Where’s Your Attention? By Dean A. Banks, D.d.

Do you continually put your attention on what you believe more than what you know? Are you always defending what you believe because you feel that you are your beliefs?

Attention is “a concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, especially one preferentially selected from a complex, with a view to limiting or clarifying receptivity by narrowing the range of stimuli” [dictionary.com]. In other words, giving your attention to something requires focusing on it without allowing any distractions from interfering with your focus. However, your beliefs that are housed in your belief system filter your observations and help forge your perceptions of your experiences. Your perceptions are the electro-chemical copies of your observations from your senses that allow you to become aware of, know, or identify events,

occurrences, situations, circumstances or the behaviors of objects and/or beings. These observations are filtered through your belief system in order for you to recognize, discern, envision, or understand exactly what they mean to you; whether they are threatening or supporting your survival.

When you allow your beliefs, whether accurate or erroneous to pre-occupy your attention, you are attaching these beliefs to your experiences and are programming your subconscious mind to ‘react’ to them in the future according to your evaluation of their purpose toward you. In effect, you are coloring their occurrences with your pre-defined perceptions in order to ensure your self-survival. As you continue to focus on thinking and speaking more about your experiential beliefs your internal vibration co-creates an inner state of acceptance or rejection. When you accept or reject your focus over and over again, it becomes anchored as a belief in your belief system. If the belief is accurate, then you can utilize it to protect you in the future; if your belief is erroneous, then you will revert to it based on the fear that it will somehow threaten your survival.

Beliefs are programmed by repeating focused thoughts that you give your attention to over and over again. You accept them as true without proving their validity. You align yourself with your beliefs out of fear more than 'faithing' in what you don’t understand. When your attention is continually focused on fulfilling and reinforcing your beliefs, your experiences will expand to allow you


to recognize your acceptance of those beliefs as being valid even though they could possibly not be valid. You are caught in a self-fulfilling prophecy loop that you cannot see beyond because it maintains your comfort zone.

Your attention to anything brings your focus of attention into your experience whether it is beneficial to you or not! It is only when you stop resisting that which you ‘believe’ is detrimental to your growth and expansion that you come to a place where you allow your experiences to pass ‘through’ you without attaching ANY emotional reactions to it. If your dominant vibration is to only ‘believe’ what you have learned from your past experiences then you will repeatedly encounter events, occurrences, situations, circumstances and behaviors that reinforce those beliefs. However, if your dominant vibration puts a check on your beliefs by allowing your intuition to guide you into ‘knowing’, then no matter what you experience you will understand that it is there for a purpose and that purpose is for you to grow and expand into that which your were created to be.

It is in NOT attaching any beliefs to your experiences that you become a channel for your inner well-being to co-create exactly what you were created to be. You are NOT your beliefs; they are by-products of your feelings about your experiences! Your experiences ALWAYS match your dominant thoughts about your beliefs! Your beliefs will always be performed on your stage of life because you have chosen them to be and reinforced their ongoing existence. Life flows where your attention goes. Make sure that you are focusing on what you KNOW more than what you believe and you will surely grow and expand into that which you are meant to be and NOT what your beliefs have chosen you to be! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)



Article Written By SpiritualityGuide

Dean created the Spirituality Guidance Internet TV Channel to provide access to current Spiritual leaders online. He released his third book in 2011 entitled “Spiritual Growth: Articles Of Expectation”. Dean produces multimedia marketing and advertising campaigns, audio and video productions and is the webmaster for his company, banksnet.com.

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