Holding focus - keeping the end in mind


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Copyright 2006 by K. Ferlic,   All Rights Reserved

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Probably the single most difficult thing to do in life and in our creative endeavors is to hold focus. That is to keep our mind focused on what we desire to create. The distractions of the mundane life continually pull us off our focus and cause us to let go of what we desire to create. We may return at a later time but it seems as thought we need to start the process all over again.

There is a well known simple management recommendation that is made whenever one desires to change something. The recommendation is to keep the end in mind. In essence it is to create single point focus for our actions with a clear defined endpoint. That is easy to do when we know the results that we seek.

If however, we don’t know exactly what we really are looking for, it is hard to keep the end in mind for we don’t know what it looks like. It is the proverbial, “I will know it when I find it.” For example, to desire a good paying job is one thing. To desire a good paying job which provide a fulness of being and satisfaction with life is something completely different. The two are not the same. The question is how do we know what such a job looks like - especially when we have never experience it. Similarly, one an desire that ideal lover or an experience of God. Yet, neither have been consciously experience to really know what one seeks.

Since any creative journey takes us into the unknown, it is essential to keep the end in mind in some way so that you don’t get lost in the journey. Often we know the endpoint we wish to create for we have an idea of what it we desire to experience. Our creativity and our creation is the manifestation of a thought or idea. Yet, often we are disappointed when we do create the idea we had in mind for we were really seeking was a particular type and kind of feeling. In actuality the idea we have in mind is only what we think we want. To be successful in our creative endeavors, we also need to consider what feeling we desire to have when we get the manifestation of the idea we have in mind. It is the good job versus the good job that is fulfilling.

However, when we seek unknown information, we do not really know that for which we look. We know what it will do for us, but we do not know and have no idea of what exactly it looks like. We have no thoughts about it for it does not yet exist. If we did, we wouldn’t have to seek it and create it. We would know what to do and would have already obtained it as soon as we wanted it.

The issue is our creative life energy flowing into an experience of that on which we focus our attention and awareness. To keep focus and hold focus, we need to keep our attention and awareness on what we desire to create. Yet that is difficult when we don’t really know what we desire to create looks life for we never experience it. This is one reason why life is so disappointing. We have an idea of what we want. We work hard to manifest that idea into form and then we find we are not satisfied for it is not exactly what we wanted. The key to holding focus is feeling. It is to know what we desire to feel as that endpoint. It is to use the feeling we desire to create an internal compass to guide our decisions.

In holding focus, it needs to be remembered that we have a conscious mind and nonconscious mind. The nonconscious mind is composed of the subconscious mind which tends to be reflective of the experiences of our current life time and what the enculturated mind knows. The unconscious mind which tends to be reflective of all the experiences we have every had and is what the transcendental mind knows. To hold a focus, we can use our conscious, subconscious or unconscious mind. Most try and hold focus with the conscious mind and that is what is responsible for continually losing focus.

Creating and holding a conscious focus

To hold focus with the conscious mind, we need to develop a single point focus for our life. That is, we need to become mindful and aware of how we make every decisions in our life. We need to be aware if what we choose is taking us toward or away from what we desire to create.

Since we are creating something not previously experienced by us, our mind will be of little use for it only knows the past. We need to base our decision on feeling and what is provided by our intuitive guidance. We need to create a clear intention of the end point we hold in mind including the feeling we wish to experience. That is we need to clearly know what we desire to create. We need to be very clear on the end point. It really doesn’t matter what that end point is. We have a free will and we are free to create what we desire. However it is recommended that whatever is create it is something that serves us and who and what we are, and creates a life worth living.

In establishing a clear intention for what we desire to create, we need to become aware of the feeling we wish to experience with that endpoint. The feeling we wish to experience is essential for it can guide us through the unknown when mind loses its usefulness and out runs its past experiences.

In having a clear intention for the endpoint and knowing what we desire to feel, we then create a single point focus with our life based on feeling and not what mind thinks. We look at every decision of our life in terms of feeling. Does the feel of the decision take us toward the feeling we wish to create or away from it. Or, if there is no discernable feeling in the decision, ask our intuitive guidance which way to go. Then honor the intuitive guidance that we get. If there is no discernable feeling and our intuitive guidance does not specifically address the decision, then choose in a way that mind thinks it is making the best decision possible and trust in what unfolds. That is, if the choice seems to be wrong because our choice does not give us what we thought it should, understand that there are no mistakes in creativity. Rather, we are only obtaining that minimum set of requisite experience to know how to create what we desire.

Sometimes we feel nothing because we shut down our ability to feel the exact feeling we need to feel. Not feeling anything and then choosing with our mind only seemly to choose wrong, brings our attention to the fact there is something of which we are not aware. Either we shut down an aspect of our feeling and/or there is an aspect of our being or Creation we have not yet explored. If we pull the string on both why we had no feeling and why our choice did not give us the results we desire, we can surface what needs to be address to take us closer to our desired creation.

Although we can do what is described here with our conscious mind, it can be quite difficult to hold a conscious focus. The mundane of life and competing subconscious and unconscious intentions we hold continually pull us in other directions. The easier way is to create a subconscious and/or an unconscious intention and call upon our nonconscious mind to assist us in our creative efforts.

