Without clear intention nothing happens- at least nothing real. There is a lot of talk in spiritual circles (mine included) about allowing things to unfold. But significant experiences don’t just happen. When something powerful opens up for us, it was our intention (or someone else’s) that opened the door for it to happen.
Let’s use the example of doing ceremony. I use ceremony in workshops for people to experience their natural gift. Once the energy of the ceremony kicks in, it affects people in ways that I could not have foreseen or understood intellectually. At that point, it is best to ‘get out of the way’ and things to unfold.
However, without the intention of the facilitator declaring, “I open the door for people to experience their natural gift” (or whatever you intend for them), the transformative energy or ‘magic’ never happens.
But why reserve this for ceremony or spiritual practice? Why not walk with clear intention in your everyday life? So whether in a workshop, yoga class, party, birthday party, business event, lunch with a friend, vacation, date, or any orchestrated experience, someone needs to have the courage to say, “I want this happen.” This bold intention energetically opens the door for extraordinary things to happen.
Sure it takes more focus and work. But why not take an extra moment going into an experience, and honestly ask yourself, “What would I like to see happen in this experience?” (Note: it only really works if you consider what is best for everyone involved.) Then send out an intention or prayer for that to happen. And then watch what unfolds.
Say you are going to a business meeting. You take that extra moment and think to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone in this meeting felt like they were a part of the decision making process?” And you put out that intention. And then you act in accordance with that intention during the meeting. So you ask the smart and quiet introvert in the meeting what she thinks. And you encourage to share her idea even though she says, “I don’t know” (because she does).
You will be amazed at what happens. People leave saying, “Wow, that was the coolest meeting I have ever been to.”
Why is that? Because you cared enough to create an intention.
What experiences that you participate in could benefit from you creating an intention?
Posted on Wed, January 29, 2014
by Michael Hoffman filed under