How often do you think about intention? I’m guessing not very often. Intention is very powerful and something that we should not neglect when working to make things happen in our lives. First, the definition of intention as provided by the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary:
intention, n. 1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. 2. the end or object intended; purpose.
There are two very important words in this definition: ‘determining’ and ‘purpose.’ If a person is to reach a goal, they must focus their intention by determining their purpose. Certainly, I can have a goal of writing a book and becoming published, but why? What is my purpose in working toward this goal? Without the why I will have no motivation and no drive. This will be evident to any who encounter my writing and will not provide positive results.
There are many who believe in the power of intention itself. The idea is that one can influence results in their lives simply by putting their intentions out into the universe. For some this is prayer, for others magick, and can even be as simple as writing the intention on a postcard on the fridge. One cannot take a backseat to their goals; intention is everything.
I want to say only a small amount about this concept because I know that it is best understood when experienced rather than read. I would like all that read this post to try using intention to manifest something in their lives. There are many ways to do this, some of which rely heavily on spiritual belief systems, but others can be completely secular. Those that come to mind immediately: prayer, candle lighting, meditation, posting “intention reminders” throughout the house, telling another person your intention and asking them to hold you accountable to it, and journaling. Sometimes, just saying something out loud can make it that much more real. By verbalizing our thoughts and feelings we give them life.
Try something listed here or develop your own way of focusing your intention. There is no limit to this exercise. Let us know what happens!