Build Your Focus Muscle

August 27, 2012 | 18 Comments »

Build Your Focus MuscleNeville Goddard says “the great secret of success is to focus the attention on the feeling of the wish fulfilled.”

He says when we experience our desire in our imagination, the desire will become reality.

We deliberate creators are well familiar with these concepts.

And hopefully practicing them!

Because as Neville writes, “we are master of our fate when we have the power to imagine what we please.”

So how are your powers of imagination these days?

If you’re like me, you’re feeling pretty confident in your ability to focus on whatever you choose.

But when I tried Neville’s exercise in The Power of Awareness to help build imagination power, I realized I could use some more workouts!

Since most of us weren’t encouraged to build our daydream muscles in school, it might be worth amping up those skills now to support our manifesting success.

To help us build our focusing muscle and our ability to pay attention in a way that serves us, here’s Neville’s exercise from the book:

To aid in mastering the control of your attention, practice this exercise: Night after night, just before you drift off to sleep, strive to hold your attention on the activities of the day in reverse order.  Focus your attention on the last thing you did, that is, getting in to bed, and then move it backward in time over the events until you reach the first event of the day, getting out of bed.

This is no easy exercise, but just as specific exercises greatly help in developing specific muscles, this will greatly help in developing the “muscle” of your attention.

Whoa, he was right.  That wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Neville says our attention must be “developed, controlled, and concentrated” in order to embrace our true creative power.  His promise in doing this exercise regularly is that we’ll awaken our center of power.

I’ll tell you what appeals to me about building my focusing skills – I’d be less easily swept up in someone else’s thoughts and more capable of choosing my own point of focus.  Recession?  Environmental disaster?  Political strife?  Have it your way, John Q. Public, but I’m choosing Abundance, Health, and Harmony.

How did I get so good at that?  I practiced.  🙂

Let me know what you experience if you play with Neville’s exercise – or what tips you can share to master the control of one’s attention.

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18 Responses to “ Build Your Focus Muscle ”

  1. I really don’t like Neville’s language (never really have), particularly in this instance about controlling focus.

    It works much better for me to allow focus. Particularly since all I’m doing is bringing my attention to a thought-form that I created and that wants to help me, by its very nature.

    Paul talks about focus in this way:

    “If you will realize that your thoughts are more like very happy sheep grazing on the green grass of your powerful preferences and desires, then it will make a lot of sense, and certainly be easier, to gently shepherd them over in the direction you want them to go.

    “Don’t worry if they don’t all go at once, for they will indeed follow in the direction you lead them, even if it’s not as ordered as you think it should be.”

    As always, thanks for the delicious question Jeannette! Big hug from about-to-publish-ville! (aka Austin)

  2. You’re right about that, Frank. Neville’s work can have a masculine, almost militant type feel to it. I do think I like it better every time I read it, though! That guy really got it about ANYTHING is possible that you can dare to imagine!

    Shepherding the thoughts is something that works well for me, too. I remember watching the sheepdog trials one year and being so impressed with how well those dogs are trained to keep everyone in line. I aimed for that same kind of skill with my own thoughts. lol

    Love Paul’s “Don’t worry if they don’t all go at once, for they will indeed follow in the direction you lead them, even if it’s not as ordered as you think it should be.”

    Thanks for chiming in on this one, Frank!

    PS – what are you getting ready to publish?!

  3. Hi Jeannette,

    I’m glad to see Neville mentioned as one of the masters of LOA. I find his work to be really really deep but it took me a while to warm up to his language. “Living from the wish fulfilled”— and the exercise you mentioned too.. all so important and helpful. I recently used his “The Power of Awareness” as the main book for a teleclass/course I gave and people really responded to his words in a positive way. It opened up a lot of wonderful experiences. Anyway,
    thanks! Nancy

  4. I agree, Nancy. His work gets to the heart of it. And I find it truly inspiring. I know Wayne Dyer did, too, since his latest Wishes Fulfilled is based on it.

    Are you doing the teleclass again? We’d love to know about it, if so!

  5. Andy says:

    I don’t know who Neville is? BUtttt i can tell you becoming a more FOCUSED person! Is vital to flow and fun! Never mind manifesting! Its about FOCUS, FLOW and having FUN! Once you get that down you can manifest all you want! But its secondary. I think people’s biggest problem is FOCUS. today people have the attention span of a gold fish in a car wash! LOL! THANKS J!

  6. Nancy and Jeannette — I think it’s so awesome that his work speaks so clearly to you both. When I used to be in the New Age bookstore biz, I always loved introducing Neville to people who’d never heard of him. If you don’t know his story, it’s really fascinating.

    Jeannette, I like your use of the word “militant” because I have a history of being that militant in my own mind and so hearing words like “shepherding sheep” is a big relief from issuing myself inner orders.

    P.S. It’s the first COL book — Spinning Straw Into Gold: The Art of Creating Money. PDF should be ready very soon with an actual real book to follow (and a book tour that includes SLC, of course!!).

  7. “Gold fish in a car wash” – you crack me up, Andy!

    Looking forward to that book of yours, Frank. 🙂

  8. Maria says:

    Hi Jeannette. Frank I love your version, with the sheep!

