Prior to becoming a psychic medium, I didn’t consciously think about intention that often. My goal was to be a good person, I tried not to harm myself or others, and I expected that good things would come my way.
Even without consciously focusing on intention, I lived an intention by setting my expectations for myself and others.
As I developed psychically, I discovered that intention is one of the keys to effective spirit communication.
- I now set an intention to be protected* in my spirit communication work.
- I voice my intention of working only with Spirit(s) for my client’s highest and best purpose.
- I recite a personal intention that I am given the words to speak and write that will be a blessing to others.
I’ve had the opportunity to really think about the concept of intention over the last few months as reactions to various news stories have come into my awareness. In the last several months, I’ve tried to insulate myself from the world in a number of ways, because I just couldn’t deal with the overwhelming emotions that accompanied the news of the day. However, from time to time, I have seen a post on Facebook, or caught a snippet of a news program, or in some other way I’ve been faced with unpleasant events that are occurring in the world.
More and more, as I read not the reporting of an event, but the reaction to the event, I am saddened by the words that I read. I try hard to do no harm to another person and I strive for win/win negotiations in every agreement. I try to understand the intentions of others. But I struggle with the cognitive dissonance I am witnessing.
- I do not understand a deep-seated hatred of another person purely because that other person’s perspective is different. I am offended by words I read and actions I see A LOT. However, I try (it’s sometimes tough to succeed!) to see past the person’s differing viewpoint and try to find some common ground with the other person. In the cases where I can’t find common ground, and may even feel that the person is a “bad” person, I try not to contribute any negative energy into the situation. I don’t hate someone for having a differing viewpoint, nor do I wish harm or death to befall someone who has a differing viewpoint.
- I cannot understand professing love, yet spewing hate-filled words. The incongruency and inconsistency cause such cognitive dissonance, that I find myself completely befuddled. I feel we should strive to love one another. I also feel it’s tough to love people who commit heinous acts and speak nasty words. Therefore, I don’t love every person on this planet. However, I try to abide by the old adage, “If you can’t say (or write) something nice, don’t say (or write) anything.” Sometimes the bar is too high to say something positive about someone. In that case, I try to remain neutral, which is sometimes difficult.
- I am unable to comprehend “tolerance” being defined as forcing someone else to think or behave in a prescribed manner. Tolerance is allowing someone else to say and do things with which you may vehemently disagree and remaining neutral. I strive to be a “live and let live” kind of person. Although I make judgments about how I want to live my life based upon the way others live their lives, I don’t feel I have a right to tell someone else how they should live their life. Sometimes it’s hard to be silent when I hear someone complaining about situations that their own actions have created–and sometimes I am unable to remain silent. I’m not God. I make mistakes. My actions and my perspectives change over time. I am not the same person today I was in the past and I am not the same person today that I will be in the future. There have been topics I’ve felt passionately about in the past that I now passionately feel the opposite about today. Therefore, I don’t feel I have a right to force anyone to comply with a thought or action of which I agree in the name of “tolerance”. (Again, that is NOT the definition of tolerance.) My personal caveat to this stance is that this only applies if the person does not physically harm others. (e.g., Although spoken vitriol is unpleasant, words cannot maim or kill. However, hatred that leads to physical violence should not, in my opinion, be tolerated.)
I learn and form my opinions by questioning. I push for answers and try to understand actions, as often I discover that once I understand the WHY behind the actions, I understand the rationale behind the decision. As someone who relies on her logical mind to live in a world that often makes no sense, I NEED to understand the WHY. I want others to see the cognitive dissonance in their actions and their words—not because it matters to me personally, but because I want us all to try to be the best that we can be.
I feel that when I speak words that are inconsistent with my actions, I am being dishonest with myself (and others). This cognitive dissonance may be a small ripple in the fabric of my life or it may lead to actual physical dis-ease.
My intention is to be the best that I can be.
Some days I move forward in my personal goal and sometimes I move backward in my personal goal.
I try not to compare myself to others…but that, too isn’t always a goal I achieve.
“Our intent is the most powerful choice we have in life. Given that we have free will, we get to choose our intent, moment-by-moment. But when our intent is to control, we close off our heart and are cut off from Spirit. Our intent to learn and love opens our heart and thus, opens us to Spirit.” –Margaret Paul
This is a quote that resonated with me…but not at first.
This quote can be interpreted many different ways. The first time I read it, I interpreted it to mean the goal is to let go of all control, which is not how I can live my life. However, with a subsequent read, I interpreted “control” to mean “control things that are not in our purview to control” (e.g., the actions of other people). THEN, this quote resonated with me strongly.
What is Your Intention?
So, again, I ask you (and myself), “What is your intention?”
*Note: I don’t “protect” myself or my clients based upon fear. Protection is a way to narrow the focus of my intention. This is not a “free-for-all” or “everybody is invited” type of party. Each time I communicate with Spirit, there is a defined purpose (intention) and only those entities that align with that specific purpose are invited to attend that session. Protection filters out the “interference” or “noise” of other entities that are not germane to the intended conversation.