Intention and Fulfillment

What do we mean?

Intention is the starting point of every dream and fulfills all of your desires,
whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.
With every intention is the mechanism for its fulfillment.

The Oxford Dictionary
defines intention as:

Something that you want and plan to do.

“It wasn’t my intention to exclude her from the list—I just forgot her.”
“I’ve no intention of changing my plans just to fit in with his.”
“He’s full of good intentions, but he never does anything about them!”

Most people think of intention as something to accomplish, but it’s more than that. Intention is a thought you have that will help you fulfill a need—such as transforming grief into purpose.

Intentions may not always be good! Despite our values and intentions, we may harbor emotions that conflict with our intentions. And if an intention is something that, down deep, we don’t really want to change, our conscious mind is very adept at coming up with convenient excuses and rationalizations. So ask yourself if you are truly committed to change. Only if the answer is “yes” can you overcome those powerful winds and currents that can drive you off course.

As humans, we each believe in our personal, unique, and separate identity—our ego self. We have a perception of who we are and how we believe those around us perceive us.

But if we dare to examine it we find that this ego identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our biography, our partners, family, home, job… and it is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security.

When these are all taken away, do have any idea of who we really are? Without our familiar props, were faced with just ourselves. That self can be an unnerving stranger with whom we been living but never really wanted to meet.

Ego plays brilliantly on our fundamental fear of losing control and of the unknown. Ego makes us scared and feel unworthy. Ego can cause us to cave in to sad self-hatred and can cause us to feel despair. When we identify the whole of our being with ego, we realize that ego is at the root of all of our suffering.  

At any moment in time, our task is be aware—to perceive—how we respond to what’s happening. Perception colors situations and  our response to what’s happening. When we perceive our self-talk and ego heading in a negative direction, we can mindfully decide to redirect.

What is our life but this dance of transient forms?

What about us doesn’t change? The friends we grow up with, our childhood homes, our relationships with family members, the cells of our body… they all change.

All things change and all things are impermanent.

The nature of everything is illusory and ephemeral.

If we really examine every aspect of life, we discover how we go through again and again in sleep and dream and thoughts and emotion process. Though these concepts are often associated with the death of a loved one, they are easily applied to other facets of life such as the loss of a relationship or the loss of health.

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