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You deserve everything

Most of us want wealth, health and peace of mind, but we don’t intend to be wealthy, happy and wise.

Wishful thinking won’t give us what we want, but focused intention can.

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement,” said W. Clement Stone, businessman, author and philanthropist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is.”

Successful people set their intentions early. They intend to be doctors, lawyers, plumbers or electricians and do whatever is necessary to turn intention into reality

Intention implies purpose and commitment, that we don’t just have a thought, and hope it boomerangs back carrying the car, the girl (or guy) and a million dollars.

Most of us live dual lives: our go-to-work-and-go-home life and the one we dream about, the one we would live if we had the money, security and courage.

“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it,” Steven Pressfield writes in The War of Art.

While we don’t always know what we want, we can pinpoint exactly the things we don’t because we’re always thinking about them; there’s a choir in our head singing about all those things we hate.

But if we’re always thinking about what we don’t want, it will keep showing up.

If we’re sick and tired of being sick and tired and that’s all we think about, we’re going to keep getting sick.

We have to change our intention and think about health especially when our nose is running, our throat is sore and our lungs are congested.

Our analytical society thinks will power should be enough to get us what we want.

While it  is a wonderful asset, it can’t make that leap from where we are to where we want to be. That requires intuition, not logic. Logic won’t climb our of the well-worn rut for uncharted territory.

If we tell our boss we want a change, but we don’t know what change looks like, guess what you’re going to be doing on Monday morning. The job we don’t like

The universe isn’t any different. Our boss is part of the universe and was the agent to give us what we wanted, if we had only known what it was.

The universe doesn’t have favourites. What it gives to one, it’s willing to give to all, whether it’s wealth, health or wisdom.

That means if we don’t have what we want, it has to do with us and what we’re doing or not doing; what we’re thinking or not thinking; what we’re intending – or not.

If we ask with intent, with faith and we believe, what we ask for will show up — whether it’s healing a poison-ivy rash or driving a new Ferrari.

Thomas Troward wrote in the Edinburgh Lectures that our relationship to the universe — what he called Divine Mind — is summed up by: Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.

“We must start from where we are now, and by rightly estimating our relation to the divine universal mind, we can gradually grow into any conditions we desire, providing we first make ourselves in habitual mental attitude the person who corresponds to those conditions.”

We don’t need to worry about how or from whence it will come, our job is simply to ask, or pray, with intention.

The world reflections our attitude and gives us what we think — really think — we deserve.

The real power flows from the fact that if we intend to change our lives, all we have to do is change our mind.

If we plant tomatoes, we don’t worry about how or if they will grow; we don’t tug at the shoots if we think they aren’t growing fast enough. We plant, water and harvest at the right time. Everyone who asks receives according to his belief and his intention. We reap what we sow, whether it’s tomatoes or thoughts.

“Perhaps, I thought, intention is like a star. Once constructed, a thought radiated out like starlight, affecting everything in its path.” Lynne McTaggart writes in The Intention Experiment.

“The Intention Experiment rests on an outlandish premise: thought affects physical reality. A sizeable body of research exploring the nature of consciousness, carried on for more than 30 years in prestigious scientific institutions around the world shows that thoughts are capable of affecting everything from the simplest machines to the most complex living beings.

“This evidence suggests that human thoughts and intentions are an actual physical ‘something’ with the astonishing power to change our world.”

McTaggart is not the first to suggest that thoughts are things. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, wrote a book called Thoughts Are Things and a generation earlier, in 1908, Prentice Mulford wrote a book with the same name.

“We need to be careful of what we think and talk,” Mulford wrote. “Because thought runs in currents as real as those of air and water. Of what we think and talk we attract to us a like current of thought. This acts on mind or body for good or ill.”

There’s even a clip on YouTube of Mike Dooley, who was featured in The Secret, saying that thoughts are things is an immutable law of the universe not any different than gravity.

“If you want to create a new body, then you must step out of the river of your own memory and see the world as if for the first time,” claims an ancient Vedic aphorism.

Intention is destiny.



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About the Author

Ross Freake, a former managing editor of The Daily Courier, has worked at 11 newspapers from St. John's to Kamloops. He is the author of three books and the editor and ghost writer of many others.

He can be reached at [email protected]



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