Intention plays a crucial role in ones path to knowing the truth of who they are. In fact, I would say that in some ways it’s the most important part of the entire path of traversing the physical dimension, because it is actually the beginning of it. It's when You’ve stepped through the entrance gate to when what you are wanting turns into intention.
the path to your intention and purpose for life begins when we "unlearn" what it means to want something into intention.
However, because we live in a culture of materialism, we are always subject to wanting something. People might want to feel secure, loved or powerful. They might want to get rid of their self-hatred about aspects of themselves. They might feel these things, but that doesn’t put them necessarily on a path to achieving these things. You and I know many people spend their entire lifetime wishing they were different or had done certain things in their life and learn to live with regret, all the way to their dying breath.
The problem was that they never intended to be different.
The thing is, wishing you were different from who you are should not be confused with intending to be different. In fact, the difference between the two is so extreme, that in some ways wanting is the opposite of intending. When you want to be something, then by definition you are not whatever it is you want to be. A want is the lack of something. If I want to be happy, that is because I’m not happy right now. If I was already happy, then I wouldn’t want it right?.
But you see intention is different because intention begins with a recognition, no matter how faint, of something within you that feels good, even if it’s only for a moment. There’s something deep inside, only a glimmer perhaps, but something that emanates a feeling of warmth, love and goodness within you. It’s an unforgettable moment, because it feels so good. You may not remember the specifics of the moment, but you remember the felt sensation. You remember that, for that moment, you felt good about yourself. For that moment, you loved your self. And when you form an intention for your self, it is ultimately an intention to feel that experience again, to feel it on a more consistent basis. You may not verbalize your intention in that way, but that’s ultimately want you want.
Intention begins with the realization that you can choose who to be.
That recognition of something so good within yourself is only the precursor of intention. The moment intention arises within you is the moment that you recognize that you can actually choose who you will be. You can actually choose to become someone who feels that goodness more of the time, perhaps even all of the time. At that moment of intention, a voice arises in you that says “I intend to feel more of that goodness I recognize in myself.” And now you are setting out on a path. A journey to become who you already are, deep inside your self. A journey that involves shedding the layers of conditioned behaviors and responses that have grown around you, and that have blocked you from recognizing your true self, from feeling that connection and love with your inner being your essence.
There’s something about journeys, though, that needs a little more discussion. Most journeys that we take in our day-to-day existence have destinations. And the goal of the journey is to get to that destination, usually as quickly and directly as possible. And when you set out with that goal, the journey can become quite miserable if you get blocked from achieving it. We all know the misery of being stuck in traffic on the freeway when we need to get somewhere by a particular time. And we all know the frustration we feel when we take a wrong turn and get lost because we’re trying to get to some place we’ve never been before.
When you begin or continue your journey with intention, it might seem that it’s similar to beginning a journey with a destination, but that’s actually not the case. And one of the causes of suffering that many people experience is precisely because they think they have a destination on their path to somewhere..... and therefore get frustrated when they never seem to be getting any closer to that destination, or even feel that they got lost on the way.
Intention arises from the realization that you can choose who you will become
So I will ask you the question I am continuously asking and reminding myself!
What is your intention (purpose) for this life?
Would it be wise to "unlearn" the act of wanting and learn the act of intention?
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