Many people try to change their lives, but things don’t work out there for one reason only – they base their behavior on “wrong intent.” Namely, it is the thing that underlies human action and permeates everything we do. The paradox is that although intention is the real tool for creating our reality, most people are either unaware of their true motives or do not understand how they themselves sabotage the desired change by making decisions based on motives that only at first glance they seem correct.
Intention as a quality of consciousness
It is not clear what else is the reason for Gary Zukaw’s fame in America – that he is the author of four consecutive bestsellers, including “The Place of the Soul” , or that he is the guest who has participated in the most (35 times) Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, a media phenomenon that has lasted for 25 years and which the TV presenter writes has ” had more power over the minds and emotions of ordinary Americans than the changing presidents, artistic and sports greats and fat journalists . Her second most read book after the Bible is The Place of the Soul, and her favorite quote from it is that “Every action, thought, and feeling is motivated by intent, and it is this intent that causes the effect.” ( Wikipedia). We can judge the truth of this statement by the incredible success in the life of Oprah Winfrey, which she has already achieved by inviting G. Zukav in her show. Usually we carry the given thing inside us and what is written by someone else grabs us just because it gives us the words we need to make it more conscious. The “thing” I want to talk about now is called intent.
Zukav defines intention as “quality of consciousness that permeates every action” , while his choice – “fundamental creative act” that each individual performs consistently – both consciously and unconsciously. Therefore, of the three main aspects of the human psyche – thoughts, feelings and motives, the most important and determining factor are the motives, it depends on them what the end result will be.
Elena Blavatska speaks in a similar way in her teaching on karma. According to her, the three main categories of forces that create human karma are thoughts, feelings and actions . Together they represent the three aspects of action, the most important of which are human thoughts. The emotions that correspond to the astral body follow, and the actions have the least significant consequences, ie. What we do.
“The third category of forces that create Karma is our actions. They have relatively little effect on the human soul. The development of actions is influenced by their motives, not by themselves . “
Elena Blavatska, The Doctrine of Karma
Here we see the same message – it is not so important what you do, it is important with what intention you do it. The motive behind the action is important and this is the most important reference point in a situation of internal conflict:
“When the conscience of a person who knows the Laws of Karma is confronted with the various duties he has to perform and it is not clear to him how to act, he tries to look calmly into all his motives, clearing his heart of everything selfish. . Understood the selfless motive and decided once,
he acts without hesitation and without fear, knowing that even if he does something wrong, the very stimulus is important . “
It is impressive to see in a statement as above the great importance of intention in the spiritual literature, according to which even if a person does wrong, if his motive is devoid of selfishness, there is no danger of error. If we want to be aware creators of our lives and change what we don’t like, one of the main things we need to do is become aware of the intention behind our actions.
I’ve seen many marriages and relationships break up just because they started with the ” wrong intention ” – like, “he loves me and gives me a sense of security, ” or “she complements me and we feel one with her.” . If one examines the intent with which it is entered in the relationship, he will see how precisely it is the basis of subsequent disappointments, dependencies and conflicts that led later to statements like “it me stew” or “our relationship is devoid of any passion “. But this is exactly the natural logic of things – the desire for security has little to do with passion. Also, dependence on the other to feel whole and happy is incompatible with mature forms of love based on freedom.
The harder part for me, however, is another. Even if we realize the importance of intention, how do we know what the “right” intention is? If we have already understood that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” how do we know if the intention we think is good did not actually pave the way to hell? Here is my experience. In my opinion, the answer to this question comes down to one basic thing, and that is to be aware that whatever we do, we do it for ourselves . I know that against the background of what Blavatsky said above, it may sound contradictory, but it is so only at first glance. At first glance, we will see that the only condition for not being selfish is in the realization that whatever we do, we do it for ourselves.
