Category Archives: Focused Intent

Be empowered, hold your vision ~ Justice for all

As I observe social media political posts, what’s evident is the narrative and direction needs to shift – if true progressive change is desired. It’s normal to navigate through the challenging times with a range of emotions – but please do not allow all of this to paralyze you into inaction. Some are spun out in fear, and are overwhelmed. Some scan headlines without fact-checking sources, and spin out of the present into fearful future projection into blame, what if’s, full-on despair, and panic. Others have joined together in solidarity, combining forces for causes and issues, promoting diversity, standing up for humanity, writing letters, and making phone calls. So many empowered beings are rising up who will not be silenced, or censored. These actions are inspiring, more powerful, and energizing. This will lead to a true uprising of the people, and a massive shift of what we will tolerate, allow, and accept. Together we move forward with one step at a time.

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My purpose, passion, and work in the world centers around empowerment, connection to your authentic self and truth, attracting what you want through intention, inspiration, inspired action, and being in flow and alignment with your heart. This whole “resist” movement does not resonate with me. Pushing against what you don’t want is not effective. This brings more of what you don’t want your way. Resisting puts you on the defensive. Push toward, and promote what you want. While I understand the meaning behind the resist movement, it feels counterproductive in an energetic sense.

Instead, be persistent and consistent.

Be proactive in creating the change you seek.

Be an activist for the causes and issues you support and believe in.

Flow towards what’s calling for your attention to heal, transform, and shift.

Show up from a place of love, empowerment, not fear and disempowerment, or fear-based reactions.

Start within to create the outer change in the world you desire.

Seek uplifting, inspiring, and empowering information to help propel you forward.

When you feel enraged, ENGAGE.

When you want to resist, PERSIST.

When you resist, you are fighting against something. Being against it – is pushing against it, and allowing it to continue. Stop fighting against everything. This resistance creates more resistance, more tension, more push back, more fighting, more division, and offers you a defensive position.

Rise up. Stand up. Stand together. Band together in unity for truth, for justice for all. Equal rights for all. For all of humanity.

No walls. No division. Envision the future where you build healing bridges between differences and where your voice is heard. A collective vision to unite for one another, our rights, our bodies, our personal freedom, our environment, and our Earth.

It’s time to revolt for positive change, and desired outcomes. This revolution is long overdue. We are greater than fear-based systems, greed-driven old paradigms that are antiquated and outdated, that do not represent all of humanity, or protect our environment, for the greater good.

No one has power over you, your thoughts, your emotions, or your body unless you give it. No president, leader, or administration is going to “save” anyone or prevent anyone from accessing their truth. You are stronger than allowing anyone, or any one president take your strength, hope, power, and vision away. This, or any other time, is not the time to be a victim, and powerless. This corrupt political joke of a system wants us to be divided in fear. We have the power. You hold the power. We are the present and future. They are the past. Hold this administration, and our representatives accountable. Remember, they work for us. And at the end of the day, you answer to yourself, your family, your values, and your heart.

Yes, I am concerned. Don’t misinterpret my position as being in support of this government, or the proposed policies, or executive orders that discriminate, criminalize, or further oppress. I’m suggesting we approach it differently, and shift to a more positive narrative, of what you would like, instead of this constant negative stream of what you don’t.

Stay present, awake, conscious, educated, and informed.
Build community, volunteer, and help others.
Stop blaming, and take responsibility for your part in creating this.
Move the conversation forward, and vibrationally upward.
Take action.

If you want to march, and make signs, march for the positive, not anti- this or that, or anti-whoever. Use it as a way to create awareness, not divide or fight against.

Create a self-empowerment strategy; one that includes your voice, self-love, and compassion for self and others.

Use your voice to call out the corruption, deception, Fascism, censorship, corporate-owned media manipulation, — regardless of party affiliation because much of what is occurring now did not just begin a week or two ago.

Create an action plan where you are energetically in alignment with who you are, your values, and your heart.

Together let’s be:
Empowered
Strategic
Creative
Energized
Conscious
Awake
Active
Engaged

And approach with love, compassion, truth, and authenticity as if your life depends on it.

