Verbalizing Your Dreams to a Group
This week, we’ve been discussing the Law of Attraction, what it is, what it isn’t and ways you can help bring your dreams and goals to fruition. So far we’ve discussed vision journals and vision boards. Today, I have Michele Wojciechowski as a guest blogger talking about voicing your intentions for your life among a group. Michele is an award-winning writer as well as an editor, humorist, and speaker. Michele leads a group in Maryland called The Intenders Circle, and voicing gratitude and making intentions is what they’re all about.
The Intenders Circle
By Michele Wojciechowski
Our group is an off-shoot of a national organization called Intenders of the Highest Good.
Our Intenders Circle is kind of like The Power of Positive Thinking meets The Secret. It’s about learning to use the Law of Attraction. Kerri and Marcia have already explained about the Law of Attraction. It’s not magic. It’s not as though you can simply ask for something and expect it to fall into your lap. But, in my relatively short tenure in the group, I have seen absolutely amazing things happen.
We meet twice a month. When the group settles in, we go around and introduce ourselves and then say either why we’re there or what intending has done for us. That way, new people get to know everyone and see how intending has worked. I then lead us in a short, guided meditation. This helps us all get centered and focused.
Next, I explain the Intention Process. Basically, we take time to write down our gratitudes—anything in our lives that we are thankful for. If you want to ask the Universe (or God or the Source or whatever you refer to it as) for something, it’s nice to say what you’re already thankful for. While I always am thankful for large things in my life like my husband and my friends, I always make sure to say a gratitude for something “little” like pizza (one of my favorite foods), a new picture I’ve hung in my living room, or something else that others might see as no big deal. I do this to show that appreciate even the smallest joys in my life. I think that’s important.
Then we take time to write our Intentions. Intentions are just things you want in your life—everything from financial gains and better jobs to better relationships and new friends. Nothing is too small or too large. I tell people to do two things with their Intentions: put them in the present tense and to begin them with either “I intend that I have…” or “I intend that I am…” In the reading I’ve done about the Intention Process, all seem to agree that by putting things in the present tense, you are acting as if you already have it, as if it is going on now. This allows your brain to believe that it’s so, and it starts focusing on ways to help you to get what you want.
I also tell the group to be specific. So how can you be specific? One way is that you can put a date on it. Like “I intend that my Web site is completed by March, 2010.” Or “I intend that I will have a completely organized home by the end of 2010.” It may seem scary at first because when you ask for something big like a new job or a new house or lots of money, and then you put a date on it, it makes it seem so real—just within your grasp.
And that’s the whole point.
Writing down your intentions makes you get specific, really specific about exactly what you want in life. What results is that you become more focused. You make decisions about what is important and how you really want your life to be.
This isn’t all about material possessions. But it’s okay to ask for those too.
We just have one rule in the group—everything you ask for has to be for the Highest Good. This means that you can’t intend that your mean boss gets fired. But you can intend that he finds a position more worthy of his talents. You’re wishing him well, while intending that your own work environment gets better.
After we’ve written down all our gratitudes and intentions, we go around the group and read them. After each person is finished, he or she says, “So be it.” And the group answers, “And so it is!” Then I clang a pair of tingshas together. I’ve been told that the bell-like sound helps to release the energy into the Universe. I know that sounds “woo woo” to some folks, so I add that I also just like to play with bells…
After we’ve gone around the table, we do some intentions for the shop and the owner who allows us to hold the meetings there. Then we hold hands, and I read a piece from The Intenders Handbook—we offer everything for the Highest Good and envision the energy we’ve created going into the Universe.
The group is non-denominational. It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you’re offering your intentions for the good of all.
What have I seen happen? Well, after the first meeting I attended, my husband, our friend, and I were headed to the car. Our friend had intended for money to come into his life. He looked down because he saw a bill on the ground. He thought it was a $5 bill. It was a $50.
This may seem like something small, but it was just the beginning. I intended that I would get more work in my field, and a month later, I got a month-long contract job that paid a lot of money. We began to intend for parking spaces in the most crowded shopping areas. We’d ask for a space in the front, and, you know what? It works.
People have asked for and gotten jobs, good relationships with family members or friends, courage, peace in their lives, and even money. In the last year, I’ve seen people have so many of their intentions come true.
Again, this doesn’t mean that you always get what you want when you intend. I had to take action to get that contract position. But I also had to believe that I would get the extra work that I wanted in my life.
I’ve also started a new business venture Welcome to Baltimore, Hon! The website also includes my self-syndicated humor column, Wojo’s World™. A few months after intending that I was doing standup comedy again, two opportunities presented themselves, and I began to get paid to do something I love.
When I began leading the Intenders Circle, I envisioned that our group would grow so much that the room wouldn’t hold everyone. That happened in November. Who knows where we’ll be this time next year.
Give intending a try. Trust me; it will change your life.
To receive Michele’s weekly humor column, Wojo’s World™, e-mail her at MWojoWrites@comcast.net.
Todays blog question:
Before this week, did you have any idea what The Law of Attraction was about? Have the posts this week changed your mind? If you intend to try using it, will it be through journaling, vision boards or organizing an intenders circle?
Stay tuned for a post later today announcing the winner of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vision Boards.”
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