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  • Writer's pictureDavid Sutcliffe


Intention is a physical force, energy, a vibration that emanates from all of us. And the truth is people can feel your intention and will react to it whether they’re conscious of it or not. And whether you’re conscious of it or not, you have an intention in every situation, every action you take, every encounter with another person.

In my actor training, we were taught to focus exclusively on the character's "objective” in the scene. "Play the objective, not the words. It’s the intention underneath the words that the audience is going to feel."

The same is true in life. What you're saying and doing is secondary to the motivation underneath, so it’s crucial that your words and actions align with your intentions.

The problem is we often have unconscious intentions that contradict what we say we want.

For example, let’s say you want to make money but you have a belief, as many do, that people with money are shallow, greedy, corrupt, and uncaring. This creates an internal conflict that will inevitably sabotage your desire to make money. Potential business partners or clients are going to feel that conflict and it will cause them to hesitate and move away without necessarily knowing why.

When I was an actor I never got a part that I didn’t want 100%. It didn’t matter how good my audition was or how right I was for the part, if I wasn’t fully committed they could feel that part of me was holding back saying "I don’t really want this."

Most of what we communicate is expressed through our vibrational field.

That may sound new-agey, but we talk in those terms all the time. “She's has great energy”, or “he's putting off a weird vibe.” We feel drawn to certain people and avoid others intuitively. We may not be able to articulate exactly why, but we feel something.

The next time you're listening to someone speak, try to focus not on the words but on how their energy is making you feel. What's the sensation you’re experiencing in your body? If their words and intentions are in alignment you will likely feel enlivened, a resonance, a connection.

So how do we make sure we’re communicating clearly and effectively with both our words and intentions?

It starts by asking yourself tough questions and not be afraid to know the answer. Specifically, is what you’re doing really what you want to be doing. And if so, why? The why is crucial because if your why is unclear or ambiguous, your results will reflect that.

Examine your belief systems around money, work, sex, relationship, love, and family. You have to dig deep and find out what you really believe, not what you think you’re supposed to think. Is what you believe congruent with what you say you want? If not, something has to change.

We also have to be willing to look at our shadow. That’s the part of us run by fear and resentment. These dense, low vibrations energies, if unchecked, will create unconscious negative intentions that will ultimately lead to self-sabotage.

The desire to give your gifts, provide a valuable service, and make a contribution (higher self) has much more power and sustainability than being motivated by recognition or social status, which is driven by fear and scarcity (lower self).

And finally, you must be willing to take full responsibility for everything in your life. This means accepting in every cell of your being that you manifest all your experience, the good and the bad.

What does that mean?

Let’s say someone betrays you. Are willing to consider that some part of you ignored the warning signs, the subtle sense that something wasn’t quite right. This doesn’t mean what happened was your fault, only that an unconscious part of you is not yet trusting your deepest intuitions, the internal guidance systems that knows, beyond rational thought, was is good and right for you.

To align with this deep wisdom, we need to remove ourselves from the noise of the world and mental chatter inside our heads and tune into the quiet voice of our higher self. This takes practice and discernment. But when you finally hear its whisper, and allow yourself to be guided by it, you'll come into harmony with your deepest intentions, creating a clean, clear signal to the world about who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to create.

“The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.” - Rumi

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