Intentions are important; they are the basis for everything we do, say or think. Approaching a person with an intention of peace has a much different energy and result than approaching someone with an intention of anger or revenge. We base our yoga practice on intention and my reiki practice is based on intention, as well. My question for you is what is your intention for today? How do you sum up your life's intention in one sentence? Think about it for a moment and write it down...
Then take your sentence and sum up your intention with one word. Yep- just one. I'll wait... ... ...
That's not an easy feat but you, hopefully, have one word written down in front of you. We will come back to it.
Dr. Sid Garrett said, "Always think of people as whole beings, never just as their symptoms." (Change Your Brain, Change Your Life) He was talking to medical students about analyzing a person's biological, psychological, social and spiritual make-up. How do you suppose we would react to people differently if we considered each of those aspects?
One of the major themes in the Bhagavad Gita is our belief in the seen versus the unseen. In Sanskrit, this is a lesson in parusha versus pakriti. Parusha represents the unseen spiritual world that creates everything that exists in the pakriti or material world. How easily do you believe in what you cannot see? Our human nature is to want proof. In the Gita, warrior Arjuna challenges Lord Krishna to show himself in his full and most powerful form because he needs to see Krishna's greatness for himself. When Krishna finally gives in, Arjuna must turn away because Krishna's power and magnificence is too much for his eyes.
What would we really do, how would our intentions change, if we could see or know the whole truth behind a person? If we could see the biology that has led to them being disagreeable or angry? If we instantly knew their story and it explained everything?
Of course, that's not possible and people allow us to see what they want. Facebook is a good example of this. How well do you know your "friends" beyond the selfies they post?
I asked you to narrow down your personal intention to one word. Do you believe in the unseen power of a thoughts' ability to become a tangible creation? Do you believe in your own intention? Know that your words have the power to manifest even though you might not see it happening.
“Kind words, kind looks, kind acts and warm handshakes, these are means of grace when men in trouble are fighting their unseen battles.” John Hall
“It gives me a deep comforting sense that "things seen are temporal and things unseen are eternal."” Helen Keller