Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wishing and Hoping - The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Week 5: 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." Deepak Chopra

The 5th of the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is the Law of Intention and Desire.

When we desire something, we usually have a specific outcome in mind. I "want" a new job, I "want" that amount of money, I "want" the perfect relationship. But desire without intent is weak because by locking our sights on a specific outcome, we rob ourselves of the infinite number of other possibilities that are out there. There could very well be something even better in the field of pure potentiality. Intention is the power behind desire. Intention is desire without being attached to a specific outcome. We are then open to the millions of possible outcomes that are out there just waiting for us. Once we state our intention, born out of our desire, and then put our attention on it, the Laws of the Universe will find its matching energy and send it to you.

In 1992, I found my perfect, happy home, the first place that had felt like my true home in my entire life up to that point. I spent 8 very happy years there. Then economics forced me to move closer to where the jobs were. I was suffering both physically and financially from the expense, wear and tear of a 50 mile round trip drive to work 5 days a week over often treacherous winter roads. For the next 15 years I swore that I would find a way to move back home again. I could see the town in my mind's eye, could see the little streets, the open fields outside of town, the blueberry farm and the maple trees. Most of all, I saw the house I'd had to leave and could not get that particular house out of my mind. In 2014, after fracturing my hip and leg on a poorly patched city street and being confined to my 3rd floor walk-up apartment for 8 weeks, I sat in my kitchen and cried out, "I just want to go home. I don't care how. I just want to go home." Not more than a month later, the people I had rented my former home from, who had sold the house and moved away only to return, had purchased another house 2.5 miles outside of town and had a ground floor apartment for rent ... right up the hill from the blueberry farm. It was not in town where I had originally wanted to be, but it was home. I have been here just a little over a  year and, as Joseph Campbell would say, I have found my bliss. Once I gave up my attachment to having to move back to a particular house on a particular street, the Universe led me home.

Here are three steps you can take to implement the Law of Intention and Desire:

1. Make a list of your intentions and desires. Carry it around with you. Set aside some time each day to go into the stillness and silence where you can focus your attention on your list.

2. Release your list to the Universe and trust that it has a plan for you in keeping with what you desire. Let go of any attachment to a specific outcome.

3. Practice present moment awareness each and every day. Refuse to allow obstacles and challenges from taking your attention away from present moment awareness because it is in that precious, present moment that your desires and intentions will manifest. If your attention is elsewhere, you may miss a golden opportunity.

This morning as I looked out of my window to greet the day, I was blessed with the presence of some badly needed sunshine and blue skies. Even though the temperature was still a chilly 28, the snow that had all melted on Saturday was gone and even the birds seemed to be happier with all of their soaring and singing in the sun. I'm setting my intention for the Ground Hog to be right this year and for spring to come early. How about you? What are you setting your intention for?

And so it is.