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					Week One
Session One
Focus on Meaning of Intention
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Session Two
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus on Technique
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Session Three
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus on Nature and Consistency of Your Intent
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Week Two
Session Four
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Evaluating And Sensing Your Intentions

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Session Five
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Wordless Sensing Of Intention
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Session Six
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Intention And Happiness
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Week Three
Session Seven
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Intention And Healing
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Session Eight
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Intention And Multidimensional Being
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Session Nine
Carrying Over Your Insights
Focus On Intent And Action
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For our first session together, and the longest written one, let's arrive at some understanding of what is
meant by intention. I'm including information from three sources: a dictionary, a dictionary of usage, and a
thesaurus. Scan the information. Then close your eyes and breathe deeply, asking yourself what resonates
with your use of the word intention. You may prefer to use the word intending as you think about it because
by using a verbal rather than a noun, you imply action. (Don't worry, this isn't about grammar, but how you
think about a word can actually affect its meaning for you, which is what the form of a word can influence.)
The words intent and intention have many possible variations of meaning which is why I say to scan them.
Enjoy rather than labor over the various meanings. Relax into reading them. Skip anything you feel inclined
to skip; have confidence you'll get what you need.
I recommend you scan with "soft eyes." By that I mean don't concentrate too hard, read quickly without
needing to analyze or reconstruct, just letting the ideas flow through.
From Webster's Dictionary:
intention \in-'ten(t)-shen\ n (14c)
1 : a determination to act in a certain way : resolve
2 : import, significance
3 a : what one intends to do or bring about
b : the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
4 : a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
5 : concept ; esp : a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge
6 pl : purpose with respect to marriage syn intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective,
goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind
to do or bring about <announced his intention to marry>. intent suggests clearer formulation or greater
deliberateness <the clear intent of the statute>. purpose suggests a more settled determination <being
successful was her purpose in life>. design implies a more carefully calculated plan <the order of events
came by accident, not design >. aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or
accomplishing <her aim was to raise film to an art form>. end stresses the intended effect of action often in
distinction or contrast to the action or means as such <willing to use any means to achieve his end >. object
may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need <his constant object
was the achievement of pleasure>. objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable <their
objective is to seize the oil fields>. goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship
<worked years to reach her goals >.
From the English Dictionary of Usage:
intention
1. Intention, intent . Intention and intent are used very nearly interchangeably in many cases:
... she didn't have any wish, intention, desire ... to become any kind of a female bum -James T. Farrell, What
Time Collects, 1964
When a person offers us a piece of his mind, we suspect him of hostile intent -Samuel McChord Crothers,
The Cheerful Giver, 1923
However, there are a few instances in which intention and intent do not substitute easily for each other in an
idiomatic way; a preference for one or the other is evident according to the context:
... he had returned to lay claim to one of Texas's most curvesome blonds ... and, with no intentions toward
marriage, to carry her away to Chicago -Gay Talese, Esquire, December 1979
... the clear intent of the Taft-Hartley law's provision on secondary boycotts - Wall Street Jour., 26 Mar. 1954
2. When intention is used with a preposition, it is used most often with of, which is followed by a gerund or a
noun:
"... may we very humbly entreat you to sign this gentleman's manifesto with some intention of putting your
promise into practice?" -Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas, 1939
Almost as frequently, intention is used with to, which is followed by an infinitive:
... a young child's statements are often objectively untrue, but without the slightest intention to deceive -
Bertrand Russell, Education and the Good Life, 1926
Intention has also been used with against, behind, toward, or towards:
"He said the U.S. harbors no military intentions against Saudi Arabian oil fields" -NBC radio newscast, 19
Mar. 1975
... in her wise innocence she had divined the intention behind her mother's tolerance -James Joyce,
Dubliners, 1914
From Roget's Thesaurus, Class V-Words relating to the Voluntary Powers, Division (1) Individual Volition,
Section !! Prospective Volition :
intent/intention
intent/intention [ n ]
aim, purpose
acceptation, animus, bottom line*, conation, design, desire, drift, end, goal, heart, hope, idea, import,
intendment, meaning, meat*, name of the game*, nature, notion, nub, nuts and bolts*, object, objective,
plan, point, project, purport, scheme, score, sense, significance, significancy, signification, target,
understanding, volition, will, wish
See ~659: GOAL
What meanings of intention seemed right for you? This and other related questions will be on the message
board for discussion.
Please try to be aware if you are thinking with your head or your heart, from your intellect or from a more
primal, instinctual place within you.
Does your meaning of intent shift when you shift from head to heart thinking, when you are thinking with
both?
You do this before the next session:
These readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that process.
You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. Have
fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with the idea of intention. You may do this at long stop lights, in the shower,
while staring out a window with unfocused eyes, or any of a number of ways.
2. Look for other written ideas of intention. If you like looking on line, you may want to use www.google.com ,
writing in the key word intention.
3. Decide what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are aware of intending. What have you
intended? In what ways were you aware of that? Are you aware of any consequences of your intentions?
Keep a list.


