Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A textbook definition of intention characterizes it as ‘a purposeful plan to perform an action, which will lead to a desired outcome’, unlike a desire, which means simply focusing on an outcome, without a purposeful plan of how to achieve it. Intention implies purposefulness — the projection of awareness, with purpose and efficacy, toward some object or outcome. (http://www.theintentionworkshops.com/?p=25)
One of the best works on intention is Wayne Dyers book "The Power of Intention". I strongly recommend getting a copy of it and literally consumming what is written in it. It WILL change your life.
The power of intention in effective prayer cannot be overemphasized. Most people believe incorrectly that faith is the key to effective prayer. Faith is certainly important, however, faith determines the effectiveness of prayer. Intention determines how the answer will manifest.
The challenge is in identifying the “real” intention. It is not unusual to hear participants early in a class espousing “My Intention is … (la la la la la)”. My response is “I’m not interested in what you say now. In 3 weeks I can look at your life and tell you exactly what your intention is.” That usually gets the "I just stepped in something wet and sticky" look.
The challenging part of setting intention is to know what the real intention is, because it is the unconscious intention that creates the manifestation. The conscious intention will manifest only as much as it is in harmony with the unconscious intention.
THE MOST COMMON REASON PRAYER APPEARS TO BE UNANSWERED
IS THAT THERE IS A BELIEF OR AN INTENTION THAT IS NOT IN
ALIGNMENT WITH THE PRAYER
A person who attempts to set an intention to manifest prosperity for example, will frequently manifest everything but prosperity initially. This is because there is a contradictory unconscious intention that is something like “ … don’t deserve it” or “ it will never happen for you because ... ” or some other form of negative self talk or hidden fear that is really running the show.
Many get discouraged at this point and give up. However, this is actually a good thing, this is the breakthrough point. Once the real underlying intention is revealed and identified, then and only then can the work of transformation really begin.
(to be continued)
Jesus made us a promise:
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything they ask it will be done for them
by my Father in Heaven (Matt 18:19 RSV)
The assignment at the end of this segment is each day for a week, to spend time in prayer and meditation and to claim this promise for yourself with the following prayer:
Thank you God for gently revealing to me those things that prevent me from praying effectively and from receiving the blessings I deserve as a child of God.
Keep a journal of whatever comes up.