We live in an Age of Accelerations. The “ability” to multitask is highly touted. But beware. When you “multitask” you give up your Attention & you let it blow in whatever wind happens to be passing by. And that’s why you end up becoming a Qanon Conspiracy Theorist & an Insurrectionist.
Over this past week I have listened to Volume I CD 1 of the 13 CD set, “The Silmarillion” & it is an audio performance, unabridged of the text of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Silmarillion” & it is dramatically narrated by Martin Shaw & it came out about 1977 or so. I have listened to just this first CD three times. It is about 71 minutes long & is divided into 16 tracks & it is loaded with important information that helps you to better understand the background history & mythology of Middle Earth. It is one of the deepest & most amazing mythic narratives ever created. And, it was created close to the middle of the 20th Century.
A few years later, the BBC did a complete radio play of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with multiple actors involved. Because it was a radio play & not a cinematic production, it stimulated my Imagination in ways similar to how Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars Martian Series stimulated my Imagination in my early teenage years. I listened to that radio play as it unfolded in Eugene, Oregon in the Spring of 1981 on the local National Public Radio station in Eugene, Oregon, KLCC, I believe it was.
It was so easy to just give myself over to the narrative. To surrender. To not succumb to the temptation to try to multitask. That is often what ends up happening now when I try to listen to an audio narrative or sit down & read a book. And I know that now for the first time in many years I am beginning to be able to resist that temptation to multitask, but rather, to totally surrender to my Imagination & to let my Imagination do the Thinking for a Change. After all, the Imagination is, indeed, the Mind of Fire. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Thrice Greatest.
Interestingly enough, I got a “Celestine Prophecy 1st Insight” confirmation message from Morning Edition this morning on National Public Radio. James Cameron was interviewed & he talked about his most recent movie, “Avatar: The Way of Water” as well as several of his other major successes, like, Alien, Terminator 2 & Titanic.
James was asked the question, “What about those people who didn’t go to the big theater, but who watched it on their Smartphones?” James Cameron made it clear that, at a minimum, you would need a high end large flat panel TV & a great sound system & you should not sit too far away from the screen, and then, you might get an at home experience of the film that approximates the immersive experience you get at a big cinema.
And, James Cameron went on to remark that this all hinges on our addiction to the idea that multitasking is always a good thing. Well… guess what? No it isn’t. Multitasking is anathema to the Contemplative & Meditative Practices of High Thaumaturgy. And even the most basic of the Yogas, such as Hatha Yoga, are based upon the Mastery of Self via the very first steps which are very simple ones like the Mastery of your Breathing, and, of your Thinking. Of your Attention. And of your Intention.
It is all about Attention & Intention. But the Practice at Attention has to come first.
James Cameron hit the nail right on the head about the need to resist the temptation to multitask. It isn’t always a good thing. And sometimes, it is even a dangerous thing, like, when you try to Text & Drive at the same time.
So, don’t do it, when you want to go to it, when you want to… split yourself in two…
Or scatter brain matter all over the wall…
Take a Break
Let go of the wheel.