There is a real difference in being focused on a goal and dedicating your life to it versus living a balanced life with family, friends and pets and time for everyone.
Hugh Macleod has captured this perfectly: Hugh MacLeod — ‘The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.’
Living with a congenial group has many rewards at the cost of conforming to the group’s interests and purposes.
Striking out on your own toward a goal that most others will not understand is incredibly exhilarating, but you may find it difficult to find anyone you can share your discoveries with. Breaking new trails means that you may be ignoring established routes and signposts and will have to backtrack now and then because your route is blocked.
There will always be suggestions to take the established routes, or to drop the quest and do something that is immediately useful, like take up a real job and settle down and get married.
If you are going to be an artist, writer, musician or spiritual counselor, you need to understand what focus really is. Focus is being able to put ALL of your attention on doing what you are doing or planning what you will be doing next.
During those moments when you are in the “zone”, you are focused and nothing else matters but what you are doing at that moment. It is during those moments that you get your best work done.
You SRT students know that there are “mystic forces” which intrude on your concentration with worries about paying your bills, fears of being unsuccessful, and resentment at being misunderstood. There are other mystic forces which make it difficult to envision real success at all and make you want to take a nap or turn on the TV to distract yourself from further agonizing effort.
These “mystic forces” are the spirits around you who are suffering from deja vu because of your efforts to do something new. You can either address the incidents which are still troubling them or you can continue your efforts using reach and withdraw until these spirits leave of their own accord or wake up and begin to cooperate.
There is a third alternative for those who are good communication with their spiritual companions, and that is to discuss the desired objectives and to creatively reorganize your spiritual team so that it can operate without going out of present time and achieve the objectives in a way that everyone wins.
This is an area that deserves more investigation and we will be discussing it Sunday during the webinar on What It Means To Be Focused.
Join us at 12 noon EDT on Sunday (3-18-18) on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4710611444
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