An unbiased study of even the most altruistic motives for behavior will lead us to understand that behind them is a choice that is made based on a person’s idea of himself and what he wants to be. If there is an idea of self-sacrifice in this idea, he will make that self-sacrifice. But if his idea of himself lacks the idea of self-sacrifice, he will not move a finger to do so even in the most predisposing conditions for such action. If we examine our choices honestly, we will find that everything we have done, are doing, or want to do, we are doing for ourselves. That in our ideas of serving others for their own sake, there is a masked spiritual ego. That if we make sacrifices for the sake of the other, because that is the way we have decided to express our love. No one is forcing us to make the sacrifice.It is just us and our ideas of how we would like to express ourselves . The reason is ourselves.
It is here that the key is to find out whether the path we are paving with our intentions leads to heaven or hell – to know that whatever we do, we do it for ourselves. It is one thing to have a child and make a number of sacrifices with the attitude that you make them for him, it is another to make the same sacrifices because it corresponds to your idea of a mother and because it is your choice to have a child and experience what it is like to your mother. In the first case, self-sacrifice is a pure and simple form of manipulation, emotional blackmail and an unjust contract hidden behind the mask of love. In the second case, self-sacrifice is an example of the purest and most selfless forms of unconditional love. The difference is huge and behind it is nothing but the intention – the motives for which we do one thing or another.. On the surface, the actions seem exactly the same – they are aimed at the good of the other. Both mothers will have to sacrifice their peace and sleep to raise a child. But because there are different intentions behind their actions, this leads to a completely different kind of relationship. Anyone who has heard the words “I’m doing it for you” knows how awful it felt.
“I do it for myself” is closer to the truth. And the truth in this case is of particular importance. We may think we know what is good for the other, but do we really know if that good is for his good? We may think that sacrificing our happiness by not leaving our weak and dependent husband is good for him because it is what he wants from us to feel secure. But is it really good for him to continue to maintain his false sense of security based on an unhealthy dependence on us? Maybe the truth is just the opposite, namely that it is much more loving to leave him so that he can grow out of the pain and develop his own source of strength? And that we do not leave him not because of him, but because of ourselves and our fears, how will we cope after that?
Or take guilt – another widespread motivator of human action. When we do something out of guilt, sooner or later it turns against us, because the intention driven by guilt is to avoid the unpleasant truth about our dark side, to continue living in the illusion of our innocence, and to avoid the pain of growing up. . However, if after the “transgression” our intention is dictated by the desire for redemption, it leads to maturation, humility, wisdom and learning from experience. The intention to show others that we are not so bad weakens us. The intention to find in our heart compassion and forgiveness for the sinner – inside and outside of us, leads to opening the heart to the most difficult form of love – forgiveness.
The attitude that we know what is good, but we do not know what is good, helps us to understand the truth about our intentions and to get rid of the illusion of false love. We are responsible only for our part of the relationship and our responsibility is to ourselves and our own path and truth.
Intention as a value
There is another guideline on how to know whether our intention leads to Hell or Heaven. And it is to realize our intention as a value . It’s one thing to say, “My intention is to have a full-fledged relationship with a man,” it ‘s another to say, “I want to know what love is .” I’m not saying that a full-fledged relationship with a man is not an appropriate intention. What I am saying is that we do not know how much Life will respond to our desire for such a relationship. However, life always – constantly, without any conditions, provides opportunities to practice and get to know the various aspects of love as a life value, because it is something disproportionately greater than a full relationship with a man. It is the quality of the relationship we have with His various faces, including ourselves.
If we continue to explore the esoteric correspondence for the different levels of creation of our reality – actions, feelings, thoughts and intentions – we will come to the theory of the different human bodies. According to her, the structure of the human self is sevenfold, which means seven bodies or seven different levels of consciousness – physical, etheric, astral, mental, causal, buddhic and atmanic. In different theories you will meet them with different names, but the basic sevenfold structure of the Self is preserved. The principle is preserved that the higher we go, the closer we get to the root causes of our Life, ie. to the archetypes of which we are built.
