Intent is a seed in consciousness, or spirit. If you pay attention to it, it has within it the means for its own fulfillment. Intention’s infinite organizing power orchestrates countless details simultaneously.
Intent creates coincidence; it is the reason why, when you’re thinking of something, it happens. Intent is the reason why some people have a spontaneous remission or heal themselves. Intent orchestrates all the creativity in the universe.
And we, as human beings, are capable of creating positive changes in our lives through intent. So why do we lose that ability? The ability is lost when the self-image overshadows the self, when we sacrifice our true self for the ego.
The realization that “I” am separate from “you” starts to happen at around age two or three. At this stage a baby starts to differentiate between “me” and “mine,” and “not me” and “not mine.” This separation creates anxiety. In reality the world is not separate from us, but part of the continuum of consciousness.
Intent works by harnessing the creative forces inherent in the universe. Just as we have our personal creativity, the universe also displays creativity. The universe is alive and conscious, and it responds to our intent when we have our intimate relationship with the universe and see it not as separate but as our extended body.
We can restore the power of intent through a return to the true self, or self-actualization. People who attain self-actualization reestablish their connectedness to the non-local mind. They have no desire to manipulate and control others. They are independent of criticism and also of flattery. They feel beneath no one, but they also feel superior to no one. They are in touch with the internal reference point that is their soul, and not their ego.
Anxiety is no longer an issue, because anxiety comes from the ego’s need to protect itself. And that anxiety is what interferes with the spontaneity of intent.
Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).