Week 17 MKMMA – Symbols or Reality

There is a great line in the movie “Cool Runnings”: if you’re not good enough without the medal, you won’t be good enough with the medal.

This week we are told to look for the difference between the symbols and the reality. For the exercise this week we were to work on concentrating. According to Haanel, there should be no conscious effort or activity associated with the purpose. We are to relax completely, to avoid any thought of anxiety as to results. We are to let the thought dwell upon the object, until it is completely identified with, until we are conscious of nothing else. For that reason, I thought it useful to look up the word concentrate and see what dictionary.com had to say about it.


verb (used with object), con·cen·trat·ed, con·cen·trat·ing.

1. to bring or draw to a common center or point of union; converge; direct toward one point;
to concentrate one’s attention on a problem; to concentrate the rays of the sun with a lens.

2. to put or bring into a single place, group, etc.: The nation’s wealth had been concentrated in a few families.

3. to intensify; make denser, stronger, or purer, especially by the removal or reduction of liquid: to concentrate fruit juice; to concentrate a sauce by boiling it down.

4. Mining. to separate (metal or ore) from rock, sand, etc., so as to improve the quality of the
valuable portion.

The idea of concentration favored by Haanel is to become so identified with the thought that you are completely wrapped up in it. We are to sit absolutely still for 15 minutes focused on a single thought. The mistake would be to focus on what you are trying to avoid. Instead, focus on the opposite. To avoid sickness, focus on health. To avoid poverty, focus on abundance. To avoid anger, focus on love. Focus on the quality you wish to develop.

This week, my word is imagination.  One shade of meaning that struck me was: ability to face and resolve difficulties; resourcefulness. On Monday, I found three examples of imagination. On Tuesday, I found five with the help of my wife. I am grateful for my loving wife who is my helpmeet and partner.  On Wednesday I found two examples within me.  I actually looked the word up on Thursday and discovered many more examples of imagination when I reviewed the week.  If you are going to concentrate, you must have a concrete idea of the thing.

You are nature’s greatest miracle.  Thanks for stopping by.

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