The densest body is the physical body. It is our visible body. With each succeeding body, the density of matter becomes less and less, and consciousness becomes more and more abstract. It looks like different levels of power in an organization. The higher we go, the closer we get to the CEO’s office. At the lowest levels of power are the officials. They do what they are told from the upper floors, they are the performers. It is clear why Blavatsky claims that human actions do not play a particularly important role in human karma. Even if they are good deeds, if they are caused by selfish intentions, the soul gains nothing from them. Conversely, even if deeds are not particularly virtuous according to the criteria of generally accepted morality, if the intention behind them was pure, it is the real thing that matters to the soul.
Since there are some differences in the models for the seven human bodies, I will focus on one that is closest to psychology and my experience – A. Podvodni. According to him, the physical body corresponds to the level of behavior, the etheric body is its energy counterpart, followed by the astral body, which corresponds to desires and emotions, then the lower mental body, which corresponds to thought. There are three more mental bodies that correspond to the more abstract levels of the Mind and are related to values - causal, Buddhist and Atmanic . These are bodies from the “higher levels of power” in our lives.
In causal body causes of what is happening in our lives come and from past lives – patterns of thinking, feeling and behavior. The main function of the Buddhist body is to monitor whether a person lives in sync with the basic values and to make sure that if this value is love, one will really apply it in one’s life. The last of these seven bodies is the atmanicwhich contains the “program” for the present incarnation. Its function is to ensure that one does not deviate from the plan for one’s spiritual development. There is the office of the Director General. There is the center of the greatest power. There is the level of the greatest creative potential for changing our lives. Since this is a program for the plan of the current incarnation, many of the events there cannot be changed, but the area of freedom to change the way we perceive and react to what is happening in our lives is enormous. It contains the opportunity to make the most important change for ourselves – the creation of our new self.
All this introduction to the theory of the seven bodies is to explain why and from a spiritual perspective intention is so important – as “that quality of consciousness that permeates all of our actions” , “fundamental creative act” in life, ” the most significant level of creating or clearing karma “. This is because the intention refers to the higher levels of power in the organization of our mental processes. It is the General Director. If a person has come to develop the value of “love” in his life, but suffers from addiction, clinging, immaturity, he will make sure that it really happens and, if necessary, as many dating opportunities as possible, he or she will meet “Inappropriate partners”, or will be alone. The Director-General does not care much whether his land representative will marry, have children, have a good job, a house and a car. To him, life on earth is like “the enlightenment of a firefly in the night” – a brief moment in eternity in which all these dramas “why don’t I get what I want”really don’t matter. What matters is the evolution of consciousness, and for that to happen, it is impossible without the values that ensure that things are put on a sound footing.
The vast majority of people focus their efforts on changing their lives at the lowest level in the “organization” – behavior and actions. They try to improve their quality of life by doing “appropriate” things – exercise, diet, meditation, contact with people. The problem is that soon after they feel uplifted and excited by such actions, the effect begins to wane. It often gets even worse than before. It seems that behind such a thing is the logic that Life does not support the so-called. “Spiritual materialism,” as Chongam Trungpa calls the focus of change for change only on the lowest level of consciousness. Our General Managerhe does not want the changes in the organization to be only at the level of the officials, but to cover the higher levels of government as well. These levels refer to the “mission of the organization” or, in psychological language, to understanding how to put our highest values into practice.
It becomes clear that the deeper we connect with the power of intention, the more we give up specific ideas about how things should happen in our lives.. It is easy to see the growing creative power of such an ascent up the levels of power, because instead of imposing our limited view of Life, we respond creatively and with an open mind to what He offers us. We investigate what is happening, we wonder if our reactions are in line with our core value, we look for new perspectives to solve the problem. The higher we go and the air becomes thinner, and our thinking becomes more anxious to see the Big Picture of life, the closer we get to the true power of intention, from where we can most influence the quality of Our life.
