There is a lot more to concentration and intuition than I previously thought as I was reading Haanel’s Week 17. Have you ever made a decision and got a knot in your stomach or just have felt that your decision perhaps wasn’t a good one? I can remember specific moments in my life that I had that pit in my stomach and should have listened to my intuition. I have to say I do listen to my intuition and believe it works with you in incredible ways. With our 15 minute sits I am definitely learning to concentrate in a meaningful manner with less effort. Below are my favorite paragraphs from Week 17-, one on Concentration and Intuition.
con·cen·tra·tion noun ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-shən, -ˌsen-
: the ability to give your attention or thought to a single object or activity
: the ability to concentrate
: the act of giving your attention to a single object or activity
: a large amount of something in one place
Haanel’s Paragraph 11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only the unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.
in·tu·i·tion noun ˌin-tü-ˈi-shən, -tyü-
: a natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence
: a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why
: Something that is known or understood without proof or evidence
Haanel’s Paragraph 23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.
To your concentration and intuition!
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