I know that everyone is anxious to read part 2 of the Qigong interview, but I woke up this morning thinking about "intention" and a question that someone had ask a while back in the forum discussion.
So I decided to do some quick Google research on the subject, for a good explanation of what in meant by "intention". By juggling some "key words" around, it's interesting that primarily two different but still similar views pop up. The business perspective, which countless corporate seminars have been built off of, and the more spiritual approach.
Although it's done in a very subtle manner, the business perspective often tends to be more connected to setting an intention to achieve a tangible, concrete goal in the end. Stronger then an affirmation, it provides almost a purpose or a road map to stay on course towards the desired outcome.
The spiritual perspective leaves a lot more space for universal wiggle room to help shape the course of the outcome. There are also many times, for example when creating a particular product or piece of artwork... that prayers, and high vibrational thoughts and feelings are projected into the work by the artist for healing and peaceful purposes. I know that there are many artists in this marketplace who do that with their work.Whether the intention is for spiritual or business purposes, the one common factor is that once the intent is placed, the person needs to let it go so that it will come back to you. The act of letting go detaches the person from the outcome...releases the energy so that it can flow back to you. (as your original business goal or spiritual purpose) Letting go or detaching is a purposeful action; yet once you do it your need is gone and replaced by a calm certainty that it will work out the way it's meant to. It's kind of like throwing grass seed out in the lawn and seeing what happens. You still water it to help it along in it's growth, but it's basically on it's own.
Below is a good explanation of intention from a spiritual standpoint. It's taken from the Chopra Center website online. I hope we can continue our discussion in the forums on this subject. It's been one of our most popular topics. I'm going to re-post this back in the forums and lock the comments here. Have a good weekend everyone!
“You are what your deepest desire is. As your desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.” ~ Upanishads
Intention is the starting point of every spiritual path. It is the force that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. Intention generates all the activities in the universe. Everything that we can see – and even the things we cannot – are an expression of intention’s infinite organizing power.
As the ancient Indian sages observed thousands of years ago, our destiny is shaped by the deepest level of our intention and desire. Once we plant the seed of an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, our soul’s journey unfolds automatically, as naturally as a bulb becomes a tulip or an embryo becomes a child. With this issue of Namasté, we invite you to explore the power of intention and harness it for deeper fulfillment.