Meeting with the Director General
Finally, we enter the CEO’s office and find that in his chair stands not some impersonal and omnipotent God, but simply the other part of our Self – this most expanded and least dense version of ourselves, often called the Higher Self. or Whole Personality. He greets us with a smile and tells us“Nice to meet you. I am the one to whom he addressed with “Oh, God!”, And he begged me to give you this or that, but he did not know that I am You. It was very funny to see you and how you are afraid of me that you will be punished. Well, now you know the truth about the two of us. Thank you very much for working so hard on the low levels of the administration for so long, because if there is no one to communicate with the citizens and exchange information and experience, our organization will fail. I really owe you a lot. Without your efforts, my work will make no sense. I’m sorry that I left you for so many years with a job you don’t like and lonely, but I wanted to make sure you learned to distinguish the important from the unimportant, the real from the false, the transient from the permanent. But most importantly, I rely only on you to discover new opportunities for the development of our organization. Because, you know, if we don’t innovate, we won’t be able to survive in the future. And since the ideas for innovation come from practice, I really thank you very much. I want to tell you that I created all these difficulties in your life for you, for me and for the future of our organization. “
“Because of me?! For the sake of both of us and the future of our organization ??! ” , You say, filled with mixed feelings of anger, disappointment and relief.
“Yes, because of us and you and the things we value most. Don’t you remember, our organization aims to find out how to practically experience love in a human body. There are still great difficulties on Earth in this area. The animal part of man makes him very afraid for his survival, and his mind can confuse him so much and distort things.
If we go back to Gary Zukaw and his theory of authentic power, we will see that authentic power is the result of synchronization between the two parts of the Self – the personality and the soul. And this synchronization happens at the level of intention – the desire to embody our spiritual values in life. It has nothing to do with the desire to make Life give us what we want, nor does it deal with other people and how to change them according to our idea of how they should be. It engages our attention with ourselves, encourages us to be real and take responsibility for our actions – feelings, thoughts and intentions, and most of all to make decisions based not on the frightened part of us, but on the loving.
I completely agree. This is the picture of a mentally healthy person who does not blame, takes responsibility for his life, has withdrawn his projections from the outside world, is close to reality and tries to change it, changing himself and his attitude to it first, he is authentic and he dares to live to the maximum because he has confidence in himself and in Life. There is one thing I do not agree with, however. According to Zukav, the synchronization of the two parts of the personality takes place through the soul’s intention for “harmony, cooperation, sharing and respect for Life”. It sounds very good in theory, but in practice it can neuroticize a person. Because it is not in sync with the main criterion for mental health – to be whole. Nor does it correspond to the basic essence of the archetype of the Whole Person, symbolized by Christand embodied through a long series of internal tensions and moral conflicts that are an inevitable part of any internal maturation.
I often witness theories that sound very good and convincing, and therefore manage to capture the minds of the audience, but there is a percentage of “bug” in the program, which is enough to not work things out. The desire for harmony is great, but it’s not just one-sided, it’s even sweet. It has nothing to do with human reality. The other face of Harmony is Chaos, and we do not have to go very far to see it reflected in all world mythologies as the other face of God. It is enough to look into our own lives to see how many times we have wanted harmony, but instead we have experienced disharmony.
For Jung, God is “the name by which I denote all things that cross my life path unexpectedly, cruelly, and completely meaninglessly, all things that change my plans and intentions and redirect my life in a radically opposite direction.” For me, too. I prefer to call him the CEO. That’s why I stopped making plans. All I have left are my intentions. Also the desire to explore, analyze and understand. Before becoming a successful best-selling author, Zukav lived in deep suffering for many years. He was addicted to sex, motorcycles, he was very hot-tempered and emotionally unstable. Do you think he could have written his books if he hadn’t been through this hell before? I do not think so.
The value of “integrity” also meets the criteria for mental health to a greater extent and more to the truth of being human. To be authentic means to be real, and half the truth of being human is having a dark side. If you don’t come to terms with your dark side, which in psychological language is called “integrating the Shadow,” it just can’t happen. But what does this have to do with intention? A lot.
