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Labyrinths: The Path to Intention

If you’re like many kindred spirits I know, your life’s path is probably not a direct bee line from point A to point B much of the time. Surprises abound, and unforeseen opportunities arise for your growth, learning, and personal development sculpting. Life’s path may be full of twists and turns, curves,  and curve balls, and it may be quite winding, confusing, and tedious at times. Thankfully, life is also peppered with joy, laser focused moments of clarity, gracious gifts, sprinkled with understanding, ease, flow and harmony!

Cross cultural symbols throughout the ages reflect and mirror such a colorfully pebbled path in fascinating ways across diverse mediums and formats. Labyrinths have been found throughout the world across cultures and regions. Using labyrinths to connect the intention process, and the magically unfolding path life presents, creates a beautiful and metaphorically abundant theme for the intention groups. This theme leads to profound conversations of self discovery.

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“The labyrinth doesn’t ask: Are you going the right way or the wrong way? The labyrinth asks, “Are you going?”

What is a Labyrinth?

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“A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.”

“A labyrinth is an ancient, sacred, archetypal pattern that has been found throughout the world in many forms and sizes. Labyrinths have a single path to and from the centre. Labyrinths are one of the few archetypal patterns that we can physically interact with.  Labyrinths are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as tools for meditation and healing. The process of walking the labyrinth helps many people become more centered and balanced.

Labyrinths are different from mazes. Labyrinths are unicursal, which means that they have one well-defined path that leads us into the center and back out again. There are no dead ends or paths that divide. A maze on the other hand is a puzzle to be solved: a left brain task that requires an active mind, logic, analytical skills, and problem solving abilities. A labyrinth is a right brain task involving intuition imagery and creativity.  With a labyrinth there is only one choice: the choice to enter or not.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

From the book: The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

“Unlike mazes, which force choices and can create fear and confusion, labyrinths are designed to “embrace” and guide individuals through a calming, meditative walk on a single circular path.”

In my intention groups, I discuss the different purposes of labyrinths, and the assorted types that are accessible and available, from finger labyrinths, indoor and outdoor labyrinths, as well as digital and virtual ones. We shared how there are labyrinths represented in nature from tree rings to finger prints, even unexplained crop circles. Here’s a link for a printable finger labyrinth, and other resources on where to find local labyrinths: https://labyrinthsociety.org/download-a-labyrinth

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What’s the connection between intention and labyrinths? Everything. It’s both a metaphor for our lives, and a literal representation for how we choose to walk into, and walk through our intentions, and life. Before one embarks on a path of intention, or the process of setting intentions, you pause to reflect on your focus of desire both in general, and specifically for each intention or vision. So before stepping into, and onto a labyrinth path, it is common to set an intention for your experience for traveling the labyrinth. It is also recommended to bring in your specific intention/s and create awareness, focus, and attention on them.

There are multiple layers here to explore for intentions:

  • You can set an intention for your labyrinth walk before your way in. It can even be a feeling you would like to embody.
  • Set an intention for insight to be revealed during your labyrinth walk related to your intentions and dreams, or in general.
  • Focus on an intention in progress, and hold what you are manifesting.
  • Allow for insight, so you can provide an opening for inspiration. As inspiration reveals itself, consider where you can take an inspired action step towards your intentions or goals? Surrender and allow for new perspectives, and insights to emerge.
  • Allow for the space for what’s coming up around your intention/s, and in general? Check in with yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Walking a labyrinth is a helpful spiritual practice for embracing sacred space, and connecting with your higher self, Soul, and heart.

Consider the walls of the labyrinth, your life, and your intentions. Where do you find yourself putting up walls, creating blockades, and adding chaos, where there are walkways, hallways, and a clear, direct path to travel? Have you halted yourself, and procrastinated movement, and taking steps towards your intentions and dreams?

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“Power of the first step, of a project – usually sets in motion a surprising dynamic where doors open, kindred spirits align and the universe has been waiting for this step.” First step is magic of the beginning.

