By Sanjiv Ranjan
Sanjiv Ranjan embarks on a journey from intention to manifestation that will help you achieve your heart’s desire
“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.”
– The Brihidaranayaka Upanishad
An intention is a directed impulse of consciousness that contains the seed form of that which you aim to create. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Only when you release your intentions into the fertile depths of your consciousness can they grow and flourish. Unfortunately, unconsciousness is the default setting for most of us. Consciousness has to become a habit, for it to manifest powerful experiences in your life.
What is consciousness? It is an active state of being where one is aware of the moment, one’s desires, one’s actions and one’s thoughts. On the other hand, unconsciousness is a passive state of being where one is –
– Trapped in the past/future
– Unaware of the present moment
– Unaware of one’s thoughts, actions, desires and beliefs.
Let us now see and experience the two states firsthand so that you know the difference between them.
Sit quietly for a few minutes.
Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
Focus on the incoming breath and bring it to your awareness.
Likewise focus on the outgoing breath.
Set an alarm for 10 minutes
You can do it now.
Understanding the exercise
What did you notice?
Initially for a few moments you were aware of your breath but very soon you lost awareness of it. Your mind drifted off into a daisy chain of thoughts, thoughts which were random, unorganized, and unrelated.
The time spent in awareness of your breath was consciousness. The time spent in aimless wandering of your mind was unconsciousness.
Now give a ratio to the time spent in the two states.
You will notice that the time spent in consciousness was only a fraction of the time spent in unconsci
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