Creating and holding a subconscious focus

Our subconscious mind is essentially our enculturated mind. It considers of all that we have come to know and experience as a result of the experiences of our current life. There are intentions, beliefs and the like which continually influence what we do in life. When we try and make a choice opposite our subconscious mind, and we are open to feeling, we find ourselves faced with feelings and/or contrary thoughts we create a sort of discussion if not argument in our conscious mind. We begin to debate our choices and feelings of obligation, duty, disappointing others and the like often arise.

Two possibilities arise here to making holding focus easier. One is to create an emotional experience through ritual, metatheater and the like to create a memory of our intention. That is, we have the memory of setting the intention and the deep desire we have to fulfill it. This memories then lies in our subconscious continually influence our conscious mind. However, our intention may conflict with other subconscious intentions and/or beliefs. This brings us to the second possible . It is to address competing intentions or obstructing beliefs.

What we will find as we move to create an emotional memory of setting our intention is that all that oppose such an intention will being to arise as we move to act or surface relatively immediately after we create the emotional experience. Doubts, judgements, illness and the like will being to surface. If we dismiss them and don’t address the reason why they arise, they will lie dormant continually arising when conditions are correct to interfere with what we desire to create. However, if we address them as they arise, it is like cleaning house to make room for new furniture. We simply replace the beliefs and de-energize the emotional filled memories that are not serving us and recycle the one that are useful.

To remove the emotional filled memories we ,of course, will need to address the pain we may feel in these memories and/or other reason why they are emotionally packed, such as fear. We may find we have to go back and do a soul retrieval and retrieve pasts of ourselves we left in the past. How we choose to face that pain and process it is our choice. But the fact that it arises relative to our intention indicate that at some level of our being it is an obstruction to the free flow of our creative life energy to create what we desire. Unless we face it, it will continually obstruct what we desire to create.

Depending on the pain and sadness we have experienced in our current life and the depth and ingrainedness of our enculturated beliefs, creating a subconscious focus could take quite some time. However it needs to be realized that none of this effort is wasted. Anything we do to free our creative life energy bound in past experiences give us a greater creative power and creative ability to use in any future creative endeavor.

The ultimate goal is to create true freedom and the free and unfetter flow of our creative life energy. It is to be able to be free like the wind, coming with nothing and leaving with nothing and each experience we have fully savored and the energy dissipated. This of course is an ideal goal since the experience of creation is about binding the free flow of our creative life energy. It is to bind our energy into a from to have an experience of what we create. Yet it behooves us to free as much of our creative life energy as possible in any situation we face. We need to recycle our past keeping what is useful for the next creation and releasing the remainder.

The easiest way to address the subconscious is to: (1) learn to become a detached witness; (2) learn to our intuitive guidance and our body wisdom; (3) learn to return to a state of creative play and (4) use our creative imagination to it fulness and experiment and explore possibilities and then bring them into form through creative play to see what will work and not work in our world.

Creating and holding an unconscious focus

Our unconscious mind is essentially our transcendental mind. It considers of all that we have come to know and experience as a result of all the experiences we have every had in this or any other life or existence. There are intentions, beliefs and the like which continually influence what we do in life and these are what gave rise for the intention for our life  and our reason for being in Physical Creation.

Dealing with the unconscious mind is slightly different than dealing with the unconscious mind. Not because the nature of that of which we work is different. Rather it is because the unconscious lies so deep within our being It is like trying to raise a fish that lives two thousand feet below the surface of the ocean to the surface. We have to allow for the fact that our unconscious beliefs are deeply buried. Rather than raising our unconscious to the level of consciousness, it is easier to explore the unconscious at its depths.

There is nothing new about trying to explore our unconscious at the depths of our being. Spiritual, religious, esoteric and mystical traditions have been doing it for centuries. This, of course, bring up the first and primary issue of exploring the unconscious. Our unconscious is infinitely vast and we are infinite creative being. We have to be very clear on why we desire to explore the unconscious and what process we are going to use and why we choose that process over any other. There are many techniques the readily get us into the unconsciousness however they all will not be useful for what you desire to access.

Exploring the unconscious is an intention and journey unto itself. Although some discussion is provided for exploring the unconscious mind is provided in related files, the recommendation made here is two fold.

The first is that there is an intention for our life  and a reason for us being here. The intention for our life arises from our unconscious mind. It is a safe place to start if you wish to explore the unconscious. Exploring the intention for our life will cause us to explore and learn techniques that can be use to explore deeper into our unconscious past the intention for our life.

The second recommendation is that before we start the journey into the unconscious, we need to consult our intuitive guidance relative to our creative endeavor and what we wish to create. We need to ask our intuitive guidance as to what we need to explore if anything concerning what we desire to create and who it will help us to hold focus. It is very possible there is no need to explore the unconscious and it is simply an ego trip. If it is necessary, our intuitive guidance will help.

Now there is nothing wrong with taking an ego trip into the unconscious. But what we will surface is ego based and will not necessarily be useful in developing our creative power and creative ability or help us in our creative endeavor. It will be useful in strengthening our ego and what we think we know. Remember, the ego is a creation of our past experiences and who we think we are. The tools we need for creativity need to be able to take into the unknown. Ego tends to keep us fixed to the past and is limited use in creativity.

It needs to be remembered, the unconscious is infinitely vast. What you end up finding may very will cause you to experience what the “Proverbial Story of Five Men” who sought to explore the world of the mystic. In fact , you may stumble into the Ultimate Accident.

Related topics
Setting an intention
Exploring our mind
Desire and clear intention
Single point focus
Conscious, subconscious and unconscious focus

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