I loved how one writer from the Labyrinth Ireland website mentioned why people walk the labyrinth: “For balance; to centre themselves; to increase their awareness; to connect to their higher selves; to balance their chakras, for grounding, and to bring peace. It is usually helpful to have an intention before you walk the labyrinth.  Your intention can be looking for an answer to a question, or just seeking a way to find balance or improvement in some area of your life. The experience of walking the labyrinth is different for everyone, and different each time you walk one.

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.  Do whatever feels right for you.  Many people divide the walk into three parts, or the three ‘R’s: Releasing, Receiving, and Returning.  On the walk in focus on releasing whatever is on your mind: your tensions and worries or whatever is occupying your thoughts.  When you reach the centre rest and allow whatever thoughts or answers come to you.  On the walk out focus on returning to your everyday life with the wisdom that you have received.”

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There are three main phases of a labyrinth walk: Entering in, the walk, exiting out

When you first walk in, is there any resistance present? While you are walking through, do you wish it was another way? Are you distracted or disconnected? Do you experience any self-doubt or limits? Are you rushing the outcome, and anxious for the center or the end? Do you wish it was different? If so, how? Where can you make a connection, or comparison in how you show up as you approach your intentions, your life, and common situations, etc.?

“Labyrinth is a symbol of the turnaround, a change of heart. Twists and turns of a path, and a complete turnaround in the center. On the path to find your center, twists, and turns, like our lives take.”

The Walk

Look for the active metaphors, and insights that come through as you meander through the labyrinth. Observe how you walk through the labyrinth: quickly, slowly, with concentration on your body, your feet, your heart, and your breath, no concentration at all, or a mixture. Tap into, and engage your senses. What do you notice? What do you hear, smell, feel, touch, taste, and sense?

The Center

Discover the labyrinth center.  Discover your center. What gifts of insight does the center have to offer? So you reach the center. You achieve your intention; you materialize what you are looking for, and what you originally set out for. Are you content? Are you satisfied? Are you looking for more, better, – different? Are you let down? Are you disappointed? Were you hoping it would be something else? Do you feel grounded? Centered? Are you at peace? How do you feel? After reaching the center, pause a moment in the center, and receive.

“Those who travel along too quickly often hurry past the center without noticing it.”

“The path to the center is never straight, but always clear.”

“You ask: What, then is the center? Everything.”

With an uncanny parallel to our process with intentions, embrace the symbolism, and any metaphors that drift through your journey. As you embark on this path, as you enter through, you change, shift and grow. Consciousness expands, perspectives changes, and awareness is heightened.

“The end of one path is simply the start of a new one.”

“After awhile I know neither how far I have to go, nor how far I’ve gone. I begin to concentrate on the path, not the destination.”

Exiting Out

Begin heading back out, and begin the releasing process. What’s coming up for you? It’s time to go and release, release expectations, and embark on a new journey.

When we get “there” or attract whatever it is we desire into our lives, it’s, “Oh, I manifested what I want, and in the same breath, perhaps you ask, “Is this really what I want? What do I want from this new point,” like in the intention arch. As you leave, and as you exit the labyrinth, you bring new insight, new info, and a refreshed viewpoint; a new perspective. Possibly you recognize some fears or other issues that were not present when you started initially. These are a few suggestions, exploratory questions, and intention approaches to ask yourself when walking a labyrinth. I’m hopeful you will discover your own labyrinth meanings, and find deep connections to your intentions, dreams and life as you apply your emerging wisdom. Labyrinths have infinite potential for application, and integration into  our individual life’s path. However you traverse your intentions, consider the perspectives and insights that labyrinths offer on your intentional path. May you be open to the wisdom of the labyrinth on your path of transformation. May the gifts and gems of knowing enhance the manifestation of your dreams!

“The labyrinth invites us to discover the beauty of the whole in all the confusion, imperfection and painfulness of life. It invites us to set out on the path with serenity and resolve. It invites us to strike out for the center and to find our way home.”

Gorgeous image by www.judytempleton.com titled, “Labyrinth – Inner Journey” that beautifully captures the essence of labyrinths and the mystical inner path.

