Attention, Attunement, Awakening

Co-authored by Jan Jennings & Dr. Darryl Luke Pokea

Deep love is possible when we express conscious attention. Attending and being attuned to the deepest emptiness and human need in our self and one another is the awakening of love.

We are dominated by everything with which our self becomes identified. We can dominate, direct and utilize everything from which we disidentify ourselves.
Roberto Assagioli on the process of “disidentification” (letting go of self)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mohandhas K. Ghandi

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being to those who are on the road with you, and accept as something precious what comes back to you from them.
Albert Schweitzer

If we want the beauty of the world that we have co-created to be experienced by our child and our children’s children, we will have to become Spiritual Activists right here right now, and cause that to happen. We must choose to be a cause in the matter.
The Dalai Lama

Depression is a sign that things are not healthy in the mind, but you cannot merely replace it by frantically by keeping busy or ignoring your mind affecting your body. You can look at all the illusions and misperceptions in the mind through meditation and contemplation and then let go of them to make new space for Light to re-place the spaces they used to occupy in your mind and body.
Dr. Darryl Luke Pokea

Three Water Lilies by Jan Jennings, artist

As we attend to the many imbalances within and without, we always can carefully remember that out of the greatest imbalance comes the greatest balance. We are each here in our continuum of lessons to learn to love ourselves, others, and God, all one and the same process. Some spiritual beliefs embrace this balance in walking the path with silence being careful to avoid any risk of the ego mind reducing being in any way.  With the greatest reverence some traditions may not even say the word, “God.” They emphasize silent attunement in all their responses as they live with their minds and bodies filled with loving conscious attention and fully attuned lighted intention.

Conscious attention precedes all words. When attuned with loving intentions, the words spoken become matter that is alive viscerally with spirit-guided purpose and meaning. Conscious loving attention and intention are the Alpha and Omega of all that truly matters in the universe.  Then our words also may become expressed matter of the “Uni-verse”. The words have real substance and living purpose as moments of quiet loving attention precedes the walk, which precedes the talk.  When these moments are contiguous within each moment of the walk and talk, we are fully attuned and awaken in our awareness that we are in continual exchange of being with all human beings, all life, all forms of being.  This is lucidity, enlightenment; the full participation of consciousness with Infinite Light Being.

This process may be first observed and practiced within our own mind, body, spirit being.  Each of over 50 trillion cells throughout our body is connected to and attends to our thoughts, every moment.  Our body knows when we are attending to our thoughts and when those thoughts are tune in and towards our cell bodies, our entire body and every body within all bodies of matter. Every cell, in its attuned attention, resonates with our mind’s attunement and attention. Each cell has its own actions as it attends to its own matters and all the matters we perceive as being both inside us and outside us through our mind’s perceptions, responses, and reactions.  If we postpone our growth in only having reactions (habitually repeated actions), we forget to respond with responsible attending and attuned actions. All of our perceptions, responses and reactions within the mind are not limited to our body cells, but carry to the bodies of others human beings, other life, and all physical and invisible energies and matter that we attend to. For the deepest health and well-being, as we participate in all life matters, we need only flow in the simplest acts of consciousness:  paying attention with attuned loving intention. Our being, the being of each other, all life, all physical and invisible and indivisible matter and energy, they are all the same. They are, as ineffable, as is God.

Lydia pays attention

Paying attention to the well being of others is paying attention to our own well being. All of us are interrelated and made of the same stuff. Paying attention to the well being of yourself and the well-being of others is paying attention to God, who ineffably attends in full consciousness to the loss of even one sparrow. Our perception, under the guidance of our truly loving Spirit becomes unlimited when we allow it to be fully opened and awakened by Spirit. This process nudges our perceptual field as part of our attention processes, to resonate with all energies and matter, even those perceived as being outside of perception and previously unattended to. We must remember that as soon as we say, “I cannot attend, I cannot perceive, I cannot process,” all these I’s closes our “eyes” and the doors of perception likewise begin to close. Ignoring each other and our simplest human needs, leads to the deeper forms of attention deficit.  Even out of these contrasting spaces of darkness, can the lessons of illumination be most profound.  With attention and attunement we awaken again to recall our lessons that our Spirit always presents.

Attention opens us to full consciousness already present in our being, the Infinite Abundance and Creativity of the Creator within the infinite permutations of love present throughout all of life’s lessons, perceptions and responses. This Love is present in all the pulses of life in each of the cells of our being, all the forms of being, visible, invisible and indivisible. Whenever we shift our focus of attention away from noisy mind words of chatter, polarity, division, separation and disconnection, the illusions of duality begin to fade. We can again attend and be attuned to the quiet wordless Oneness, which in the quiet spirit reflecting mind, precedes all thoughts, all words, and all responsible actions.

“Why Knot”, a satiric play by Jan Jennings, artist

Negative thinking narrows thoughts that can manifest in habitual self-destructive behaviors. This may be thought of as “karma”, that we pattern within our daily lives and occurs when we simply do not realize what we are doing to ourselves.
Dr. Darryl Luke Pokea

“Fall Leaves” by Jan Jennings, artist

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