Attention

Attention is "the action, fact or state of attending or giving heed; earnest direction of the mind; consideration or regard; the mental power or faculty of attending;practical consideration, observant care, notice."

Attentive means "steadily applying one's mind, observant faculties, or energies, giving or evincing careful consideration, intent, heedful, observant." Inattentiveness is ignoring or being unaware of a thing. To attend means "to direct the mind or observant faculties, to listen, apply oneself, to watch over, minister to, wait upon, follow, frequent, to wait for, await, expect."

Attention is a law of doing, a faculty and a virtue. Paying attention is a function of consciousness and a magnifier: Where you center your attention, the Power follows and creates. When you are paying attention, you are alert and aware, fully cognizant of what is happening in your environment and consciousness.






Edna Lister on Attention

When you give all your attention to being the servant of all the Power of God, nothing of earth can resist you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Letters, 1934.

Sustained attention on the good leads to new discoveries; continuous attention to the good is revelation. Paying sustained and continuous attention to the good means attainment in reality. – Edna Lister, Attainment, November 7, 1934.

The keynote of the silence is attention. The degree of the silence you attain corresponds to your degree of attention. Your degree of attention is determined by your degree of interest. You must be interested in God, in the silence. – Edna Lister, Attainment, November 7, 1934.

Attention and intention turned upward become Christed. – Edna Lister, Faith Freed from Materiality, March 17, 1935.

Truth is hard to understand because the world's glamour draws your attention away from it. – Edna Lister, Faith Reconsidered, March 31, 1935.

You must be able to pay attention, then to sustain attention. A declaration's only worth is as an extension of attention. You cannot control your mind by a declaration, but by discipline. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lecture, September 11, 1935.

Pay no attention to darkness; declare for the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 31, 1938.

Pay no attention to seeming foes, who have no power but their own conceits. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 14, 1938.

Though a thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand. – Psalm 91:7, pay no attention to it except to continue lifting and praying. – Edna Lister, A Design for Ascension, 1941.

Pay no attention to any self, yours or another's; see only the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 13, 1941.

When one has full desire to be pure, the Father pays no attention to what he spits out from past incarnations for lifting. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 6, 1941.

Awareness is a quality or state of being, the state of being informed and conscious, but without any action or active attention. You may be aware of a thing, then either forget it or pay attention to it. You often become aware of something through intuition before you give it your personal attention. Thus, awareness, attention and action form a trinity. – Edna Lister, Awareness, May 3, 1942.

Once you have vowed and prayed, your breath keeps on ascending as a prayer vibration, even though your attention may be drawn in another earth direction. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 29, 1942.

Keep the subconscious posted on everything that takes place around you. I have never had time just to work this out quietly. I have had to work it out right along with everything I must do, therefore, I have "seen" by observation along the way. You have powers of induction, deduction and analysis to use. Do not concentrate on the subconscious, for it will induct from the outer, whereas your job is to analyze as you go. Charge the subconscious to do so, then go about your business of being fully aware and mentally conscious. In other words, know what you are doing.

Concentrate so that you focus your full attention on what you do while you are doing it. Leave the superconscious free to dwell and create above. Charge the subconscious to be alive and alert on all three levels while you look up occasionally and observe what is transpiring. Keep track of all three levels as you go. You recall from the subconscious, since it retains all experiences, conditions and situations. Each memory cell must be alive. Keep going to your high place, your room of light, to recharge your batteries. Maintain your whole house in order and leave out nothing. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 30, 1944.

It takes constant practice, and holding focused attention, to train the subconscious mind to let go of its past rulership. It requires persistence to let the conscious mind stand as keeper of the floodgate of the River of Life, but the reward is far beyond the struggle. – Edna Lister, The Keys of the Kingdom, 1945.

You are ascended because of your continued attention to law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 19, 1945.

