“”if,” is already a dream….P.D. Ouspensky
A Perfect Aim
For a moment let’s imagine a straight line that goes from who and what you are now all the way to who and what you hope to become. The point at the end of the line is your final goal. This line which leads from you are now to who you will be, is your aim. There is only and ever, one aim.
This of course is an idealistic image. This image would indicate keeping one single focus for a lifetime, always headed toward the same goal. For most individuals aim exists in very short durations.
The direction and focus of a person’s aim is dependent upon their current identifications. That which is focused on the most is that which one will have their aim set upon.
The Narrative is the path our Aim actually takes. The image above is a more realistic map of someone with many different interests that they identify with. Those points could be things like; being awesome at video games, good at pen twirling and cardistry, a chef, a philosopher, a cashier, a parent. These points can also be not so nice things such as thoughts of a low self-image, fears, worries.
Wherever the mind is focused is the Aim which is being taken. With no control over what the focus is upon, no progress is possible. Since no real progress is made in a single direction, the final goal reached will not be far removed from the first.
There are also many points that the aim doesn’t seem to intersect at all. These singular goals are dreams and fantasies of things much thought about, just distractions. Pastimes like partying, consumption of fiction, daydreaming. At these moments of identification, the Aim is stuck in that realm and merely chases its tail, it connects to no other Aim.
These two maps laid over each other show that many of these goals come nowhere near the Aim from the first map. Some of the goals are pretty close to the line of the Aim compared to the others, we could almost say they’re in line.
The best Aim to take is going to be in choosing goals so that Aim is furthered the most.
The things that are identified with that are not within the bounds of the aim will be things that are wrong or evil.
By taking a list of goals and setting them down on this map we can see that we have an aim. This map shows which things should be done and should not be done. Our aim is the direction in which we’re going to go by choice. By only selecting the goals to put our effort into, by whether or not they are along our aim, a definite aim begins to form.
It takes great works of will and focus to maintain such an Aim. Everything that we identify with, not in line with the desired aim, will retard the development.
Some dreams aren’t even worth entertaining.