Big question: What is your intention for this workshop?
My intention is multifold. Among my intentions: I intend to provide a forum for exploration about intention. I
intend to strengthen my personal understanding and use of intending. I intend to work with you in a sharing,
intentional environment. I intend our efforts to be soul work. I intend to be open and intuitive about
modification of my intentions. I intend to have fun.
Consider the following:
"The intention is the desire to do something and the place for desire is in the heart and not upon the tongue
by agreement of those possessing intelligence. So if a person were to intend something in his heart then this
intention would be correct and proper according to the Four Imaams and in fact all of the Imaams of the
Muslims - their former ones and latter ones."
Articulating the Intention
Fataawaa al-Kubraa [1/5-8] of ibn Taymiyyah
Translated by Abu Rumaysah
Intention may transcend intellect. Intention may be an example of what some call "thinking below the neck."
Intention may be both.


In 1992 Ken Eagle Feather, author of A Toltec Path, published Traveling With Power (Hampton Roads). In
Chapter 5, Basic Traveling Tips, he enumerates techniques for developing "a strong base to begin, renew or
further your travels in consciousness." One of the techniques he identifies as intent.
From Traveling With Power:
Intent. Intent is focused energy, energy firmly fixed on something or aimed in some direction. It carries a
blueprint that forms our experiences. If we "set our mind" to something, we usually achieve that goal. the
more we focus on a goal, the speedier the results. Often intent wanes as we find interest in something else.
But we may have planted a seed. You often witness levels of intent as you get nearer your goal. Experience
and resolve deepen. Clarity replaces vagueness. Knowledge replaces ignorance.
Ken Eagle Feather ennumerates six steps for learning more about intent:
1. "Establish an overall strategy." Determine what you want in life. Find what you want to experience and
learn.
2. "From this strategy, make your decisions carefully." Decide on a course of action after you have examined
as many aspects of a situation as possible. Decisions are best when focused and in line with your strategy.
3 "If you make an on-the-spot decision, do not waiver from it." Trust that you have acted on right decisions.
Your intent acts in different ways which assist you to your goals.
4. "Pay attention to how you feel regarding your decisions and how you are trying to achieve them." Do you
feel different anywhere in your body, in your energies? Is there focus, direction? "Can you direct the
energies?"
5. "Be flexible. Allow unexpected events to direct you toward your goals."
6. "Listen intuitively to your inner thoughts as they guide you."
You do this before the next session:
These readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that process.
You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. Have
fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with intention as described by Ken Eagle Feather. You may do this at long stop
lights, in the shower, while staring out a window with unfocused eyes, or any of a number of ways.
2. Look for other written ideas of intention with intuition. If you like looking on line, you may want to use
www.google.com, writing in the key words intention and intuition.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? In what ways were you aware of that? Are you aware of any
consequences of your intentions? Keep a list.
4. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing, to ask questions and to respond
to others.


