This week’s lesson encourages us to concentrate on the one thing we desire. He says “Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact;…”
In 17-6 He says “Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or 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 the performance. 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 read a story about an actor that performed as actively as the youngest performer on stage but he was so lame that he hobbled to the theater every day. I would say that was pure concentration!
As I was thinking about this performer I was reminded of an experience I had had while commuting to work in Boston. One day as I was walking to work from the train I realized I had left my purse on the train! I rushed back to get it before the train left the station. Part of the rush included having to descend a steep stairway. I was in such a hurry I did not even think about the steepness and ran down. At the end of the day when heading back to the train I noticed how steep the stairs were and was amazed that I ran down them safely! I did not even like walking down them. I was concentrating so deeply on getting my purse I did not give much thought to the path I was taking only the goal of catching the train before it left the station.