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What Is Your Intention?

What Is Your Intention?

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By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley, Spiritual Director
November 23, 2018

Setting your intention is like throwing your hat over the fence, and then going to get the hat. Your word has power and you can use this power to create a life that you are not only satisfied with, but a life that you love.

I’ve heard some say that talk is cheap, however, I invite you to consider that a more accurate statement might be that we cheapen talk.  How do we cheapen talk?  By not keeping our word.  Have you ever said you would do something and then forgotten about it and didn’t do it?  That’s one way that we cheapen talk.  Back in the day contracts or agreements were often made with a handshake and the simple statement, “You have my word.”  It would do us all well to remember the power of our word.

Intention setting is different than wishing in that there is a confident assurance, a powerful definiteness behind it.  When you wish for something, what’s behind the wishing is the awareness that it’s a pie in the sky idea, or an impossible goal; that maybe somehow, if the stars and planets aligned in the perfect way, just maybe it could be.  Maybe.  If you’re lucky.  Do you feel lucky?

Intention setting is not about luck, rather it’s a declaration of the desired outcome.  Once your declaration of this desired outcome has gone out before you, it begins to amplify and cultivate in your life.  Then you’ll begin to take inspired action based on your intention, which you may not have taken before.

If there is something you’d really like to do, be, or have in your life, rather than allowing the circumstances and conditions in your current reality dictate whether or not it will come to fruition, own your power. Set your intention as a declaration, and speak it aloud.  You can set an intention for your day and how you’d like to see it unfold, for a meeting, an event, a date, for the New Year, or any project you’d like to start working on.

This is a great time of year to utilize this practice. The holiday season can be challenging and stressful for some. If you’re driving to see family or friends, you might begin by stating your intention about how the trip will go before you leave. For example, you might say, “I declare this a fun and easy travel journey, filled with joy, connection, singing, and grace.”

If you’re having people over, you might declare yourself a joyful experience filled with great food, great company, easy conversations, and lots of love.  Don’t forget the awesome cleanup crew.

Write your intention down and keep it where you have quick access to it, such that you may pick it up to read if you begin to feel tense.

Harness the power of your word and create the best holiday season ever, by setting your intention before you begin.

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

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