and channeling our creative energies toward their manifestation
on the physical plane can bring many of life's greatest challenges.
Choice is our ultimate freedom, and at the same time can seem
overwhelming or even paralyzing to some. We are divinely inspired
at all times with creative ideas and as we tune in to Creative
Mind or Spirit, we find what most excites us and choose to act
(or not) in response to that excitement. The doors of opportunity
are always opening, offering us choices. How do we make those
choices? How do we attract opportunities in alignment with the
essence of who we truly are - our Authentic Self? How do we
focus? Our personal experience, and our experience working with
people through The Anam Cara Foundation, has shown us that intention
and the emotion that drives it, are the elements that most determine
what we manifest in our life experience.
an article several years ago Jay wrote:
Intention is an individualized experience that is part of the
One Mind. As human beings, we have a choice between "unconscious
intention" and "conscious intention." Intention
has the same source of power whether it is clear and conscious
or vague and unconscious. The difference is in the results.
Ernest Holmes said "Ignorance of [Universal Law] excuses
no one from its effects, for we are dealing with Law and not
with whimsical fancy." The key to using the power of mind
to create for us the life and experience that we choose lies
in understanding "conscious" intention. Conscious
intention is about the expression of a state of Being, not about
form. Conscious intention relates to your feeling about a desired
experience, not the form it takes. Conscious intention is the
place where we have our experience of oneness with the Universal
Mind, the Source, the Creator, the Universe, Spirit . . . whatever
name you choose.
results in thought, which leads to action. First one's intention
must be as clear as possible. Secondly, one must understand
and accept the responsibility for the content of one's intention.
Free will allows that anyone can choose to align their intention
with [the Divine] plan, and with their Higher Self, or not.
Either way the Universe still responds to the intention. The
difference is that in aligning with [the Divine] plan the potential
is without limit. It is only by declaring one's intention, in
absolute faith and honesty, that one can move to the next step
with clarity, that of seeking what to do and how to do it.
A continuum leads from the unlimited, formless, creative energy
of the Source to a result, form, or condition that we seek in
our life. Let us consider that Universal creative energy and
potential is like a power plant that generates electricity.
The power and potential is there, but until it is accessed and
applied it remains in its state of being "potential".
Intention is like the wiring grid that connects to the power
supply and creates a channel or path for the power to flow through,
making it accessible.
The power of intention not only focuses the heart and mind, but
sends a clear message to the Universe as to what you wish to create.
Emotion is energy in motion. The combination of our thoughts and
corresponding emotions sets up a vibrational message. The message
will attract a response in alignment with this vibration. What
you send out will come back to you. This is why it is so important
to send a clear message. There is, however, another aspect of
this that is critical to understand if we are to use the power
of intention to bring forth our desired experience. Our intention
must be supported by a powerful emotion and, of equal importance,
a congruent belief that what we intend is truly possible. If you
support your intention with a strong emotional desire and a "hope"
that it will manifest, but deep in your heart you hold on to some
level of doubt (conscious or unconscious) that undermines your
absolute belief that what you desire is possible, then you send
a mixed message to the Universe. In very simple terms, the Universe
is not able to respond to a mixed message and so the practical
result is a stalemate, where the intention and desire are cancelled
out by the lack of belief in its possibility, and little, if any,
of the desired result is able to manifest.
this understanding of the nature of power of intention, let's
move into an exploration of how to clarify our intentions for
our life and support those intentions fully and congruently with
the power of our emotion and belief.
3: Make a sacred covenant with yourself. (see previous
article for actions 1 & 2)
let us look at what we mean by "sacred covenant." In
our work we have gained first hand knowledge of how beneficial
and life changing it can be to create a statement that clarifies
mission, vision, purpose and intentions for one's life.
call the creation of a personal statement of mission, vision,
purpose, and intentions, a "sacred covenant," which
is an inviolable promise or commitment made as our Authentic Self
in service to our personal and spiritual growth. For some people,
these words, sacred covenant, can be loaded, depending on their
religious or non-religious upbringing, cultural orientation, and
we were surprised when a man we were working with expressed a
strong objection to our use of the term sacred covenant. We realized,
as we continued to explore his objection, that these words carried
such a strong association with religious beliefs based on his
upbringing, that to him they seemed restrictive. We had not previously
considered this since we did not have the same restrictive associations
with the words.
According to Webster's Dictionary, a covenant means "to agree."
As a verb, covenant means "to agree (with) to enter into
a formal agreement. To engage, contract, promise, pledge. To promise
by covenant." Sacred means "to consecrate; sacred, holy."
Also, "dedicated, set apart in honor of, or as dear to one,
as a god; hence, devoted exclusively to a certain person or end."
We concluded that a sacred covenant could be defined as a promise
dedicated to, and in honor of, one's self. With this new and expanded
understanding of the words, our friend decided he was comfortable
calling his personal commitment a sacred covenant, without his
you may call it what you wish. We relate this story to emphasize
that the title on the page is not as important as the power of
the vibration of the individual's mission, vision, purpose, and
intentions that follow. The language of the promise or commitment
comes from one's heart, manifested as an individual's expression
of authenticity and deeply felt desire to express their unique
spiritual gifts in the outer world. The expression is personal,
as are the intentions, and yet the outward expressions always
benefit others as well. If you have an objection to the term sacred
covenant, simply create a title that describes for you the special
promise or commitment you are making for and to yourself at a
recommend creating the sacred covenant as a written document and
referring to it often, perhaps as part of your daily spiritual
practice. If your experience is like ours, each time you read
your covenant you will be filled with a deep sense of joy, gratitude,
and peace that result from reminding yourself of who you really
are. This is particularly helpful when you find yourself drifting
away from your sense of self and purpose, reacting to external
forces in your life. Additionally, you will want to read it aloud,
for there is great power in the spoken word. Reading and speaking
these statements will ground you and remind you of your commitment
while permeating the cells of your body with this expression of
creation of your sacred covenant takes time and concerted effort,
so rather than trying to outline every point in the process we
will describe the separate elements as they relate to the whole,
beginning with the mission statement.