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Recommended Books:

41BZ-6qur6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_  Labyrinths – Walking Toward the Center by Gernot Candolini

41j3HQlYdiL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_  The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

Are your beliefs attracting or repelling your intentions?

Understanding how your belief system influences your reality, and how your beliefs attract or repel your intentions, dreams, and goals, is a powerful step to creating a bee-line path to your desired life. Belief systems help create your reality. Beliefs influence, and code everything you do from your attitude, behavior, choices, and actions. Beliefs are one lens, and one perspective through how you perceive, interpret and live your life.

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How do your beliefs influence your intentions and dreams?

You are a multi-dimensional creature that emanates energy vibrationally through your thoughts, consciousness, energy, and physical body. Your beliefs are part of who you are whether conscious, or subconscious –whether they are known, or live in the sub-terrain of your brain. You have been influenced by your childhood, your career path, experiences, relationships, to religion, and spirituality, your culture, your family life, your pets, the news, your perspective, and beyond. Everything in your own personal experience, and life has had an affect on your perception, and what you choose to believe. All of this shapes who you are, and what you believe to be true in your mind. A belief is a thought, thought over, and over that is believed to be true. Therefore, beliefs are invented. Beliefs could be used as a form of “safety,” and survival instinct for protection. Beliefs are constructed, and can be destructive to your well-being if you are holding on to beliefs that no longer positively serve you.

As you dig deeper under the many layers to your intentions, it’s worthwhile to excavate beneath the surface to the many facets of limiting beliefs, and uncover how these self-imposed limits may affect your launching point for your intentions, dreams, and in your daily life.

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Use your beliefs as a tool to strengthen your intentions, and attract more of what you want, and less of what you don’t want in your life. It’s important to draw attention to your restrictive beliefs, and perceived blocks, to move through them, and clear the limiting ones. Beliefs permeate through how you parent, how you show up in relationships, how you view and process the world, and much more.

What beliefs do you embody that distract, deter, or detour you away from your intentions? What beliefs do you hold that keep you away from creating choices and situations in your life that could bring you closer to your intentions, dreams and desires?

Beliefs that are false, misleading, and result in incorrect conclusions you draw based on a variety of factors would be defined as limiting beliefs. You believe them to be true based on our experiences. You anticipate a preconceived outcome based on them – therefore limiting an otherwise plentiful possibility palate. Sometimes beliefs feel true whether they are, or aren’t true at all. They may be true for you. They may help explain the world, yourself, and how you interpret your experiences, both positive, neutral, and negative. Having a negative belief system is a common way to keep whatever is not working for you in your vibration, and attract more of it your way. Limiting beliefs can create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

How do we know we still carry a belief system? It’s still in your vibration if you continue to tell the same old, repetitive, and habitual story around it, or you have negative or counterproductive reactions, attitudes, and limiting behaviors based on the belief. Watch conversations with yourself, the “inner critic or mentor,” with others, from others. Observing and listening to others is a way to become hyper aware of beliefs at play, and witness how you resonate with, or deflect the belief. Ditch the beliefs that no longer serve you. Embrace the ones that empower you, and launch you forward! Dream in full color; full spectrum!

The goal here is not to just create awareness, and identify our beliefs, it’s also to examine the beliefs that may have influence over our full potential of our intentions, and dream manifestation. You can “trace” back and “replace” beliefs, and script a fresh narrative, and new story around the limiting belief. We want to clear the way, minimize, and remove any limiting belief clutter or blocks that are in your field. We start out with infinite possibilities, and our beliefs cut into the potential of what is possible by putting unnecessary perceived limits.

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Be mindful of language like, “How it’s always been…I’ve always been like this…And how your old story, your past, family history, childhood beliefs, cultural standards, and expectations creep in. The “I can’ts and won’ts” and “I’m not good at this or that.” Challenge yourself, and your belief system. Ask, “Is this really true? Is this how I really feel about ____?” Is this an old habitual pattern or story?” If so, where’s the payoff for you? What benefit is it offering you in keeping you stuck, or from change, or from moving forward? Is it positively serving you or not? If not, give it the boot! Practice what I call, “catch and release.” Catch the thought, catch the limiting belief, — don’t hang on to what doesn’t serve you, and release it.

