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21.6. Focus

The word focus is essential.

I have explained in detail that the only thing that exists is a universal Experiencer with the ability to register changes. I have called this ability our alertness, vigilance, the aware point in us, that which is conscious.

The Experiencer registers changes, which through an enormously long series of emergent interpretations, create the perception of you.

It is not you who has awareness, but the awareness creates the notion of you.

Again, everything is reversed in an idealistic world.

The Experiencer registers a change, and the change is interpreted, understood as something. This «something» now forms in combination with everything else that already exists – something new. This «next new» is thus a change too and must also be interpreted.

That is how it goes step by step: atoms become molecules, molecules become biological tissue, the tissue becomes organs, organs form you – to explain it simply.

Because one takes the other, this constitutes an unbroken, coherent process. Your focus does not move chaotically back and forth between everything possible; it is fixed on what emerges.

It is everything new that needs interpretation, not everything old.

The time and space we are in were once created, i.e. conceptualised. Then this is remembered. The Experiencer knows what time and space are. It is recognised universally because this is something the universal Experiencer knows, just as you know things.

It does not require your focus or effort to know that you are still in time and space. But everything new requires your full attention immediately.

You know this from everyday life.

Let's say you drive a long distance between two cities. You go on the highway and have music on the car radio. After a while, it dawns on you that you have driven many miles without remembering anything from this stretch. It went on automatically.

On the other hand, you remember very well what you heard on the radio. You were deep inside the music and the conversations. So inside the music, you were, that you experienced «flow». You dreamed away, captured nuances and experienced the great lines and contrasts. You enjoyed it.

Your whole focus was on the music, almost nothing on the road. The road was known. Little new happened along the way; virtually nothing required your attention. You could direct it to the music.

When did you last do it?

When was the last time you listened with all your concentration on music for a long time? It created, of course, the experience of flow – but also of not being present where you actually were, on the road at a hundred kilometres per hour.

Focus is thus the main factor that creates dissociation, but there are more.