The Power of Your Intention

How many times have you put out into the web of cosmic energy a specific intention trusting that somehow it would manifest as you intended? And yet how many times when opportunity came knocking to fulfill that intention you were to busy, distracted, frightened, or asleep to recognize that what you had asked for had arrived? When life answers your requests, best pay attention or it will be gone in a flash and not come back around for a very long time, if at all. For every fool who ignores an opportunity there is someone wiser willing to grab it and run.

Three years ago I began stopping by a neighbor’s house and taking her Cairn terrier with me on my daily walks. Over time, Scout awoke in me an admiration for the feisty terrier breed and I began to contemplate adopting a Cairn of my own. However, I had also fallen in love with my niece Sarah’s sweet Shih Tzu, who, though very different from the feisty terrier, had a calmness that would work well in my home/work environment. I wanted a small dog for a companion and so put that intention out to my friends and students.

I would spend time on-line looking through rescue sites meeting photo faces of Cairns and Shih Tzus waiting to be rescued. As the years passed I began to wonder if a dog would be a good choice, especially if I wanted to travel. How would a terrier respond to a kitchen full of students, or a client allergic to animal hair respond to the terrier? So for three years I debated and delayed and scrolled those rescue sites knowing my life and heart wanted this to happen. Then three weeks ago an e-mail arrived from one of my students who volunteers at a nearby shelter. Delia, she wrote, I remember you were looking for a Cairn terrier to adopt and we just received one into the shelter, would you like to meet her?

Caught off guard I hesitated to reply. What to do? My mind began to run through all the reasons this was not a good time to adopt a dog into my life. The e-mail had been forwarded back and forth discussing what to do with this Cairn who had been brought into the shelter with her brother, a young Shih Tzu. Oh, dear, what do we have here, says I. The universe tapping me on the shoulder. I marvel at how this strong, focused intention wound its way back like a boomerang landing at my feet, bringing me not one but two sweet animals who have since opened my heart and brought me so much joy and laughter.

If you too have put your intention out to manifest, continue to reinforce your dream daily by visualizing it happening for the benefit of all involved; and then wait, be patient, and when what you asked for arrives, and it may not always be exactly as you planned, accept it with good grace, and gratitude. For when you commit to seeing your intention made a reality you will always receive an answer, and if it’s flying in like a boomerang, you best duck.


Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Ermes B.
Ermes B6 years ago


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe7 years ago

I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason!!

A couple of years ago a friend of a friend had a cat who had 3 kittens in the house. They were about 3 months old and she was going to put all of them outside. It was the end of October and I couldn't stand thinking of them freezing outside, so I went to get one. My son had already taken one and there were 2 left.

When I got there, I couldn't decide which one, so I took both of them. I wish I could have taken the Mama also, but the lady said she was a good 'mouser' and was keeping her.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson7 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G7 years ago

I'm with Deborah D. on this.

Megan S.
Megan S7 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

great article, thanks for sharing :)

Kiana S.
Kiana S7 years ago

I love it when that kind of thing happens. It's like the universe is sharing a private joke with you, an amused sort of, "well, you asked for it" :)

Melinda K.
Past Member 7 years ago

how lovely, and the photo that goes with it, delightful story!

Sara Mikawa
Sara Mikawa7 years ago

Very interesting read, thank you.