We respect and worship those who showcase the power of concentration. Our entire civilisation is based on controlling our mind. People who can tame their mind are considered powerful and rightly so. Society survives because of our ability to control desires which are harmful. However, there is another activity which is equally important for the survival of human beings. It’s daydreaming.
During concentration, we focus our mind on one point or one object. When we do this often, our mind becomes powerful. Usually, energies in our mind are scattered in various directions. When they come together, the mind undergoes transformation. Once we achieve the ability to concentrate at will, many other areas in our life are also transformed. The narrower the point of concentration, the better. I could be wrong here, but I feel that the reason why monks/nuns are powerful is because of their extremely narrow point of concentration. Some of them chant just one mantra and repeat the same set of words/one word all the time. Paradoxically, the narrower the point of concentration, the more wide you can reach. Maybe that is the reason why monks or nuns have so much knowledge about the entire universe.
In daydreaming, on the other hand, the whole process is turned upside down. Here the point of concentration is so wide…there are so many objects, so many points. You just follow whatever that interests you. You are open to EVERYTHING. And then, everything converges into one point. All the random things come together and a beautiful effortless pattern is woven. However, you cannot decide to daydream with an intention to reach this point because then, it won’t be daydreaming. You see, there is no place for cleverness in daydreaming.
Contrary to popular opinion, daydreaming is not so easy. Only a rebellious person can daydream because this activity challenges everything that we have been taught since childhood. Daydreaming has no purpose. You follow your curiosity, you ‘waste’ time. Time is running out? Who cares? Your reputation is at stake? Doesn’t matter.
A healthy society and a healthy individual will have place for both concentration and daydreaming.