In the Energy and Flow of Intention
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In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

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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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

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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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.
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"RELEASE + SET FREE" © Sean Guerra.

RELEASE + SET FREE

I felt a heavy weight, but also the levity of letting go the cargas that were not meant for me to hold any longer. At the same time, I heard about relatives and close friends losing loved ones dear to them. Having lost two cousins in the past three years, I could empathize with the grief from the loss of a family member and wanted to give the intention of a soulful prayer for our collective journey of healing.

Sean Guerra's art
"SEEING + GUIDING TEMPLES" © Sean Guerra.

SEEING + GUIDING TEMPLES

I felt lost but still connected, searching for guidance. On a jog, I looked up and saw sprawling branches illuminated by a street lamp. It felt as if even though the world around me was falling apart, staying in tune with the senses and looking within for guidance and ancestral wisdom could lead me out of the darkness.

Sean Guerra's art
"REVELATIONS: 20/20" © Sean Guerra.

REVELATIONS: 20/20

This piece came about after looking in the mirror, accepting the mistakes I had made, and throwing my past selves through the portal in the hopes that I could shift and leave the baggage behind by cultivating self-acceptance.

I had also learned about the mythical land of “Fusang,” which some believe is an ancient Asian depiction of Mesoamerica, with references to the maguey plant. It helped me embrace nuanced perspectives of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, shedding the tired tropes of Aztlán and European “discovery,” for in truth it is possible that tri-continental migration and cross-cultural solidarity were already happening before European colonizers came. My introduction to Mesoamerica was by way of the Mixtec Codex Zouche-Nuttall, which documents the history and royal genealogies of the pueblo de la lluvia, so I was also accepting the path of reading symbols and following the rain god, Dzahui.

Sean Guerra's art
"THIS IS MESOAMERICA: JAGUARS IN THE SKY" © Sean Guerra.

THIS IS MESOAMERICA: JAGUARS IN THE SKY

This piece was inspired by a 2017 article called “The Roar of the Rain: A Late Preclassic Jaguar Pedestal Sculpture from Southern Mesoamerica,” by Andrew D. Turner, which draws the connection between Mesoamerican rain gods and jaguars.

Turner states, “The Olmecs, who produced the earliest monumental artwork in Mesoamerica, associated the jaguar with rain and, by extension, agricultural fertility. The famed artist and scholar Miguel Covarrubias first noted that the Olmec rain god, which was the precursor to the major rain deities of ancient Mesoamerica—Chahk of the Maya, Cocijo of the Zapotecs, [Dzahui of the Mixtecs], and Tlaloc of Central Mexico—was based on a jaguar prototype.”

Since I had been aligning myself with the Mixtec codices following Dzahui, I found this to be a revelation that in turn helped me to flip the Eurocentric history of settler colonialism on its head and offer a liberated pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, symbolized by the maguey plant, in its place.

Sean Guerra's art
"BRIDGES ARE TEMPLES: WE ARE THE SKY" © Sean Guerra.

BRIDGES ARE TEMPLES: WE ARE THE SKY

This piece was inspired by a print by Leopoldo Méndez of the Taller de Gráfica Popular titled “León de La Barra, the White President” (1947), in which Zapata soldiers are in the clouds pointing their rifles and bayonets downwards like lightning bolts upon the bourgeoisie.

The symbolism and title was also inspired by the revelatory writings of “third world women of color” in This Bridge Called My Back (1981), along with the moment and movement of artistic solidarity shown between the Black Panther Party and the Zapatistas of Chiapas as described in Zapantera Negra (2017), and the mural entitled “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” in Chicano Park, San Diego. Rain has been associated with jaguars and feminine energy since the first Mesoamerican civilization of the Olmecs, and African and Indigenous resistance has been at the forefront of social justice movements.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

In the Energy and Flow of Intention

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. 

Divider image - wind icon

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.

Through writing my vision boards, asking and receiving, I started delving on a deeper journey with my ancestors. I was learning how to trust them again. How to trust me again. Unlearning shame, guilt, fear, doubt. I explored this disconnection within me, and intention helped guide me. Intention helped me find myself. Intention helped me find all those ancestors that were waiting to connect with me. Everything became clear. I started understanding the support I needed to trust intention. 

My vision boards transformed. I shifted from "what I wanted" to "what I wanted to feel." For example, I went from writing “I want to make my own schedule” to “I am supported and happy doing what I love" or "I want a job where I don't feel so much unnecessary stress" to “I am relaxed when I am working,” “I feel nourished by my day-to-day life.”  Focusing on the feeling was an important shift. It opened space for me to imagine beyond what I did not want. Opening ourselves to what we want to feel takes time, especially if we have to unpack or process feelings connected to what we deserve or what we are worthy of. 

These ideas further transitioned into a deeper awareness of how I wanted my work to be received in the community. I started by writing “I want my work to be respected and received in the community” and transitioned to “The work I create is intentional and a genuine reflection of me.” I no longer left it simply to fate. I invited intention in. I put the responsibility of this reciprocity on me. I was the one who would create that energy for myself and intention would guide the way. I found the frequency of my own destiny. The shift in my intentions created a shift in my life. I went from being able to describe what I wanted to how I wanted to feel. It further expanded to reflect my truth, calling, and destiny in the world.

This process takes time. It takes commitment. It takes consistency. So, commit. Commit to yourself. Commit to your dreams and desires. Commit to your path. Commit to your purpose. Know that this commitment does not require that you exclude community. It requires a grounding in self to then have an impact in the world.


Top image: Photo of Berenice Dimas standing under a tree. © Berenice Dimas.

The Practice of Intention

1

If possible, play music that inspires you to be calm. This is the time to look inward. Turn off any external distractions; silence your phone.

2

Close your eyes, taking a moment to “feel” how different and peaceful it is to have the eyes closed.

3

Take three very slow and deep breaths, trying to fill out the bottom of your lungs. Inhale and exhale slowly.

4

With either hand, take a little bit of tobacco or some dry herbs—like lavender, sage, rosemary, basil, rose petals, a combination of all of them, or imagine them, if you don’t have any. In the Curanderismo tradition, it is believed that these plants have energy that can help us communicate more deeply with the spirit realm, and focus with concentration and a sense of calm.

5

Place your hand with the herbs at the center of your chest. That is the area known as the heart chakra. Take another deep and slow breath.

6

Very slowly, start directing your attention to one or more of the emotions mentioned before: love, gratitude, happiness, and peace.

7

Then, also very slowly, start your prayer, being careful that you genuinely mean what you are saying. If you are reciting a prayer in another language, make sure you say it first in your native language and then in the other language.

8

At the end of each sentence from your prayer, add a vibration of any of the emotions. Once you feel the emotions, move them throughout your body until it is vibrating. This is a very important step because this vibration is creating electromagnetic energy that will help you manifest what you are asking for.

9

Carry on with your prayer until you are done. Remember not to rush. By the end, your body should be vibrating, and from there you are going to send gratitude to the Universe, to the spirits, to your ancestors, to everyone for hearing your prayer and making it happen.

10

If you are conducting a ceremony or ritual, empowering a place or a spiritual tool, asking for healing, or something similar, you can cup your hands and transfer all of these beautiful energies into your hands and into the mixture of herbs. Then you can offer these herbs by placing them on your altar (if you have one), placing your hands on the part of the body that you want to heal, or offering the herbs to Mother Earth.

11

Finish by staying still for a moment, just feeling this beautiful energy that you have created.

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