“Expectation sends an exciting message to our neural system. While it lasts we are alert and most likely to be rewarded.” --Max Gunther, The Luck Factor
Ever feel like you’re banging your head against a wall trying to figure out the game of life and how to play it?
An ancient Sufi story illustrates the plight of so many friends whose stories of trying this, that, and the other thing, who feel almost intangibly they are somehow losing their lives in the process of trying to live them.
One night a moth sees a lamp, a burning flame enclosed in glass. The moth spends the entire night bumping against the glass, trying to become ONE with the flame. In the morning the moth returns to its friends and tells them of the beautiful flame it has seen. “You don’t look the better for it,” they say.
If this has been your experience--and who among us hasn’t gone through situations about like this--the question becomes, “How do we make the right course corrections so this “nonsense” doesn’t keep happening?”
Let’s begin with talking about Intention Power and WHY Intentions are Powerful.
Each pulse of Intention is an electrical spark, a powerful life current, an intention signal or “message” transmitted from us, outwardly, to the Universe, to the Absolute (what the writer Neville Goddard referred to as “the Unconditioned Awareness of Being”).
Dr. Alexis Carrell called prayer [what I’m here referring to here as a living from Intention] an invisible emanation, “the most POWERFUL form of energy that one can generate.”
What we hope to have returned to us is a life that looks like, that resembles the Intention pulses we initially sent out. Right?
Intentions operate like an inner satellite dish that, once we KNOW unhesitatingly what we truly desire from life, transmits (beams) our Intention Signal far and wide to the far-flung corners of the universe (if necessary) to locate people, opportunities, and best places that support our powerful Intentions.
When our Intention is CLEAR we send out a powerful signal to an attuned Creative Life Force that this, more than anything else, is what we want to give as well as receive from Life.
When our Intentions are STEADY and UNWAVERING, an answer, a solution, a way to make our dreams real often APPEARS at its appointed time and, except in rare exceptions, the timing of this appearance is usually beyond our ability to control, although there are rare exceptions in which our influence is felt in spacetime.
We cannot sweep the ocean with a broom although a lot of people never give up trying.
“Like many of the finest things of life, like happiness and tranquility and fame,” Benjamin Cardozo wrote, “the gain that is most precious is not the thing sought, but the one that comes of itself in the search for something else.”
We may fail often in our efforts to force things to “fall into place the way as we want them to” far faster than the programming code for them will allow. Eventually, with any number of trial and error efforts on our part, we (hopefully) learn to leap, have faith, and realize that a supporting net for all our efforts will appear when it’s supposed to--in its own best time.
Until then, what are we supposed to do? The philosophy of the German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) has helped me immeasurably during during those long, long periods of my life when it seemed NOTHING was happening—and ever would.
He wrote: “Until one is committed, there is hesitation, the chance to draw back, always making for ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative [insert, if you wish, acts flowing from powerfully positioned Intention Statements], there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that THE MOMENT one definitely COMMITS oneself, then Providence moves too.
“All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events ISSUES FROM THE DECISION, working in our favor; all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance that no man could have dreamed would come his way.
“Whatever you can do or DREAM YOU CAN, begin it.”
The “dream you can” aspect does not refer to woolgathering or building castles in the sky with no foundations under them. It refers to a commitment that issues from a powerful, powerful Intention to be, do, have, and enjoy certain things in life.
The farmers in my boyhood town of Alger, Ohio, used to say—and they said it every year--“You can’t rush these crops. They’ll get here when they get here. We do our job and they’ll do theirs.”
They were right. There is an interval between seedtime (planting) and harvest. We have to wait out this cycle, don’t we. The question becomes, “Can we enjoy ourselves RIGHT NOW during the seed’s incubation period, the time during which it is readying itself to manifest?”
For the truly impatient the answer is most likely “No. I can’t enjoy myself, not while this thing’s unsettled, not while it’s up-in-the-air.”
A reminder from Dale Carnegie, the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, addresses this issue of human impatience:
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today.”
The Intention seed you have planted is THERE, in the ground. It’s safe--unless in our insisting on hurrying the process along we rush out every day, spade up the soil while telling ourselves “Nothing’s happening,” and then, spinning hopelessly and emotionally out of control, replace the seed that’s been planted in the ground with another--and another.
“The secret of success lies in this,” Robert Collier wrote many years ago in his book Riches Within Your Reach.
“There is inside you a seed of God capable of drawing to you any element you need, to bring to fruition whatever of good you desire. But like all other seeds, its shell must be broken before the kernel inside can use its attractive power. And that shell is thicker, harder, than the shell of any seed on earth. Only one thing can break it--HEAT FROM WITHIN--a desire so strong, a determination so intense that you carefully throw everything you have into the scale to win what you want.”