Are you becoming more aware of how the use of intention works in your life?
In Hamlet, the bard himself wrote:
Be thy intents wicked or charitable,
Thou comest in such a questionable shape
That I will speak to thee.
Shakespeare raises the question for us. In regards to this workshop, to your life itself, what are "thy intents?"
"wicked or charitable?" Have you come "in such questionable shape?"


Focus on nature and consistency of your intent
In 1989, Gary Zukav published The Seat of the Soul (Fireside, Simon & Schuster). He speaks of intention in
a number of places throughout the book, a few of which appear here.
From The Seat of the Soul:
Chapter Two:
Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as
one with an effect. ... In this most profound way, we are held responsible for our every action, thought and
feeling, which is to say, for our every intention. We, ourselves, shall partake of the fruit of our every intention.
It is therefore wise for us to become aware of the many intentions that inform our experience, to sort out
which intentions produce which effects, and to choose our intentions according to the effects that we desire
to produce.
Chapter Seven:
Every experience, and every change in your experience, reflects an intention. An intention is not only a
desire. It is the use of your will. ... If you truly desire to change a relationship, that change begins with the
intention to change it. How it will change depends upon the intention that you set. ... If you have conflicting
intentions, you will be torn because both dynamics will be set in motion and oppose each other. If you are
not aware of all of your intentions, the strongest one will win.
Chapter Eight:
Your intentions create the reality that you experience. ... become aware of this, it happens unconsciously. ...
be mindful of what you project.
Now would be a good time to reflect again on Shakespeare's lines as they play out four centuries later in
Zukav's writing. With an increasingly more delineated understanding of intention, you have a better chance
of discerning if you are wicked or charitable toward yourself and others, too.


You do this before the next session(to be posted 9/17/2000):
These readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that process.
You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. Have
fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with intention as wicked or charitable.
2. Look for other written ideas of intention with intuition and consciousness. If you like looking on line, you
may want to use www.google.com, writing in the key words intention, intuition, consciousness.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Wicked or charitable? Toward yourself? Toward others? In
what ways were you aware of that? Are you aware of any consequences of your intentions? Keep a list.
4. Are there any conflicting intentions on your lists? What can you intuit about them? Which are the
strongest? Have the outcomes informed you of this? Is it time to modify an intention? Check with your inner
self for soul consistency. Change your intentions to reflect what you desire. Write the changes to enhance
their energies working in you.
5. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing and to ask questions.


Intention is taking on more shades and tones as you examine its meaning and actions in your life. It is in
mine!
Intention is a strong use of volition, so strong it requires a use of will. Though intention may work
subliminally, it also carries forward into our choice of actions. Have you been able to see your intention
working? Have you noticed the blending of inner desire with outer implementation?


Born in 1709, Samuel Johnson began work in the 1740's on a major project, the compiling of a dictionary
commissioned by a group of booksellers. The Dictionary of the English Language finally appeared in 1755
after more than eight years in preparation and contained about 40,000 entries. It was a remarkable work
with vivid, idiosyncratic, still-quoted definitions and containing an extraordinary range of illustrative
examples.
We know Samuel Johnson best for his dictionary, though he wrote many other things. Even so, Dr. Johnson
struggled financially during his life. Therefore it is especially interesting to read in Boswell's Life of Dr.
Johnson:
The way to spread a work is to sell it at a low price. No man will send to buy a thing that costs even
sixpence, without an intention to read it.
It appears Dr. Johnson believed that greed (high price) would inhibit, and generosity (low price) would
encourage the purchase of his writings. Further he believed that an expenditure signaled an intent of usage.
In his case, to purchase a book meant an intention to read. Whether you agree with the conclusion or not,
this belief raises an interesting question about the underlying intentions of your expenditures.
This session is an opportunity for reflecting on the consistency of things and activities if your life as regards
the intentions you have identified so far. With a commitment of time or one of money, are you making
choices in line with your intent?
Use this workshop as an example. Your decision to purchase was an exchange of time for participation and
for feedback; no money was involved. Your intent may have been a casual one, say : being more informed
about intent. Or your intent may have had greater import, say: digging deeply, learning, following closely
your soul's intent. Or you may have had any number of other expressions of intent.
Is your commitment the same regardless of the intention? Need it be? If your use of the resources of time
and money do not further your intentions, what then? Now is a good time to look around you and check for
consistency of intent with how you use your time and how you spend your money. Think back to the last
session's questions about conflicting intentions. Can you learn more about that now?
Use this session to gather and sort through your thinking and feeling about intent. Go inward. Trust that you
know from within, that you do not have to look to others in their writings nor in my suggestions. Given the
information and insights you've been accumulating around the idea of intention as an expression of volition
and as an expression, perhaps, of soul path or soul urging, allow yourself to be at ease with whatever you
sense is right for you. Take a brief time-out from adding other information and delight in what you sense
now. You may want to make notes about what you have sensed.


