Spirit of a thing is the thing itself, the vital part of it, the real substance.

There you have it.  Focus, concentrate on the reality, the spirit, the substance rather than the outward symbol e.g. wealth not money, leadership not position. Concentration will then provide the insight and tools to achieve the object of our concentration.

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This week’s emphasis is concentration. We are focusing our attention, utilizing the magnifying glass.  Concentration is a relative strength for me and I am able to focus and concentrate intensely for short periods of time.  However, I have learned from self-observation that I am more effective if I set time frames for my concentration on a given task.  I also evaluate the task in terms of  perceived difficulty.  The more difficult I estimate the task to be the shorter the time frame I set to focus on it.  Thus for a very difficult task, rather than concentrating for two hours, I will work on it for four 30-minute segments separated not only by a break but some other thought involved activity. This is working for me and not only has it increased my productivity but also decreased my boredom and enabled me to stick with tasks I initially found difficult, boring, distracting or all three.

I am noticing that as this course draws  to conclusion my old blueprint is sticking up its ugly head.  I find reasons (excuses) to miss or be late on a reading task or sit.  I don’t really  understand this phenomenon.  As I have been very committed to reading as directed and my daily sits.  Even while on a three-week vacation to Australia I rarely missed completing my assigned tasks even if they were late.  This week and last week almost every day I have to force myself to stay on target.  What has happened to the habits I established over the past six months? (hmmmm) Am I secretly sabotaging myself so I will need to retake the course? (maybe)  I am giving myself permission to complete and fulfill all MKMMA required tasks and retake the course should I wish to.  Therefore, I now have a win/win situation—no reason not to complete all requirements. YEAH!!!

Below is an interesting video I discovered which is related to the topic of this post. It not only addresses concentration but the overall theme of this course–the power of thought.

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For some unknown reason I have found this week very challenging. Although my goal has been to increase my focus and concentration, both my thoughts and actions have become scattered.  I rely on my habits and routines.  But this week they have been letting me down.  Many insignificant occurrences have happened which I allowed to distract me from the task at hand. And, in a few cases omitting the task altogether.  I had anticipated that it would become easier to complete and do the necessary activities required by this magnificent experience.  Yet that has not been true this week.  I wonder is my old cement Buddha trying to reclaim me? My answer is that I , of course, will persist and do the necessary.  I will maintain my mental diet and not allow any negative thoughts to enter my mind.  Instead, I will concentrate on Health, Success and Abundance.

I have done an amazing job (in my opinion) of not only affirming [I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.] but living it.  My body has been pain free for several weeks. I feel energized as I record my three gratitudes daily and reflect on the pleasant experiences and kindnesses of that day.  So although I may be falling one step behind, I am also moving 2 steps ahead.  Thus I am holding my own. I will be devoting a portion of my sit time to  focus on my mental needs in addition to the material ones stated in my DMP.

Finding Joe illustrated for me the Hero’s Journey and following your bliss.  It seems to me one must first know and understand what that ‘bliss’ is. Defining and stating our DMP seems to me a great way of doing that.

Concentration –I find it fairly easy to concentrate for brief periods of time, especially on something that is of high interest to me.  It is a much more challenging task to maintain my concentration when the subject is technical, ‘uninteresting’, or unrelated to my interests. Having said that, I realize there is much I find boring that can be very related to my interests.  I sometimes set up walls without obtaining enough information to make an informed decision.  Thus I intend to challenge myself to more patience in pursuing tasks that initially seem unrelated, boring, etc. and after collecting sufficient data for an informed decision proceed to make that decision. ‘Practice makes Perfect.’ I will add this to my repertoire.

Neat brain exercise in video below.  Exercise starts about 1.5 minutes into the video

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