Raise the vibration and collective conscious from a heart-driven place, instead of reactionary fear.

Truly hold the vision for well-being, and for justice for all.

It’s JUST US who we can count on, after all.

Together we stand, together we rise.

This is our land,
where we band together,
where we stand together,
in unity, peace, with hands together.
Where we rise together,
thrive together,
to break this illusion,
dissolve fear and delusion,
to steer action and revolution.

The time is now,
for only you will allow,
the vision you hold,
and what you vow.

Drop your fear,
and calm your fright.
Engage your heart,
without the fight.
Bring your light,
with all your might.
Together we rise,
standing bright.

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Holding your vision all year long

Let’s welcome 2017 and embrace possibilities! Another milestone, and another year to create long lasting changes, and magical shifts in your life. Dreaming, and attracting what you would like to create into witnessing its evidence when it comes to fruition isn’t just for New Year resolutions.

Envisioning your dreams, focusing on your intentions, and taking inspired action to create a better reality and life, is not just limited to resolutions or “setting your intentions” at the beginning of the year. Progress and momentum happens with all the small steps you take in each moment, becoming aligned with what you desire, and deciding where to focus your attention, intention, and energy. It takes clarity, choice, intention, deliberate focus, attention, and vision — all year long! Holding your vision throughout the little moments that are embedded in each day, the week, month, and year is where the practice begins. Holding your vision, and returning to what you really want wherever you can, offers consistency, creates new neural pathways in your brain, builds positive habits, and sparks momentum.

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Envisioning your ideal life using each moment to bring what you desire. An element, a piece, an aspect of the vision you hold dear to you heart. Create habits by integrating daily, weekly, and monthly rituals, or ceremonies. (Check out my previous post on “Creating a Spiritual Practice” to learn more: https://intentiongroups.com/2016/01/28/creating-a-spiritual-practice-intention-wellness-ritual/

Let’s not forget to add commitment. Decide in this moment, right now, that you will commit to yourself, and your dream fulfillment journey. How will 2017 unfold for you? However you desire. What will you bring to 2017, and allow to magnetize your way?

Contemplating 2017…

What do you desire to attract into your life, shift, improve, change, or release?

What’s calling for you to learn? Resolve? Be fulfilled?

Who would you like to surround yourself with this year? What types of people? What qualities do they hold and express?

What qualities would you enjoy embodying?

What experiences would enrich or improve your life?

What opportunities can you offer yourself that would provide personal growth?

How can you help others this year?

What issues are important for you to advocate for?

Remember that throughout the year, you always have an opportunity to course correct. In each moment, you can pause, stop, and reset, to bring the vision and energy of what you prefer, instead of what is dragging you along, or down. Check in with yourself – your inner self, your heart. Ask in each moment what you need. What does your heart need? Decide on the direction you need to go based on how you feel. As what you desire flows your way, if it is indeed what you intended, and held your vision for, continue in that direction. If not, like any wise ship’s captain, if you’re not headed where you want to go, change course, and correct your navigation. With intentions, your inner navigation provides the best guidance. Focus on building, creating, and improving your new life in this new year; one moment at a time. From one inner nudge to the next.

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If you’re ready to use this New Year as your launching point, and desire some extra encouragement, or guidance, I’m available for private intention coaching. My coaching programs are tailored to your desires, needs, and intentions. Bring your authentic self, your dreams, and ideas for what you would like to shift and change. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll begin with where you are. I’ll bring my experience, inspiration, and magical motivation to support your intention magnetization progress. With tools, techniques, intention mentorship, and a sprinkle of empowered accountability, we’ll walk this deliberate creation path together.

As an Intention Coach, and Intention Group Facilitator, I draw upon seven years of guiding participants of the intention groups through the magnetization of intentions, and dream fulfillment process. With practitioner certifications in both Law of Attraction and Theta Healing, I also integrate Law of Attraction, Law of Resonance, mindfulness, and other modalities to enhance your intention journey. For more info, message me, or visit my website for testimonials: www.melissacurtin.com. If you’re not in my local area, stay tuned for my “Awaken & Magnetize Your Intentions” e-course series that will be available soon!

