In our daily dances with the elements of life we are oftentimes led astray by the mirage, the hologram or graven image of those things that truly have meaning. Are we pursuing wealth, or power, or acceptance, or recognition? All these are just effects, we have learned that the heart of the matter is cause. It’s not the money, but who you become along the way to earning your fortune. It’s not the power or fame or status; it is all about who we are and if we are in harmony with the universe, with what matters, then all the other things shall be added. There is no need to chase “it” ; if you do catch it, it will all be a mirage leading to another cycle of more want, want, want.
We all contain within our minds a power that dwarfs any other in the universe. No strong man, no great army, no fantastic invention can compare to the power of thought. No man became strong, no army became great, no invention was fantastically unveiled that wasn’t the product of thought.
If thought is the greatest power, then why do most people struggle so endlessly for meager results? We all think millions of thoughts, why don’t all of us have corresponding millions in the bank account? The simple answer is concentration. Concentration is the simple act of taking the multitude of thoughts, and compelling them to all turn toward one end. I shared in week 2 that thoughts are like rain drops, a rain drop in the meadow has no major effect, but all the raindrops gathered together can carve the Grand Canyon. Concentration is not beating your head against the wall or gritting your teeth to answer a question like we did during a difficult final exam. No, concentration is a much different activity. It is the accumulated, intentional, unstoppable gathering of our mental energy into a purpose backed by a burning desire. It is that “I’m the worlds best basketball player” or “I will invent an electric lightbulb” or “this will be an amazing book”…whatever you choose and focus your intention and attention on, not for an hour, not for a day, not for a month, but over and over and over again until the forces of attraction are drawn into the orbit of your concentration and deliver to your door step every necessary supply to do the thing. Concentration is putting all of your mental energy behind your purpose and when that is done, then nothing can stop the result from happening.
This is the power, the truth, the key that insures your arrival will be a triumphant celebration not an arrival at the mirage of empty striving. If we strive to be a rich and famous super star, we will find only more striving when we get there. But if we set our heart on being the best at what we do, on becoming all that we can, then the rewards will be sweet, and will quench the thirst of our hard work in a soul satisfying way.