Yes, there’s more to manifestation and creative collaboration with the Universe than setting an intention. (If you missed last week’s post, you might want to read it first.) An intention is a clear, distinct point of focus. It’s a defining objective around which actions, decisions and attention revolve.
Yes, attention. Question: what exactly are you attending to when you pay attention to your intention?
Think about it.
It’s not enough to develop an intention for what you want to create and manifest. You have to align behind your intent. You have to take steps forward to advance your way toward your intention.
If you want a new job – you do a resume, consult a career coach, join Linked In, network with colleagues, find a headhunter.
If you want a relationship – you network with friends, join a dating site, ensure you have a couple of decent outfits for meeting people.
I know you know this already.
But is that enough? I don’t know. It might be. It depends on how you’re attending to your intending.
- Monitoring your thoughts so that they align with your intent?
It’s no good to want a new job but think that the economy is so terrible you’ll never find one.
- Observing what you say?
Joking with friends that your dating of losers quotient is off the charts may impede your alignment with finding Mr. or Ms. Right (or Right Now).
- Hedging your bets?
One student recently shared that she was putting equal effort into focusing on her intent and building a fallback plan just in case her intention failed to materialize. Splitting focus.
- Controlling the outcome?
Creating lots of rules around how something manifests in accordance with your intention renders the Universe and serendipity sterile. If you rob the fertility of organic creation, you’ll get what you’re capable of creating and nothing more.
I’m not saying that the attention piece is easy. It’s not. It’s simply worth doing if you want to create what you want to create. And it’s the place where intentionality, affirmations and manifestation can easily derail.
Understand that the flow of creation is organic and coherent. It’s up to you to be in alignment with the coherent and organic flow of creation. In other words, you derail – the Universe is just fine.
The Universe doesn’t sit around with a Magic Sorting Hat shuffling people off to Granted and Not Granted polarities in Intention Land.
You Shuffle Yourself. You are the Grantor and the Grantee.
So pay attention. Notice, observe, modify, expand, validate your intent. Calm the voice that says ‘you can’t.’ Validate the voice that says ‘Of Course You May.’
Use your intentionality to galvanize your vision and breathe life to your desire. Take appropriate steps.
And leave room for the serendipitous and outrageous generosity of the Universe.
What are you attending to today? (If you know someone who’s not quite on track with their intention/attention quotient, consider sharing this post with them.)
Keep your vital, intentional and attentive energy flowing!