The “heat from within” Collier mentions is what I’m calling our powerful Intention statements or, if you prefer, our powerfully Intentioned Life. Only you know what you desire more than anything else in life. Powerful intention statements are shaped from that knowing.
“Behind every thought is a Watcher and Mover which directs its course,” Matthew Webb writes in his article the Essence of Consciousness. “The Watcher is awareness and Intent is the Mover. Energy is the thing moved. When Intent and Awareness are focused together, manifestation occurs via the Energy that is moved.”
Even though the actual Intention statements themselves are invisible, it is our Intentions that SET THE COURSE and determine the DIRECTION in which we are headed.
In another article titled Intention and Purpose, Webb says “Everyone is constantly ‘broadcasting’ their desire in the form of a modulated Intention Energy field. This field serves as both an attracting and screening function. It attracts others into our reality. If the desire that they have modulated into their Intention energy field is in resonance with the desire that we have modulated into our Intention energy field.”
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once observed, “Have faith and pursue the unknown ends.” That sage advice is actually what we are required to do--have faith and pursue the unknown ends. How? By powering up our Intentions and keeping them powered up. We are called on to have some faith in this mysterious process which is being handled by allies behind the scenes, even the faith of a mustard seed will do the job as we’re told in the New Testament.
Why faith? Because we don’t own, operate, or run the universe as enjoyable as that might sound. We’re not running this whole big show.
Our assignment, and it’s a huge one, is to set the course or direction for our life by the setting of powerful Intentions to live by and from no matter how exhausted we are after even, let’s say, a terribly unsettling day.
The unsettling day you've gone through is not the final evidence that what you’re doing isn’t working. Have a little faith. The kind of faith that moves psychological mountains and emotional molehills out of your way and, in doing so, activates the Law of Attraction.
This faith Justice Holmes refers to isn’t the kind that sits around and waits for the universe to serve up one’s favorite dishes.
It’s a faith formed and shaped from a positive, powerful Intention that is ACTIVE. This faith ACTS. It’s the kind of faith the theologian Teilhard de Chardin claims rolls up its sleeves and “gets things done.”
We all want more “Yes” than “No” responses from life, don’t we? Yes, yes, yes! Yesses are exciting. Who wants to be told “No!”? “Shuts me down,” a Texas woman once told me. “Ah don’t like, ah have never taken a liking to the word ‘No.’ It does not suit me. Ah don’t wear ‘No’ well.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to stop searching for our Intention and simply become it? Our powerful Intentions enable us, as I mentioned earlier, to activate the Law of Attraction!
“There is no defeat except from within,” Elbert Hubbard wrote, “no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”
For purpose substitute the word Intention and you capture, in that one quote, the essence of this article.
One way to form a powerful Intention statement is to ask yourself, “What is yet unfinished for me to give? What part am I acting in the theater of life? What place have I assigned to myself on that stage? Am I one of the stars in my own play or movie?”
From questions like these, or similar ones, craft a powerful Intention statement, an Intention statement that clearly bears your own unique signature or what the author Marc Gafni calls your “soul print.”
Share your Intention statement with your real friends when you feel confident and ready to do so. There’s no need for our Intention to disappear inside our heads and never come out again.
A reply to your Intention Requests will often not be far behind a well-thought-out, extremely detailed and specific and powerful Intention statement crafted on your part. We don’t know exactly HOW the answers we’re looking for will come but when they do, expect them to show up in the most unexpected ways--ways far more creative and imaginative than we could ever have envisioned.
“If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is everything,” Shakespeare wrote.
“The things which we attend to come to us by their own laws,” the great American psychologist William James observed.
Switch the word thought to Intention in the following quote by G.K. Chesterton and see if it doesn’t, at an intuitive level, ring true:
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought [Intention], and that happiness is gratitude multiplied by wonder.”
We want, we ask, we seek, we knock, we want this, we want that, always upward and onward it seems to higher levels of discontent and to what the famous radio comedian Fred Allen called in his book by the same title a “Treadmill to Oblivion.”
Since even the cells of our bodies march to the tune of consciousness, let your intention statement be your life and—as great spiritual teachers have always pointed out—place the emphasis of your desiring on giving to others as well as receiving from them.
Isn’t thanksgiving, wonder, praise and appreciation for what you already have (as well as what you expect to receive) about the most powerful Intention Statement you can imagine?
“Thank you already,” is a great Intention Statement to put out there as you call things that are not seen into being as if they already existed. “We are always believing ahead of our evidence,” the great lecturer Neville Goddard used to remind his audiences.
