Unceasingly Active (Book excerpt from chapter 3)
Attention is also fundamental to our experience in that it is incessantly present, i.e. active.
It is always or continuously directed towards something. It can change the content of its orientation constantly or very often in the course of a day, an hour, or even within a minute or second, but it always has a content, an object. In other words, we are constantly aware of something. Even while we are sleeping and dreaming.
Whether awake or in a dream, whether we are alone or with others, whether we talk, or listen to others, whether we are physically or mentally active, whether we do something at all or even do nothing(!); we are constantly attentive to something. And this does not mean that we are only attentive to thoughts and images in our imagination, but also to sensations and to completely different physical states; or to the most diverse emotions; even to sometimes very subtle, very fine, inconceivable and unspeakable experiences...
So we might be able - there‘s nothing really proven; at least I can‘t prove it here - to consider as the only exception our state in deep sleep - or a “similar“ state like the coma - during which we are not attentive to something, provided we don‘t dream while lying in a coma, or it‘s not a coma in which some level of awake consciousness is activated after all.
Except in the cases mentioned, there are only a few exceptional moments in the waking state in which we are not aware of anything. Such moments are possible during a change of state.
If, for example, after a rather long mental exertion, we come into the saving pleasure of a break and feel the whole mental effort suddenly collapse... In such a moment of relaxation the excitement of our attention can diminish so much that we – indirectly and retrospectively observed – experience thoughtlessness for at least short moments; our attention is not focused on anything and therefore it is ...as good as “not there at all“ or moves only extremely softly and unnoticed.
Or when we wake up from a deep sleep and we need a moment to be completely mentally active. In such a moment we are still half asleep with all our physical energy. During this state, the necessary activation tension for the full functioning of our attention activity is not yet present.
This circumstance offers us another opportunity to feel what it is like when our attention is absent or lies fallow. We rest and are energetically certain to be present; we just don‘t notice anything; we don‘t even notice ourselves!
Also extreme feelings like fear or awestruck amazement or other intensive (also positive) experiences and sensations in general, which because of their intensity temporarily suspend our working mind, are able to switch off our attention.
The incessant stream of our attention is synonymous with the entirety of our lifetime. How we can affect this stream, how we can influence both its direction and the way it flows - these are vitally significant life questions.
A Questionable "Creation" (Book excerpt from chapter 5)
In our metapostmodern times, a so-called disorder seems to be spreading massively. Well, at least it is diagnosed massively...
It is (as we will see in part III) a disturbance of inner tranquility or ease. It is so disturbed at its root that it has strong to alarming seismic effects on one of our most important abilities. What is meant is our ability to pay attention. Usually the said disturbance of inner calm is called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or abbreviated: ADHD.
Already in the fifties scientists spoke of mental deficits in people who have difficulty being attentive, and especially in situations in which they are expected to be attentive. Later, they spoke of minimal brain dysfunction and hyperkinesis (excessive urge to move). In 1980, the American Psychiatric Society (APA) finally created the term Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) for it. But in 1987, APA also saw this disorder as associated with hyperactivity, a condition that sometimes accompanies ADD. However, ADD and hyperactivity can also occur in isolation. When they occur together, they are called ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Today, however, ADHD is (additionally) an inappropriate and uncontrollably impulsive behavior or an even more general inability to control one‘s own behavior...
Which symptoms are referred to as ADD or ADHD? These are forgetfulness, distractibility, nervousness and impatience, inner and outer restlessness, impulsiveness, difficulty in working, playing or speaking attentively or staying attentive long enough, difficulty in following instructions or completing tasks, and generally inappropriate social behavior.
If at least six of these or similar symptoms occur simultaneously and have a clearly problematic impact on areas such as work, school, coping with everyday life, human relationships or social behavior, APA speaks of ADD or ADHD.
The Message Of ADHD
(Book excerpt from chapter 13)
ADHD is a blessing because it communicates to us – in an outspoken and direct manner – a need that needs to be heard and understood. It is a healthy and urgent reaction to the self-alienation that human world development wants to impose on us (controlled or unintentionally).
ADHD behavior is a reaction of mentally and emotionally healthy people who decisively resist to what is going wrong. An ADHD behavior is an inner cry: “Dear world, I don‘t feel well in you and that worries me deeply. I don‘t know what to do... Help!“
Plato sums it up with simple words. He speaks of life that is contrary to nature:
“Where the diseases originate from is probably obvious to everyone. For since there are four areas from which the body is joined together, earth, fire, water, and air, it is the lack or abundance of them that is contrary to nature, as well as the exchange of the place to which one is entitled with a place alien to him.“
Thus, according to Plato, a life contrary to nature leads to an abundance and/or a lack and/or sometimes even a misuse and therefore to a confusion of life forces.
ADHD is such a fundamental confusion or an erroneous mixing ratio of natural life energy.
ADHD is the result of a lifestyle that is bombarded and polluted by a variety of unnaturalities.
Adult ADHD sufferers may be able to become aware of ADHD on their own, perhaps with some help from others.
However, children and adolescents affected by ADHD almost always need the help, knowledge and support of adults.
In both cases, ADHD can be completely resolved in its “negativity“ and completely controlled in its “positivity“.
This is done in a natural way by purifying and reordering the sources of our attention force - existential reality, emotional nourishment, energetic balance, mental clarity and organismic action - so that their self-sustaining cycle naturally flows and nourishes itself through a feeling life.
If the laws of nature are disregarded in purifying and reordering these sources, ADHD will not dissolve.
The ADHD event is a strong indication of the need to meditate and contemplate on the true content of the terms ‘nature‘, ‘natural‘ and ‘disturbance‘, to penetrate it through true science and deep understanding, and to do justice to it through a truly natural life.
This would not only give us the solution for ADHD, but significantly more. We would already be standing with one foot in the realm of fullness.