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.