Greetings from Week 17!
At the end of each chapter of the Master Key, we are given an exercise to use in our “sit” or meditation.
This week’s lesson was about concentration. What about concentration?
“Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.”
“Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be ann idea of effort of activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of his performance.”
As I read this I think to myself, Yes! This is what I want. When it comes to being a performer, singing and playing piano, I want to be so engrossed in what I’m doing I don’t notice others around me. I want to be completely vulnerable and totally let go IN what I’m doing. I want to experience TRUE concentration alone and in front of others.
It goes on: “This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.”
I think YES! This is where the really great music will come from. This is where the truly wonderful performances will stem from. Where I will be able to do for others like I can do when no one is watching, but better!
AS I continue to read, it gets even better.
“If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.”
YES! Thank God! Because he and I both know I need that courage.
Is my desire in harmony with Natural Law or Universal Mind?
I want to share my soul through original music, and learn how to speak that universal language that connects so many people and people connect so deeply to! I think that is in harmony! I want to express myself beautifully, in lyrics and with music. And since music is a gift in the way it touches us to make it or share it, I’d say that’s in harmony with Universal Mind.
I just need to become a ‘patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system’. This class is helping me do that, Thank God!
So, back to our exercise for this week: We were to concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact. “Let the thought dwell upon your object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are conscious of nothing else.”
What is my ideal?
I know one day I concentrated on the freedom of self-expression. Feeling the freedom of sharing what’s in my heart and soul without putting my own judgment on it, or inserting make believe judgment from other people either. Pure freedom. Letting my free spirit fly!
Another day I concentrated on being totally absorbed in and by whatever song I was performing. I imagined myself pouring my heart and soul in it, allowing myself to be completely overcome with it, letting that energy reverberate and connect to everyone who might feel it and absorb it.
One day, right toward the end of my sit, I pictured myself winning a Grammy. I felt myself, standing on stage, thanking everyone and really FEELING that something I shared from my soul, some of the greatest artists in music history connected with and thought was really original and outstanding. I was feeling that feeling and found REAL TEARS brought to my eyes. It was the COOLEST feeling ever. And I also surprised myself that I was able to feel something so intensely through visualization.
No I don’t have a Grammy yet. I’ve not even written a song. I don’t even know all the scales on the piano. But one day, one step at a time…I can start to see myself there…