Nature has laws, like gravity, that are accepted as part of life. Intentions seem to have similar laws. Intentions are not demands – they are desires. Intentions are a statement of the willingness to put one’s heart into something and let go of the outcome, a willingness to do the inner and outer work needed for manifestation and an openness to manifestation happening in mysterious ways.
Guidelines to setting intentions:
- I clarify my needs, wants and desires.
- I create an intention that is specific, positive and flexible.
- Ask consciously and let go
- Be patient knowing that life takes time,
- I keep clarifying and
- I watch for opportunities or manifestations that don’t look like I thought.
Intentions are not demands. They are desires, a statement of the willingness to put one’s heart into something and let go of the outcome, a willingness to do the inner and outer work needed for manifestation and an openness to manifestation happening in mysterious ways.
Clarify and Ask
The universe attempts to give us what we expect. The universe doesn’t tend to give what we want; it gives what we are focused on. One needs to be clear enough about what is desired to ask clearly/specifically so the universe knows what you desire. Clarifying intention and being ready to receive is vital to getting something that works when it comes. Once you have made your request, feel the wish fulfilled and let it go.
When I was tired of “being poor” and was asking to win the lotto. I came to realize that I was unsure and questioning my intention because I had heard that people who win a bunch of money change. What I would do with it? How would my life change? What did I desire to be different?
I came to realize that money wasn’t what I really desired. I sought the freedom and ability to do meaningful work, to have times to rest and to spend more time with my family. This basic desire could also include, independence, stability, or generosity. By clarifying the desires, I clarify the essence of the desires and let the universe provide the means of accomplishing them.
When I set intention I watch my words, focus on what I desire and remember to feel the wish fulfilled.
The words might be something like
“I am grateful for my many blessings, I ask for and am ready to receive _______. “
or “I ask and am grateful for your continued support in assisting me to manifest ____________.”
Be specific and flexible
I may desire a house, so I focus on the basic desires –enough room for the whole family, affordable, in a good neighborhood with good schools, etc or whatever is important to me. I don’t ask the universe for this particular house that I’ve seen. Focusing on the basic needs of the desire grants more flexibility and allows the universe to work it’s magic.
The universe also asks you to help. For instance in asking for a partner, I clarify the base desires that I am seeking to meet with having a partner. Is it day-to-day companionship, children, sexuality, physical touch, emotional support, family, and/or _____________? I take each desire individually, looking at what I need to do to help me step out of being desperate in this area. I come up with at least 3 ways I will explore to fulfill this desire and try them out. Do they help me satisfy this need or do I seek more possibilities?
I work to be able to let this intention manifest and get ready to accept and be open to its blessings.
Be patient, keep clarifying and watch for opportunities.
When I focus on my basic needs and desires, Universal life force energy will often provide in mysterious and unusual ways.
The manifestation process is often a process of gestation and takes time. Just as in waiting for the birth of a child, our desires often have their own birth time. The time just before birthing is sometimes filled with concerns, impatience or the old patterns trying to reclaim their position.
Sometimes, what I had asked for is manifest in ways that aren’t so desirable. I notice where I was not clear and specific enough. I’m grateful to the universe for it’s attempt and use the new information to clarify and detail my request.
Other times I notice that by the time I get what I was asking for, my needs and desires have changed. When I have been specific about basic desires and flexible I usually get what I’m happy with now instead of what I had originally imagined I wanted.
A daily practice of gratitude for what is working in our lives opens us to the grace that fills our lives. We become more aware of the small life changes and movements in the directions we desire.