You do this before the next session:
These readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that process.
You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable doing. Have
fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with intention as evidenced by your possessions and by your use of time.
2. Look for other written ideas of intention with personal authenticity and with integrity. If you like looking on
line, you may want to use www.google.com or any other search engine of your choosing.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Does your use of resources match your intentions. Keep a list.
4. Are there any conflicting intentions on your lists? Are the conflicts evident in your use of resources? Are
they true conflicts or can you identity hierarchical priorities that reflect consistency rather than conflict?
Check with your inner self for soul consistency.* Reorganize your priorities if you have found
inconsistencies.Keep a list.
5. Use the message board to share what you are finding,experiencing, or questioning.
*Check with your inner self for soul consistency.
There are many ways to do this. Find a quiet time and place. Clear other thoughts and ask yourself a
question about conflict. Be as specific as possible. "Listen" for an answer---which may come in feelings in
your body, knowings, even words.


True words always seem paradoxical but no other form of teaching can take its place.
Lao-Tse
Especially using the internet as our communication medium, we may find the words of Lao-Tse take on extra
meaning. In this session, let's move beyond words to feelings, knowings, sensings, and sightings as a
teaching/learning medium. let's see if we can use ourselves to compensate for the paradox of words.


Find the lists you've been making from the past four sessions. If you've not made written lists but mental
ones, please jot down on paper now those intentions of which you are most aware, how you know about
them, and any changes in them you may have made. Of course, if you're not a list maker, this isn't your
favorite thing to do, so make it light on yourself by using key words and abbreviations, but do have them
written (or illustrated in drawings or scribbles) to use as trigger information for the rest of this session.
I'm going to ask that you approach this session from an altered state of consciousness, one less focused
and less structurally demanding. If you know how to do this, move on to the next paragraph. If you need
some assistance, here are some quick and easy steps to take:
1. Uncross your legs or feet, and sit in a relaxed posture.
2. Breathe deeply and slowly, in and out, three or four times.
3. Continue breathing deeply as you relax your eyes and relax your scalp--your ears may even feel as
though they're a little lower on your relaxed head.
4. With relaxed eyes and relaxed brain, continue breathing slowly and deeply as the session continues.
Bring what intention means to you gently into your awareness. Holding that meaning in thought, are you
aware of any feelings in yourself? Suspend any analysis of what or why until later. Feel any sensations or
emotions that present themselves. Capture any visual effects or intuitive knowings. Would you interpret this
inner feedback as positive or negative? Does this information stimulate a desire to reexamine or to reinforce
what intent means to you? Make some notes or create a drawing or a tune that will bring you back to what
you're learning in case you should move to a different state of awareness, of consciousness.
Relax. Breathing deeply, bring into awareness any conflicting intentions you may have uncovered. Choose
your most pressing intention. Holding that intention in thought, are you aware of any feelings in yourself?
Suspend any analysis of what or why until later. Feel any sensations or emotions that present themselves.
Capture any visual effects or intuitive knowings. Would you interpret this inner feedback as positive or
negative? Does this information clarify the importance of this intention to you? Make some notes or create a
drawing or a tune that will bring you back to what you're learning in case you should move to a different state
of awareness, of consciousness.
Choose your next most pressing intention. Breathing deeply and holding that intention in thought, are you
aware of any feelings in yourself? Suspend any analysis of what or why until later. Feel any sensations or
emotions that present themselves. Capture any visual effects or intuitive knowings. Would you interpret this
inner feedback as positive or negative? Does this information clarify the importance of this intention to you?
Make some notes or create a drawing or a tune that will bring you back to what you're learning in case you
should move to a different state of awareness, of consciousness.
Continue this process as it feels appropriate for you to do.
Because intention continues to work as a subtle energy force behind your thinking and your actions, using
your inner resources of your intuitive self or your Higher Self is a good way to sort through the role intention
is having in your life. This is one way to move beyond or around words and their paradoxical restrictions.
You can even use a process such as the one above to examine the questions you are asking about
intention. Sometimes finding inner guidance on the rephrasing of a question can lead to more valuable
information. The process may even become habit and very quickly accomplished.


