March 2015 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. Exercise 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 unconsciousness. This is the fundamental reason why manifestation of an experience/reality is not so easy for even those who fervently preach that you have a free will, that you have the power to choose your experiences, and that you can create your own reality. But with a step-by-step process you can easily learn how to manifest realities that you want in your life. With strong intent and, of course, practice. Remember, anything which is practiced enough, becomes practical. So let’s go on an easy enjoyable eight-step journey into the world of intentions and manifestations. The first step Manifestation of an experience is a function of intention woven into consciousness. In other words you need to have a strong intent and you have to be conscious/aware. If you have a strong intent but are trapped in the default unconscious setting that most people are in, manifestation will be random, chaotic or delayed. Your inner contradictions will overrule your intent, and manifest as circumstances which will challenge you heavily and deplete your joy. So from now onwards you just have to be careful of two things – (1) Have a strong intent Write it down. When you write an intent, you write it in positive words as a want. For eg. I want more money. I want to be rich. You do not write : I don’t want to be poor. I do not want to have scarcity of money. The focus has to shift from what you don’t want to what you want. (2) Practise consciousness Several times in the day, remind yourself to become conscious. Focus on your breath. Lie down in a comfortable position on your bed. Bring your focus onto your breathing. This collects your scattered energy. Breathe consciously for a few seconds and then slowly bring your intent into your awareness. Think of it as having manifested. How would you be feeling in that moment? Feel it intensely, allow your emotions to flow. Give the moment of manifestation a visual image in your mind. For eg, if it is promotion you wanted, then see yourself feeling happy and energised in your new position. Say a small prayer of gratitude to the Universe for manifesting your intent. Hold these images and thoughts for as long as possible. The second step Distillation of thoughts: The DOT Technique The next step towards manifestation of your intention is to distil your random thoughts. Thoughts which are aligned towards a common outcome are said to be coherent. They have much more energy than thoughts which are contradicting each other. Manifestation requires energy. Thoughts which are random, which focus upon negative outcomes, deplete your vital brain energy. They are a waste of precious time and energy. How can we alter random thoughts and get used to coherent thinking? By being aware of them. You can’t fight random thoughts but by being aware of them, they slowly disappear. The process through which we nurture thoughts which facilitate manifestation is known as the DOT Technique, distilling of thoughts. But before you distil your thoughts, it is important to review and distil your intent in the context of what you really want. DOT – Exercise 1 Go back to Lesson 1 where you have noted your intent. Read it carefully. Is it what you really want? For eg, you may have written ‘I want a promotion.’ Think. Is it a promotion you want? Or more money? An increment? More authority? More responsibility, less accountability? Think about what it is that you actually want and pen down your distilled intent. The more clarity you have about what you want, the easier it is to manifest. DOT – Exercise 2 This exercise will train you to have coherent thoughts, thoughts which amplify the energy of your mind instead of depleting it. Because in the end, manifestation is energy work. It is subtle energy which will precipitate the gross events that you desire. The subtle world is a sensitive world where everything matters. You cannot afford to have contradictions/conflicts. You have to harness your mind and harnessing the mind is like harnessing a bunch of wild monkeys running amok. It is not difficult, though; it simply needs practice. So now think about your intent and the desired outcome. Let your thoughts run loose for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes write down as many thoughts about your intent and outcome as it is possible for you to remember. Look at what you have written till now. You will notice that there are several themes in your thought process. There is very little coherence. Some thoughts may be cancelling each other, some may be doubtful or fearful in essence, some may negate your intent, while some are full of hope. The main point is that the energy of your thoughts is scattered. Look at the list and start the distillation process. Strike off the thoughts which are negative in intent or which lower your energy. Keep only the thoughts which lead to the desired outcome. Decide that from now on, you will be vigilant. That you will be conscious. Thoughts which do not lead to the outcome will be regularly filtered. All you need to do is to be aware. Awareness, on its own, will distil your thoughts. For eg, if you want a promotion, there is no point in thinking of all the reasons why it can’t happen. There is no point in thinking whether you deserve it or not. Focus on wanting the promotion and look for all the possible ways it can happen. Slowly, coherent thinking will become a habit. Consciousness will become a habit. Be patient and gentle with yourself. You are honing a very powerful faculty. Once it is honed, the fruits are rich. The Third Step Sleeping with the intent Of all the hours during the day, the half hour before you go to sleep is the most vital. It is also the time when our thoughts are most random. We ponder over the various things that happened during the day. We think about tomorrow, we have conversations in our head with the people we have met. But sleep time is when you need to be aware of your intent the most. You have to carry it with you into sleep, because your conscious mind will turn your intent over to your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the bigger, more powerful mind. It has huge resources available to it. Sleep time is also where your consciousness moves out of your body, at times. It has access to the subtle astral world, where manifestation is easier. If you have your intent in place while you drift into sleep then your subconscious mind works on it. At times, it can give you very vital clues through your dreams. At times you wake up with a powerful solution that seems to come from out of the box. All inventors have benefitted from this. The fourth step The next important step is waking up to your intent On most days, we wake up in a hurry with no time to languish in bed. Immediately, the day’s tasks, the people we will be meeting, pending work, incomplete sleep, everything takes over all at once, overwhelming us, leaving us with no time to hold on to a sweet dream, a sweet moment, a tender thought… We scramble to work with our scattered energy hanging in the void between our thoughts. You can alter this. It is not a compulsion to wake up like this. This is just a habit that can be altered and enhanced to a more life-nurturing one. Waking up to your intent exercise Today in the morning when you wake up, don’t rush out of bed. Give yourself a few minutes. Become aware of yourself. Become aware of your surroundings. Become aware of the various sounds around you. You are now in a tremendous present moment awareness. Now take this energy to your intent. Become aware of your intent, think of it as having manifested. Feel gratitude for its manifestation. Feel joy as you get out of bed. If any negative or depleting thoughts arise then
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