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When you write intentions, be on the look out for where your mind/belief system is incongruent with your intentions. Is there a mismatch between what you believe and what you desire? What works for magnetizing your intentions is creating a vibrational match between what you believe, and what you desire. By shifting out of your limits, and aligning to your preferred and empowering beliefs, you create a vibrational match between your beliefs and intentions. Catch the limiting belief, shift it, and create a better vibrational match. “Catch and match”

Part of what I do within the group intention work, and with my transformational coaching is focus on the conscious belief areas first, and teach others how to catch themselves when their limiting belief system pokes through. Creating awareness of the belief systems, and learning how to work with them, leverage them, and harness them is a powerful step to create healing, long-lasting shifts, and movement from binding beliefs into expansion and possibility. For deeper “belief” clearing work, exploring the undercurrent, the subconscious beliefs, and values we adopted offer more clarity, insight and depth. One modality this depth can be achieved through is Theta Healing.

There are oodles of tools available to help clear, diminish and transform limiting beliefs. The list of tools below are helpful to begin belief clearing work. Transform limits, and clear the path to possibilities!

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Tools For Clearing Limiting Beliefs

  • Creating awareness of belief systems – identifying, bringing to forefront
  • Replacing negative beliefs and old stories with alternative narratives – re-programming to a more positive belief. “Trace and replace”
  • Observing conversations with others, self-talk – mindful of limiting beliefs, language, patterns, behaviors, actions or lack of action caused by beliefs
  • Acknowledging beliefs, and releasing what no longer serves you through ritual (writing, burning limiting beliefs in fire, ceremony). “Catch and release”
  • Using intention work to shift your limiting beliefs, raise consciousness, awareness and a vibrational match to your dreams. “Catch and match”
  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique “Tapping” ~ http://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/
  • Ho’oponopono – Ancient Hawaiian healing & clearing technique, “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”
  • Theta Healing – deeper belief healing work on a variety of levels
  • Dialogue and positive interaction – conversations
  • Forgiveness exercises to forgive yourself, and others to heal your emotional connection to beliefs, and belief systems
  • Meditations, Affirmations
  • Through play, role-playing, and games with friends
  • Transformational Coaching  ~ http://www.melissacurtin.com

Planting Seeds of Intention

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Each year for my intention circles, I create a theme about planting seeds of intention given the seasonal change from winter to spring and the connection to seeding our dreamy ideas. We “plant seeds” not just in our gardens with vegetables, flowers and fruit. We actively “plant” our seeds of desire, intentions and dreams with every thought, in each moment, daily, weekly, monthly,  yearly, seasonally, and parallel with the lunar cycles.

How much thought, depth, or attention you provide depends on the intention, its development stage, and your willingness and readiness to bring it closer. Where’s your current focus? Where are you actively planting what you desire in your life? What’s evident in your life right now from what you’ve “planted” years ago, months ago, and last week?

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Whatever you are desiring, intending, dreaming, or holding in your heart, in each moment, you are making a decision to consciously focus on it positively, give energy to it or not. Planting your desires, and intentions rolls your intentions and ideas in motion and spins energy their way. Even if you are only speaking or writing about your intentions, you are directing attention, energy and life to them.

When you plant a carrot seed, you expect a carrot without a doubt. Right? You have no doubt a carrot will grow. You may have doubts when it will sprout or if you under or over water it. Or if it gets enough sunshine or shade, and nutrients, but there’s never a doubt you’ll net a carrot.

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Connecting this carrot analogy to your “seeds” of intention, when you plant in your mind and  begin to seed that desire within you, it’s a similar process. Allowing the intentions and dreams to grow and providing the positive influence for growth it needs, guiding its way and trusting the growing process and allowing it to take its course.

Within my groups, I enjoy providing metaphorical connections and symbolic associations to gel the intention work process and add depth and texture. More connections results in a better understanding and physical sensory connection. To bridge the physical planting with our mindful planting seeds of intention, here’s an hands-on “planting seeds of intention” activity I led across all the intention circles.

