Basics 3: Exclusive Concentration

Abstract

The ability to focus the attention is essential to performing any task; therefore, the greater the degree of focus, the greater the success in the performance of that task.

The Point

Apart from the general benefits of increased mental flexibility and endurance, a degree of success in Exclusive Concentration is essential to performing Inclusive Awareness.

The Practice

1). Sit down;
2). Choose an object to concentrate on. This can be imagined (a coloured shape, or a sound, such as an arbitrary mantra) or physical (a spot on a wall, a random object, etc).
3). Bring your attention on to the object and keep it there. If you find your attention wandering, return it back to the object. Do not try and stop any intrusive thoughts, and do not get pissed off with how frequently your mind wanders; as soon as you realise you are not concentrating on the object, just bring your attention back to it and keep it there.

Duration

Minimum of half an hour a day.

Expected results

Success in Exclusive Concentration will take the form of a trance state, a number of models for which can be found in Buddhism (known as Jhana states) or yoga (Dhyana). The trance state may include but is not limited to the following symptoms:
1). A feeling of expansion;
2). Trembling;
3). Seeing a light with the eyes closed;
4). Bliss;
5). A strange high pitched sound;
6). An incredible feeling of focus;
7). Peace;
8). A feeling of Unity with all things;

and many more bizarre and wonderful effects.

Progress

There is a good argument for practicing Exclusive Concentration for life; it is to the mind what physical exercise is to the body. It is also true that the resulting trance states can be enjoyed for their own sake. However, once a degree of success has been attained, the practitioner should either change their practice to Inclusive Awareness or include Inclusive Awareness practice alongside Exclusive Concentration, for it is only through Inclusive Awareness that we come to the truth.