What is your intention?

bigstock_Eagle_Flying_1655554When I work with clients in my healing practice, I ask them to set an intention as to what they want to get out of the session.

They don’t even have to tell me what it is. But an important part of healing is to take an active role and let the universe know what you want.

Intention can be expressed as simply stating, “I am ____________.”

The “I am” is a statement of how you want to live your life.

Why you have to state your intention

I have found that not everyone wants to be healed – they may get some side benefit from illness that serves them, such as time off work, attention or sympathy.

And they may not even be aware of it.

Sometimes they have become so defined by their disability that they don’t know who they would be without it – it’s the only identity they know, so they are afraid to become a new person by becoming whole and healed.

That’s why we need to be clear on our intention so the universal forces know what we want to partner with them on.

We always have choice – let your choice be known: “I am ________. This is what I want, please.”

Dormant forces, faculties, and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” Patanjali

Those “dormant forces” would be the power of angels, spirit guides, and mysteries of the universe. They are all waiting to help you – you just have to let them know what you want by stating your intention – your commitment.

Research on intention

Investigative journalist Lynn McTaggert’s books The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe and The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World are filled with research supporting the existence of an interconnected universe that responds to our thoughts!

The research gives credence to this statement by Dr. Wayne Dyer: “Intention is not something that you do, but rather a force that exists in the universe as an invisible field of energy!”

Intention creates an energy field you become a part of.

It explains the logic of this famous quote by Gandhi:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

your thoughts become your words,

your words become your actions,

your actions become your habits,

your habits become your values,

your values become your destiny.”

Thoughts follow intention

Thought is energy.

Everything that exists was a thought first. A thought that the inventor never let go of.

Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying, “Everyone has a cell phone, but no one likes their cell phone. I want to create a cell phone everyone loves.”

Where would we be if he came up with that thought and then said, “naa, no one can make that” and gave up?

Steve Jobs stated a goal, “I want to make a cell phone that everyone loves.”

His intention was to improve our lives through technology. That was his reason for being.

Then he followed the action steps to achieve the goal.

Intention is different than a goal, which is measurable and requires action on your part.

Intention requires effort, but of a different type. It requires consistent commitment. Intention is your purpose, the context of your life, and everything in your life.

If your intention is to be healthy [“I am vibrantly healthy”], you might improve your diet, incorporate exercise into your daily routine and make sure you manage your stress, instead of eating at McDonald’s and being a couch potato.

If your intention is to inspire people [“I am inspired and inspiring”], you might focus on sharing only inspirational quotes on Facebook, instead of negative complaints about the government.

If your intention is to heal the earth [“I am a caretaker of the earth”], you might focus on creating a recycling program in your place of business or your town, instead of throwing the recyclables into the trash.

Do you see the difference? It’s a way of being. And the way of being incorporates the action steps you take to manifest the way of being.

Commitment is part of intention

I have long cherished the following quote on commitment by W.H. Murray, from his book, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition.:

Until one is committed

there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,

always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative [and creation],

there is one elementary truth,

the ignorance of which kills countless ideas

and splendid plans:

that the moment one definitely commits oneself,

then Providence moves, too.


All sorts of things occur to help one

that would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issue

from the decision,

raising in one’s favor.

All manner of unforeseen incidents and

meetings and material assistance,

which no man could have dreamt

would have come his way.


I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

It’s a variation on the Law of Attraction: what you focus on expands.

What is your intention?

What is your intention?

Why are you here?

What do you stand for?

What will be your contribution?

How will you make a difference?

Not just for others, but for yourself.

Fill in the blank:   “I am __________________.”

It’s one thing to set and achieve goals, it just takes work. But when you are clear on your intention, that’s when the forces of the universe come in and lift you up to new heights. And everything becomes easier.

Your intention defines you, and any goals you have are held within the bowl of magic that defines your reason for being alive in the here and now.

What is it for you? Feel free to share in the comments below:

“I am __________.”

Molly Larkin

Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller "The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman”  and other books on health. She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes, healing practice and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com

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