You do this before the next session:
These session readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that
process. You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable
doing. Have fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with an intention as you feel it in your body. Become aware of what feels good
when an intention works for you, and become aware of what feels bad when an intention isn't working for
you.
2. Look for other written ideas about bypassing words as a path to personal integrity. If you like looking on
line, you may want to use www.google.com or any other search engine of your choosing.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Are you becoming more bodily aware of intentions? Are you
able to check intentions more readily with your inner self? Keep a list.
4. Use the message board to share what you are questioning, finding and experiencing.


Carrying over your insights:
With an intent to explore wordless understanding of intent, did you enjoy new or additional insights? Did
inhabiting your wordless inner sensing change anything for you about understanding intention or about your
own intent?


In this session let's look at the way one great spiritual leader, Buddha, talked about intention. I rely on the
writing of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for this stimulus to our thinking about intent. He explains that
intention is one of four kinds of nutriments that can lead to our happiness or our suffering. The others are
edible food, sense impressions, and consciousness.
From Thich Nhat Hanh's book, The heart of the Buddha's teaching:
The third kind of nutriment is volition, intention, or will -the desire in us to obtain whatever it is that we think
we want. Volition is the ground of all our actions. If we think that the way for us to be happy is to become
president of a large corporation, everything we do or say will be directed toward realizing that goal. Even
when we sleep, our consciousness will continue to work on it. ...
...there is strong energy in us pushing us toward what we think will make us happy....revenge, wealth, fame ,
or possessions are, more often than not, obstacles to our happiness. ...
The Buddha presented another drastic image: "Two strong men are dragging a third man along in order to
throw him into a fire pit. He cannot resist, and finally they throw him into the glowing embers." These strong
men, the Buddha said, are our own volition. We don't want to suffer, but our deep-seated habit energies
drag us into the fire of suffering. ... look deeply into the nature of our volition to see whether it is pushing us
in the direction of liberation, peace, and compassion or in the direction of suffering and unhappiness. ... see
the kinds of intention-food that we are consuming.
As you did in the last session, going deep within will lead you to seeing the kinds of "intention-food" you
consume. It may take ten minutes, ten hours, or ten years of quiet introspection to figure it out. The quiet
time you use in this pursuit will assist you in using intention as a path to happiness, and it will provide other
benefits along the way. (Hurry is usually an intention that yields little.) In what ways are your intentions
feeding you? Who or what is the basis for the intention food you are choosing?


You do this before the next session (to be posted 9/24/2000):
These session readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that
process. You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable
doing. Have fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with an intention as nutriment. Do your intentions feel like stress food? Horror
food? Happiness food?
2. Look for other written ideas about intention as a nutriment of your being. If you like looking on line, you
may want to use www.google.com or any other search engine of your choosing.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Are you able to check intentions with your inner self for their
nutriment qualities? Keep a list.
4. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing and about questions you may
have.


Carrying over your insights:
How are you doing? Are you finding that intention plays a larger role in your life than you may have
anticipated? Are you finding more ways to allow intention to be a positive force?


