Week 17 – Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
I just had to get this in my head to enable me to understand how concentration functions. I find that repetition creates the focus required in achieving concentration. This in turn gives us the “unbroken flow of thought.” Haanel defines true concentration is when you are “so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else”. But we must know what we are repeating is the right thing.
In Master Keys 17-11 Haanel brings an important point. “Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values.”
He hit on at least three key points in this week’s lesson.
- Concentrate on the realities of life, and then not be disappointed in the results.
- Ease and perfection are gained by repetition
- Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.
The first point is critical when applied as a cry ‘to be’ not ‘to have’. We cannot have with being the person first. This is analogous in the story of the man asking the wood stove for heat before putting on the logs.
Be the vigilant observer of reality and then and only then do you apply R2A2. Recognition, not condemnation, of your circumstances gives the starting point for growth.
Repetition in all aspects of life is what creates the ease and perfection in the journey. I cannot imagine a baseball player hitting a 90 mph fastball the first time he faces it. However, through the repetition in daily practice and training it can be done. The same goes for whatever we aim to accomplish in our lives.
Finally, desire is the fuel for life. Without a passionate, burning desire our journey has no meaning. We must learn how to draw out passions through reflection and quiet contemplation. This is not a checklist. Cognition and learning, not rote repetition, is what we should focus on.
Now, in some cases, we could go to extremes to get the desired results as shown below. The concern was to have a bicycle still upon returning. The repetition of applying the locks did achieve the desired result.
OK…So this person went a bit overboard. And truthfully, I found this hysterical.
Smile! The moments are passing.