A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object, which he has set before him. He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. ALLEN, JAMES. AS A MAN THINKETH (with linked TOC) (Kindle Locations 206-211). White Dog Publishing. Kindle Edition.
This is talk number 4 of the Sunday series based on the Law of Attraction. Why am I doing a series on thus Universal Law that has been around from the beginning of times. Well I believe that some of us, stumbled into this law, some of us have studied it intentionally and deliberately. Others, discovered it when they red the book or saw the video of, The Secret, which is no secret. If you would like to catch up with the previous talks, they are posted in our blog, at www.unitychurch.com. (PPT) 2 (Show website and blog)
The quote by James Allen that I read at the beginning says that we should make our purpose the centralizing point of our thoughts. Napoleon Hill says that we must have a definite purpose and that if we do not know what that is, we should make it our definite purpose to find our definite purpose.
Now, I believe that purpose is something that needs to be fueled by desire or in the words of Napoleon Hill a burning desire.
There is a story of a young man that admired so much the work of Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor, that he developed over time a burning desire to become Edison assistant. He set out to fulfill his dream and left his home and traveled by train to Orange, New Jersey where the inventor lived. He new what he wanted and never contemplated that he would fail. At the first opportunity he accepted a job sweeping the floor of Edison’s lab. 5 years later he was Edison’s assistant.
Now in this case, or in any similar case, you will find people that will try to discourage you from pursuing your desire and your dream. Please do not listen to them and think about the true meaning of the word, desire, The word desire literally means, from the Father. In other words, it is Source Energy, God, Spirit, the Higher Power, that planted that seed in your heart and in your mind. And if that seed was planted, the means for its accomplishment will be found there as well.
Now let us remember that our desires are a very personal thing and are directly related to where we are in life. There are people that are set and comfortable financially and might be yearning for physical and health; and of course, that is a very worthy goal. Others are yearning of a healthy and fulfilling relationship; and, of course, that is also, ok. Maybe your desire is for financial prosperity for peace of mind; and that is also ok. And maybe is all of the above or a combination. That is also OK.
Now, the important is that whatever your desire is, if you really want it, you need to make it the object of your existence and not allow any distractions to get in the way.
That is why it is so important to get clear about what we really want so we do not spin our wheels and fail to get anywhere. Here is where concentration comes in. That’s why I chose to combine Desire and Concentration in one talk.
There is one or many spiritual abilities that we can harness in order to achieve this concentration. Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of Unity wrote.
“Today men are striving to acquire power through money, legislation, and man-made government, and falling short because they have not mastered themselves” (The Twelve Powers of Man, 67).
Now, My friend Linda Martella Whitsett wrote:
A familiar affirmation in Unity communities is “There is only one Power in the universe, God/ Good” (H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth, 44). God is not a being that expresses power. God is power itself; we are the divine power expressing powerfully. We express our power ability in the following ways. Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 106). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Linda writes that our spiritual ability of Power is the power of Concentration, Self-Mastery and Authority.
Now, in the context of this series, we are constantly having this basketball game so to speak in our mind. And like in the big leagues, there are two narrators. One is telling us play by play objectively what’s going on. While the other one talks about statistics and makes predictions based on past performance. Now we have the power to concentrate in what’s important now, which is the play by play of our life. We have the power to concentrate on the task at hand and which activities are going to make a specific contribution to the accomplishment of our goal, dream or ambition.
These days we hear a lot the word, multitasking. Perhaps is the rapid way we live our lives today, but the fact is that when me multi task we actually fail to concentrate on the most important task at hand. One very present example is texting or talking on the phone while driving. I am guilty of that myself.
(PPT) 4 Our concentration ability is the power of single-mindedness. Concentration intensifies thought the way a laser intensifies light. Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 107). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Now, at the risk of contradicting myself, I must share that research shows that intense and hyper focus reduces the rate of success or accomplishment as the case of someone that is preparing for an important test. What shall we focus on then is the question?
I believe that the Apostle, Paul has the answer:
(PPT) 5 “Finally, brothers [and sisters], whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4: 8). Martella-Whitsette, Linda. Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World (p. 108). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I believe that “these things” are our highest spiritual ideals which reside in us as divine attributes: Divine Love, Dive Wisdom, Divine Strength, Divine Justice, Divine Compassion, Divine Honor and so on.
When we direct our attention to these things, we are not only receiving the power that emanates from the Spirit within as each one of these divine attributes.
Next week we will look at the importance of making decisions, particularly as an antidote to procrastination. I definitely will not wait until Saturday to write the lesson. God Bless.