"Everything in the universe begins with intention.” -Deepak Chopra
Before every action there is an inspiration behind it. Most begin with a "soul spark" of a feeling that becomes realized, whether it be making tea, calling a friend or booking yourself a trip. The "energy that creates worlds" (as Abraham Hicks calls it) is constantly available to us and coming through us.
Intentions are your way of harnessing this energy, and proactively guide it towards attracting whatever you desire. Intentions are the seeds of your destiny, the dawn of your creations, that take root in your life and flower as your reality. Consider intentions to be thoughts with wings that set energy into motion and form your experience.
"Our mind is a garden, our thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds." -Ritu Ghatourey
For all living organisms, intention, otherwise known as "future pull", is coded into its DNA. For instance, the seed that intends to grow into a tree or an elephant. As humans, we can work with our intent as a tool to supercharge manifesting. Awareness, as usual, is key in working with this force.
Play the gatekeeper of your mind for a day. What seeds do you plant in each moment of each day? Do they stem from positive or negative, from love or from fear, are they supportive or weighed down by doubts? Get into a habit of seeing everything that you plant or allow to get planted in your mind's garden. Pay attention to how things grow, bloom and express themselves in your life. We will work deeper in this area later on, but cultivating a practice of observing and catching your own thoughts now will serve you well.
"Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny."
To up the ante, when thinking or speaking of what you desire, imagine these scenarios already here and happening in present tense.
Feel them in the now.
Pull back and think in general, not specifics. What do you want ultimately? How good does it feel like to have what you want? What are the qualities of it that you desire so much?
Stay in this high as long as you can. Whatever you may want, feel yourself there doing it, living it, being it; it happening to you and through you. Only feel how good it feels with no resistance or fears about what it means when it comes.
EXERCISE: Declaration of Intentions
Think about a few areas of life that you are seeking clarity, forward movement or uplift, such as self-love, healing, health, career, relationships or passions/creativity.
Write, speak or record three solid intentions to bring in the guidance, changes and healing that you are calling into your life today, in this very moment. Free your mind and use lots of beautiful, feel-y, fluffy adjectives. After writing, declare them out-loud, especially if you d not quite believe them yet. Speak them over and over until the shakiness disappears and you begin to believe your own confidence.
Here are a few general examples of intentions using present and positive language. Notice how some include reasons why, which also can help amplify their effect:
Presence + Positivity
Reword "I will/wish" to "I AM"
From "I want" to "I HAVE"
From "It would/could/should be..." to "IT IS"
As best as you can, for at least the the next two weeks, as soon as you wake up, confidently write or record 1-3 positively aligned intention(s) each day. You can keep it confined to your own journal, team up with a momentum buddy, or share your intention challenge with the world on social media.
EXERCISE: Intentions for Going In
Affirm your mindset to set the tone for your course ahead by speaking these out-loud until they feel steady:
I have chosen to complete the work of this program in order to strengthen my abilities, expand my horizons, widen my possibilities and empower even more greatness into my life! I choose to release what no longer serves me and I welcome in all of the good wisdom and love to come. I have chosen to elevate myself and my surroundings because I deserve more magic and more connection with my own powerful spirit. I have chosen to elevate myself, my possibilities and the world around me because I want to make the best of my lifetime. I gift myself the time and space to take in this material, experiment with the tools, explore the resources and go deep with the exercises of this program. I will keep grace in mind as I move through emotions, resistance, fears, growing pains and changes.
"There's no abiding success without commitment." -Tony Robbins
I AM OPEN
I surrender my expectations and allow transformations and miracles to happen! I forge into the unknown with excitement, and let my intuition be my guide. I take action on what feels life-ward. I dare to be as bold and powerful as I am innocent and vulnerable. I am open to having my mind broaden beyond what I know to be true, and my heart cracked open beyond all I have known to be blue. I open to saying YES to shifts and opportunities as they come, because I know that these are all a part of my growing and unfolding.
“A mind set in its ways is wasted.” -Eric Schmidt
I AM HONEST
I am real and raw, wounds and all. THIS IS ME. This is me. This is purely, authentically ME. This is my time to release excuses, insecurities, fears and pains. I fully let go. I honor this safe space where I can reveal what I fear and hide, release hinderances, and see all of my external conditions as reflections of my thoughts and decisions. I am able to take an honest look at myself, my choices and story with truth, acceptance and compassion. I recognize that truth is pure, gentle and loving, and that only resistance creates harshness. I release all resistance, because I own my story and actions.
“Honesty is the best policy.” -Benjamin Franklin