There’s an old saying that states, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” I’m not quite sure how to interpret that, other than to consider that some attempts to do well for others aren’t successful or backfire—and as an unintended consequence, do more harm than good. But seriously, is that quote meant to discourage us from trying to do good things? Or is it merely trying to make us think twice before we “set” our intentions on something? I certainly hope it’s the latter.
Intentions are powerful things. In fact, setting one’s intention is probably the most powerful thing one can do, short of actually taking action. I liken this to putting one’s car into gear before releasing the brake—it’s a conscious, focused action that lets your car know that you’ve decided to go somewhere and you’re ready to go. At this point, the only thing that’s stopping you from acting on your desire is you. Once you take your foot off the brake, the intended action is free to take on a life of its own. Just like our driver, once you set your intentions in motion, it’s usually best to have your hands on the wheel, your foot near the brake, and your wits about you—just in case the situation starts to take you someplace you’d rather not go.
But intention is much more than simply preparing you to go somewhere. It also signals the Universe that you’ve made a mindful decision, you’re ready to accept responsibility for that decision, and you’re fully prepared to act upon it. I’ve found that intention also adds power to a choice. If one waffles about before making a lukewarm decision to do something, then finally moves forward in a half-hearted attempt to accomplish it, the results are likely to be far less impactful than someone who says, “By God, I’m going to do this—even if it kills me!” I think even you can feel the energy difference between those two approaches, simply by reading the words.
I’ve been learning to use the power of intention more and more each day—even when I’m not planning to take any immediate or specific action. When I see something that I previously might have considered to be outside my “sphere of influence”, say a bombing in another country that’s halfway across the globe, I’ll mentally set my intention to live in a world of Peace and Harmony. Or if I see a situation where deceit or corruption is evident, I set my intention to live in a world where Truth and Justice prevail.
At the minimum, by doing these things, I’m making it quite clear to myself and Universe what my Free Will choices are. I’m also preparing myself spiritually and mentally, so that if I’m ever given an opportunity to act upon these choices, I will—and when I do, I’ll have the full force of my intentions behind me. And that, in my opinion, is a winning combination!
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