Materials: Soil, containers, small gardening shovel, assorted seeds, strips of paper,  pen or marker and water.

The physical practice of planting your intention seeds enriches the experience of setting intentions. The seed packages I chose for the groups ranged from Cosmic purple carrots to corn, peas, sapphire flowers, to green beans, pumpkins and more. Begin by choosing seeds that connect and match your intentions.

When you plant actual seeds, you are creating a ritual and a tactile relationship with digging your hands in the dirt, naming the seed for each intention, and feeling what you wish to bring in to your life as you plant. Across the groups, each woman connected their intention to a specific seed. Some women in the groups, buried their intention on a strip of paper along with the seed. Others labeled the strip of paper and set it in the soil after planting so they could read what was planted.

Dig down from within. Open up to possibilities of what you would like to create and expand in to. What new seeds or recycled seeds of intention do you want to grow and nurture this season?

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The “Cosmic” purple carrots worked well for those needing some extra universe assistance.  A pumpkin seed for someone represented a “prince charming type” she’s holding an intention for. The Sapphire blue flowers was a connection to the intention setter’s birthstone, and a helpful reminder to set an intention for better self care and prioritizing herself.

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Next, plant a seed for each intention and water each one.

What grows, grows from what is cultivated and nurtured. Where are choosing to put your attention? There needs to be patience and surrendering– with seeds, you know they are growing even though you can’t “see” them below the surfaces. Same holds true for intentions. Something is shifting and happening below the surface even if it is not visible yet. Recognize the change and shifts that are occurring for each intention you planted, visible or subtle. Even if there is no bud forming yet, realize there is activity below the soil surface and a sprout will emerge when it’s ready.

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Some seeds need time to form deeper roots. If a seed doesn’t sprout, plant another. Keep planting what you want. Welcome the live budding sprout, and the sign that there is movement and growth present. The gardener holds that the garden and seeds WILL grow. The seeds want to become a carrot, flower or plant. That’s their destiny, their will, and their nature.

Our expectation of what will grow, like in our carrot example, holds importance and relevance. Trust what you have planted and bring that energy of “no doubt it will be” with you. Be open to attracting better than you imagined or a better fit for you and your path. Practice expectation without attachment to the exact outcome or how it may show up.

As the month progresses, gently tend to your intentional garden, your “mindful” garden, and love and water those seeds. The intentional seeds you plant and sow, will blossom into fruition with your attention, focus, desire, energy and love. Allow them to thrive and flourish! Go seeds, go! Sprout seeds, sprout! Keep seeding your dreams!

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The Art of Setting Intentions All Year Round

 

images-2The New Year is commonly the time of year where many resolve themselves to goals, making changes, and raising the bar of happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Starting fresh at the New Year to mark a launching point for desires, dreams and wishes is traditional. The auspicious year often begins with the commitment to improve, and successfully shift and change the areas of life most needing attention.

For some, sticking to resolutions and goals works beautifully and effortlessly. The benefits of willpower and ambitious efforts result in success and achievement. And for others, once they drift from their desired goals and signs of quasi-commitment surface, often the level of interest to change and improve, fades and dissolves.  Loving yourself regardless whether you obtain the goal, adhere to your resolution or manifest your intention is an important factor to successful outcomes.

One of the reasons the intention circles I facilitate meet all year round is to keep the momentum of success continual, and level of commitment to one’s self and intentions energizing and alive. Any time of year, season, month or day is a welcomed opportunity to decide what needs improving in one’s life. Through this process of determining and asking for what you want with regularity, you honor yourself. You honor the deepest part of yourself that is yearning for transformation and change. Honoring yourself by focusing on your intentions is a form of self love.

