Concentration is suppressing that which is you

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By focussing a lot this goat-herd is in control of his goats, but both the master and the followers lose their freedom, as they have to adjust to a certain goal. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

To fence off, what you judge to be bad, you must constantly separate your view of the world into fragments of good and bad. It requires much concentration and perseverance to constantly perceive this contrast. Lots of control is needed to keep different appearances of the world separated in categories of good and bad and subcategories of more or less good and bad.

From what I have seen in movies, bank robbers, killers and such folks look very concentrated, when doing their thing. The happy ones on the other side looks quite unconcentrated.

The more you concentrate, the more you will able to control yourself and focus your energy towards doing specific things in a fast way. That is very helpful in case of drilling a hole in a bank safe for instance.

But it is not helpful for enjoying the moment as it is. On the contrary. The more you concentrate, the less you are able to go with the flow and participate in a spontaneous laughter. You are focused on attaining a goal in the future and cannot enjoy what is around you in the present, if it is does not seem to be part of the glorious story, you have made up to become true before long.

To make long short: Contrary to what you may have learned in the context of for example meditation, concentration is not beneficial in regards to not being blinded by the belief that there is more than that which is one. To make a concentrated effort goes against that which is one, as it takes more than one to concentrate on something.

Defocus neutralise the apparent differences of the world, so that the belief in separation cannot be upheld and therefore does not appear to hide that which is one.

When you do not concentrate to achieve something imagined in the future, you are not focussed. Being defocused the apparent differences in the world make no difference, and so the belief in separation cannot be upheld. Consequently there is nobody to know, what and where you are. In other words, there is not someone definitive to hide the formlessness of that which is one.

Reading a book requires much focus, so often you will end up feeling quite paralysed, which is a state enhancing the belief a world, where there seems to be more than one. Television and cinemas are more beneficial in regards to undoing this belief, as they do not require the same amount of focus.

The same applies to reading on a digital media. After some hours of multitasking on the web you may be very spaced out, which is terrific in regards to undoing the belief in a world, where there seems to be more than one.

Multitasking helps to defocus. Doing several things at the same time, there is not much time to care about specifics or to label things. This is a prerequisite for the enlightenment of that which is one of that which is one, as it occurs faster than can be imagined – so fast that there is no time to differentiate and focus on anything. It is all one. This is where the mind naturally goes – just like a river flows to the ocean all by itself – if it is not controlled by focussing on specific goals.


NOTES: 

  • The above should not be understood as concentration is bad in a world, where there seems to be more than one. It is a fine tool in such a world for becoming and having more than that which is one. But it is not fine, if you do not want your belief in a world, where there appears to be more than one, to hide that which is one.
  • This article is part of hack #3.2 Inclusiveness is a perfect moment.

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