~Melissa

Expansion and Growth

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front, so I hope you didn’t miss me too much :). Thank you for being patient. More regular posts to come! Lots of projects marinating, with new endeavors taking root, and moving ahead. When I set my own intentions, one area of focus was to expand my business and offerings. In my next blog post, I will elaborate more on what’s brewing on my end. Stay tuned!

Contemplating my own expansion emerged a new intention theme of Expansion and Growth. This theme was inspired by, and created for the Business Intention and Goals’ Group (BIGG) I facilitate.   imagesExpansion is…opening UP to possibilities. Opening TO possibilities. Possibilities lead to expansion; not just for your business, but for yourself on a personal spiritual development level.

What does expansion mean to you personally? On a business/ career front? Or applied to other areas? Here’s what comes to mind for me. Maybe some will resonate with you.

Opening up to possibilities

Tapping into your full potential

Stepping up/ Stepping out

Spreading wings

Expanding beyond the horse blinders

Surrendering to the unknown, but also to the excitement of what’s to come

More options for what’s possible

Casting a wider net

Reaching more people

Having a greater impact

Serving more

More visibility

Being seen/ heard

Dreams fulfilled

Living without limits

Freedom to explore more of yourself

Part of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definition of expansion includes: economic expansion, and expansion of the universe.

Dictionary.com’s definition: expansion occurs “usually due to heating” – for our purposes, we could think in terms of “passion” or “fire under our asses” and “what are you cooking up?” or “what are you fired up to do?”

Expansion Synonyms – grow, expand, swell, outgrow, mature, double. From the Latin name that means “spreading out.”

When you think of things that are expansive, what comes to mind? For me, it’s nature; the sky, water, trees, and spaciousness; space (outer space), the horizon, and consciousness.

EXPANSION also means risk; being willing to risk more, being more vulnerable to fully embody who you are, and who you are becoming. Being willing to explore more of you, more skills/talents, and open up to new experiences and opportunities – as you are ready and willing to do so.

When you’re expanding you are…

Stretching beyond where you were before

Out of comfort zone, stretching and expanding your comfort zone

Out of box (self-placed)

Moving through obstacles, blocks, fears, hurdles, limits – beyond what is possible – dreaming in an expansive way.

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There are lots of catalysts and tools for expansion and growth. Mind Maps are one way of showing potential possibilities. Read my previous blog post on Mind Maps:  https://intentiongroups.com/2015/07/01/mind-mapping-intentions/

When you are in this expansive and growth mindset, share out loud or write down your excitement for the ways in which you desire to expand personally, professionally, and spiritually. Let your imagination and possibilities extend beyond your comfort zone, current reality, and perceived limits. This is a helpful tool to feel energized and embody the feelings you desire to create from bringing in an element of fun, and excitement for what’s to come. Approaching your intentions from an expansion and growth launching zone is empowering and helpful to broaden your perspective.

Exercise #1: Verbally share outloud to yourself, or to a trusted friend/partner, or write down your responses

My business is…

My dreams are expanding in ways I hadn’t imagined…

Growth is apparent by what I am experiencing…I love how…It is remarkable how…

I am attracting perfect clients…

My financial health is flourishing, and increasing…

My intention surrounding this area is growing, and positively expanding in these ways…

Exercise #2: What are a few ways you can expand your business and/or yourself from a personal development or personal improvement, and wellness approach? Where can you step your toe into the greater pond of possibilities? Where can you go deeper, broader, and bigger?

Are you allowing yourself, and your business to expand beyond its current borders? If so, are you experiencing growing pains from stretching yourself? Many of us have “stretch marks” from these growing pains :). Is there an area where you feel timid, uneasy, hesitant, fearful, or stuck? Observe, spend some time working through the belief, or feeling that may be limiting you, and steer through with ease, honesty, and gentleness.

Use where you imagine yourself going as your North Star, your compass, and allow it to navigate and direct your way to expansion that serves you, your purpose and a fulfilling life!images-1

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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.”

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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

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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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.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala

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.

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.