Friday, March 28, 2014

When You Set an Intention for Yourself You Set it for the World

When we set an intention for ourselves, do we also set an intention for the world? Are we so connected that just our thoughts can set something in motion that we might not even be able to fathom? Something beyond just ourselves?

Each of us is energy. Energy that is connected. But energy that is also individuated. Our thoughts and emotions are also energy. Emotions = energy in motion.

So where does that energy go? After all, energy cannot ever die. It can only change form.

So when we intend something, what happens? Does anyone really know?

In my own life, I have set many intentions. One of which is to help others who have come from adversity. In particular, child abuse.

But what I do to help others cannot ever be measured. Not in any empirical sense. But I know in my heart that when I reach out to someone in some way, there is an effect. An intangible effect. But an effect just the same.

When we set the intention to raise a child in a certain way, we affect how that child will engage with the world. Not just as an end result. But throughout the process. Because that child will interact with us and others and affect everyone s/he engages with.
It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
  ~LR Knost
When we set the intention to change ourselves in some way rather than decide to change the world, the world does change. It has to because we are a part of it. We are directly connected to it.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
When we show kindness, we are positively affected. Not just in how it feels to be kind. But by the Universe.
Anonymously perform acts of kindness, without expecting anything in return, not even a thank-you. The universal all-creating Spirit responds to acts of kindness with the response: "How may I be kind to you?"
~Dr Wayne Dyer

The person on the receiving end of kindness is also positively affected. And that positivity reaches out to others. And so on and so on and so on.
 A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
~Amelia Earhart
When we love ourselves, we set the stage for how others will treat us. But the intention must first be to treat ourselves with the dignity and respect and love we deserve.
Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.
~Steve Maraboli
So, my answer is a resounding yes. I believe we do set an intention for the world when we set one for ourselves. How can we not?
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