For this session, let's take a look at how intentions may play a role in healing. In her book Energy Medicine,
Donna Eden explains how to do energy testing (or muscle testing) because doing so immediately directs
healing forces to the area being tested. Interestingly, the energies of healer and client start mingling as soon
as an energy test is even contemplated because the energy is nonlocal and because subtle energies are
understood to be affected by intention and by thoughts. So, you can influence an outcome. You need to
strongly set your intentions for valid results so that you do not bias outcomes with the influence of
expectations.
A simple muscle test is to place the thumb and index finger together at their tips (forming an "o"). Tell
yourself you can resist. Now, with your other hand, try to pull the fingers apart or have someone else try to
pull them apart. (Do not use so much force that you hurt yourself or anyone else.) Repeat the sequence,
telling yourself there is no way you'll be able to keep your thumb and index finger touching. Was there a
difference in your ability to hold the "o" of your thumb and finger? Intention generally makes a difference in
outcome. There are, however, other factors that can affect outcome such as a generally depleted immune
system, depression, shortness of breath, or even loud music.
If you're trying this with a friend, have the friend hold an envelope in the hand that is not making the "o" and
in which you have put a packet of sugar Test for reaction. Then do the same with an envelope containing a
packet of artificial sweetener. Do it again with an envelope containing a packet of salt and another one
containing a packet of pepper. When you know which one tests strongest (most difficult to get the circled
fingers apart), repeat the test on that substance without telling your friend what you are up to. This time,
decide in advance that the test will show weak, that is have an intention that your partner will find it difficult
to resist having the circled fingers pulled apart. Do not pull harder. Just see if this shift in your intention
influences the results (i.e., makes it easier to pull the fingers apart). It often does. Remember, then, when
using this technique, rather than deciding in advance for a strong or a weak test, set your intention for an
accurate test.
Energy testing assists you in learning about weaknesses and strengths in your body, about reactions to
stress, and about the energy systems in your body. There are numerous tests for specific information about
body organs and systems, which you can learn in Ms. Eden's book or in others, for instance: Healing
Energies by Dr. Stephen Paul Shepard. You get better with practice. To work toward being consistently
healthier, you can use the testing and what it teaches you about the role of intention and healing.
In Energy Medicine, Donna Eden has these things to say:
As you mobilize yourself to confront an illness, set a clear intention for becoming well. Ask yourself, What is
the most basic change that will help me?" Possible answers to the question, stated in the present tense,
include: "My tumor is dissolving." "My body is strong." ...
People often find that their understanding of an illness shifts with time, and asking yourself about the most
basic change required can help you track and facilitate the development of your understanding. If you get a
new answer adjust the Zip Up statement (ed. note: statement of positive intention) to fit it. Review
periodically.
... The following guidelines for using your mind to set your field of habit concern themselves with intention,
focus, use of repetition, choice of imagery, and willingness to experiment.
Begin with a Clear Intention. Setting a more auspicious habit field begins with your intention to do so. ...
Your body minds your mind, responding to what you feel, think, and want. But if your mind does not mind
your body -if your will, intention, and actions are not aligned with your body's requirements-you pay a toll in
health and happiness.
Take a few deep breaths. Contact your intentions for your healing. And for the health of yourself and those
around you. Are these intentions, now that they are in your conscious awareness, those you want or are
they ones you choose to revise? Do you have conflicting intentions? Remember that Donna Eden suggests
that you consider carefully how you word your intentions about your health and health habits, making them
positive and in the present tense.


You do this before the next session:
These session readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that
process. You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable
doing. Have fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with an intention for health or healing. Is it a surprising one? In what ways? Is it
serving you well? Might you revise it to serve you better?
2. Look for other written ideas about intention and health or healing. If you want to know more about muscle
testing (called energy testing by Eden), you may want to look for references to kinesiology. If you like looking
on line, you may want to use www.google.com or any other search engine of your choosing.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Are you able to check intentions with your inner self for their
affect on your health? The health of those around you? Keep a list.
4. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing and about questions you may
have.


