“Just what is meant by ‘your word?’ It means your conscious intention, your conscious direction, your conscious faith and acceptance that, because of what you are doing, the Power of Spirit will flow through your word in the direction you give It.”

Ernest Holmes

 This quote was a seed thought for meditation for our Conscious Leadership group for a while and it strikes me as a good description of how Intention can play out.

Day to day, my intention can play out when I am facilitating a workshop or I am coaching someone where being clear on intention helps. I find that getting clarity is not just about the objectives but also paying conscious attention to the whole experience and relationship that I wish to be created. I believe conscious intention is the drive for creating what we want to see in the world. It is what makes things happen which is why I believe that we need to look closely at our intentions whenever we interact.

If we are not conscious then we may be driven from our ego rather than our Soul. We may go into habitual behaviours that are driven by past discomforts such as needing to be liked or belong, to be right, or to achieve at all costs. When someone responds to something I have done or said in a way that is surprising I will often say ‘that wasn’t my intention’. And yet, I wonder how often that is the truth? Have I really reflected deeply enough to truly know that there wasn’t an underlying intention that I am denying? Asking myself the question about my intention helps me to dig through the layers of awareness to reveal what could get in the way of Soul such as past/current habits and beliefs.

I find that getting to my intention is best done in a relaxed state, when I am more open to possibilities, to allowing thoughts to float in unhindered, without the clutter of ‘shoulds’ and ‘needs’. Here I can then examine these ideas. I believe that our higher intention is one that is not concerned with specific detail of the how; rather it is a big picture desire which, once thought and/or articulated is let go of, allowing our Soul and the Universe to take care of the detail. It is for us to stay conscious so that we spot the opportunities to manifest our intention.

A practical example was on one occasion when I was co-tutoring and I got a sense of competition between us which made me very uncomfortable. I checked in with myself and consciously brought my intention of ‘a good experience for all’ to mind and stopped ‘buying into’ the competiveness. In other words, I took my actions and words in the direction of a positive intention for the whole rather than focussing on my own defensiveness. This made the whole experience much more comfortable for me and so, I assume, for everyone else.