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This is one of the
prime necessities for creative thinking and for healing. You must
learn to concentrate all your thoughts on a subject of contemplation
or an object in hand. One’s concentration should focus, like a
magnifying glass, so that it becomes absorbed, unmoved by external
forces, as to suspend the present-day self (attunement and at-one-ment).
Concentration entails focusing our attention completely on a
subject, emotion, thought, or idea. The size is no matter; remember
what Joshua said, "He that is faithful in that which is least is
faithful also in much" (Luke 16:10). We need to develop the skill of
concentration of such a degree that nothing moves us from our work.
There are no limits to how far we can extend our comprehension of
the Divine Plan when we develop our ability to concentrate and
On the subject of concentration from a Stoa Lesson by Daskalos:
If I have a magnifying glass and I concentrate a few rays of the Sun
on a sheet of paper, it will catch fire. That's a phenomenon:
concentration of the Sun rays through some means (the magnifying
glass). Otherwise, the rays of the Sun are everywhere and we still
feel cold. We have a cold Sun during the winter, yet a few of those
rays can make a paper catch fire. Such is the Mind.
So, what's concentration and meditation? Using the brain. The
material brain is used as a magnifying glass: concentrate a few rays
of the Mind Supersubstance, and you'll see the result. And this
means - knowing whatever you want to know by concentrating the Mind
on these things. It's leading us to knowledge, and still more, and
more. But, we have to find the way of doing it.
The secret, now, is to use the Mind in the right way. We are using
it in the wrong way now, definitely! And how: by enslaving the mind
to serve so many petty unbridled desires, from morning to night!
Desiring, desiring, desiring, changing the desires and thus
enslaving the Mind to this or that desire to serve this or that
emotion. And you call that life? That is not life! That is the way
that makes a human being unhappy. What is the right way of using the
Mind? And, what will the Mind, by using it in the right way, offer
me? What is it offering me now by using it in this way? You'll have
to study this.
Using the mind in the right way means not enslaving it to serve the
desires, the emotions and all the human expressions. What do I gain
now by using it consciously. I can gain many, many things - well,
everything. ~ DASKALOS