A clear intention, derived from a state of presence, combining both thought and feeling – has the power to be heard – it has the power to create movement and change in our lives.
Intention is how we set our creativity into motion – it is how we move towards the creation of our dreams. By stating a clear intention we put into action what we desire at the deepest level of our being.
We often confuse goals with intentions, yet they are very different. Goals are future-oriented and are based on what we want, believe we need, or what we feel is lacking in our life. Intentions are present-oriented and are based on knowing what we deeply value. They are meaningful guidelines for how we want to live each day.
We can set goals to acquire or achieve material possessions, status, security, comfort, or pleasurable experiences, but intentions run much deeper. They are more expansive than goals because they consider a larger perspective of our life: who we are, how we contribute, as well as who we will be as a result of living our intentions.
Intentions are the embodiment of our values – they are how we put our values into action each day. They are the expression of what matters most to us, and a commitment to how, in each moment, we will live.
Living with clear intention is an everyday practice that relies upon an awareness of the present moment. It is the practice of remembering how we want to be – while we are in the midst of living our life.
Living with clear intention requires that we ask ourselves two questions as we move through the activities of our day:
Am I being true to my deepest desire?
Am I staying aligned with my deepest values?
The reason why many of us find it difficult to manifest what we most desire, is because we often have unclear or conflicting intentions. We may say we want to feel safe and secure, yet at the same time we say we want to be open to whatever life brings. We may feel ready to transform our lives, but at the first sign of discomfort – we realize it is not what we really want.
Even when we feel strongly about what it is we are asking for, often we are not clear about what the potential outcome of our request might be.
At a deep level of my being, I feel a strong desire to advance in consciousness. This feeling of desire is stronger than my need for comfort or pleasure. Yet I am clear that I am not willing to jump off a cliff, like Don Juan asked Carlos Casteneda to do. My clear intention is to advance in consciousness in a consistent, gentle, and balanced way.
My intentions have not always been this clear. At the start of my healing journey there were times when I put my body and life at risk in pursuit of higher consciousness. I had to learn the hard way – to experience the impact of disregarding the needs of my body while in pursuit of any goal or dream.
Now, I consider the value of both the physical and spiritual aspects of myself. I move through the process of advancing in consciousness with a clear intention for connection and wholeness – not separation.
Our intentions are moving us – whether we are conscious of them or not.
Setting a clear intention is not always an easy task as our unconscious traumas can reveal desires very different from that of our conscious mind. At a deeper level of our being our strongest desire may be to prevent any reoccurrence of the trauma or pain we have experienced in the past. Even if we have set a clear intention to heal, it is possible that the deepest part of us is yearning for something different.
Our true intentions are found in our knowing, the feeling of deep fulfillment within our body, in the intuitive sense of our destiny. Through a practice of stillness, we can learn to feel the difference between intentions that come from a place of knowing, or those derived from a place of lack, need, or fear. This subtle difference can be found in our emotions, our nervous system response, the fullness of our breath, and the way we carry tension in our body.
Through deep listening, we can explore and unravel the non-beneficial thought patterns we carry. We can discover where we hold trauma, and support our body to release it. We can feel our emotions, and clear the pain of our past away. Once we know our body, mind, and emotions better, we will be able to set clearer intentions for our life.
With presence and focus, a clear intention can become the directed voice of our consciousness. From this higher state, we set an intention, and then release our attachment to the outcome. Even though the timing may be unclear, we trust that what is right will arrive at the perfect time.
Aligned with our consciousness, one clear intention can set the organizing power of the Universe in motion, propelling us one step closer to our destiny.
Photograph by Drew Torrente