Bead 6 – Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What specific lines, phrases, or presenter voices captured my attention in Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action?

  2. Considering depth exercises or practices as “using my absolute freedom to choose a relationship” is clarifying for me because…

    If this understanding of depth is not clarifying, it is confusing to me because…

  3. I grasp “Prayer is the action before the action” (Campbell/Gilles) to mean…

    I have experienced this dynamic in my own life when…

  4. From my encounter with Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action I now grasp the relationship between my freedom and my interior intentions and “historical action” as…

  5. Five historical figures who have captured my attention because of their decision to connect deep interior intentions with the external world around them include:

  6. As a result of my encounter with Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action, new or renewed personal relational practices I may consider include:

  7. Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What are some of the lines or phrases from Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action that now linger in your awareness?

  2. Talk about your grasp of depth practices or exercises as “using one’s absolute freedom to choose relationships” as clarifying or confusing for you and why.

  3. Describe or illustrate the “freedom” referred to throughout Attention, Intention, Prelude to Action. How is this “freedom” different or distinct from some sort of political, economic, physical, or moral freedom?

  4. Talk about your understanding and experience of the statement: “Prayer is the action before the action” (Campbell/Gilles). How is this understanding different than magic or hocus pocus?

  5. Talk about one individual who provided an illustration of connecting deep interior life and intention to historical action. What have you learned from this example?

  6. What personal practices are you inspired to undertake as a result of encountering Attention, Intention, Prelude?

  7. What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss?

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