Some businesses display a portion or all of their mission statement
to the public. It is not so common, though, to come across individuals
who have contemplated deeply what is important in their lives
and have created a personal mission statement to reflect their
expression to the world.
A mission statement will describe the action you wish to engage
in to benefit a specific group or groups of people. A mission
statement will help to align your energy with opportunities from
the Universe that match your interests. This occurs through vibrational
communication. The best mission statements are relatively short.
You should feel a powerful resonance while speaking or reading
your mission statement.
examples of personal mission statements follow:
nurture, reveal and be the light of Truth and Unity for all
who seek its Peace.
To touch, inspire, and awaken children of all ages to live inspired
and abundant lives.
To radiate and inspire the joy of exploring, expressing, and
experiencing being vitally alive.
(For more detail pertaining to writing a personal mission statement,
we recommend reading The Path by Laurie Beth Jones.)
Vision and Purpose:
a common idea that the purpose of our life is about what we do,
we believe that our life purpose is about how we feel. What we
do is constantly subject to change but is always intended to generate
feelings we want to experience. The purpose of our life is to
feel and express joy, goodness, and love, but each person has
a unique way of expressing who they are. Our life becomes the
ultimate tool of expression.
purpose of your life expression can be captured and expressed
by a single word. Your purpose word expresses what is felt within
your soul as you express from your essence or Authentic Self in
service to your mission. This single word expression is always
what we would describe as a quality of God or Source. Specific
examples that might serve as a life purpose word would be: Joy,
Love, Beauty, Wholeness, Freedom, Peace, Power, or Unity. There
are many others.
vision is a short phrase or statement of how you see the expression
of your life (your life work) unfolding in the world. It is a
summation of the collective essence of who you are as you live
the life you most desire. It is so short it could be your spiritual
Singing in the spirit. (Musician)
Healing with hands of love. (Massage Therapist)
My Authentic Self, expressed in perfect balance. (Jay)
I am the Light of God. (Wendy)
Intentions are not goals or objectives. They can never be completed
or checked off a "to do" list. They are not something
you get or possess; they are more closely aligned with your motivations
and drives. An intention is something you wish to give, express,
or experience; a quality of being that you want to be part of
who you are at all times. Your intentions indicate how you wish
to express your life and carry out your mission.
exploring your intentions we suggest that you ponder and meditate
on the various aspects of your life as you most desire them to
be, including: abundance and prosperity, health, relationships,
fulfillment in creative expression, freedom of choice, personal
and spiritual growth, etc. Make your intentions singular in purpose;
meaning that each intention is about one thing so it can be clearly
expressed. There is no real limit to the number of intentions
you may choose, but as a practical matter you will probably find
that more than 10 to 15 becomes unwieldy and you are probably
repeating yourself. Try to capture everything that is of true
importance and value to you in as few statements as you can. Make
the wording as concise as possible. Also, if you find yourself
struggling to decide between two or more, look to what we call
"the largest container," which is the choice that can
include and absorb the other, rather than exclude it.
are some examples of intentions expressed in the manner described:
My intention is . . . .
. . to express unconditional Love in all of my relationships
. . . to bring more Beauty into the world through my art
. . . to be in integrity in all of my actions
. . . to create a nurturing environment for my family and friends
. . . to deepen my connection to Source and my Higher Self through
daily meditation and practice
. . . to be as Authentically myself as I am able in any moment
of my life.
you can see, the possibilities are endless. In our workshops we
teach individuals to align with their Higher Self and to dialogue
with and receive information from Source. This is something that
we do at the very beginning of the creation of the sacred covenant
and repeat throughout the process. There are many ways in which
the individual can quiet the chatter of the mind; possibly through
breathing exercises or a guided meditation. Once the mind is quiet,
the chakras have been balanced, and the mental, emotional, physical
and spiritual bodies have been aligned, the individual can ask
any question of the Higher Self and simply wait for the answer
that may then come through mental pictures, impressions, in an
auditory manner, or simply by knowing. Be prepared with paper
and pen to write down any information that comes through to you.
This is an easy and effortless way to receive information for
your "best and highest good." Your Higher Self is wise
and always serves your highest good. Over time you will learn
to trust this information however it comes to you.
Together, the creation of all of the components of the sacred
covenant-the mission statement, vision, purpose, and intentions
for your life-and the expression of these truths will generate
a powerful vibrational shift for you. It's as if you have been
given a compass to guide you along the most direct route to your
chosen destination in life. It will serve to accelerate the journey
along your spiritual path and create a sense of true peace in
your life. Perhaps of greatest importance, the process becomes
a conscious, clear expression of your Authentic Self and, as such,
each time you go back to it you reinforce your knowledge of and
commitment to your personal Truth. In a world that is only too
willing to tell you who and how to be, this can be an invaluable
anchor that keeps you fully grounded in the divinity of your being.
moving toward the Visioned Relationship, we have purposely maintained
the initial focus on the individual. This is because we believe
that the essential key to all successful relationships is the
degree to which each individual is consciously whole and complete
in his or her self and thus not as likely to demand things from
the relationship that it can never provide. When two people can
move into the process of creating a shared model for the relationship
they desire from a place of wholeness, they create possibilities
of joyful union, comfort, support, laughter, and love beyond anything
either of them has ever dreamed.
Anam Cara offers workshops to help
facilitate the "action steps" listed here.
2005 Jay Whitham and Wendy Nethersole
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