Almost anyone you talk to will agree that Intention is fundamental to creating anything you want in life. We all possess a variety of Desires. Every day we work on the task of creating the circumstances that allow those Desires to manifest into realities in our experience. Every day we are more or less successful in that effort. But most people will agree that Desire without the energy of Intention is basically just a wish; it is impotent; something you hope for, but without the power to make it happen.
An equally important (but much less heralded) energy in the process of creation is the energy of Willingness. Willingness gets a lot less press, probably because at first glance it seems to contradict Intention, and everybody knows that without Intention, nothing gets done. So Willingness is easy to overlook.
But the truth is that all three energies — Willingness, Desire and Intention — are necessary in order to create anything, so it may be helpful to look more closely at the relationship between the three to get a sense of how that plays out.
Willingness (sometimes also called “Surrender”) is a wide-open, receptive stance that carries a huge payload of “YES!” energy with it. No matter how strong your Desire, at some point you have to turn it over. You have to let go, get out of your own way and release any resistance you have, any controls you have put in place to protect yourself. Willingness is where you allow whatever needs to be, to be.
But Desire seems to be the opposite of that- it’s very focused, passionate and insistent. It wants what it wants and it doesn’t want anything else. As strongly as it is “FOR” something, to that exact degree it is, essentially “AGAINST” anything else.
Traditionally we get around this apparent conflict by resolving to intend outcomes rather than intending the means by which we might achieve those outcomes. So we ask for what we want but not how we want it to get here. This way we activate the energy of Willingness and the energy of Desire by only partially engaging with each.
But there is some treasure to be had by digging even more deeply into the nature of the relationship between the three energies of Desire, Willingness and Intention. Once we understand how Intention relates to Willingness and to Desire, and how Resistance plays its part in the system, then we can more easily understand our own role in the dynamic.
Resistance is really the tool of your ego mind, generated by your fear, and often it is the fear of wanting something badly and the fear of loss and the fear of failure and the fear of change that will keep you from intending anything at all. Your ego mind will activate Resistance in an effort to eliminate your capacity for clear Intention. The degree to which Resistance is activated will determine the degree to which you can or cannot access your Intention at any given time.
Instead, because your Intention has been diminished, you find yourself engaged in a polarized version of the story, where your Desire (what you want most) is placed in opposition to your Willingness (what you are able to allow). And once these energies are set up as a polarity (e.g. “I want it more than anything, but in order to have it I have to stop wanting it and allow myself not to have it!?!?!?!??! WHAT??!?”) you find yourself resisting both your Desire and your Willingness and moving between the two energies, unable to rest at either pole, and completely unable to muster up Intention for anything.
The polarized dynamic is ultimately a strategy of the ego mind designed to keep you out of your Intention. It asks you to believe in a very stark, clearly defined, cut-and-dried, linear understanding of movement. It asks for a linear trajectory. It asks for a Pass/Fail mentality. It asks for a chronological order to time. And it most of all it asks for you literally to choose sides.
Now your deep knowing is that Intention carries the energy of both sides, and MORE sides. The energy of Intention is multi-dimensional. It operates on many levels, engaging simultaneously with the energy of Desire and the energy of Willingness. It actually positions itself between the energy of Desire and the energy of Willingness, forming a bridge between the two and completing the circuit.
Intention is sophisticated enough, organic enough, to allow for apparent contradictions within itself without distorting its power. Intention can allow inconsistency without losing any of its focus, or payload. It can encompass both ends of the spectrum and everything in between.
So Resistance would try diminish, and distort, and diffuse the power of your Intention by setting limits and boundaries that cut off the flow of energy and cut you off from the flow of energy. The job of Resistance, as activated by your ego-mind, is literally to curtail the flow of energy to you, and from you, and through you. But power, flow, and current — these are the active energies of Intention. Activating Intention by releasing Resistance plugs you in, quite literally, to great power.
Intention is the dynamic – the tension between the two energies of Desire and Willingness. In fact, it is the alternating current between the two — allowing the two to create a dynamic tension that is electric — that is the role and the “power” of Intention.
So, you can see that this is a really lovely construct, with Intention forming a beautiful circuit between the energy of Willingness and the energy of Desire, allowing both to exist simultaneously. When Resistance has been released, and the energy is allowed to flow freely between these poles, they inform and amplify one another. Your Intention forms the circuit and there is no conflict, just power from and through both. It is a harmonious juxtaposition of two complementary energies. Just becoming aware of this construct can be a huge relief energetically if you have been laboring under the illusion that you needed to abandon your Willingness in order to fulfill your Desire, or vice versa.
As you go forward take a moment to recognize the significant and powerful role that each of these energies provides in your creation. Allow yourself to sense the sophisticated, organic , multi-dimensional nature of Intention, and allow yourself to trust it. Let your new understanding of the dynamic help you to identify when your ego mind is trying to wrap you up in Resistance, by pointing out contradictions, and conflicts. Know that your Intention can encompass contradictions and take them in stride. You are not asked to decide. You are asked, instead, to expand. Instead of identifying with either your Desire or your Willingness – see if you can identify with your expansive Intention and complete the circuit between them to power up your capacity to create.
This post is a part of the Soul Salon, a monthly discussion of the topics that move our Spirit. For a list of all of the Soul Salon posts check out the full line up here (http://openroadscoaching.com/soul-salon-intention/ )