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The Modern Day Wizard and author of Intention, Andrew Wallas teaches us that Intention is the most underrated and misunderstood phenomenon in terms of fulfilling potential and creating the life you want. Nothing in the universe exists without intention. It is the creative power that fulfils our dreams. It is an inner impulse that is focussed in a particular direction and contains within it the seed of that which you seek to create. To put it simply, a pumpkin seed will produce a pumpkin and nothing else!

So how do we create the ideal seed of intention? One way is by creating space.

It is not important to accept or acknowledge this but the truth is that we are not creating the seed of intention; we are discovering the seed within us and giving birth to it in an articulate and clear way.

A necessary condition for discovering our intention is to create a sense of space and stillness both in the outer world and in the inner world. It is very important that we allocate quality time when we are confident of not being disturbed. Once we have established this space and time, we need to undertake a process of putting down on paper (or on a screen, if your preference is digital) a flow of ideas. For some people this might be akin to a brainstorming session, others might be familiar with mind mapping or other similar tools.

1. The best way to create space and stillness is to
be in a new physical space. Get out of your office
or your kitchen; go somewhere soothing to you.
This could be a library, a church, in nature or in
a quiet room in your house.
2. Ensure no mobile phone or other digital device
can distract you.
3. Close your eyes, withdraw your attention
from the outside and bring your awareness to
your breathing and to the beat of your heart.
Breathe deeply for 2 or 3 minutes.

Whatever our preferred approach, we are allowing ideas and thoughts to bubble up inside and capturing these as they arise. It is often helpful to start with an open-ended question, such as: ‘What do I want my life to look like five years from now?’ Or ‘What are my priorities in the year ahead?‘ Or ‘What do I most want to change about my life?’

This process has no time limit; there is no rush. You can always return to it on several occasions and add to, and refine, your thoughts and ideas. As you record the words, images and feelings that arise, certain key sentences or words will stand out. This often occurs by way of a resonance within the body, a feeling in the gut or the heart that affirms a particular aspect. Towards the end of each session, which might last anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours, stand back from the data that you have recorded and reflect upon patterns and the crucial phrases. It will become apparent which are the most important to you at this time. Carry on with these sessions until you feel the process is complete, and then you can hone your thoughts and ideas into four or five strong ingredients.

More on how to create your intention and harness its potential in Andrew Wallas’ Intention