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April 10th, 2006


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01:23 pm - Focused Intent
Today's lesson is in focused intent.

When I left for lunch, wandering down toward the Union, I realized that, while I had my copy of OL to proof, I didn't have anything to write down corrections. Too far from my office to go back and not near enough to High Street to go buy a pen, I remembered an exercise from Prometheus Rising designed to show you that reality can changed simply by believing that things could occur.

This particular exercise involved believing that you'd find quarters every time you went out on the street. By visualizing, believing, and seeking, you would notice a higher number of coins than usual, and I believe that RAW left it up to us to decide whether there actually were more coins or whether you were just noticing more of the ones that were already there.

I took this particular exercise and modified it a bit, seeking to find a writing instrument before I made it to the Union. I visualized my empty pocket having a generic writing utensil in it, and visualized writing with one.

I wasn't too picky about what kind of writing utensil I'd find: a pen, pencil, or crayon would be fine: just something I could underline and circle stuff with.

About midway across the Oval, I found my writing utensil, but I also found out just how dumb it was not to focus your intent properly.

There, lying in the grass, was a big, fat, pink piece of sidewalk chalk.

Not very useful for proofreading and marking up paper.

I gave the chalk a kick and re-evaluated my intent. Now, I wanted a pen. And I had half as much time as I did to find the chalk, because I was over halfway to the Union. So I continued to visualize and think and look.

I crossed College Ave., and as I rounded the last corner to the Union, I noticed something in the dirt: a black and grey pen with little UPS symbols in red. I picked it up, dusted it off, and scribbled in a corner of my OL copy.

And it wrote. In solid, bold ink.

I thought about my intentions, and the focus I had on them, and realized that sometimes, you need to enchant for exactly what you want, not a ballpark idea. Sometimes, no matter how little you care about exactly what you get, you realise once you have it that what you got doesn't do what you want.

So if you want it, be clear, or you simply won't get it.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
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From:tosk
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Well done!

I am always surprised how well that particular bit of sleight of mind seems to work.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. It is a nifty and good exercise, and I like adapting the exercises from RAW's work to other things. It's usually both fun and easy.
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From:tosk
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I often use one of his exercises from Quantum Psychology in ritual.

I collect together several random items from around the house, throughout the week before I do the ritual amd they all go into a brown paper bag. At some point during the ritual I will call out the first adjective that comes to mind and begin pulling things out of the bag, seperating them into Is/Is Not.

So I might use 'plastic' as the first adjective and then seperate everything in the bag into "Is Plastic/Is Not Plastic". Then, when I've labeled everything in the bag, I'll call out a different adjective and rearrange everything into Is/Is Not again. I try to do this at least 5 times and once did it 23 times.

I've found that it has helped me reconsider how I see things, since items may appear different simly based on how you choose to percieve them. It also makes a nice 'sleight of mind' exercise... I usually forget whatever I was doing the ritual for by the time I'm done with Is and Is Not'ing ;-)
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From:triskele
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
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There, lying in the grass, was a big, fat, pink piece of sidewalk chalk.

love it! I am guilty of this sort of thing all the time. Thanks for the reminder to focus.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Np. Seemed like an important topic at the time. :)
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From:mayden_dor
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
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*ding dong* inside my head
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm kinda scatterbrained sometimes, so the reminder to focus is good for me. As I re-read it, I find myself wondering if it's not also a request: those who want something from me have to make those intentions known.

But I certainly wasn't thinking that when I wrote it. So I'm going to say that if such a meaning exists, I didn't write it . . . intentionally.
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From:mayden_dor
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Well it hits home for me because I'm a very expectant person and when I decide I expect something from someone, telling them what I expect is the last thing I want to do. This is especially true when it comes to friendships and love relationships. Part of my expectations are that they instinctively know what I'm talking about. But, it's realistic and almost never works out that way.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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*nods* I'm dense. Very, very dense. If someone doesn't tell me exactly what they want, I generally won't notice what they're asking for. It's not that I don't want to see it, it's generally that I can't.

So telling me exactly what you want is, generally, the only way to get it.

Of course, once I know someone wants something, and it's something I can give, I'm often rather enthusiastic about it.
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From:suicidekttn
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Good advice not just for that...but for all kinds of relationships as well ^.^
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Certainly :)
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From:3starsinmyeyes
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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There, lying in the grass, was a big, fat, pink piece of sidewalk chalk.

haha Her quirky sense of humor, no?
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
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It's always entertaining :)
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From:3starsinmyeyes
Date:April 11th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
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lol to say the least
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From:singingwren
Date:April 10th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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Haha, that's awesome. I have had similar situations in the past. Live and learn, live and learn.

I would have kept the chalk for future mischief, though...
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I have a whole bucket :)
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From:singingwren
Date:April 11th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Well then, get crackin!
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From:telarus
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Similar chuckles and all that. ^_^
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Yay for random pens!
From:silverwitch
Date:April 10th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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hehehe. Brilliant! I needed that smile.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Glad I could help :)
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From:romandruid
Date:April 10th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
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What, a pen, lying on the ground? Near a university? Where there is heavy traffic from oodles of students??? Wow, must've been magic.

(The skeptic in my says, "Bah... you only had to open your eyes. No magic in that.")
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From:heimskringla
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
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Seemingly magical things tend to happen when you start consciously paying attention.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
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It's true, they do. But only if you're willing to see it.
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From:chronarchy
Date:April 11th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I know. Pens are so uncommon here.

But then, I have a choice: I can either see the world as magical and full of potential where I have the ability to do this stuff, or I can see the world as mundane where the only driving force is chance and I'm powerless to alter it.

Honestly, I rather like the former paradigm. :)
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From:romandruid
Date:April 11th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Why does it have to be one or the other? What's wrong with both?

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