    Well I really do need some picker-uppers right now! I find myself surrounded by no-sayers all of whom say that what I want to do is impossible and that no one ever succeeds. (I don’t tell them what I want to do, I’m on a forum where everyone wants to do the same thing I want to do, and everyone on the forum says it’s impossible. They put up links to blog posts where the bloggers also agree that it is impossible, and tell their readers to give up and do something else instead. The bloggers then cite tons of examples of people that they know who tried to do the same thing and failed. They call this being realistic and finding out what the real world is like.)

  9. Julie B says:

    I can’t get past the photo. I’m focusing very very seriously on that! Thanks for sharing Jeannette! 😉
    Julie

  10. Maria, you need a new party! Neville will make a GREAT partner in your new mission possible!

    Julie B – I KNOW, huh?! lol

  11. Brian says:

    Frank,
    Looking forward to your book, straw I’ve got.
    I have some theories why money isn’t a big part of my life, easy money anyway.
    So here’s an early thank you,
    Brian

  12. Evan Griffith says:

    Jeannette —

    A big hug to you for speaking on Neville’s clearest, most fundamental teaching! When I’m swimming higher I find it great fun to revel in the feeling of a wish fulfilled. How succinct is that teaching?! And how easy to grasp. To feel the feeling of your goal as if it were already fulfilled . . .

    You allude to it above, a favorite aspect of Neville’s teachings is how he also recommended that we embrace that state of reverie while falling off to sleep nightly. Reading through Neville’s work you find instance after instance where he did just that, even to the point of intentionally taking a nap so he could drift off into the feeling of a wish already accomplished. The better to impregnate the mind with it. (That’s meant with great respect for the feminine!! . . . 😉

    I am always jazzed by your light-hearted ways and far-ranging references in all that you do —

    Evan

  13. Jeannette,

    Osho recommends this same process as a cure for insomnia. Here’s his take:

    “If you have trouble with sleep, insomnia, sleeplessness, if you find it difficult to fall into sleep, this will help deeply. Why? Because this is an unwinding of the mind. When you go back, you are unwinding the mind. In the morning you start winding, and the mind becomes tangled in many things, in many places. Unfinished and incomplete, many things will remain on the mind, and there is no time to let them settle at the very moment that they happen.

    So in the night go back. This is an unwinding process. And when you will be getting back to the morning when you were just on your bed, to the first thing in the morning, you will again have the same fresh mind that you had in the morning. And then you can fall asleep like a very small child.”

    Sending love and gratitude, as always,

    Andi

  14. Evan, you sound like someone who’s easily finding his way into the good vibes – I can feel your fab energy from here!

    And that is a fun reason to work in more naps in the weekly routine. 🙂

    Andi, I didn’t know that, but it doesn’t surprise me either. Another reason to engage the practice! Thanks for sharing that tidbit from Osho. Always nice to see you popping in over here!

  15. Maria says:

    I’m going party hopping, coming over to this one haha! Just read Neville’s book last night, I’m surprised he isn’t as well known as Joseph Murphy. I started imagining that I am doing what I want to do last night, I’ve tried visualizing TONS of times and it never works for me because I’m not a visual person, what a difference it makes to replace the word visualize with imagine! I can just imagine that I am sitting in the dark having a conversation with someone talking about the things we would talk about if I were already doing what I want to be doing, it is SO much easier for me. I don’t SEE anything, just darkness, so I guess you couldn’t call it a visualization. But I HEAR our conversation and imagine myself speaking and participating in it. One day I’m going to leave the people on the other forum far behind still lamenting how impossible it is to achieve what we all want to achieve, while I will already be living it! Whoo hoo!

  16. Lisa Mayers says:

    Love the conversation Jeannette – as always! Even after many years of hearing wonderful things about Neville, still haven’t read one of his books! Perhaps the time has come. I will at least give this exercise a try.

    I do practice drifting off with ONLY positive thoughts – generally about wishes fulfilled and it feels good.

    I will also try Neville’s exercise for those rare occasions when I don’t drift right off (ala Osho – thanks Andi!)…curious to see how it feels.

    I must say though, I do like Paul’s take on it…perhaps it’s the feeling of EASE…sheep grazing(ahhhh or should I say bahhhh??). And, if I may say so here, I have been ANXIOUSLY awaiting Frank’s book!! I read the sample chapters a while ago and absolutely loved where the book was headed!!!

    Julie & Jeannette…with you on the photo!!! Hehe ;).

    Thanks!!
    Lisa

  17. Stephen says:

    Where did you get that photo of me?

  18. LOL, Stephen…Jackie must have given it to Jeannette, eh?!? 😉

    Jeannette, I love Neville’s writings and while I tend to just read snippets at a time, I have found that (for me) he takes Abe’s teachings to the next *practical* level. So nice to see you highlight it here, and hear you speak about it on Wednesday’s GVU call.

    I also mentioned in the chat for the call on Wednesday that when I lay down to sleep, and really get into a relaxed state, I find it hard to focus my mind. I really just want to fully relax and drift off to sleep…

    So, my solution has been to write out a script that I record as an MP3 file I can listen to on my MP3 or CD player as I drift off to sleep. If I fall asleep listening to it, I don’t worry, as I know that my subconscious is still hearing the suggestions. I build into the recording guided relaxation, then speak about what I desire to create *as if it’s already fulfilled*. Over the years, this has been a very successful way to keep the practice going.

    In the book, Neville suggests doing it every night, until. For some, the response is immediate, for others, it takes several months. Having an MP3 or CD in my own voice speaking about what I’ve fulfilled is a much easier way to maintain that night after night.

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

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