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My most treasured intentions are the ones that I create and nurture all year round. When giving your intentions consistent attention, they become a direct reflection of what it is you most dream of magnetizing in your life. There is an art to keeping your intentions, wishes, desires and dreams alive throughout the year. Like any art form, practice is key. Keeping your intentions top of consciousness, in view or easily accessible helps maintain your focus. When your intentions become integrated into your everyday existence, the intentions become more multi-dimensional. Associating feelings, texture and positive sensations with your intentions also aid in enhancing their energetic field of potentiality.

There are several intentions tools, techniques and ideas available to help you master the art of intention setting all year round. Your first step is recognizing and gaining clarity of what you would like to create in your life. From there, any moment in every day has immense potential for cultivating the inspiration to set your intentions whether it’s the New Year or not.

Here’s to fulfilled intentions and realized dreams every day!

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Mandalas as an Intention Tool

Gorgeous captivating mandalas have piqued my interest and imagination in books, on the web, and across diverse art forms. Upon first sight of the mandala images, innerly I heard the word, “intention.” Originally, I was unaware of their purpose, but felt pulled to explore and research further. What emerged from my discoveries was that mandalas are actually significantly relevant to intention and personal spiritual development work. This surprising inspiration led me to creating an intention theme using mandalas for my monthly intention groups.

As the intention yearly cycle wrapped up across my groups this past September, it felt appropriate and natural to incorporate mandalas as we came full circle, and into a new season for the women’s circles.  The beautifully stunning mandala images below were found conducting a simple Google image search for “mandalas.” One could spend hours searching the spectacular color saturated art and infinite combinations of designs.

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The mandala below on the right reminds me of the Spirograph game I had as a child where you can create symmetrical circular images and designs. This creative “retro” classic game is having a revival and is currently available!

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The meaning of “mandala” comes from Sanskrit meaning circle, cosmogram, or “world in harmony.” “Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.” (Credit to: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/meaning-of-mandala.html)

The Dalai Lama calls mandalas, “Architecture for Enlightenment… and bridges into the metaphysical realm.” Carl Jung called the mandala his favorite psychological healing tool. Joseph Campbell suggests that mandalas are “tools for personal meditation, healing and self-realization” and that they “will coordinate your circle within the universal circle.”

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What is a Mandala? 

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.[1] The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.[2][3]Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.[4]

The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Tibetan Buddhism.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.”

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Mandala images present themselves across every time, culture, religions, and various spiritual paths “throughout history as a way to transmit energy and information.” Mandalas parallel our intention work on many levels and expand across diverse religions, spiritual paths, illustration, fine art, mosaic sculptures, sand art, tattoos and more. “They speak through sacred geometry, bio-geometry, and frequency directly to our infinite soul in a totally universal language.”

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How are Mandalas commonly used?

  • To focus in meditation
  • To feel relaxed
  • To direct energy to your intentions and areas of your life
  • To quiet the mind, and allow insights, clarity and answers to arise
  • To gain information while drawing your energy to the Mandala’s beautiful design.

“The design of the mandala is to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts cease, and a more philosophic or spiritual essence envelopes the observer which in turn leads to higher consciousness or awareness. In short, a mandala can be seen as a hypnotic, letting the creative hemisphere of our mind run a little more free while our analytical mind takes a little nap.” (Credit to: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/meaning-of-mandala.html)

Mandalas and Intentions

Parallel to the energy and purpose of Mandalas, you can also connect this creative and insightful process to going deeper with your intentions. Setting an intention for the meditation session and using the mandala as a way to gain clarity, quiet your monkey mind and settle your busyness is another layer and use. On one level, Mandalas can be used for relaxation and to meditate on. Mandalas can also be used to create more self awareness, and lead to higher consciousness in a hypnotic state where we depart from our analytical minds and allow insight and information to pour through and reveal itself. They may also offer clarity, creativity, insight and guidance from your soul. Some set an intention before contemplating on the Mandala, on a particular feeling or issue and direct that intention to connect to Soul or Higher Self.

Or for a creative expression, and another meditative exercise, you can devise your own mandala from a quiet, contemplative place. See what patterns or symbols emerge. Be open and allow your unique image to blossom. Mandalas are phenomenal art forms. They may be broad with large patterns, with little detail or complicated, and intricate with harmonious intertwining patterns, symmetrical designs that beautifully fold into one another. Or perhaps there are animal, nature, or symbolic images embedded.