It is easy to choose “love” as your main value, it is different to put it into practice in your life. No matter how hard you try to be white and good and escape from the darkness, it accumulates in you and there comes a moment when the outside world splits in two and presses you against the wall so that you can finally see it. . The moral conflict that has arisen is of such an order that it can only be resolved at the level of intention . Only when we connect with the right intention do things that seem “wrong” turn out to be right, thus resolving the impossible situation we are in.
I will give an example to make it clearer. Some time ago I went through a crisis in my relationship. I was filled with a desire for harmony, but instead there was disharmony. There was a problem that I very devotedly and for a very long time tried to solve by all the rules of communication through empathy – without blaming, but to inform, to share feelings and needs, and to make a request. The problem was about very important things, basic to me, but my partner did not show in any way that he wanted to do something in that direction. I knew it was not right to let this continue to happen, but I could not decide to end the relationship. Something was bothering me, I didn’t know what it was and I felt trapped. Until I suddenly saw clearly. I was the Innocent! I was the good and he was the bad.
Although I did not blame at the level of my consciousness, a lot of anger had accumulated in the Shadow over the injustice done to me. I didn’t want to feel like a victim, but I did. Try to be both innocent and not feel victimized, and you will find that this is simply impossible. It sounded in my head like Hellinger’s words to a married couple he consulted, namely, ” Against such innocence, a guilty person has no chance!” And to James Hillman that “the divine spirit does not tolerate innocence .” But I couldn’t stand her either! Just like a typical Shadow, she had slipped out of sight and slipped behind me. I didn’t see her. She was behind me.
I had to do something to shut my Innocent’s mouth, because he was shouting at the top of his voice that he was a victim, and I neither wanted to feel victim nor blame. And I did. Once I realized that the problem was not in him, but in me, in my one-sidedness, in my non-integrated Shadow as an early healer, which is the fear of openly expressing my anger so as not to hurt the other, suddenly everything settled down. I could now act because I had found the right motive. It was not about punishing the other, but about allowing myself to be angry and bad – for myself. I could only become Complete if I figured out a way to get dirty. I was afraid I would feel guilty – my favorite feeling, but to my surprise there was not a drop of guilt. Instead, I felt only great relief. I had freed myself from the endless complaining and grumbling of my Innocent and I had given our relationship a chance to continue in the future. To my surprise, my partner “suddenly heard” what he had not been able to hear for so long, while I had begged him according to all the rules of harmonious communication! Thus harmony was born of disharmony,
To follow your own path
There was a time in my life when I used to say prayers for help and guidance from Above. Until at one point I stopped being able to pray. My mind was already permanently “cloudy” – I constantly saw how things in life flow into each other when I saw the beginning of something, I saw its end at the same time, I witnessed so many times how “distancing led to approach”, and the problem was the decision “. I knew what was good, but I didn’t know what was good. How to pray in such a case ?! All I can ask is that you help to make this happen, which is why you were born on earth, but even that is supposed to already know from headquarters. I just couldn’t go to heaven to pray for rain if I had to survive a drought.
So I stopped sending faxes to the CEO. I was left with the knowledge that the “mission of our common organization” is love, that he relies heavily on me to send him data to make things better, and that we do all this for us. He knew a lot more than I did, but I did things he couldn’t. If I encountered restrictions on my way, I would stop and try to figure out exactly what they meant. Because I didn’t know. The directives above do not arrive in letters with clear instructions on what to do. Was this a sign that I had to stop and this was not the right thing and time to act, or was it a test of perseverance and endurance and therefore I should not give up? At such moments, I strongly suspected that the one up there was also not very aware of what exactly he wanted and relied on me for that. And I was looking for the answer. In the way of trial and error, it eventually worked out, but I had lost my innocence. I documented the case, sent the data, and reported that the “love mission” was a very difficult thing on Earth. However, the consolation remains that if you had good intentions, whatever you did was still for good.