The Magic of Intentions
Intentions are the most important part of your daily ritual. From daily task setting, life planning to shamanic rituals; it is intention setting that truly is where the rubber meets the road. You can do it simply or formally, but the necessary part is that you do it.
My first application of intention setting was when I attended the NLP Health Certification Training. Every day we would form up in our small groups with our group leader and say loud what it was that you wanted to accomplish on the day of training. To my amazement every day, at the end of the day, though the intentions may have been a circular route; the intentions had been completed.
Types of Intentions
There are many variations of intentions. Some people call it intentions, goal setting or planning. Some do some kind of ritual(s). Others just write down their 3 most important things and work on them until they are finished. Regardless of the type of ritual(s) you use there are some steps that you need to follow. Just like most things, there is a finite beginning, middle, and end.
Setting your intention as a through-time event will help immensely. If your intention is set up as an in-time event (no beginning or end) people have a tendency to begin to ignore the intention since it never ends. REMEMBER: ALL REPETITIVE THINGS INDUCE TRANCE, even our goals, and intentions.
Here’s A How-To
So how do you set an intention? Just like starting a new exercise routine, I suggest you start small and build up your intention setting muscles. I’d rather leave you thirsty for more than have you overdue and start dreading your experience before you start.
1. Think about what you want.
Knowing what you want is the most important thing you can think. Do you want a super productive day? Do you want to notice when people are being kind? Whatever it is that you want; think about it, feel it. You can write it down if that helps but I find just saying it out loud has the same effect. spend a couple of extra moments making sure that your intentions are in the VAKOG (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory and gustatorial) format. This also helps directionalize your actions.
2. Use an accountability person or mastermind group.
Similar to goal setting, I think that having an accountability person or mastermind group is a tool that most people are unaware of or under-utilized. Something about someone else knowing what you are thinking and doing is where the magic happens. I also recommend this person(s) is someone you trust. Being able to have that one person or person that you can say anything to is very freeing.
3. Set the intention and forget about it.
This might sound like a counter-intuitive instruction but it isn’t. The biggest issue people have in any goal or intention is HOW? How isn’t part of this exercise. Just set the intention and let your unconscious mind figure out how while you are busy DOING.
Learning to rely on your unconscious mind to keep you on pace and on track is s skill worth developing. The unconscious mind is capable of doing thousands of things simultaneously so it makes sense to me to utilize the part of yourself that already does this very well without your input.
4. Do your end of day accounting
So now your day has ended and it’s time to see what happened. Review your intention. You may be surprised to discover that you got exactly what you asked for. If the results that you asked for isn’t exciting enough, perhaps tomorrow ask for more. A funny thing about this universe it will give you exactly what you ask for. It’s okay to ask for the moon, just make sure you have a large enough container for it.
Remember that we all have a tendency to focus in one or two contexts and ignore the other 6 or 7 that make up our world. Once you’ve gotten comfortable in intention setting you might consider either setting intentions in multiple contexts or pick an intention that impacts all of the areas of your life. Here’s a Life Wheel so that you can include the other areas of your life in your intention setting.
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