The Law of Attention – Chapter 2
Inner Awakening and Practice of Nada-Yoga
Habitually, human beings do not realize to what extent nor in what way their attention constitutes a sort of combustible substance, because it is only through their attention that their thoughts and imaginings can find the force to manifest themselves and subsist within them. Without them being conscious of it, their attention acts as the indispensable combustible material through which their minds can dream and wander where they like—just like the oil in a lamp, which feeds and keeps alive the flame of the wick.
Now, the Divine Aspect of human beings also has need of this combustible substance, of their attention, to be able to reveal Itself in their beings and manifest Itself within them.
In every serious spiritual practice, it is the seeker’s attention that is the ultimate link between the Sublime and herself. What she consents—consciously or not—to give her attention to throughout her earthly existence, as well as the intensity with which this attention is used, plays a preponderant role, not only in determining the direction her life will take, but also in shaping her being into what it will become.
One cannot escape what one is because of the way one has used one’s attention in the past, and the future depends only on the use that one makes of one’s attention in the present moment.