Notes on Attention and Self-Improvement

These words and comments suggest how I have, at one time or another, considered or learned . about certain ways of using my mind. The MIND is not yet fully defined or understood. However, many words represent some of its functions in our consciousness, awareness, and subconscious: memory, and its store of ideas, thoughts, emotions, feelings, images, experiences, dreams, imagination and countless discussions and encounters.

A Few Notes: Attention-memory-ghosts-2014-19

Attention is basic to all learning A major “idea-scheme” could be developed using these topics

The Mind

The Body and Attention

The Senses

Attention by–

Attention to–

Attention—why

Attention–training of senses

Natural attention—infants and children—why, basic needs, instinct, built-in physical and mental responses—Brain changes over childhood (aging) reduce “natural” attention

Artificial attention—habit, body, attention, trained to bypass mental attention processes, via short-cut synapses—habits, physical disability, etc.

Education as the development of mental and physical habits (list elements of “habit-learning

Habit purpose—educational, environmental, emotional, subconscious

Necessary habits—personal maintenance, work, play, pleasure, physical needs, etc. –most humans have these—they are almost automatically developed

Awareness of questionable habits is essential—ones that make life “normal”

Exploring habit development processes—the habit of learning

Purposes—immediate, long-term, focus in why—techniques of habit control

Habit as Trance—e.g. Necessary to normal living, physical senses and body/brain control, memory, association process, “How does the body/mind move from attention to habit—e.g. Such as scratching, driving, gestures, eating, etc. Studies?

Pscience is an effort to apply science to the immaterial world of spirit. P. 53, Ghosts are in 5 categories—entities, imprints, warps, poltergeists, naturals.

Ghost minds are in some other dimension, is the MIND another dimension, or does it ACCESS ONE, or different ones? Cacye and others describe “spirit” dimensions—or alternative thinking processes. Much anecdotal data, almost no scientific studies (because “science” is often self- limited.)

  1. In the Spirit, Meditation—spaces between the thoughts—roles of mathematics, imagery, memory, visions, emotions, consciousness levels
  2. The role of emotion in states of consciousness (Head Trip) Dreams, (dimension change?), strength of emotion, of attention to and awareness of source, cause, need to act/react, reject, fight against, totally immerse self, etc.
  3. Emotion and meditation—are they incompatible, different mental states, etc.
  4. One’s “inner space” awareness—journeys, control of emotion, awareness and process
  5. The “boundaries” of consciousness—control, awareness of them, uses for–
  6. Intentional mental-physical interaction for self-adjustment—improve, change, etc.
  7. The responses to individual emotions—fear/anger, love/compassion, etc.
  8. Body Energy—using mental imagery to direct energy to body parts is not new, but is difficult to accomplish. Like other meditation, training is necessary for “any” positive results. This is NOT an exhaustive listing. Any library will have dozens of books and AV materials that explain some of these concepts and ideas. For example, a recent book suggests that most of us have a “genius” capability at some level that can, by effort and practice be activated. I am not sure that the title is accurate—since I think that mental abilities are on “continua” and can evolve quickly or slowly depending upon one’s experiences. That in itself is a basis for dozens of studies, analysis, and careful predictive suggestions. I am providing this for anyone whose interests involve ways of thinking and the uses of thinking for improving ways of living. Another example I have recently read is named Coders, and is actually a history of the development of computer language and how those who are engaged in what is now a profession (that includes “hackers” and criminals who have businesses whose essential employees are “coders.”) The Internet and Social Media are a major aspect of our future. The impact on society has been obvious and will increase. The kinds of people whose abilities to use their “talents” differ from those of the sailors and craftsmen of the 17th and 18th centuries, the farmers and entrepreneurs and engineers and of the 19th and 20th. These were developed abilities for the most part, as is “coding.” But major changes in what people MUST know to survive evolve and will continue to do so. Being aware of, and able to anticipate that must be a skill taught not only to teachers, but to EVERY person. Our ability to “free ourselves from dependence on others” continues to be minimized, as the world’s population increases, resources decrease, environmental change becomes an increasing challenge and government becomes less effective in maintaining order. The challenge of the next 50 years will test whether Homo Sapiens” is a survivor, or will go the “way of all flesh,” and either evolve into a “Homo Superior” of some other more capable than we are. Or, will “nature” have to assert itself and “start over?” Or not? (These notes are taken from various collected papers in books such as “the Guardian of All Things The Epic Story of Human Memory. (Malone, M.S. ST. Martins, NY: 2012.) “Pscience” ( Jones, M., Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2007.) Story of Attitudes and Emotions. Berkeley Books,( Cayce, E. NY”: 1982.) (“The Head Tr[p”) Warren, J. Random House, NY, 2007. Unless quoted, the notes are my summaries.) Update—8/7/29 Cardillo, J. (Body Intelligence. Atria. NY: 2015)

John H. Langer, JD, EdD.

Bethesda (8/7/19)


John H. Langer, JD, Ed.D. Retired Federal agency manger, former professor of education, public school administrator, and writer of a number of articles and publications on education, public affairs, substance abuse and social issues. In writing a book on attention and memory as it relates to education, this blog is helping to focus attention n current issues, and hopefully, add something useful as well.

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