My Dear Friend,
I am currently on mini break in the wonderful Lovecraftian state of Rhode Island. Jamestown to be precise. We did a brief drive by of Coventry, which boasted no less than three occult book stores! Two of which were closed and one of which you must need a token of some kind to find, as it has several addresses.. none of which led to an actual store.
However, at the moment I am sitting at a lovely cafe by the water, on a
retreat mini-break to collect myself, renew my vigor, and sharpen my focus. My better half is on her laptop right across from me, and it looks to all outside parties as if we are engaged in a really serious game of Battleship.
I needed this get away more than I can describe to you. Let’s be honest. Life can be exhausting. Just the day to day business of living. It is easy to feel pulled in 10,000 directions at once, because most days.. we are. So many things compete for our attention that are completely valid and useful, and ten times that number that are just useless distraction.
Remember, where the mind goes, power goes. Where is your power going? Take a few deep breaths and say it out loud: Where is your power going?
Your attention is a commodity. It’s a thing that can be gathered, spent, taken from others, or stolen by others. You literally pay attention when you focus on someone or some thing. The stronger your ability to focus, the stronger your mind, and the more deftly you’ll be able to control your vital energies. Also the more invisible connection and information you will be able to get in general, be it from a conversation with a friend, a Yantra, or a complex sigil array.
Sacred art and architecture are things that are used to capture and direct your attention to the Divine. To provide ease of communion and contemplation. They focus the observer, and can give by design a sight of the Invisible. A spiritual imprint is left, like a witchmark, a token, an invisible sign that you have done something, and been somewhere special.
Television is pretty much the exact same thing by design. At one time a means of distributing information and entertainment, it is now a clever box that takes your attention and imprints it with images of the designer. It is an engineered experience designed to produce a change. Either way it’s programming.
Look for old tropes, catch phrases, patterns, triggers, memes that have infested you, and are using your Life to play themselves out. They aren’t you. They are just patterns. They are just programs. They are just a snarl in the weave. Easy enough to untangle with time.
You can also call back the attention taken from you by the things themselves, reach out to those things that diminish you, feed off of you, and take back what is yours.
When you are centered in your body without pouring out your Life through your sense organs, you will have a sense of quiet observation. From there you can generate more Awake/Awareness, and have stronger faculties of focus and attention.
I know that sounds rather austere. However it’s not like you won’t be using your senses. Think of it as staunching blood loss so you can enjoy your favorite bodily functions.
Once you’ve found a way to build up your faculty of attention, attention you have spent elsewhere, and untied knots of complexes and habit, you will find yourself more alive, not less. More aware, more plugged in. Gifted with an increased capacity to enjoy.
After all, don’t we pay our best attention to those things which are enjoyable? Isn’t that why we go on mini-breaks in the first place?