The Lens Concepts Picture
THE LENS CONCEPTS PICTURE
|Love – Compassion – Care
|Ownership of self
|Lack of skill
|Lack of experience
How do we best get a sense of what we mean by haste? Let us look at what lives in an F1 driver as a way into this subject.
Does a Formula 1 driver go about the race in haste? He goes fast but to do this, he must be inwardly very together and not allowing rashness or haste into any part of his being. If he does, he will be off the track pretty quickly.
He must keep his focus and perspective on where he is in relation to the race, the lap, the corner, and not for instance on the performance of the other cars in the race or what the other drivers may be planning. He must keep his focus on where he is at now, on the track, what is lying in front of him and how he can get through this fastest without becoming fantastical about anything. In this way he can go fast.
How do you know if somebody is doing something in haste? Typical signs will be that their work is of a poor standard; information is missing, verbally or in writing, so their point is difficult to follow; something gets damaged in the process of use or repair. Dishes washed in haste will not be clean or in good condition.
Where should your focus be if you want to be in patience? In the immediate here and now and from a point of perspective if possible (i.e. looking at oneself as if from the outside, a bigger picture perspective).
What you feed will grow. Do not focus on doing things with less haste. Rather focus on practising patience. We all have the possibility and capacity to choose what you want to focus on. We need to exercise this in patience.
Haste is one of the dominant lens closers or blockers. Haste draws the other lens closers towards you and you will typically see evidence of the other lens closers in the actions of somebody in haste, for example fantasy and prejudice. If one ‘feeds’ patience on the other hand, objectivity and openness to other things not yet identified will certainly accompany patience.
We can all agree that we have experienced fear in our lives at some point. What happens when you experience fear? Fear makes you feel vulnerable or insignificant, not in control. It freezes us to inactivity and obedience. We become afraid of anything new or not provided by others.
So, what can cause us to experience fear in our lives? How can we better understand how to conquer it.
Fear is related to the ‘god’ of materialism which presents us with technology and every creature comfort we experience, together with a promise to make our lives easier. It tries to convince us that we must give ourselves up to external comforts and to ‘societal’ rules or paradigms. While there may be benefits in our lives from the new technology, it causes people to become dependent on it – to give up their identity for it. It can encourage people to avoid taking responsibility for who they are and therefore not realise what they are capable of being. The minute there is a chance that your tech toys can be taken away from you or can be lost, you feel fear as a result.
The antidote for overcoming this type of fear is to take ownership of yourself and your capabilities. It takes courage to take ownership and responsibility for what is happening around you and the impact you have on your environment. This means one must hold on to one’s’ individuality and diligently and patiently work towards your own conscious path in life. This is courage, the antidote to fear.
When we have no experience on a particular issue, we cannot talk about it as we simply do not have it in us. It is like we are describing something in a dream. We simply do not grasp it. It is as though we are talking about a situation or thing that is not real. Any careful listener will establish that this is fantasy.
In gaining experience we must internalise our own experiences. This means making them our own. When they are our own, we can recall them and the logic or circumstance behind them and share this logically with others. They are able to follow, or see through their own eyes, what we are describing.
Somebody with experience in a specific area of life can share this with others effectively and so take others along with them. The converse is that those without experience on a specific area cannot take others along with them on that topic; they would only be able to take them along the path of their fantasy which has no relevance to real existence.
Fantasy encourages you to dream and takes you on a flight away from reality into a world of make-believe. Fantasy promises that there is an ideal Maja-land. It takes you out of the moment. While in the moment, reality exists, in fantasy there is nothing but the ideal miraculously already there. It is just suddenly there, without having been made.
Fantasy is sometimes referred to as the Luciferic state. What you think is reality, is not actually so. Fantastic thoughts are fleeting moments where one finds oneself losing connection to the here and now. It is as though a dream state takes over in one.
For example, one meets a customer, and one allows oneself to indulge in fanciful fleeting thoughts about what you think that they might be saying or presenting. One allows a marvellous picture of a great honourable person, who is also a competent contractor, to form in our inner lives. What happens in reality is that the customer is a poor contractor, a dishonest person, and we do not get paid. In this case we allowed fantasy to live in us and convince us that that the apparition was reality.
The counter to fantasy is objectivity. In practicing objectivity, one must live in the now and check exactly what we are holding in our inner lives – making sure that we are not fanaticising.
We all blame others. We do it in this way. It is never me but rather someone else that has led our society to this point. Or, I could not get this done because someone else had not met their commitments. State personalities, for example, are good at blaming others or the past.
