MKMMA 2016 Week 12 – Focus

Focus goes through stages. When you first think of your ideal, it is somewhat hazy. Haanel likens this to using the viewfinder on a camera. As you continue to think about your ideal, it is like using the viewfinder to bring in more detail.The vision becomes clear, as the Bible says in Habakkuk 2:2 "Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it" (CEB. Click here to see other versions)

Camera with zoom focus

Focus with a camera

Concentrate for Focus

Carrying this idea a little further, when we have chosen our Personal Pivotal Needs (PPNs) from the list of seven (True Health, Recognition for Creative Expression, Autonomy, Liberty, Legacy, Spiritual Growth and Helping Others) we have a fuzzy outline. As we describe to ourselves how those look in our lives, we begin to get more detail. The more accurately we can describe our goals, the better. The viewfinder is bringing it into focus for us. Then we charge the thoughts with feelings and add in quantities and dates. Then we have a present tense description of a future reality. We sharpen the vocabulary as a surgeon would sharpen a scalpel (do they do that or does someone do it for them?). One of Mark J's favorite lines from Haanel is found in Part 15

20. We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.

Authenticity is Crucial for Focus

Sometimes, we begin choosing our PPNs based on what we think other people would applaud. As long as we are looking for outside approval, we can be tossed about with shifting opinions. Once we begin to lose some of the cement (see the golden buddha analogy below), we often find that reading our original DMP doesn't really resonate with us. Many people find in the Silence that other needs seem more important. Certainly that was my experience. I revised my PPNs based on my authentic self and reaccomplished my statement of purpose. Only then did my reading have the vitality I sought.

There are no shortcuts for this. It isn't something for which you can cram. Change comes from the inside as we clarify our thoughts and beliefs. There is an interesting scripture  in Jeremiah Chapter 29:11 "I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope." (CEB) Others

Psalm 37:4 (KJV) says "Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." I used to think that meant a way to get God to give you something you already desired. The ERB goes that way: "Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you whatever you ask for." Further thought leads me to read it this way "Delight yourself in God and He will plant the right desires in your heart." Remember, the Universe is not conspiring against you. As we sit in the Silence, we can "be still and know that He is God" and trust that the authentic desires of your Golden Buddha will be good for all concerned.

The Golden Buddha

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