The Power of Intent

Here’s an experiment: the next time you get a call from a telecaller, smile when you answer it and keep smiling through the conversation. Even if you have to force yourself to do it. See how that call goes. You will notice that you were much calmer, you will feel good about treating the other person with respect, you will feel good about yourself for being patient and  in control of your actions. In some cases, the effect of dealing with a situation in such a manner might linger on for a couple of hours.


That is the power of intent.

All you did was, at a subconscious level, told yourself that you will not just be positive but happy. And that happiness transformed your mood instantly. Now, compare this with how you might usually deal with a telecaller. Especially a pesky one. It usually makes people impatient, raises the blood pressure inadvertently and leaves you feeling a bit worse for the wear. That is nothing but a negative intent manifesting itself in action….

Every thing in life starts with an intention or Sankalp. We have the intention first to do something, be something, create something. Come to think of it, we always do things twice. We first create the intention in our thoughts before actually doing it.

As, Dr Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned author and motivational speaker, in his book “Power Of Intention”, wrote –

“Intention is not something you do, but rather a force that exists in the universe as an invisible field of energy- a power that can carry us. It’s the difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and don’t let go of it until you make it a reality. Inspiration is the reverse- when an idea gets hold of you and you feel compelled to let that impulse or energy carry you along. You get to a point where you realize that you’re no longer in charge, that there’s a driving force inside you that can’t be stopped. Look at the great athletes, musicians, artists, and writers. They all tap into a source.”

But is it possible for us to know our intentions? Can we work towards creating positive intentions? A lot of times intentions are confused with desire. For instance, a desire for a bigger house or a better car. I had read somewhere long back and it made sense that there are four principles which guides our journey – accepting uncertainty, paying attention, purity of thoughts and clarity, is what can lead us to our goals. And I think it is the purity and sincerity of our intentions which is the most critical of all.

Whether out of fear for your life, care for your loved ones, or a commitment to your life values, success must always be defined through honest, pure intentions. A focus on impressing others results in negative effects. But a pure intention that serves to benefit others as well as ourselves will create positive results.

And with positive reiteration and repetition, it can be slowly made a part of our sub conscious. We need to re-direct all of the energy we dedicate to changing our external reality towards changing and refining our internal world because our external realities are a projection of our inner world. In other words, we must redeploy our energy towards changing our internal reality: our inner image, and our emotions.

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