Will matters and your will is free.
First. What is intention, friends?
To intend is to know you will do something. How often do we actually know that we will do something?
As you know, the road to hell is filled with good intentions. Indeed. Actually, peoples ideas of intention are often misguided.
Intention is a lie? Because you can’t cross a bridge until you come across one. You can’t know what is on the other side until you are there and facing it. This is true.
Perhaps intention is focus? Well… It’s visible in focus, yes. How many people seem to actually control their focus? I very seldom expect anyone to carry through on their stated intention, so I would say seldom.
Perhaps the first thing to clear up is the difference between thought and intention. They are not the same thing. People think many things of themselves. People have ideas about what they believe, what they can do, where they stand in society and the world. How often are these accurate?
I read once where men’s are over estimated and women’s are under. And neither are accurate. This is true. So people say what they think. But do they say what they really know?
Not always. Not often. This is why some people speak so powerfully and most do not. My friend speaks from her knowing. This is why she makes such a powerful impression on us, even if she is just goofing with us.
This reminds me of those very animated priests you see on TV. I never see them in an every day church. Most of the truly spiritual members of the big three are generally unwilling to take on the role of priest. It creates a sense of conflict in them. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. I exclude Buddhism because, although it is much more numerous, it doesn’t have the political agenda. No Buddhist monks want to be politicians. Buddhism is related to agenda by helping people realize agendas are choices and not facts.
Now, it would seem at this point that there is no such thing as genuine intention, no? This too is a mistaken notion. True intention as people define it is not so great a thing, but we all have genuine intention. We are just taught to ignore it. We have a will to live, a will to wake, a will to love. But our true intentions go beyond just our biological needs. We have a will to see things in the world. A will to grow more in harmony with the world and the people we love. We have a will to peace. True intention is not just about universals either.
Is there a reason you call the one you want to marry your intended? Yes. If your statement of your hearts desire is a genuine awareness of your feelings.
Is that anything like our perception of nature’s ongoing quest for steady state? Lokahi? Balance with all? Indeed it is. Inside our beings, and among our people, and our extended people. This is why so many Americans seem so frustrated. They have ideas, but no real intention.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.