A New Perspective: The power of intention
Vail CO, Colorado
“Where you put your attention and intention, there you are.” ” Catherine Zeeb
What is intention? What do you intend with each action, word or thought? Your intentions drive the outcome in situations. If you are aware of your intentions, all outcomes will be filled with compassion and grace. If, on the other hand, you react to each moment unconsciously and then wonder why the outcome didn’t come out the way you planned it, you were not connected to your intention.
All intention comes from your will. Intention is that place within you that fuels all that you do and all that you are in the world. If you are not aware of your intentions, the strongest unconscious ones will win.
If you are having trouble at work, let’s say, and your intention is to have things get better, you would need to set the intention of change. The desire alone for work to be better will not change anything. If you are not clear with your intention, you will feel torn. If, for example, you want work to be better and on the other hand you want to quit, you will be torn because your intention is not clear.
Your intentions create the reality you experience. It provides the lessons that you have to learn, either through wisdom or pain. Every word you speak, every action you take, has an intention behind it, whether conscious or unconscious. When you align your soul to your intention instead of your personality, your soul will be reflected.
Intention equals truth. The deep truth of what you are getting at in any situation, if you are consciously looking at your truth, is your intention. You know what it is. In any situation you may be upset by an outcome, but you know from the moment something arises what your intention was. It may feel like you don’t know only because you have not practiced paying attention to intention. But on the soul level, you know.
Practicing your awareness, being present in each moment, and not being afraid to look at your shadow side is one way to begin to understand and know your intentions. If, for example, you are speaking with a loved one and you bring up the subject about something they did years before, is your intention truly to ask about the old situation or is it to, by some old desire within you or habit, make them feel less or unworthy by bringing up this old situation again? Only you know what the intention is behind the question.
This happens quite a bit in families. When you get around your family, they always seem to remember the things you did wrong. Many families don’t sit around and talk about the joy you bring or the qualities you have. This is usually done under the guise of humor. But think about this ” in that moment the old memory/situation is brought up, are they not putting you right back to the energy of how you felt then or how they felt then? The old feelings come rushing right back in. You can laugh about it, but you never forget.
Our intentions are not to make us feel bad. We need to be aware of what our truth is behind all words and actions. If you know something you are about to say or do will show someone else’s weakness, then don’t say it. What would be the purpose in it? We can practice and learn to reflect the beauty in ourselves and in others just by paying attention to the intention behind our thoughts and actions. Speak well, speak clearly and speak truth for the alignment of your soul and to honor the alignment of others’ as well.
Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards and teaches metaphysics at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.
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