October 01, 2018
The Art Of Intention
“What is my purpose,” we ask ourselves. “What am I supposed to be? What is God’s will for me?” We expect that there is a set answer, written on a sacred scroll somewhere, wrapped in red velvet ribbon. If only I knew... If only I had a sign, I would dedicate my entire life to it, I would have direction... My life would matter.
What is interesting about this query is that it is suggests there exists a specific destiny out there that has been hidden from us. Somewhere it has been written, if only we could access that file. The quest to locate it can become all consuming; we will not rest until the mystery is solved. Numerous workshops, self help books, and a sea of spiritual empowerment podcasts later, we find ourselves speaking fluently in spiritual idioms, but still seeking our destiny. The truth must be out there somewhere, how do I find it?
What if the truth is not outside us somewhere, but actually inside? What if we are all aspects of the Creative Force and each of us is expressing Creation in all its possible ways. What if a seed of that Creative Force lives within each of us as a compass, or internal knowing, and it connects to our hearts, leading us along our path. All we really have to do is clear away all the cultural programming, ancestral patterning, and personal defenses that keep us from aligning with our true North. As we anchor into our truths, the question then becomes, “What is it I want to create?”. What if God’s will is simply for each of us to express our soul’s calling? What if there is no written scroll, just an empty one waiting for you to fill it?
At the heart of quantum physics we find that the world is not predetermined, but in fact, probabilistic. This means there are many possible outcomes, and we participate in creating any given one by the choices we make. Similarly, at the heart of the Andean teachings there is the basic premise that whatever intentions we have, the energy of Creation will follow them. As the energy follows, doors open, obstacles move, opportunities unfold. This is really powerful medicine, but it is deceptively simple. If we are still wandering through the halls of unconscious programming, we may have tamped down that inner voice in exchange for those that bring us safety or approval.
The art of intention starts with acts of self awareness. If you do not know how you feel about something, stop and ask yourself. We must be crystal clear about what our intentions are, and the fears they evoke within us. If we have the intention of being safe but need to take a risk to step into what calls us, we find ourselves in conflict, and the universal energies do not know which intentions to follow. Our first step is to sit with ourselves and truly experience the discomfort of our reactions, rather than trying to sedate ourselves or manufacture a more pleasant experience. We must then do the deep work of facing what holds us back. Do you believe you are unworthy, don’t deserve it, that it is selfish to want something? This isn’t about how you can be special to compensate for your shortcomings, it is about listening to the song in your heart and overcoming the obstacles in expressing it! The art of intension starts with an inclination, but the work is in looking at what holds us back, and addressing what anchors in those fears. When we are finally clear, our intentions can then be projected out into the Universe unencumbered, and our lives have purpose. The lesson then, is learning how to surf those waves as they come rolling in! Cowabunga!
Christina Allen, Shamanic Healer, Teacher, and Founder and Director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) background with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, Shamanic Healer, based, in part, on Q’ero Indian traditions of Peru). ASC offers profound Shamanic Self Development Workshops, professional trainings, and personal healings. Learn more at www.AustinShamanicCenter.com.
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