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Can Intention Manifest Positivity?

Intention requires attention.

The power of intent is something we take for granted.  We fail to see that we have the ability to manifest not just once in a while, not just on a special occasion or due to a dire need, but all day, every day.

IntentionOne of the key elements of manifestation is intention.  Intent is not the starting point so much as it is the direction.  What begins as an idea becomes energized when you add an intention to make it more than just a thought.

This process works on a lot of different levels, great and small.  Trouble is, because we allow our minds to wander and our subconscious to do the driving, our intent to tracks to the negative.

If we get caught up in negativity, our intent is often to get out of negativity.  This can be a problem, because our dominant thinking is on negative things.  As such, we are putting our energy and our intentions into trying to undo, rather than do.  This gets complicated, since the Universe doesn’t receive the “not” and “no” and “don’t” attached to the thing(s) we do not want.

I feel sad.  I intend to stop feeling sad.  Ok, great…but you have just stated that you are all about feeling sad.  This means that you have already limited your emotional response, and you are trying to undo what is already about.

Truth be told, this does not work.  Don’t believe me?  How well did Prohibition work?  The war on drugs?  Violent upheaval in answer to violence?  Never does what it intends to do, because the intent makes manifest the thing you don’t actually want.

Intention should be focused on what you want.

Change your intent not to stop or undo or reverse what you have, but to focus on the opposite.  I feel sad.  I intend to feel happy.  It’s best to make a strong statement, not simply I intend to feel better, which is kind of mushy and rather subjective.  Also – better than what?  This statement lacks clarity, and clarity in intention helps make the intent manifest.

Intention attentionThis may strike you as overly simple, but you’ll be surprised how much more powerful creating a new and positive intent is over trying to un-make what you already have.

This is not just spiritual mumbo-jumbo, this is science.  How?  Science tells us that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form.  Intention is energy, so what kind of energy you are playing with and putting out to the universe matters.  When what you have is not what you want, focusing on undoing it just keeps it around.  Change the intent, change the focus to the things you DO want.

What you intend will go a long ways towards creating Positivity.

Today is Christmas day.  Whether or not you celebrate this particular holiday, especially in these trying times, the intention of peace and joy for the world is a worthwhile cause.

Finding positivity is not hard, but it does require action.

Knowing that you can choose your intention, you can use this to manifest more and greater positivity in your life.  When we use intention to give energy to the good things we desire and the way we want to feel, we empower ourselves.  When we feel empowered, we frequently spread that feeling to others around us; as such, we can build more positive feelings in the collective consciousness.  We can use the positive feelings this generates to dissolve negative feelings.  When we take away negative feelings, we open up space to let in positive feelings, and that is something we can be grateful for.  Gratitude leads to happiness.  Happiness is the ultimate positive attitude.  Positive attitude begets positive energy, and that is always a good thing.

 

This is the two-hundred and third entry of my Positivity series.  It is my hope these weekly messages might help spread positive energies for everyone.  Feel free to share, re-blog and spread the positivity.

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Pathwalking 104

Today I wish you love and joy, peace and happiness.

Today should be no different from any other day.  Today should have no greater emphasis, no deeper meaning, no sharper focus than any other day.

Today is Christmas day.  All around the world this day is celebrated in a wide variety of ways.  Whether you attend Mass, have been furiously shopping the malls for gifts, or living somewhere between these extremes, the greatest emphasis that emerges from this particular holiday is love.

Cliché though it may be, love really does make the world go round.  Love is the single greatest, most powerful emotion we can experience.

To spread love to a wider world, it has to begin with me.  If I cannot love myself, how can I possibly share love with anyone else?

The problem is, we have become suspicious of love.  We do not trust it, we do not accept it for its good, we get caught up in being afraid of its loss.  But if we stay focused on the negatives, if we let fear overtake us, we cannot know love.  If we cannot know love, how can we share it?

In walking my own Path, I have had to really analyze what it means to love who I am.  In order to choose, know and walk a path, I have to choose to get to know myself.  If the self I come to know is not someone that I love, then it is up to me to change that, and to learn what I need in order to love myself.

Today is celebrated around the world, and whether you are a Christian or not, you cannot escape the power of the intent on this day.  Rather than allow our focus to be on consumerism and presents and toys and what we want to get, or for that matter on what we are giving, we need to consider love and all the other positive emotions we can.

Today should be a day of gratitude as well.  We need to be grateful not just for the things in our lives, but for the people, the opportunities, the intangibles.  We need to not just go through the motions of stating our gratitude, but of really FEELING it.

Most importantly – today should be no different from EVERY SINGLE OTHER DAY.  We are obsessed as a society with putting the emphasis on singular days to celebrate things, but really we should celebrate thankfulness, love, peace, joy and wonder every day.  We need to take our narrow focus and widen it, broaden it to be more inclusive, more welcoming, more freeing.

Pathwalking is about choice, about control, about freedom.  The reason why I believe in choosing my own path is not just for my own wellbeing and happiness, it is for feeling more positive, more loving, and more grateful for all that I have and all that life can offer.  I choose to share Pathwalking with you because I believe that if we ALL can find our own paths in life, and we can all be happier with who we are and what we do, this world would be a better place all around.

