Do you believe that intentions work? Do you know what an intention is? Some people think that they do, yet struggle with the law of attraction, or finding any results with their desires. Maybe you are one of these people?
Do you even believe in the law of attraction? Maybe you are too cynical for it. Chances are you are skeptical about it, not even trying any visualization exercises whatsoever, yet refuse to completely reject it, because at some deep level you believe that there is something towards it that you simply cannot explain. Maybe you have read books and seen DVD's. You may even had a few successes, yet nothing huge. If this doesn't sound like you, and you completely reject the premise of thoughts turning into things, then you have my best wishes, and good luck.
And you're going to need it, because you may find that along the way you may begin to find similarities between having a desire, and seeing some form of manifestation taking place. It won't be much of course, and it may even be quick (I'll explain why later) but it won't amount to much. But the sad thing is, you'll become more and more cynical, because due to the very definition of beliefs creating events, you will subconsciously sabotage yourself, and you'll find yourself living more in a cynical world. Essentially, you'll be experiencing exactly what you are denying.
If on the other hand you are not cynical, but have tried all hands of the law of attraction, this article may be for you. Now, I'm going to lay my cards straight here, and be brutally honest right up front. I'm no guru when it comes to the law of attraction. I'm not writing this armed with false trophies, making out I've got this sussed out, because I haven’t. I'm writing this because of a few experiences I've had, which I strongly suspect that the law of attraction was behind.
Some of these experiences have been metaphysical, and some have been downright physical. But before we carry on, a word of warning. I'm giving you results based on subconscious (and conscious) tests that I've done. When the law of attraction has worked for me, without any prior conscious knowledge (i.e. I've had a fleeting desire, and within a week it's manifested…I've done no prep work, no visualization, or anything like that) I'll be calling that a subconscious test. Simply because I've had very little conscious awareness of it. A conscious test on the other hand, will be on with prep i.e. visualizations, being in the now, feeling love…I call this a conscious test, because I am clearly consciously trying to manipulate my reality. I am consciously trying to think my thoughts into physicality. But being straight up front here, my subconscious tests have easily beaten my conscious tests, most of the time. Again, I'll explain later.
It all boils down to what you believe an intention is, and how it manifests. Now when I first came across the idea of setting an intention, I wasn't sure the best way to go. Is visualizing the best way, or vision boards? How about affirmations? I've tried all three, but over the years, I've discovered a few things which have hindered my conscious progress. Of course, subconsciously, I have manifested every desire that I've had, both negative and positive. At times this has been annoying. But having had out-of-body experiences, I can testify that you thoughts do form up in the non-physical dimensions. It all boils down ultimately to a few things. Again, (for the last time:-) I'll explain more later.
So, what is an intention, and how do you set one? Many people have differing ideas to what an intention actually is. I've heard many definitions, from a single thought, to focused thought packed with emotional intensity. In my experience, there are two types of intentions, due to the fact that thought by spiritual definition is creative.
Type 1 – Fleeting Intention.
A fleeting intention is essentially having a single thought, or more accurately, a fleeting desire. Desire is the key here, and when I say a fleeting desire, I mean just that. It's fleeting. It's a secret quick desire. Kind of like when you walk into a supermarket, and you see somebody that reminds you of somebody you used to fancy once upon a time. You then have a fleeting desire to see them again, but it's only a quick thought, and you soon forget about it. You then carry on your supermarket shopping and go home. You'll find then that in a few days to a about a week, you'll see that person in real (and you'll wonder what a coincidence that was;-).
The amount of times I've had this experience has boggled me. I've had many fleeting desires, or fleeting intentions and most of them have come true. But why is this? I imagine it's because of the, ‘letting go' process. Essentially, to make any desire a reality, you need to set the intention (fleeting, or focused) and then let go. These ones I call subconscious tests, due to the fact that there is very little conscious awareness behind them (you just have a quick desire and that’s it….takes like less than 10 seconds!). And due to me letting it go (I'm focused on other stuff) there is no resistance to it manifesting. There may be an odd thought that it won't happen, but that's it. An odd thought. And in most cases, an odd thought is not going to stop a fleeting intention from manifesting.
Of course, if you are cynical, you won't necessarily see the connection between the original desire and the physical outcome. Chances are you'll write it off as a coincidence, or act likes it's a pleasant surprise. And of course, due to the desire being fleeting, in some cases, so will the outcome.
Type 2- Focused intention.
A focused intention (in my opinion) is a desire that is consciously focused upon…that is, loaded with emotional power. Or put simple, unconditional love (or gratitude…both work extremely well). This is what I call a conscious test, because you are preparing your subconscious. That is, you are doing action that the subconscious recognizes; that is, imagery (visualization) unconditional love (feeling, nature of soul) and affirmations. Of course some of you will do more and that's fine. But the crux is, you are actively and consciously manipulating your reality.
Now I'm going to be honest here. This has only worked once for me, and there are reasons. For this to work, you need to be close to the present moment as possible. This allows the manifestation to be quick. Secondly, you need to let go. This is the part I believe, that trips most people up, and is the single reason why the subconscious tests work so well, compared to the conscious tests. Or put simply, a fleeting intention has more chances of manifesting than a focused intention.
Why is this, when you are essentially adding more thought in the non-physical realm by visualizing? When you have a fleeting intention, you let go quite easily. There is almost, zilch resistance. Your subconscious does most of the work. When you are doing a focused intention on the other hand, your ego objections kick into gear. You become emotionally attached (even if you know better and you don't want to be). Essentially, you are not letting go!
And this is big news, because the art of, ‘letting go' is an art indeed. There are ways of trying to let go, but this isn't going to be easy. Most of us have been brought up to be emotionally attached to outcomes. We become desperate for success (some of us anyway). This desperation has led to the law of attraction for some people working sporadically at best.
So, how do you let go?
In my experience, there are a few ways (or one way spread over different formats, if you will). The easiest is by being grateful for the here and now, and sticking to the present moment as much as possible throughout the day. On top of that, you can also let go by trying to understand that everything happens by design. That is, whatever happens to you is part of a larger plan. Being grateful in the here and now is probably the best move for most people, and you can do this by being present or even feeling unconditional love (which does help to remove some if not most of the resistance) towards other people as much as possible (please click here for the simple exercise to help open up your heart chakra to feel oneness with everything). Letting go, consciously, is tough. There is no other way to describe it, and especially for a newbie who is just discovering the law of attraction for the first time.
Interestingly, when you are in the now, you do mostly exhibit the theta brainwave state, and is a similar feeling of presence you have when you have an out-of-body experience (an inner dimension where time doesn't exist. Things manifest almost instantly there). It seems that thinking lots of thoughts requires more brainwave electrical activity (which when you think of it, makes sense). The least amount of thoughts and the more presence you feel, the least amount of electrical activity is needed.
Letting go does require an art, so don't be surprised if your desires don't manifest that easily. As long as you practice gratitude as much as possible, some form of outcome will take place (it may not be much, but something does happen, most of the time). Being grateful is a great way of letting go, as long as you do it on a constant basis (and especially if you do it when negative doubts kick in).
Give it a go. I'm not going to promise that it will be an easy ride, but let's look at it another way. What’s the worst that is going to happen? You'll feel more love and peace than ever before, and your personal power will increase.
And you never know, something better may come along instead;-)