The Power of Intention: How Intentions Create your Reality
“An intention synchronistically organizes its own fulfillment.” ~Deepak Chopra
I’ll never forget an Oprah interview in which actor Jim Carrey illustrated the power of intention. Jim admitted that in the 1980’s (while financially broke as a struggling actor) he would visualize in his car on a hilltop in LA all of the things he wanted in his career and life. He went as far as to write a check to himself for $10,000,000 for “acting services rendered.” His visualizations paid off big! Jim Carrey indeed received $10,000,000 for a movie and his career reached the pinnacle of success. His power of intention was the seed to the fruit that blossomed into a magnificent career.
We’ve all heard of the term “self fulfilling prophecy,” which we understand as when we think something, it actually happens in our lives, but what is the process behind this cause-and-effect dynamic? How do our thoughts create our reality? The entire Universe is a complicated web of energy fields, which connect to each other, all emanating from one Source — what many of us call God. Our thoughts, which is just an energy form of consciousness, is always connecting to other energies outside of ourselves. When energy connects to energy, through law of attraction, we attract certain things in our lives, so when we have negative thoughts (negative energy), we attract negative people and situations (other negative energy) into our lives.
Our intentions, which are powerful magnetic fields for attracting things into our lives, are just thoughts in our minds, so if we intend to do good, we do good, because our thoughts are directing our behavior in that direction. Simultaneously as our thoughts create our reality, it does so in an uncanny way, as Chopra says, “an intention synchronistically organizes its own fulfillment.” The key word here is “synchronistically,” which means that there is a divine purpose to that cause and effect of intention and result. In other words, there are no accidents and there is a purpose to our existence. When we touch upon our divine self, our higher consciousness or what Esther Hicks calls our “vortex” and make decisions based on this higher plane, we are acting out of a purpose. That purpose is a powerful intention that becomes a catalyst for realizing many things in our lives in a synchronistic way. For example, when we have thoughts about our mother and suddenly we get a call from her, that is the Universe acting synchronistically. So as our intentions become stronger, the Universe responds in the most magical and “synchronistic ways,” leading us to people and situations that help us to fulfill that intention.
The Universe is hard at work, never sleeping and constantly responding to our intentions, so as we shift our thoughts, the Universe responds in kind. Although in theory it is easy to say that we can simply change our thoughts, which is true, then why do we still struggle so much, repeating the same habitual thought patterns about ourselves? When thoughts are repeated over and over — whether positive or negative — it creates a story in our minds, which is then embedded into our subconscious level. Some argue that these stories are now stamped in our DNA. Obviously positive stories are good. However, negative stories are akin to weeds spreading like wild fire on our lawn, and we must pull out the roots of the weeds to solve the problem. Our subconscious is like the roots of the weeds: unless we pull out the roots of these stories from our unconscious mind, they will continue to resurface, wreaking havoc in our garden of life.
In order to treat the root of our subconscious minds, there are many treatments such as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or past live regression or hypnosis, which have proven effective. However, without going to see professional help, there are many practical and easy ways to change our thoughts and intentions on the subconscious level. These potpourri of tools are free or very low cost. One simple yet powerful way to set intentions is to write it down our intentions in an affirmation book, like you would write in a diary. Just like Jim Carrey wrote a $10,000,000 check for himself, write down your intentions in a book for like 10 minutes every night before you go to bed. Perhaps you want to get a great job in a PR firm, write “I have an great job at an amazing PR firm.” Write your affirmations in the present tense as if you already have the job, because it is in believing that you already have it, that the intention becomes more powerful.
Another simple way to set your intentions in a positive way is through feng shui by placing pictures or objects in your house that have powerful messages like pictures that might say “I Love Myself” or “Prosperity” or images with powerful symbols like the peace sign. Another way to set intentions is through repeated mantras, so perhaps when you take a shower or drive in the morning, verbally speak your intentions, like “I will resolve the problem at work today.” Visualization work is also very powerful, which is what Jim Carrey did, so if you want love in your life, visualize red light in your heart or if you want a job at a particular company, visualize going to work at their offices.
When you start to become pro-active about your intentions, it doesn’t mean that your life is going to shift in dramatic ways over night. Like exercise, you will see a change in your life over time. As intentions have cumulative power, the more consistent you are with your intentions, the more changes you will see in your life. Have patience with yourself as Rome was not built in one day.
By setting your intentions every day in a purposeful way, you become the director of your life because the Universe will always support your thoughts synchronistically. Our power of intentions is an internal force to be reckoned with, so be mindful of what intentions you are setting because when you make your intentions powerful, you have a powerful life!
By Moon Cho, Creator of Ying & Yang Living