It isn’t just prayer that I have been giving considerable thought too lately. I have also been thinking about the word intention. It is a word bandied about a good bit in spiritual circles lately. So what is intention? Do you think about intention? How important is intention within your life? Does it underscore all that you do? Or is intention something to which you give little thought? If it is important, what do you do with it? How does it work within your life?
I find that intention carries great strength and great weight. I would go so far as to say that intention is everything. I find that the concept of intention is so powerful that it precedes prayer. I think that it may precede all that we do. I believe it to be so powerful that perhaps intention is prayer. Intention lives in the heart and spirit, or perhaps where the two meet. But it originates in the mind. I would ask is intention the seed of all thought that becomes manifest?
Intention is a popular subject now. My reading of intention is pretty much done on the Internet. There are numerous sites that are geared towards the human spirit. Accessing information can come at great expense but it need not. I often wonder when at a site, what is the intention here? Is it to share great knowledge or is it to make gobs of money? When spirituality becomes slick, well it is no longer spiritual is it? And money can make it very slick. I said can, I did not say does. I am a great believer in “a days work, a days pay.” As intention lives within the heart, one ought know intuitively when one runs across slick spirituality. I studied and practice shamanism. I did this with an authentic shaman and twice I paid about $150. No, I took no $10,000 cruise to any exotic land for my studies. Long after my studies I went to Machu Picchu as a tourist. I did spend a morning at Machu Picchu doing ceremony with a Peruvian shaman at a small extra cost. I have a tendency to believe that spirituality and healing should not come with a hefty price tag. As I said I believe in a days work, a days pay, but not extortion.
I have never been allowed a teacher or guru or any other prophet like person to guide me. I say this because when young in my journey I would ask for one. I have always had to learn everything on my own. This makes for serious self dependence and even more serious intention.
I will share a story of intention. I have said something for a very long time, something that has offended a few as if it were directed at them, when in reality I was speaking only of myself. I used to speak of my strength and my will when it came to this conversation. This morning I realized that my will and strength had less to do with it than intention.
I come from a long heritage of mental illness. Within my immediate family there were two persons who were/are bipolar, one who is a sociopath and one who was so deeply depressed that he went to bed around his 82nd year, stopped speaking and never got up again. He lived like this for 7 years. This is not about my childhood that needless to say was ghastly. No, this is about the formation very early on of intention. I knew at a young age that I had to escape this familial habit of mental illness. I also knew that it sat next to me always ready to knock upon my door. I knew that I also wanted no part of it … and I fought long and hard to that end. I used to think early on that it was my strength and my will. Today I know that it was my intention. The seeds were planted at a young age. But it was not until I came face to face with God that the whole seed of intention was planted. Since that time it has been nurtured assiduously.
So I will ask you the questions again. What place does intention play in your life? How important is intention? What does intention mean to you?
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As always thanks to Soul Dipper for initiating Occupy Thursdays.