Friday, 20 February 2009

The Problem with Focus

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." Psalm 119: 18

My mother told me yesterday that she received a notification about a blackout in the local area one evening next week. At least we've been given advance warning to prepare. Mum wondered where the candles were. I thought I had seen them in a cupboard but they weren't in there. I found a candle in the living room. We decided we had lots of time to buy some candles from the shops.

After I got ready this morning, I knocked on my mother's bedroom door to say goodbye. As I was chatting to her, I noticed a fat candle on top of her dressing table that someone had given her as a present.

"Here's a candle we can use next week during the blackout."

"That's amazing!" mum said. "The candle has been right in front of my nose and I didn't see it."

"At least we now have some candles and my torch to keep us going next week."

"I still can't believe I didn't notice that candle," mum said. "How many things are right there that I can't see?"

"It is possible that you didn't notice the candle because the need wasn't there. People tend to notice what they're interested in or focused on and erase the rest. I know I do. I remember once I was sitting at a but stop near St Paul's station and some people asked me where St Paul's Cathedral was. I couldn't believe they couldn't see it when it was so close."

Mum shook her head. "Some have eyes but they cannot see."

"At least I was there to guide them."

Our conversation got me thinking about the pros and cons of focus. Focus is very good but it can make one blinkered to the NOW where everything is happening.

I have to say that my general knowledge is pretty pathetic. This is because I can't be bothered to amass information just for the hell of it. I mean, who cares who did such and such; why something is such and such; or when such and such happened? That's what Search Engines on the Internet are for. I'm only interested in what I'm interested in, or so it would seem.

I'm reminded of a vision I once had in a bookshop. As usual, I was sitting in the Mind, Body, Spirit section and browsing a book when in my mind's eye I saw thousands of versions of myself all over the bookshop reading all the books on the shelves, including decorating and gardening, which I'm not even interested in. It just shows that regardless of what my focus is on, I am still interested in everything as my Light is in everything.

Speaking of which, while I was watching a TV game show the other night where they have multiple choice answers, I experienced the game on two levels. On one level I didn't know majority of the answers; however, on another level, I knew all the answers and kept pointing them out. It's amazing how much stuff I know.

I have this ritual when I wake up in the morning to say my prayers and affirmation and think about what my focus for the day is. Sometimes I have an idea to review the previous day's article(s) in my head. This morning I couldn't remember the title of one so I asked my All Knowing Self to remind me of the title and it came to mind. It is this same Self that brings all the related articles to mind once I've written an article.

So yes, focus is very good. While my focus is on a particular reality or subject, I always have my All Knowing Self to turn to.

I am the All Knowing One.


Related articles: Nothing New Under the Sun; The Gift of Focus; Love is the Only Cause I Support; Being the Street Finder; I am into Everything; Let Go and Let All; Love is My Foundation; Are You Living in a Blinkered or Open Now; My Alarm Clock