In his book, The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav talks about the role of intention in our lives.
“Every experience, and every change in your experience, reflects an intention. An intention is not only a desire. It is a use of your will.”
“If you desire to change your job, for example, that change begins with the intention to change. As the intention to leave your present job emerges into your consciousness, you being to open yourself to the possibility of working somewhere else, or doing something else. You begin to feel less at home in what you are doing. Your higher self has begun the search for your next job. “
Earlier in the chapter on Intentions, he writes about the same pattern in relationships. When you become dissatisfied in a relationship you may carry opposing intentions that create inner conflict. You may express a conscious desire to remain in the relationship, seek help and create better ways of communicating while at the same time, hold a subconscious desire to find a new relationship. Over time, the more powerful intention will win and become your reality.
The conflict between opposing intentions keeps us from moving forward, creating success and feeling at peace. Holding on to and giving energy to this misalignment produces anxiety, anguish, restlessness and dis-ease. We begin to blame the other person, external circumstances and fall into limiting beliefs about ourselves and our purpose.
Personally, I hold conflicting intentions about being engaged in meaningful work and the ability earn “enough” money. In my mind the two are diametrically opposed! I am passionate about the work I do creating maximal opportunities for mutual growth through coaching and teaching. A limiting belief about the value of my unique contribution based on experiences, what others have told me, and how I believe the world works, keeps me in the vibrational vortex of inner conflict.
Almost like the law of gravity, the stronger intention, conscious or subconscious, will manifest. A limiting belief that I cannot make enough money doing meaningful work is actually an intention to not make enough money to meet my financial needs. The power behind my intention to be engaged in meaningful work is compromised.
Deepak Chopra writes:
The Law of Intention and Desire: Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment . . . intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.
It is time for a “come to Jesus moment” with our conscious and subconscious intentions.
Take a piece of paper. Fold it in half.
On one side write down your conscious intentions; the statements that align with your highest purpose, your boldest belief about yourself, and your contribution to the world in this life.
On the other side, list the opposing subconscious intentions that you hold; the limiting beliefs, assumption and interpretations of how life “works” that do not serve your highest good.
- Go into a meditative state, no interruptions, turn off all of your electronic devices and sit comfortably.
- Read each intention. Which ones have the most power? Where do you feel that power in your body? Rate each intention on a scale of 1-10, 10 being positively powerful and 1 being a barrier to success.
- Now, highlight the ones that you want to have the most power, bring them to your conscious awareness. The attention you give your intention creates the conditions necessary for your desire to become your reality. The conscious attention you direct to what you believe to be true will hold more energy than those you release and no longer serve your highest good. You create the future in the present, the present conscious thought, feeling and action.
If two opposing intentions hold the same power – create a higher level intention that includes both. Zoom out – always go up, in the present; avoid going lateral or horizontal into time based thinking. Shift from “I want” to “I am” intention statements.
For example: I am engaged in meaningful work that meets my financial needs.
When we experience a unity of intention within ourselves, Zukav calls this a “whole personality“.
“A whole personality is not like a laser. A laser is like a whole personality.”