When you move into the ‘blame’ mode, you let go of the ‘I’ mode, the solution mode, and release your ‘I’ for the use by someone else. One does not take ownership of oneself but instead one allows ones’ ‘I’ to be irresponsible.
The counter quality to blame is ownership of self. Here one decides to keep possession of ones’ ‘I.’ We decide to want to be part of the solution. When we move into solution mode we take ownership of the situation, we are willingly accountable, we own our own thoughts, feelings and will and in the words of ‘Goethe’, providence moves with us.
POSITIVITY / NEGATIVITY
Positivity is the capacity and desire to find the positive in situations. There is always something positive hidden in any circumstance. For example, where the Christ and his disciples come across a dead dog in the path, the disciples encourage the Christ to walk around the scene to avoid the bad smell. The Christ decides to walk up to the dead dog, despite the bad smell, and points out the dog’s beautiful teeth.
In a meeting with a customer that goes wrong, there is always the positive that one learned something or that the customer is now available to meet again to resolve matters.
We need to want to find such positives in all situations and circumstances in life. It brings a quality to our souls that enables us to face more.
OPENNESS / PREJUDICE
The key to openness is to practice knowing that there is always a bigger reality than the one, one is recognising right now.
The foundation of all inner development is Veneration for the truth. We do not know the truth to many things right now, but we can inherently orient ourselves to knowing that there is a truth. If we do this and then search for what it is, we are open, we allow something to appear out of our peripheral vision as it were, into something directly in front of us that we can now see. This is not in the form of a physical thing, but a new concept that we did not have before.
The practice of openness allows us to get better connections between concepts. We start to see their interrelationships better. We get to understand the world and life.
Mark Twain said, ‘It is not what we don’t know that is the problem, but rather what we definitely know that aren’t so.’ We can never get a clear idea of interrelated concepts if we pursue what Mark Twain is saying that we should not pursue.
Prejudice will keep us living with false concepts.
Skill is an earthly thing, something we need in our earthly life. It is learned through practice and repetition. Practice brings the skill into our daily capacity to live in the material world. Examples would be typing, becoming an artisan or good with Excel. It is a mind-soul dominant activity. It has to do with being able to connect concepts of the material world to each other in a logical way. Skill has to do with the bodily interfacing with the material world.
We also develop skills, for example in ball games. We repeat moves and relationships of the ball to the racket or foot or bat and to the field of play and the players. Some kind of instinct develops in this process as it does with typing. Skill largely stays around ball skills more than strategy and oversight on the pitch which is no longer skill but the ability to orientate.
Block makers develop skills in machine set-up and filling for example and forklift drives in handling packs without breaking them in transit.
Diligence, or capacity to follow through, is approached from a spiritual capacity point of view. What we mean by diligence is that we develop a capacity to know what we are thinking at more times and for longer, or where we are in our inner orientation to things. If we are lazy in this regard, we flit from thought to thought without knowing where we are and when it happens. In practicing diligence, one needs to develop an orientation to time by extracting oneself above daily activities and being aware of where the day is and where I am in relation to this. As one develops the capacity of diligence, the outcome is that one feels a developing confidence that one ‘can’ when one puts ones’ mind to something. This is so because we own our thoughts more. We have the strength to do this. People with diligence find it much easier to do what they say they will.
Clarity has as its opposite, doubt. Doubting is a destructive force if allowed to multiply in us. Clarity must therefore be nurtured as the dominant of the two in our souls. Clarity comes when one can build a thought structure that is factually based by actively connecting percepts and concepts together. The conscious connection of percepts and concepts does not only apply to material ones but can also become clarity of a spiritual nature when spiritual concepts are connected. This latter capacity depends on the development of clarity with material concepts. The development of clarity comes when one desires to be attentive to things in life.
Like all other lens openers, the development of one enables the development of others. Clarity hinges on diligence but supports the building of courage.
We have to know whether we are being selfless or not. It is not something anyone else can judge. Selflessness is a point of purity within one that we need to be very careful about granting ourselves leniently. Selflessness puts others first or other worthy initiatives first. It is in search of the Good and the True and wants these to prevail above any personal preference. It goes with objectivity and perspective in that we have to look down on ourselves to see whether we are being selfless. Perhaps selflessness is a quality that is in pursuit of being guiltless; just really free from sin? To assist ourselves and others to strengthen the insight into selflessness we could ask others, in the right way, are you acting selflessly?
One has to refer to 1 Corinthians 13 for this.
Love has the quality of being the canvas on which the picture is painted. In this case it is the picture of what we can become as a spiritual being with developed soul capacities. The two commandments start with the word love. According to John, just before the Christ was taken captive, he spoke to the disciples and asked that they love each other as he had loved them.