Excerpt About Specificity

Seeing Things in Greater Detail

When you get precise, you don’t necessarily zero in, you just get clearer, sharper. To get more specific, you need to see more details. So in precision, you’re seeing the delineation, the sharper contrast—to know that what you are looking at is this and not that—while specificity means that you’re seeing things in greater detail. Both are necessary skills or capacities for understanding our experience. And just like precision, specificity is a capacity that can be more or less developed in us. Some of us don’t know how to get specific, while some of us can get specific down to minute details. Some of us can keep changing our lenses so that we have a zooming mechanism available to our inner eye. Some of us don’t have a zoom lens, so we compensate with other capacities. So we have now looked at two kinds of focus: a focus that is one-pointed so
that you can follow the thread, and a focus that zeroes in by being specific. And both these qualities—the one-pointedness and the specificity—have to do with the Essential Identity. One-pointedness comes from the fact that the Essential Identity is a point, and specificity is derived from its being the most specific presence possible. It’s interesting how the geometrical and the affective sides of the Point are interconnected, and how both affect our consciousness and capacity. Geometrically the Essential Identity is a point, but in terms of feeling, it is the most specific kind of feeling—the feeling of identity.

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