Life has given us an infinite potential,” R. Eugene Nichols points out in his book The Science of Mental Cybernetics, “presenting us with a blank check we are free to fill in according to our consciousness.”
This is learning to live with the “Pulse Beat of Expectation,” as Nichols phrases it. My old college professor Howard Clark told my freshman class to enjoy life and live with a certain “restless contentment” while our invisible allies behind the scenes work to harmonize our possibility thinking, fine tune it, and key our powerful Intentions into to the field of all probabilities and co-create a matching opportunity for us.
The challenge, as we all know, is to allow our powerful Intention Statement to act as a homing thought to which we continually return when life simply appears to not be working, when the evidence of our senses says, “See, look! Show me one thing that’s going right for you. Why don’t you just give up on yourself. You aren’t going anywhere. Yesterday your spouse left, today you learned your mother needs to go into a nursing home, and you’ve got a stack of unpaid bills sitting on the table. You're special? Who’s kidding whom?”
What option do we have when our Intentions are about a million light years away from the life we seem to be living? Give up? Stop trying? Call it quits and tell ourselves, “This doesn’t work. I’m living proof,” which essentially is the forming of a new Intention statement that says, “Others get the breaks. Me? I don’t seem to matter. I’m invisible. Who cares if I fail? Nobody.”
Those are powerful reversal CHOICES and given a life of their own by us, will do everything in their power to find a way to go on existing, just as we do, and the things we despair of become, in their own “magical way” our current reality, a current reality that confirms the powerful Intention statements we made when we were down, discouraged, and depressed (and that we never changed!).
It was Job who said in the Old Testament book named after him, “That which I feared has come upon me.” Worry is such a powerful Intention statement but it doesn’t serve us well. Set worry aside (acknowledge what you’re worrying about but don’t give the situation an emotional charge it doesn’t deserve) and go for your highest enthusiasms in life—those things that Joseph Campbell says create timelessness for you because you love doing them.
There is much to be said for a powerful, vibrant homing thought (Dr. John Diamond’s term in his book Life Energy) to return to as an anchor point when you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel.
When we lift our spirits, we instantly solve a many of our imaginary problems! The poet William Blake tells us that “Energy is eternal delight.” Energy arising from powerful Intentions—both go together like a hand inserted into a glove.
One key to keeping your life-energy and spirit high is being aware of the negatively powerful Intentions from others.
In the book Sri Aurobindo or The Adventure of Consciousness, biographer Satprem notes that we can take in someone’s negative or depressed vibration [powerfully reversed Intentions] that originated thousands of miles away. “A whole wave hits you,” he observes. We require,” he continues, a “protective envelope, our own field of snow around us before they enter us.” Satprem calls refers to them as “prowling energies.” Let these images or feelings merely flash by, he says, minus their emotional charge, “as on a movie screen.”
Let your personal homing thoughts—your powerful Intention Statements--excite you and keep you moving forward through the rough or “down” times of life when the evidence of your senses says, “My life’s a mess and crumbling all around me. I’m a failure. That’s all I am,” which, of course, you aren’t unless your “I’m just a failure” becomes your NEW Intentional Statement.
Your life will not “crumble” for long if you hit your mark every day (as actors describe the place they’re supposed to stand when delivering their lines) by reminding yourself that you do have faith and confidence in your future, that your life energy is high, and that you--no matter what your situation is this present moment—are SECURE.
Aren’t these POWERFUL Intention Statements?
And they work!
So do these reminders from Florence Shinn:
“Nothing is too good to be true. Nothing is too wonderful to happen. Nothing is too good to last.”
What incredibly powerful intention statements from a woman who lived her life as she believed life was meant to be lived!
Fortunately for us, she shared her philosophy with us in her book (written in 1925) The Game of Life and How to Play It.
All I’ve written about Intention Power and WHY Intention power matters can be summarized by what a young Iowa farm girl told her young man who seemed unable or too shy to pop the question. He had also, it seems, been reticent to approach any of the town’s businessmen and ask for a steady job.
“Richard,” she said, “The yoo-hoo you yoo-hoo into the forest is the yoo-hoo you get back!”
Live as if it were impossible to fail. --Dorothea Brande
James Clayton Napier spent twenty years as a radio and television broadcaster, interviewing people from every walk of life. He also taught television news and communication courses at three universities. James is presently Media Director for an educational corporation in Arizona.“Download my free e-book I AM HOME, a small book with a timeless spiritual message. It is available on my friend Cait Benten’s website http://www.astro-earth-relocation.com I AM HOME takes us into the center of a place where we find answers to our questions about our existence here, a place where we feel safety and rootedness, and are able to fulfill our heart’s desires.”More about me at:http://www.astro-earth-relocation.com/james%20by%20phone.htm