By Jasmine Bharathan December 2009 Manifest your intentions effortlessly and with ease by engaging the forces of nature. Here’s how A mindfull approachUnhealthy goal:Here are two very subtle things to be mindful of that in the long run cause trouble as they are very cleverly disguised! • To become somethingI want to become a good person; I want to be the best writer in the world; I want to be a kind and compassionate person; I want to be a good husband; I want to earn more money; I want to be enlightened; I want to feel more. Sounds like all are good things! • To get rid of somethingI want to get rid of my anger, jealousy, laziness, procrastination, I want to get rid of my difficulty with people. Sounds like these are good things to get rid of, don’t they?! What makes these unhealthy and problematic in the long run is a non acceptance of the present moment – I am not all right and I have to get rid of something only then will I be acceptable. Also, the focus is on me. I am trying to become a compassionate person, I am trying not to be angry, I am trying to be rid of the fear problem, I am trying to get enlightened, I am wanting to be this and that – the self-centred motivation will colour all the efforts in a self-centred perspective. These are always tied up with the feelings of I and me and mine; I am agitated, I need to get out; I am really awake, I have got it all together… Ego takes over in ways that one may not even be able or willing to see. The energy behind the Intention becomes clouded. It is not very easy then to realise what is happening around you, to others in your surrounding during this self-centred pursuit causing disharmony and pain. There are various fabulous methods through which one can come to a state of balance in the present moment. For example: If you are challenged with anger and you wish to be free of that, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) are extremely useful tools. A consistent practice of meditation and awareness is another very effective method. Healthy goal: Dr Wayne Dyer says about the much-talked-about Law of Attraction: “LOA is not about what you want; it is about who you are!” From a state of balance, love and acceptance of oneself and the present moment, one can set up goals that, by default, generate a healthy intention. The result then does not cause pain or suffering but only leads to joy, ease, flow and peacefulness – which is what we all want, isn’t it? What is the point if we achieve what we want to experience or intent but are unable to enjoy the experience? Just as when we are thirsty we reach for a glass of water, we can certainly choose to point our mind to a goal and intend its fruitful achievement. I want to be a published author; I want to travel and teach around the globe, I want to enjoy a loving, harmonious relationship – not because I don’t like the pain or incompleteness I experience now, but because I want to direct and focus my energy to this new experience. When we choose, direct and point the mind – in this way, the effort in directing the attention is coming from a wholesome, balanced place; the intention is healthy. Attention – IntentionDr Chopra is the author of more than 50 books translated into over 35 languages, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a senior scientist with The Gallup Organisation. An excerpt from a talk on the healing quest. People think, “Oh, intention is just a thought. Actually, intention is like a force in nature. Just like electro magnetism is a force in nature. So too, intention is a force in nature. “In biology, we have a term called Teleology. It is a term that went out of fashion a while ago but it is coming back. The principle of teleology tells us that if you want to know about the mechanism of a biological phenomenon in evolution, for example, then you have to know what the intended outcome is. “If you want to know how birds had wings, then you have to say, what was the intention? Of course, the intention was to fly. “Amphibians became birds, and classical Darwinian Theory says, “Oh, that was random adaptation to environmental forces and you know, the amphibians developed feathers and they were able to fly….” “If you just develop feathers, you are actually a weaker species because the other animals will come and eat you up. You have to simultaneously develop feathers, a new born structure, a new muscular skeletal system, a new metabolism and that requires a simultaneous, inner dependent co-arising of many things that is orchestrated by intention. “So, intention is a force in nature that at the deepest levels of nature causes the simultaneous co-arising of inter-dependent events. It is quantum creativity that an intention creates. “If you want to heal yourself, then first of all, you have to have clarity of what your intended outcome is. “Your intended outcome can’t be in negative terms, “I don’t want to have heart disease, I don’t want to have cancer…”. “The intended outcome is, “I want to be physically and mentally active, to have increased physical and mental capacity, I want to have time to have fun with my children and my family, I want to be able to run up the stairs…” “When you have clarity of that intention in consciousness, then you must feel it, you must smell it and you must be it. “And then you introduce that intention into consciousness, and when in meditation, you go to a field of silence and intention orchestrates its own fulfilment and becomes a very powerful force.” The power of intentionPsychologist Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., author of over 30 self-empowerment books, describes a new approach to fulfilment in his latest book, The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way Dyer has a different take on the Law of Attraction. He calls it the Power of Intention. “Most people’s mistake in trying to apply the law of attraction is they want things; they demand things. But God doesn’t work that way,” continues Dyer. “It’s all about allowing.” Dyer refers to the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu. “He says in there, 2,500 years ago, if you live from these virtues, then all that you could ever need or want could be provided for you.” Dyer excitedly retrieves his personal copy of the book, leans forward and reads the words that touch him so deeply. He explains how virtue is a very important concept in the Law of Attraction. “This is called the Hua Hu Ching, written by Lao Tzu. It’s the unknown teachings of Lao Tzu. Number 51 says, ‘Those who want to know the truth of the universe should practice the four cardinal virtues. The first is reverence for all of life. These manifest as unconditional love and respect for oneself and all other beings. The second is natural sincerity. This manifests as honesty, simplicity and faithfulness. The third is gentleness, which manifests as kindness, consideration for others and sensitivity to spiritual truth. The fourth is supportiveness. This manifests as service to others without expectation of reward.” “All great spiritual masters are teaching what we’re talking about,” says Dyer. “They’re teaching fogiveness. They’re teaching kindness They’re teaching love. They’re not teaching wanting. They’re not teaching greed.” So the notion of seeking what you want, or think you need, is not what the Power of Intention is all about. “The ego’s mantra is ‘What’s in it for me? How can I get more? I want a BMW in my driveway next Thursday,’” he explains. “All of that is what most spiritual teachers call the false self – the ego.” According to Dyer, the process of allowing, just being and embracing this heightened level of consciousness, goes back not to attracting what you want, but attracting what you are. “You have to just be. You have to let go. You have to allow. You have to be free and make this your consciousness.” He continues, “Basically, what you would see is a frequency (of energy) that manifests itself through the process of giving, of allowing, of offering and of serving. It asks nothing back.” Dyer illustrates the concept of giving without expectations by quoting the great poet Hafiz: “Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth ‘you owe me.’” Excitement and energy permeate the room as Dyer finishes his thought, “Just think of what a love like that can do. It lights up the whole world.” Excerpts from interview By Valarie Griebel,Successful Living The intention experimentLynne McTaggart is the award-winning author of five books, including the international best-selling sensations, The Field and The Intention Experiment. The Intention Experiment is the largest mind over matter experiment – a series of web-based experiments with Lynne McTaggart and leading scientists around the world to test the power of our thoughts to change the physical world. The Intention Experiment, voted a top Amazon 100 by readers and now a worldwide sensation, is the first book to provide all the scientific evidence about human intention. It is also the first to show you how to use this power in your life, individually and collectively according to all the principles that have worked both in the laboratory and among ‘masters’ of intention. With the aid of a team of highly prestigious scientists from laboratories around the world, you can take part in the largest mind-over-matter experiment in history. Technique and practice Anyone can learn to do effective intention in their life, b
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