and the Power of Attention
By Lee McCormick, Co-author of
When we are
born into this world, there is a fully-operating reality awaiting us. The
family, neighborhoods, religions, cultures, and school systems we encounter have all been put in place to guide our attention and beliefs. With such diversity across the planet
and between the various cultures, religions, lifestyles, and belief
systems, the human experience is a huge range of interpretations, stories, and
Our inheritance of this awaiting reality is what we call the First
Attention — the way of being that we are first introduced to “our first story of life” that hooks our
attention as babies. Throughout
childhood, all the blanks are filled in and questions about life are answered.
We live according to this First Attention version of life and reality, and our personal belief system grows from
Most people live their entire lives within the construct of the First Attention, never really breaking it
apart or realizing that they are living from a program that has been passed
down from generation to generation as the only reality. This reality is perpetuated as a fact of life, while the truth is
this version of life is merely
a prefabricated complex matrix of beliefs and stories that are only as real as
our faith in them.
Beyond our First Attention version of life and reality, there awaits the great expanse of Life itself. All of the other cultures, communities, nations, peoples, traditions, beliefs, and religions make
up the colorful, creative reality of the Human Dream. The gift to be found in Life’s greatest challenges is
it can serve to crack open our First Attention version of life and leave us open to seeing the world from new points of view.
container of how life is “supposed to be” has been opened, most people can never put it back together again
— much like Humpty
Dumpty. A perfect example are some of the cases of military veterans who come
home from war and can never quite manage to fit back into their old identity.
The people back home are awaiting the return of the one who left for the war,
but after all of those intense, reality-altering experiences, that version of
the person no longer exists.
also happen with those who
have developed addictions and mental health issues.
Once we start questioning our personal reality — our inherited matrix of how life is “supposed to be” —
we find that perhaps
we don’t really believe in what we have been calling “reality.” Beneath
the years of holding it together, trying to live by the values and judgments of our First Attention version of life, we might realize that something is
just not true or congruent with our truth.
Opening to new possibilities can come in many forms and by many paths.
It doesn’t matter what
brings the invitation to look at life again for the second time; what matters
is if or how we
choose to respond to that invitation from a place of choice and discernment as
an adult. This is the beginning of our Second Attention reality. This is the space in time
we, as adults, take 100 percent
responsibility for our beliefs, relationships, choices, and the structure and
values we hold in our lives.
To move from
a First Attention life to a Second Attention life is a great journey in itself.
To answer the calling of Second Attention requires great courage and an interest in living our unique truth as individuals. The key is that we are holding our new awareness and process as a personal journey, not as something that requires validation
from others. This is the practice of creating a Second Attention Awareness. In our Dreaming Heaven, JourneyBook and DVD, we recount some of the most effective ways to enter the Second Attention Awareness rapidly, burning away the old First Attention husk.
Beyond the Second Attention Awareness is the Awareness of the Light, the knowing of life not by form
or definition, but as an expression of the Light of the creator. We move from living by reaction, judgment, and projection — to
living in the moment,
empowered by the deep level of responsibility we have taken in owning our life with all
of its aspects. This is the
Awareness of the Masters such as Jesus, Buddha, and Krishna. All the ascended
masters lived in this world, but were not of it.
This shift in our perception of reality offers us the opportunity to choose true freedom and authenticity as the New
Way of life. This is the calling to Dreaming Heaven, the awakening to live
consciously, aware, and
completely responsible for each belief, choice, and action.
Lee McCormick is the co-author of Dreaming Heaven: The
Beginning is Near (Hay
the powerful JourneyBook, DVD and meditation that enables you to walk in the
footsteps of Lee and his fellow guides as they take you on a journey to your authentic self by following the pathways of the great
mystery school at Teotihuacan, Mexico, first created by the Toltec masters
thousands of years ago. He is the executive producer and has a leading role in Dreaming Heaven. Visit: www.dreamingheaven.net