INTENTION IS THE life force between where you are and where you are meant to be. Where we are and where we are meant to be. It is an active energy. It is alive. It flows with you where you go. Physically and spiritually. Intention is a guiding frequency. How you interact with it is very important because intention is sensitive to and impacted by words. It is impacted by feelings. It is impacted by your state of mind. So befriend intention. As with any relationship, be honest with intention. Be clear. Be sincere, for when you consult with intention, it will change your life because intention listens. Intention brings. Intention opens. Intention reveals. Intention will bring you closer to yourself. Closer to the memory of who you really are and what you are meant to offer in this lifetime. Intention will nourish you. Intention will protect and clear your path.
So, remember when you plant an intention, like when planting a seed, nourish it. Water it. Lather it with love. Be clear on what you want to experience and feel. Focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual outcomes in that journey. Everything that comes after is a teaching. Call in what you want to learn, and then, surrender. Let intention’s energy guide you. Let intention show you the way. We are at the cusp of a new Earth. Who do you want to be? What do you want to contribute? Remember that we don’t just set intentions. We pray with them. We connect to them. We honor and acknowledge the energy within them. It is a very intimate, involved, and committed relationship.
WHEN I STARTED deepening my relationship with intention, I used vision boards as a reference. I started by first inviting myself to think about things I wanted to bring into my life—things I sometimes feared even thinking about because they felt so distant and impossible. Vision boards helped me visually compile these things I wanted to live and experience. Things I wanted to feel and have in my life. I spent years collaging and making vision boards.
I then transitioned into writing rather than collaging. I prefer words over images at times, so the transition was organic. I started writing out my vision boards. I separated things in categories: Home, Work, Creative, Pleasure, Family, Relationships, Life Path, Care Practices. The more I made the vision boards, the more I felt that they were taking me into the world of intention. I noticed my writing shifting, my intentions becoming clearer. More genuine. More grounded. More connected to my heart. When this transition happened, I noticed a huge shift in my life. I was no longer calling anything in. I was simply accepting my path. My calling. I was being guided by the energy of intention.
I spent time reflecting on what my relationship was to asking, receiving, requesting, communicating, imagining, and feeling. I recognized how much I had been impacted by generational and colonial trauma. It was hard to connect with intention when I had shame and guilt around all of those things. I wondered: I have to slowly recover my relationship to worth? To requesting and receiving? My ancestors had so much taken away and burned at the hands of colonialism. They experienced—and continue to experience—so much violence. They learned to feel worthless. To forget their medicine. To hide it in order to survive. To forget how supported and nourished we were by our relationship to the earth and to the universe, and how we nourished them in return. All this wisdom was stripped from us.