Monday, April 27, 2009

Thoughts and Intention

"Loving people live in a loving world.

Hostile people live in a hostile world.
Same world."
- Wayne Dyer

This spirituality and science topic will examine the concept of intention. The power of one's thoughts is examined in The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer, as well as the The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. While I believe the movie version of The Secret focuses too heavily on material possessions, the book encompasses more non-material valuables such as health and relationships. Although this philosophy has gained popularity in recent years, it's not really a new concept that your thoughts can become things, as Wallace Wattles wrote The Science of Getting Rich in 1910.

What is intention?
An anticipated outcome that guides your planned actions. Basically, this means that if you intend a desired outcome, you are using intention. I think many times that we focus more on what we don't want rather than what we do want (e.g. I don't want debt, rather than, I want wealth.) And if an overdue mortgage payment is staring you in the face, well, it's really hard to not focus on that. However, I'm a huge believer in that whatever you focus on is what grows, so if you keep your focus on how many bills you have or how dysfunctional your relationships are, then that will continue growing. Try to spend part of everyday focusing on what you do want, and think positively about those things.

Time Frames or How Long Do I Have to Do This Before It Works?
The time/space continuum is not what we think it is, but that's a post for another day. Sure, you could say that you spent a good 15-minutes last night thinking super-positively that you wanted $5 million dollars to fall in your lap the next day. Then, when the next day goes by, you may be quite annoyed that you are still a cool 5 million short of your intention. What happened?

One of my favorite passages from the book The Secret asks you to take a good long look around you at your life. Go ahead and do it. Look at your job, your family, your house, your health, etc.
Your present life is merely a reflection of your past thoughts and beliefs. You have manifested your life based on what you think. If what you have around you is not what you want, start there. Change the way you think. No, it won't happen overnight and it might take some time, but I believe your life will always reflect the nature of your thoughts and you should see things around you getting better after awhile. Additionally, be sure to follow any actions you feel inspired to take as a result of these new thoughts.

How Do I Do It?
Start by deciding how you want your life to look and how you want to feel on a daily basis. Now, there are those that want to feel misery (although they would not likely be reading this blog), but most people want to feel happiness and joy. Spend just 5 minutes a day with your eyes closed, and imagine yourself feeling those feelings and seeing yourself living the life you want. It's more powerful if you can involve all the senses: notice the smells, sounds, etc. Soon, you'll find that you more easily catch yourself if you're having a negative thought and can turn it to a positive one.
One of my favorite ways to start my day and remind myself of the power of my thoughts, is to wake up and think about all the things I am grateful for. Starting each day on a positive note, (yes, even Mondays) helps keep me thinking positively throughout the day. I also found a wonderful website that sends me an email each morning, reminding me of just how wonderful we human beings are. It's Mike Dooley's Thoughts Become Things website at

If you only do one thing for the next few weeks, just spend a few minutes a day focusing on what you already have and are thankful for, and what you would like your life to be like and feel like. Until next time....


Anonymous said...

Until a was dragged to a Reiki healing session about one year ago (summer '08), I was a skeptic about your post's topic. In fact, I was a skeptic to all things "unscientific" until I had the personal experience of Reiki healing where my mind perceived beyond my five senses. This experience expanded my understanding of reality and gave me the evidence I needed to seek more knowledge. Now, after achieving Reiki level two I know that sense perception according to science and the material world is a limited approach. I hope science will expand its horizons to explore the physical/material world AND consciousness.
That said, I have recorded my whole life in journals since I was seven years old. Currently I am using these journals to write a novel (that I wrote about in the childhood journals). In reading my journals I have discovered that the thoughts I wrote down as a child are now my current reality. Literally, there are pages from my childhood journals that describe verbatim events of my adult life. It's almost unbelievable how I mapped out my adult life in my childhood journals.
Currently I have no children, however, when I do I will tell them all this. I will explain that our reality is a reflection of our mind. Therefore, it is a choice to be happy: we have control.
I created a movie describing my journey towards this discovery. It can be viewed at this url:

Thanks for this post.

Kristi said...

Journalizer - thanks for your comment and good luck w/ the novel. I'll have to check out the movie. Be well!