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    Hello everyone,

    Concentration of the mind can only be developed by watching yourself closely. All kinds of development commence with close attention. You should regulate your every thought and feeling. When you commence to watch yourself and your own acts and also the acts of other people, you use the faculties of autonomy, and, as you continue to do so, you improve your faculties, until in time you can engineer your every thought, wish and plan. To be able to focalize the mind on the object at hand in a conscious manner leads to concentration. Only the trained mind can focalize. To hold a thought before it until all the faculties shall have had time to consider that thought is concentration

    Does "faculties of autonomy" mean independent faculties?

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    Re: of autonomy

    I don't think so. I think it means the faculties allowing you to be autonomous.

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    That's a new word learnt: 'focalize'. (Dictionaries that call it 'rare' are - in my experience - overestiimating its currency! I'd call it 'towards the entirely negligible end of the rareness spectrum'!)

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    Re: of autonomy

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Concentration of the mind can only be developed by watching yourself closely. All kinds of development commence with close attention. You should regulate your every thought and feeling. When you commence to watch yourself and your own acts and also the acts of other people, you use the faculties of autonomy, and, as you continue to do so, you improve your faculties, until in time you can engineer your every thought, wish and plan. To be able to focalize the mind on the object at hand in a conscious manner leads to concentration. Only the trained mind can focalize. To hold a thought before it until all the faculties shall have had time to consider that thought is concentration

    Does "faculties of autonomy" mean independent faculties?

    Thank you.
    I don't understand any of this. Is it from a published source?

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    Re: of autonomy

    I imagine it's some pseudo-mystical New-Age self-help claptrap written by an NNS. I think expecting much sense from it is a little over-optimistic.

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    #6

    Re: of autonomy

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't understand any of this. Is it from a published source?
    Yes, it is a published source.

    Amazon.com: The Power of Concentration (9781426400209): Theron Dumont: Books

    It can be found by key words through Google books.

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    Re: of autonomy

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Yes, it is a published source.

    Amazon.com: The Power of Concentration (9781426400209): Theron Dumont: Books

    It can be found by key words through Google books.
    Ah, Theron Q. Dumont (alias Yogi Ramacharaka and William Walker Atkinson). (1862 – 1932)
    I think this accounts for some of the strange language and strange expression of ideas.The book was written in 1918.

    William Walker Atkinson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I'm not trying to disparage Eastern discourse generally. But the passage you've quoted seems so internally inconsistent and illogical, even for texts of this kind. For example the first two sentences are blatantly untrue; the third is impossible to achieve. None of us here can understand the fourth, etc. The fifth sentence directly contradicts the first. (Does concentration proceed from "
    watching yourself closely"(Sentence 1) or by "focaliz[ing] the mind on the object at hand"(Sentence 5).
    The sixth sentence is possibly true! The seventh again mentions these elusive "faculties".

    I guess that readers of this sort of text make their own meanings.



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