Attention & Attrition

2006-5-16 06:15:00

Spiritual Principles 38 & 39:  Attention & Attrition

We put these two together because they are opposite principles. The focusing of attention draws elements toward a center producing creation. Attrition takes attention away from creation and causes the elements of a thing to dissipate and become unorganized.

Both of these operate under the principle that energy follows thought. Attention is merely focused thought and such focus becomes a magnetic center, which causes all things necessary for creation to gather.

Focused attention is the key to success in any endeavor whether it be the creation of a nation, a business, a book or a work of art.

It may seem that attention works because one who is paying attention to his creation is doing the right things to create the action to produce success, but the power of attention goes beyond this. When the creator pays attention to his creation an invisible magnetic power is generated that pulls together the elements necessary for success that goes beyond the power of individual action.

There is a time and place for all things. There is a time to pay attention and create, but there is also a time to release attention and let go. This creates the power of attrition, which causes creation to fall apart or disintegrate.

The question arises as to why we would want a creation destroyed. The answer is that all of us have many creations that by the power of our negative thinking and fears causes us more harm than good.

Here are some things we may want destroyed through attrition:

  1. Bad habits. Let us say you smoke or drink too much and want to quit. You reach for that cigarette because your attention is drawn to it. Release yourself from attention on the habit and the desire will die through attrition. Admittedly this is easier said than done, but if the person releases attention through force of will it will happen.
  2. Fears and worries. We fear because we give too much attention to pain and negative repercussions of things that may happen to us. If we release ourselves from sending attention toward the cause of fear, the fear will die through attrition. If you are not thinking of losing money then you will not fear losing money.
  3. Bad relationships. We often give attention to the wrong people and draw those into our lives, which hinders our happiness and progression. Many are amazed at how, when they end a bad relationship that they seem to jump into another one which may be worse. To end this vicious cycle the person must take his attention off the things that draw negative people and the power of attrition will cause bad relationships to cease. Then the person must shift his attention to thoughts that will draw to him a better quality of associate.

The use of attention and attrition is limited only by one's imagination.


"Men who never get carried away should be."
  -- Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990)