If anything exists in your life it is only because you have at some point payed attention to it, or are paying attention to it on the precise moment in which it is being manifested in your life.
Nothing, can ever exists in your conscious mind, if you have never ever payed attention to it. This does not mean that the nature, truth, and reality of something which you do not pay attention to ceases to exist in the universe, but it rather ceases to exist in your mind, which is responsible for making up your world.
This concept is not only limited to material things, but every single thing which could be held in a human mind, in my opinion, is subject to follow the motions of these theory.
This theory could be made clear by painting an example which could lead to an insight for better understanding of the theory and implications. A good example to make this theory clear would be the example of a person who has been living in a certain house for many years, without the knowledge that a few feet beneath the ground of their backyards lies hidden a treasure worth millions of dollars.
The fact that the person in this example, lacks the knowledge of such treasure even existing, clearly does not even give them a chance to direct their attentions towards the treasure. Therefore, the treasure, although it is indeed, buried in the backyard, in the mind of the person living there, it does not even exist.
As a matter of fact, in case like this example, most people would not possess the knowledge that would allow them to bring their attention to the treasure hidden in the backyard.
To anyone who can see (with their mind, not only physical eyes) the backyard in its most outer layer, in its most superficial form, would only see a typical backyard. Nothing special. nothing out of the ordinary.
But to the few, who have attained understanding of the amazing treasure lying beneath the ground, that backyard is surely not just any backyard. To this people that backyard represents something which is by far much bigger and of much greater value than how it is perceived by all others.
These, people, in possession of the extremely valuable knowledge of the treasure lying within the ground, can direct their attention towards something which goes deeper than simply the superficial outlook, they can see beyond the tip of the iceberg.
You should not let this example fool you into believing that the only things which could be missed by our attention are those things which are hidden, and buried as was the treasure in our previous example. In reality if we do not train and deeply understand our attention, then we can easily miss elephants placed in front of our eyes.
If we follow the claims of this theory, then although those elephants are in front of us, we would still not be able to see them. Therefore we might many times bump against them and generate irrational and inefficient feelings and emotions, given the fact that in a case as such, we would have absolutely no idea why we are getting hurt, and what is it that we are bumping into.
knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, and understanding open the “eye of the mind”. The more we open the eye of the mind the more we can see. Because if we reach a level of understanding about anything then we can finally start to see it. And if we can see it, then we can use it to our advantage, we can avoid it, we can control it, we can learn from it, and we can learn to also see other similar things.
Not only does attention makes us see what we have at some point placed into it, But it also leads us to see with a much higher definition what we constantly pay intense attention to. Even if something, is already capable of being grasped by our attention, still many times distractions steal the grasp attention has of them and makes them invisible for a moment. Like your breathing, the feeling of your shirt on your body, the background music softly playing, the feeling of your butt against the chair, and many other things which illustrate how something goes out of sight when attention is not given to it.
Attention, in my opinion could be infinitely developed. I believe God has given our brains an ability to infinitely adapt and develop whatever we rationally demand of it. From babies to teenagers and to adults, we continue to gradually develop our attention to hold a lot more in place at a time. We push our minds to grasp more and they adapt to growing and developing the muscle of attention. This usually happens unconsciously, therefore imagine the unbelievable levels of strength in attention which could be reached with intent, conscious, and constant development of such a powerful faculty.
The stronger your attention, your control, understanding, grasp, and use of it, the more you see. The higher above others you rise. You see more, you see from higher up, and you are at much higher levels of consciousness.