“Attention is the ability we have to discriminate and to focus only on that which we want to perceive. We can perceive millions of things simultaneously, but using our attention, we can hold whatever we want to perceive in the foreground of our mind. The adults around us hooked our attention and put information into our minds through repetition. This is the way we learned everything we know. …
“When you were in school, you sat in a little chair and put your attention on what the teacher was teaching you. When you went to church, you put your attention on what the priest or minister was telling you. … We also learn to hook the attention of other humans and we develop a need for attention which can become very competitive.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz
If you have been in the military, you understand the word “attention” better than most. When the officer yells “Attention!” you were to stop whatever you were doing, stand very still, and focus on the officer. We don’t think of paying attention as being the same thing, but it is.
From infancy, we are taught by our parents to pay attention to certain things and to ignore others. They are not intentionally indoctrinating us into a false reality, yet they are doing so. Parents are teaching us what they believe to be real because it is what their parents and teachers told them. They may have adapted it a little due to changes in the world, but those changes must always fit into the established framework of the fantasy.
A stage magician knows how to use attention. Using movements, flourishes, and other tricks, he gets you to look where he wants you to and away from where he real trick is being set up. Even though you know this, it is still effective most of the time. If you try to look away from the magician, you will probably look in the wrong place. So if the magician moves to stage left, and is making all sorts of movements over there, you might look to stage right to catch the action. You miss it because it is happening behind the magician in the dim light. Continue reading “Attention and Focus Limits Our World”