Carrying over your insights:
It's possible that you're now able to put aside small, nagging health issues with just beginning use of
intention. For many years now, biofeedback practitioners have been helping people learn to do that with the
assistance of physical prompts. If you're having trouble learning to do this on your own and want to do so,
you may want to see if there is a medical facility near you that offers biofeedback training. Occasionally, I've
seen audio tapes for the Silva method, which coaches you in similar health activities, as well as in other
proven inner-self techniques.


In this, our next to last session, let's take a look at intention as it relates to your multidimensional self. For
this, you'll need to think about yourself as extending beyond your local being, to think of yourself as a non-
local soul inhabiting your local, physical body. You'll need to think of yourself as a being of energy, not
always confined to the physical space perceived through your body's senses. The seers, shaman, and
mystics of the ages have used intention to travel (energetically) throughout the Universe.
In his writings Carlos Castaneda explained how sorcerers or shamans of don Juan's lineage were engaged
in the redeployment of their inherent energy which they could "see" as a luminous egg or ball. On the back
face of this luminous egg or ball is a place (more or less behind one's shoulder blades) of even greater
brilliance that appears to be key in turning energy into sensory data and then interpreting it, a place called
the assemblage point. Castaneda explains that a new seer learns to use her "dreaming body" (a glow of
awareness).
In The Fire From Within, Castaneda explains:
"The new seers ... have kept just the name 'dreaming body' to mean a feeling, a surge of energy that is
transported by the movement of the assemblage point to any place in this world, or to any place in the
several worlds available to man."
Don Juan then outlined the procedure for getting to the 'dreaming body'. He said that it starts with an initial
act, which by the fact of being sustained breeds unbending intent. Unbending intent leads to internal silence,
and internal silence to the inner strength needed to make the assemblage point shift in dreams to suitable
positions. ...
Don Juan explained that once sobriety is acquired and the 'dreaming positions' become increasingly
stronger, the next step is to wake up in any 'dreaming position'. He remarked that the maneuver, although
made to sound simple, was really a very complex affair-so complex that it requires not only sobriety but all
the attributes of warriorship as well, especially intent..
Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda give you one insight to living a multidimensional reality. The important role
played therein by intention may be another reason to have learned more during these weeks about your use
of intention in your everyday waking life (which of course you may be "dreaming" from another reality, but
that's beyond the topic of this workshop.)
Aspects of living in a multidimensional reality include time travel and beyond death consciousness. Fred
Alan Wolf is one of many authors who have written a great deal about these subjects.
From Wolf's book, The Eagle's Quest:
Kote explained the process of time traveling as he saw it. The simplicity of what goes on confuses
everybody. You simply have the intent of doing something. Then you can do it. When he took his wife back
in time he imagined creating a beam of light and attaching her to it and then let her go. She went back until
she found an obstruction,... At that point the information was released as to what had happened.
... Our brains are made of matter, but our minds are made of a nonmaterial "intent." This intent acts like a
laser beam. It shines through our material substance and gleans information. This information is recorded in
our whole body. When we die or go through a near-death experience, this "intent" remains.
... It is an addiction or, perhaps less strongly put, a desire to have something rather than nothing. It starts out
as only a thought, say, in the mind of God or the universe, or a higher power, for this to happen. But then the
desire arises for something rather than nothing.
It is also a sacrifice. Everything at the overmind level is mythic. It is here where will and intent live together. It
is here in the overmind that nothing exists. But in the undermind, the body-mind, the unconscious,
everything exists. It exists at a price. That price is becoming unconscious and following least-action paths. In
other words, becoming mechanical in action. ... But life involves both the overmind and the undermind. Life
is myth and survival-this life that we are living right now.
Invite yourself to suspend disbelief and to explore your mythic life. Using nothing more than intention as
"transportation" you may want to relax into meeting yourself in another reality. You might want to intend to
enter your mother's womb at the time your soul, your spirit, did so. You might want to intend snuggling into
the womb of God. You might want to intend a reunion with a loved one who is no longer in a physical body.
Both Castenada and Wolf suggest that you're more like a luminous ball or a beam of light in form, but don't
worry about the form. Enjoy the trip, the round trip of your intention into your intended reality and back to
what you are living right now. Always have an intention of going and of returning.
Actually, if you've spent time speaking to yourself deep within, you've already taken a trip into mythic time.
Perhaps you've gone into the velvet darkness of timelessness, of nothing, and of all knowingness. Whether
you've "time traveled" or shifted an "assemblage point" or a "dreaming position" depends on the view you
hold, the wording of your beliefs. What you can do is use intent to take you to a "place" of knowing more of
yourself and the ways in which you engage your "overmind" and your "undermind." You can be more soulful
in survival. You can be less mechanical and more intentional. You can use your "dreaming body" and your
"waking body" with intent.


