With aim, we create structure, drive and purpose. Without aim, we wander and dream without getting much done.
Aim is something that takes us in a specific direction, so when we dedicate time and energy to create aims, we begin to direct ourselves toward something.
Recently I have been rereading Life Is Real Only Then When I Am by G.I. Gurdjieff. He speaks a lot about aim and sets himself to very lofty tasks. At one point it is clear he is very dissatisfied with the very long book he has written. No one can really understand what he is putting forth, so he decides to rewrite the book under ominous circumstances of illness and injury.
I get inspired reading about these lofty aims because most of us do not set ourselves to do large tasks and then follow through. We certainly aren’t going to take action without a clear and present aim.
Aim brings focus and potentiality, especially if we pronounce our aim to others.
There is energy behind an aim simply because it exists. We specify deadlines, quantities, and achievements. The important thing is the setting of the goal for without it we do not start making attempts to fulfill the necessary tasks to make that happen.
Once an aim is in place, we can begin the daily discipline required. This is what develops our Being. It depends on how much intentional suffering we can bear. This daily discipline creates inner struggle as discipline always does. There are days when we certainly do not want to do the required action to keep it going. This intentional “suffering” builds something more in us that we did not have before. We start to understand microstruggle and must deal with that.
When the struggle is at its high point, we must remember our aim. We take ourselves out of present difficulty of specific details of the day and remember the bigger picture. We can sit back and know that everything worthwhile takes time and effort and surrender.
This is why an aim is more difficult when it is not created from an integrated aspect of ourselves. When aims are created from “shoulds” we run into bigger problems. We discover who we are when we fail at those types of aims. If our heart is not in it, we experience the battle of two parts within us; one that thinks we should and the other that thinks we shouldn’t. Unless we have worked on cohesion within ourselves, aims help to do that for us.
Simply doing what “it” doesn’t want on a daily basis will reap huge rewards. Take the examples of going on a diet, quitting a bad habit, acquiring better skills in something. These are uphill battles that will require immense inner struggle throughout the process. As we continue to intentionally put ourselves in these situations, something starts to change.
We have made a pact within ourselves to work on ourselves, even if we fail over and over. As the energies working within us transform suddenly something becomes much easier.
I have seen this happen over and over with students over the years. There is an aim to meditate daily and work on oneself. It is difficult in the beginning and there is lots of failure and discouragement. Within the group, we keep each other going. We keep each other accountable Over time there is a distinct point in which this work drops from their head to their heart. This is the point at which the aim is much more achievable. It has an inner meaning. There has been enough small progress to tip the scales so that they want to work. There is a charge behind it that was not there before. Efforts become easier and more productive.
So in the end we see that aim creates not only focus but striving, inner struggle, momentum and vivification.
Let me know about your aim.
Proclaim it below.