You can divide one mandala into sections and dedicate a section for each intention and focus on it as a whole. Or while focusing your energy on the mandala, shift your energy to each area for each intention or whatever feels right for you and your intention. You can also assign each intention to its own mandala for your alter, sacred space or journal and write your intention, along with desired feelings and pictures on the mandala.

We will each discover the relevance, and meaning Mandalas provide us on our unique intention journeys and integrate them within our own process. For as many infinite patterns of mandalas, there will be infinite ways to also interpret and incorporate your own individual approach, application and preference.

Here is an example mandala related to the chakras:

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Here are some black and white mandala templates easily located on the web. Add your own creative touch, intentions and messages to your Mandala. You can Google images entering “mandalas” or “intention and mandalas” and view the abundance of designs!
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If you feel pulled, create one yourself, and find more online. If you create one and design your own, or decorate and color your design in from the available black and white image templates online, feel free to email me. Share any insights around your intentions you receive and how the mandala you chose or created provided any movement, clarity or shifts towards your intentions.

The Power of Group Intention

Participating in an intention group is powerful on many levels. In the three groups I guide, and the group I was in for seven years, there is nothing more inspiring than witnessing women realize and support their dreams in unity. There is an innate power as a collective that is undeniable. Combine the power and potential of groups with the influence and “moving mountains” energy of women, and you get the magnificent, amplified power of energized women in an intention group. Anything is possible and everything becomes possible.

It is a fact that geese flying in formation fly 72% farther and faster than geese that fly alone.

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If we translate this idea of flying in formation to achieve better results to women’s groups, and especially intention groups, women who gather magnify their intentions by how many women are in the group. The intention energy is also compounded from the collective energy of the group during the gatherings. Connecting with one another in a positive supportive container, and focusing on what you are creating and attracting in your life adds momentum! Beyond the group dynamic, you have a built-in network of kindred spirits that hold your intentions and dreams, and carry your desires out into their spheres of influence and world.

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This same principal of the power of group intention applies for broader reaching and global, planetary intentions. When energy is focused by a group and applied to a specific situation, problem or geographic region or area, an energetic shift is possible and can occur. Examples of this can be found at: http://theintentionexperiment.com/  and also with Masuru Emoto’s fascinating work with water crystals. All of his books are wonderful! Check out: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html

Whether you participate in an organized intention group, or you have a created a dedicated women’s, dream, or visionary group to propel your intentions, dreams and desires, or you focus your energy towards a cause, or geographic region to heal, — you have chosen a powerful step to amplify your own energy towards creating an incredible life and magnetizing your intentions closer to you.

Release or focus on the intention?

A question arose whether one should release the intention or focus on it constantly for it to manifest. There is no concrete or rigid answer or any shoulds. Both approaches are effective, and beneficial. There are other methods to consider as well. You can approach your intentions either way, and experiment with what works best for you and your style. You may find combining both releasing, and putting your focused attention on your intentions to be helpful, or depending on your intention, you may have a preference.

After setting your intention, one method is to let go, and release your intention into the ethers, and universe, and allow it to materialize and magnetize towards you. Write it, speak it, share it, and know, feel and sense it is done and complete. Surrender, sit back and wait –without entering the doubt zone.

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Some prefer to focus on their desired intentions throughout the day, weekly, and dedicate time and space each day to zoom in, and put dedicated attention on their intentions. You could do visualizations, free write, mantras, affirmations, or frequently bring positive mindfulness to your intentions in a ritualistic way. The Law of Attraction demonstrates that what you focus on shows up in your life. “Energy flows where attention goes.” What is top of consciousness, and part of what’s on your mind is often what you will notice and attract in your life.

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Both paths offer value, but ultimately releasing your intention, and letting go is part of the intention process. We can ask, and have laser focus for what we want. Our job is also to get out of the way, and let the universe, your guides, your Source connection, and higher self assist in the process. Allowing whatever you intend to enter your life is also a large part of the journey.