You do this before the next session:
These session readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that
process. You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable
doing. Have fun! Enjoy!
Before the next session:
1. Sit quietly and simply be with an intention as a force of multidimensional living. Are you aware of ways
you may be using it to live beyond survival in your daily here-and-now living?
2. Look for other written ideas about intention as a shamanic or mystical force. If you like looking on line, you
may want to use www.google.com or any other search engine of your choosing.
3. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. Keep a list of times you are
aware of intending. What have you intended? Keep a list.
4.Look through whatever notes you've made during these sessions for threads or patterns of understanding
and illumination. Write or draw them.
5. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing and about questions you may
have.


Carrying over your insights:
Through these sessions, you've had an exploration into the meaning and use of intent.
You began with definitions and uses of the words intent and intention, seeking your own understanding of
your own resonance with the word and its energy within you. You've tracked changes as they may have
occurred. You might say you've been honing intention as a tool for mindful living.
You've looked at intent as focused energy. You've examined the potential conflict of intentions and the
affects of inattention to those conflicts.
You've paused in examining different meanings of intent to learn about intention as it sits in your body, as
you experience it in ways other than words. You've explored intention as a path towards happiness, as a
partner in health and wellness.
Perhaps you've used intention as a skill in developing a multidimensional consciousness or as a pass into
the beam of light taking you into multiple realities.
And now you can choose to maintain what has come to you or put it in the shoe boxes of useful but not used
information piled upon closeted shelves within.
My hunch is that would be a very difficult thing for you to do because you'd need an incredibly strong intent
to sublimate the work you have done in these three weeks. But that is a choice.


Living in this survival reality, however, requires action. Action is based on intent. See, you can't get away
from it, that is, unless you intend to do so.
Others have written succinctly about taking action. Words worth remembering:
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
-Epictetus
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rogers
The difference between perserverence and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the
other from a strong won't.
-Henry Ward Beecher
Don't give up whatever you're trying to do -especially if you're convinced you're botching it up. Giving up
reinforces a sense of incompetence; going on gives you a commitment to success.
-George Weinberg
No one would have ever crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.
-Charles F. Kettering
An action for you now is to reexamine intent and follow-through in your life. Though intention works quite
smoothly when you adopt an allowing of its flow through your life as a way of being, you live in a world of
doing as well as being.
The ancient admonition, "What do you do before enlightenment? You chop wood and carry water. What do
you do after enlightenment? You chop wood and carry water." is timeless wisdom. It is not what you do so
much but how it feels when you do it that may change for you. But conscious intent will be your ally if you
intend it to be.
The action for you now is that of conscious intent so that its subtle energy works positively in your life, in
your lives. Thank you so very much for being a participant in this workshop. You have enriched my life.


You do this now:
These session readings will not make intention your powerful ally. They are only one component of that
process. You'll have stronger results by also doing additional things. Do only what you feel comfortable
doing. Have fun! Enjoy!
1. Sit quietly and simply be with an intention as your ally.
2. Decide in what ways you may be modifying what intention means to you. What have you intended? Add
to your lists.
3. Use the message board to share what you are finding and experiencing and about questions you may
have. Use the message board to say so long to others who've participated, to express appreciation for them,
and to exchange addresses or interesting web sites with each other. The message board will be available
through Friday, Sept 29,2000.
4. Submit your completed workshop evaluation form as provided here.
Thank you so very, very, very much.
Lynn

				
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