Christmas should not be the only day we reach out to friends and family, spend money on gifts and express love in elaborate ways.  This should be an everyday occurrence.

Beyond love and gratitude, there is peace.  Leaders around the world speak of peace most frequently on Christmas Day.  Wouldn’t it be really great if they put the same effort into speaking about peace like this the rest of the year, too?

This one day should not be the only time this is our focus.  Love, joy, happiness and peace should receive our attention every day.  If we give more energy to the good, we can bring more good into the world.

This is a part of the Pathwalker’s journey – to see and to understand the importance of such positive energies.  Taking a positive trek through the world to be happy with your own choices is pretty much the point.

Can you take the positive energies of this day and share them EVERY day?

 

This is the one-hundred fourth entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Thank you for joining me.

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American Culture and Thanksgiving

Let’s pause a moment, the day after Thanksgiving in America, and reflect on what this means.

More importantly, though, let’s reflect on what it SHOULD mean, versus what it APPEARS to.

(Yes, I recognize the other issues with Thanksgiving and the mistreatment of the Native Americans and such, but that is not the topic I am addressing here).

What it SHOULD mean:  Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day to spend with family and friends, grateful for the things we have and the people we have to share them with.  A day to do what we should do EVERY day:  Be thankful.  Express gratitude.

What it APPEARS to mean:  Thanksgiving marks ‘x’ number of days until Christmas.  And that number is insufficient, so we need to buy buy buy everything we can, because that is what you need to do.  Time is short, and money is tight, so here is a one-day sale to draw you in to spend spend spend.  To hell with time for friends and family, get out there and be a good participant in Capitalism and spend your cash on STUFF!

Worse, we have become so cynical about this situation, we just feed it more and more.  Either we get outraged by the unbridled, raging consumerism overtaking family and free time – or we are a part of that shopping feeding frenzy.  Neither of these will do anything to change this.

What can we do?  What should we do?

I haven’t an answer that will work for everyone.  Hey, for some people today is a great shopping day.  As I work in retail, today is a big day for the shop I work for sales wise.  The problem is greater than Black Friday and its overrun of Thanksgiving.  The problem is purely American, from what I can glean, and would require a fairly large shift in our culture that I think we are unprepared to make on many levels.

Such as?

We need to address the life/work balance.  We work far longer hours than Europeans like the French and Germans, though comparatively fewer than Asians like Singapore and Korea.  None-the-less, we work and work and work, and are stingy with our free time, stingy with personal time, and we never seem to have the time/money combination desired, and sometimes even needed.

And all that work doesn’t make us happy, it generally still leaves us wanting.  It causes quite the imbalance, which leads to this issue:

We need to address our health.  We should be embarrassed by the numbers when it comes to health care in this nation.  We have, for the vast money we spend on the industry, one of the shortest life expectancies in the developed world.  We have a broken system run by insurance companies focused on profit, with a reform that only partially addresses the issues, and seems to have caused as many problems as it was intended to resolve.  We focus on caring for the sick, rather than preventative care.  We pop pills rather than work long term solutions.

We all want to be healthy, but we eat foods that are mostly chemicals, we neglect exercise, and we focus on the quick fix over lifestyle changes for the better.  Not a good means to the end.

We need to celebrate our differences, not lament them.  Doesn’t matter if you are gay or straight, black or white, religious or atheist, male or female, or whatever difference you want to choose between people – we should be celebrating our individuality.  Is it just me, or does it seem more and more over the last decade or so that we have gone from a nation striving towards unity and equality and tolerance to a nation of division, widening inequality, and intolerance?  What happened to “Free to be You and Me?” and the notion of how similar we are despite our differences?

It is disheartening to see people working harder to divide than to unite.  Greater separation does not make our lives better in any way.

We need to accept the secular and the sacred as separate and equal.  Plain and simple – we are NOT a Christian nation.  Period.  We are a nation with every single religion known to man in practice.  Choose the religion, major or minor, and someone here practices it.  However, there are many people who are atheists, and do not practice ANY.  And somewhere in between, there are agnostics and spiritual but non-religious folk across the nation, too.

There is no attack on Christmas.  Period.  Sorry folks, I don’t care what Sarah Palin or any other fundamentalists tell you – Christmas is pervasive, it is the dominant event across this nation.  It is on our televisions, in our stores, on our radios, it is EVERYWHERE.  It is for this holiday that our rampant consumerism gets its focus.

Please note – I am NOT attacking Christmas, I am not against the idea of peace on earth and goodwill towards your fellow man or those aspects of the holiday and its spirit.  What I take issue with is those who acknowledge no other religions in the first place, but when they see this dominant force taken from 100% to 80% they call it being attacked.  This is not a digression on my topic – it is precisely what I am getting at here: Focus on separation and discord in place of togetherness and peace.

We have reached a point where we are always looking for who is against us.  Who believes something apart from what we do, and seeks as such to break apart our society?  Who is our opposition?  Who will corrupt and disrupt our way of life?  Divide and conquer.

Until we see and acknowledge these things, there is really nothing we can do to make this holiday back to what it SHOULD be.  A rather major cultural shift, but I believe a necessary and really worthwhile one.

So – what does Thanksgiving mean to YOU?

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