Stating an intention is powerful stuff, I tell ya. I must always be careful with what I say – because if I say something, once it’s ‘out there’ in the universe, it usually occurs. (And I promise, this is the honest-to-goodness truth; I’m not even exaggerating. I have sooooo many examples of this phenomenon, it’s not even funny. For instance, consider:
- My career. Every single time I have been ready to make a professional move and have been brave enough to say it aloud, I have received a new job. [This has occurred four different times.] The slowest turn-around time was four weeks; the fastest was 24 hours. Literally. It’s kind of crazy.
- My meditation practice. Once I finally acknowledged that I was ready to seriously consider meditation, I was at a boot-camp retreat five days later. During the experience I began to practice ‘staying open’ to whatever might occur – and as a result, I have had the opportunity to influence nearly 1,000 people (literally), attend subsequent retreats with ‘famous’ meditators, be interviewed by national media… it’s wild.
- My yoga training. Here again, when I finally became ready and willing to audibly state that I might (might!) want to possibly explore just the hint of the idea of yoga teacher training, five days later I was sent a check that covered the cost of a rather expensive year-long training program.
And I’ve had many other instances of intentions manifesting in my life [some not so ‘happy’ as the examples I shared above], but hopefully this gives you an idea of the absolute power stating an intention has had for me personally.)
So, intentions are not to be trifled with.
[As an aside, an intention is very different from just ‘wishing’ for something. An intention requires an earnest, heartfelt desire, and a genuine commitment to action – and in my experience, both co-occurring is relatively rare.]
When I became brave enough to share my 101 list, I kind of ‘knew’ that I was opening Pandora’s box a bit. My gut, my mind, and my heart all knew that once I put my intentions out into the world for all to see, stuff would start happening; and new stuff can be uncomfortable, even scary. But new stuff can also be crazy-fun. So, I decided I was ‘ready’ (or, at least as ready as I was ever gonna get), and I held my breath, and I pushed “Publish”. And here again, less than 24-hours later, stuff started happening.
And oh boy, stuff has just kept on happening! Last night a friend invited me to participate in an outing with her [#32], and this morning another friend contacted me to see if I would be interested in attending a party with her [#23]. As with the examples I listed at the beginning of this post, I didn’t do anything to draw these events into my life – except to state the intention. It’s kind of crazy! And a little scary. But mostly very, very fun.
Yup, intention is powerful stuff. It’s kind of badass… just like Shaft. 😉
P.S. For your listening pleasure. As I listened to the clip, here are the thoughts that came to my mind [just in case you want even a little more insight into my kooky, fun, eclectic brain]:
- Hmm, I didn’t expect the flutes…
- Good g-d, this introduction is forever long!
- A girl can’t help but shake her butt when listening to this song.
- I’m kind of glad I don’t remember the 1970s.
Shut your mouth! 😉