In my previous post, The Power of Intention (Part 1), I shared a powerful article written by Carolyn Caputo. The post was a simple overview of the power of Intention and how it can benefit your life.
Today, I would like to dive a little deeper into the Power of Intention and talk about how you can use it in your own life.
Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.
– Deepak Chopra
Intention comes from desire. When there is something that you want to do, the first thing you have to do is realize it! You must realize the ‘something’ that you want to do. This is intention. It is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the beginning form of what you want to create. Your destiny is shaped by your deepest desires deepest intentions.
So, how can you use intention to get what you want in life?
Here is what I personally do:
A lot of the time, I am just going through my day when I realize something that I would like to have in my life. For example, here are some things I realized that I would like: more travel, money, better eating habits, less stress and clutter in life, simplicity, living my dream life, etc. These thoughts always occur when I am right in the middle of doing something like while I am driving or with friends. Instead of meditating about it later, or forgetting about it; all I do is take a few seconds (literally like 3 seconds) to center myself, maybe close my eyes, and simply ask for it in my head. I don’t have a single worry or doubt when I ask for it. I simply ask in hopes of receiving. Then (in my mind again) I say thank you. It is good to show gratitude. Of course, you can always ask for what you want out loud, but for me personally I like to do it in my head. This is because it is done fast enough to not let any doubts or negative feelings come up while I am asking for what I want, but it is slow enough for me to center myself and really focus on my intention. It is also my favorite method because and I don’t have to stop what I was just in the middle of doing, since sometimes I can’t, and I know that I’ll totally forget if I try to come back to doing my intention later.
That’s it. After that, I simply move on with my day, knowing that I have harnessed the power of Intention and done my work. Now all I have to do is wait for it to come back to me- and it always does. I always feel like it is so miraculous every time, but it always consistent. Be sure to be very thankful when your intention comes back to you.
I don’t always use this method to harness the power of intention. Sometimes I meditate for longer periods of time to really focus on something or multiple things that I would like to bring into (or extract from) my life. The hard part about longer meditation is to not try to figure out how you are going to get from where you are now to where you would like to be. That is the Universe’s job. When I meditate for the purpose of manifesting my desires, I like to use one of Deepak Chopra’s meditation guides. If you don’t know who Deepak Chopra is, then definitely check out his books. I have read a few of them myself and now I have the rest of his books lined up to read next! I find his words very inspiring and eye-opening and I always grow as a person from reading them. Here is one of his meditation methods to harness the power of Intention:
1. Slip into the gap.Most of the time our mind is caught up in thoughts, emotions, and memories. Beyond this noisy internal dialogue is a state of pure awareness that is sometimes referred to as “the gap.” One of the most effective tools we have for entering the gap is meditation. Meditation takes you beyond the ego-mind into the silence and stillness of pure consciousness. This is the ideal state in which to plant your seeds of intention2. Release your intentions and desiresOnce you’re established in a state of restful awareness, release your intentions and desires. The best time to plant your intentions is during the period after meditation, while your awareness remains centered in the quiet field of all possibilities. After you set an intention, let it go — simply stop thinking about it. Continue this process for a few minutes after your meditation period each day.3. Remain centered in a state of restful awareness .Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your higher self knows that everything is all right and will be all right, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen.4. Detach from the outcome .Relinquish your rigid attachment to a specific result and live in the wisdom of uncertainty. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Intend for everything to work out as it should, then let go and allow opportunities and openings to come your way.5. Let the universe handle the details .Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of the universe in motion. Trust that infinite organizing power to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your desires. Don’t listen to the voice that says that you have to be in charge, that obsessive vigilance is the only way to get anything done. The outcome that you try so hard to force may not be as good for you as the one that comes naturally. You have released your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right.
Don’t expect it all to work right away. For example, if you used Intention to bring more happiness to yourself on a daily basis, don’t wake up the next morning frustrated that it didn’t work. It will come back to you when the time is right. Just let it go and be patient.
Start today. Keep your mind open to what you want, and practice simply asking for it with no worries. It takes some practice to harness the power of Intention, but with time you will be astounded with the wonders it can do for your life.
To living your best life,