THIS IS REALITY
A COMMENTARY ON CONCENTRATION1. Concentration
The most often emphasized, and the least understood word, is concentration. Too manytimes we confuse the word concentration, with the idea that we are to use will power and effort, toaccomplish a given purpose.
Concentration is the act of directing the attention to one point.
Thisflowing of attention can be quite effortless, as long as there is a steady flow of attention and nodiversion is allowed to interfere.The secret of controlling life experiences is tied up in the proper understanding of concentration. A man who knows how to concentrate, can accomplish more, in a few hours, thanthe average person can accomplish in many days or weeks. An enthusiastic man who is seriousabout coming to a point of illumination can, by controlled attention, shorten the time factor andaccomplish his illumination in this lifetime, rather than take the arduous path of several lifetimes.The secret of self-liberation is in the hands of the person who knows the art of concentration.
2. Controlled Concentration Prevents the Formation of Mental Patterns.
While it is perfectly all right to form mental patterns, so as to direct the flow of this ever-moving Life Force into form for the purpose of taking dominion, or for the purpose of setting up asituation, for meditation we are concerned with preventing the mental patterns from forming, asthis would only be an impediment to our practice.
It is not a matter of creating an inner experience by visualizing our concept of the Infinite, but it is a matter of releasing the desire toform mental patterns, so the awareness will be free of association and diversion.
3. Perfection in the Practice of Concentration Enables the Practitioner to Experience theAbsolute Reality.
As it is the identification with ideas, and manifestations of ideas, that causes man to feelthat he is separate from Reality, then it is obvious that the removal of thought, and the proper identification being established, will enable him to cognize his own Self-Awareness, which isnothing more than the Omnipresent Awareness. The restless mental activity lashes creation intoform as far as the individual is concerned, and his acceptance of creation as cause instead of effect, leads him to accept an erroneous concept,
thus his concept of life is an illusion, based upon a false premise
. When the mind reasons, even if the reasoning is perfect, if the data isincorrect, then the conclusion will be incorrect. So it is man’s misunderstanding about himself asbeing a limited creature, that causes all the trouble. It is the purpose of this book to clear up thismisunderstanding.
4. In Ordinary Consciousness Man Is Identified with His Mental Creations.
In the true sense everything that man might perceive is a product of his imagining. Justas his personal world is the result of his mental attitude, so his larger world is the result of collective acceptance. Though man in the true sense does not create anything, he simplybeholds it, and has the ability to bring an already manifested form from one dimension to another,at will. When an adept appears to precipitate an object, he really brings the idea of the objectfrom the idea realm and causes it to be stabilized on this dimension. This causes particles of dense substance of this dimension to form about the idea or pattern. So while it appears thatsomething was created out of nothing, it is understood that the idea existed even thoughunmanifest on this level, and had but to be brought forth into expression. This seems to be apower, but it is really an ability to accept it as a possibility. The reason the average person cannotdo it is because the average person is so convinced of the solidness and reality of this dimension,
of (c) Roy Eugene Davis