THE FIXATION ON EFFECTS!

   Some years ago I noted a curious parallel between the NBC News, and a Mental Hospital I was in. Both were strongly fixated upon EFFECTS and the need to STOP them from happening.

   On the NBC News it took the form of showing explosions, massive crowds waving their fists, and Contras marching through the jungle. But not a word about cause or where all this commotion was coming from or even where it intended to go. Just effect ad nauseam.

   In the Mental Hospital, a patient would do or say something odd, and the Staff would immediately jump in with an impulse to stop it. They hardly ever explored what had happened or its cause. They were like the mother who continually says, "Johnny, whatever you're doing, stop it!"

   Occasionally I explored the cause of an upset, and could usually find out what had happened and why.

   Attention goes naturally to action and motion. When I directed High School plays, I had two major principles: (1) when you speak, make yourself heard, and (2) MOVE! Motion attracts attention and lets the audience know who is speaking.

   The three dentists I assisted in the Mental Hospital is another example of the attention getting power of someone in motion. Two of them did nothing, and had "no problem." The third did a dental survey of the whole hospital and was fired. His being in action drew attention. And attention, in our society, is frequently critical.

   How come it is so common, having one's attention stuck on the effect end? Is this a basic mechanism in back of engrams? After all, what is an engram but a literally striking effect.

   Axiom 10 states "The highest purpose in this universe is the creation of an effect."

   The goal to create an effect can tend to fixate life on those effects which have aleady been created. "I wish I had done (could do) that." One gets what one puts one's attention on, and so life collapses terminals with any effect, but most strongly with that special effect which it itself is trying to create.

   There are some popular sayings: "The easiest man to con is a con man." "He was hoist with his own petard (harmed by that with which he was trying to harm others)." "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Create those effects you would like to receive - because you will receive them - the overt motivator theory).

   All of these recognize the particular attraction one has toward what one is trying to create (or destroy) since this is postulated to be valuable and desireable (or terrible and repulsive). So if another produces this same "valuable" or "terrible" effect, one's attention is going to be naturally attracted to it.

   Playing checkers with a friend, I said, "My goal is to win." He replied, "My goal is to play well." Thinking about this, I concluded that he was right. If one has his attention only on the final goal, it is fixed upon a future effect, rather than involved in what he is doing right now.

   Life seems to be attracted to sticky effects. Direct application of the comm formula - cause, distance, effect - may be the best way to handle a stuck effect, by moving it back to the cause end.

   Can this be done? In my biofeedback work, I've found that it can be. When I projected the thought of live beings in near-by space, with various thoughts about me or intentions towards me, I got immediate TA.

   Another example is anger. Frequently, is back of this is grief or hurt. If this is contacted, a way to the cause opens up.

   Another approach is to "Create something (or someone) of which (or of whom) you are the effect." This gives a rather curious feeling and is a conscious assignment of cause. Recognizing that one is doing it establishes control and responsibility for the action. Thus a primary goal of auditing is achieved.

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