The conscious mind tracks everything and plans the great work plus watching the subconscious mind attending to details. You track both levels simultaneously. You could cook, plan creative activity and carry on an intelligent phone conversation simultaneously. This is dwelling on several planes at once. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 23, 1945.

Put 100 percent of yourself "on" when someone speaks to you. Focus complete attention on what you think about or do. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 16, 1945.

You have no other eye than the single eye, which is a searchlight. You cannot snoop in others' affairs while you are contemplating the laws of the universe. If your eye is single and focused on God, it cannot be focused on anything of earth. As you change your focus of attention, the searchlight will move upon it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 31, 1945.

Your full measure of service to truth is constantly and always to check yourself on indifference or carelessness, and to observe and attend to the details of living so that life or people can never catch you "off base." – Edna Lister, Six Creative Laws: The Keys of the Kingdom, September 1, 1945.

Plan more loving attention to the smallest details of daily living. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 17, 1945.

Pay attention. Do not tear down another's contribution; build from there. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1947.

You do not remember what people said because you were paying no attention. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 17, 1947.

You must pay all attention to all things always. Don't let your subconscious mind get away with a single thing. This you must do; face it, self-discipline is the way. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1947.

You can hold the place you have gained only by attention to details, present and future. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 17, 1947.

Pay attention! Saying, "I'm sorry," about your carelessness counts as indifference. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 17, 1947.

When you have no memory of instructions, it is due to lack of attention because of prejudice and opinions, preconceived ideas of your own way of how and why to do it. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 20, 1947.

Pay attention to the new. If you pay no attention, you curse your self for dragging you down when you gave it orders of deliberate, willful intent. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 21, 1947.

You do not become perfect by worshiping the self, but through attention and observation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 13, 1947.

Before entering an already "set" vibration, raise your vibration to its level. This calls for attention. You enter a "set" vibration at an office, home, shopping, etc., and raise your vibration of consciousness to cover that level. It might be below yours, but raise your awareness to understanding, which is agreeing with man and adjusting to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 8, 1948.

God pays no attention to the ugliness in peoples' minds. – Edna Lister, Forgiveness: The Path of Glory, October 21, 1951.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. – Psalm 91:7, yet may not drag your attention from the Love of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, 1951.

God pays no attention to lack of credits from the deductions your family gives you. – Edna Lister, Ye Are Gods, November 30, 1952.

Your meticulous attention on the outer reveals your inner desire. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 2, 1953.

Healing Power moves to heal wherever you consciously center your attention. – Edna Lister, Your Life's Plan, May 16, 1954.

You can attend with interest to those who bore you as easily as you can to the most brilliant persons. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

Self distracts our attention with incessant questioning and doubts. – Edna Lister, Your Broadcasting Station, October 2, 1955.

Anything you do is worthy of your attention, which is the right use of your devotion to God. – Edna Lister, Are You Interested in God?, October 9, 1955.

You must sustain your attention; if you pay only 5 or 10 percent attention, your molds fail, and the divine Substance to fill them flows away. – Edna Lister, You Shall Decree, November 1, 1955.

Accuracy of observation is learning to pay attention to what you are doing. – Edna Lister, Conquering Space, October 15, 1957.

Some listen with only ten percent of their attention. Become a full listener and ascend in consciousness with all your attention. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

Inattention on your part is a lack of interest and consideration. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 8, 1958.

When you truly start paying attention, details will become automatic. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 21, 1958.

Prayer requires your full attention on God. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

A mystic ascends under criticism without paying attention to what others think or say. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Pay no attention to the outer or the subconscious mind, except to lift. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

You can be "as perfect as your Father in heaven" by always keeping your mind and attention fixed on God. – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.

Paying attention is heeding the Lord. – Edna Lister, I Am the Truth, October 11, 1959.

Pay no attention to criticism or praise, whether others blame or butter you up with flattery. – Edna Lister, How Can I Apply Law to My Life, June 7, 1960.

To "wait" means to be a waiter, to pay attention, to give courteous service with consideration. "I make myself good and the other fellow happy. I give God the consideration of my love. I pay attention, always conscious that I am plugged in above." – Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord?, June 28, 1960.

If you focus your entire attention on a subject for ten minutes, you will know it. – Edna Lister, The Seven-Branched Candelabrum, October 10, 1961.

Wherever you center your attention, there you have your miracles. You must choose – Light or dark, up or down, self or soul. – Edna Lister, The Soul's Exaltation, November 13, 1961.

When you pay attention to self, you notice aches, pains, lacks and needs; you create a miracle of needs! Our whole life flows into "need molds," which are full of holes, such as self-pity, and are always empty. When you pay attention to soul, the fullness of supply makes your molds self-sealing, and the substance doesn't leak. – Edna Lister, The Soul's Exaltation, November 13, 1961.

Pay no attention to any negative, destructive ideas, or to any self, yours or another's. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 21, 1962.

Work at what is important and pay attention to everything you do. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 4, 1963.

Your Power-line follows your attention. What you pay attention to, grows, so pay attention to living in the Light, in accepting the Light. Attention, plus Power acting, increases the life anywhere you focus. If you focus on needs, such as illness, you have a miracle of increase, and the illness grows. – Edna Lister, The Golden Fleece, July 4, 1965.

There is only the one Power, and it must increase whatever you attend to, as you nourish it with desire, thinking and imagination. – Edna Lister, You Are Immortal Now, September 19, 1965.

Slipping at times on details, letting things "get by," especially doing what is not good for the whole world to do always, creates heavy cells of indifference, self-pity, etc. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 12, 1966.

You cannot be too watchful in your use of discretion, discrimination or discernment and constant attention to details, not to let your attention slip. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 12, 1966.

Watch self for manners and good taste. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 31, 1966.

Shift your attention from appearances to the is-ness of being. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 5, 1967.

Soul awareness is different from self-confidence. The difference is slight, but cross the line downward and there is danger. It leads fast into a bit of inattention and a dulling of vital awareness of the psychological warning bell. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 5, 1967.

Guardian angels will remind you that you are inattentive by suggestion and sharp prods. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 2, 1967.

"Nothing is too hard, too long or too small for attention" is the secret of ascension. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 2, 1967.

Power follows wherever your mind fixes its attention. If our mind wanders, it will create substance into bits of this or that, but create it must. – Edna Lister, Let There Be Light, March 16, 1969.

As a creators, you pay no attention to negativity on the outer. – Edna Lister, Your Chariot of Life, October 26, 1969.

Never take attention away from another or draw attention to them that will embarrass them. – Edna Lister, Hold High Your Scepter of Power, May 31, 1970.

Pay no attention to the false gods of earth. – Edna Lister, The Flaming Sword, June 28, 1970.

Pay no attention to criticism or to the world. – Edna Lister, Faith Complete Now, November 15, 1970.

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Treatments for Inattention

"I am always alive and alert to give thoughtful attention to all that I do." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Sermons, 1956.

A treatment for those whose attention wanders is, "Name, come back into your body." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Sermons, 1959.

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Etymology of attention: Latin attendere, "to heed": ad- "toward" + tendere, "to stretch."


Attention is a soul virtue.

Attention is a mental faculty.


Quotes

Attention is the voluntary direction of the mind on an object, with the intention of fully apprehending it. – William Hamilton

Attention is that state of mind which prepares one to receive impressions. – Henry Home, Lord Kames

When the ideas that offer themselves are taken notice of, and, as it were, registered in the memory, it is attention. – John Locke


References

Hamilton, Sir William. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic, volume 2 of 4 volumes. Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1860, 136.

Home, Henry, Lord Kames. Elements of Criticism, volume 2 of 2 volumes. Dublin: Charles Ingrahm, 1772, 483.

Locke, John. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book II. London: T. Tegg and Son, 1825, 124.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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