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Monday, February 25, 2008

Intention and desire

In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra writes about 'The law of intention and desire.' In what he calls the field of pure potentiality, we can introduce an intention and so 'put the cosmic computer with its infinite organizing power to work for you.' Intention, he goes on to say, 'lays the groundwork for the effortless, spontaneous, frictionless flow of pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest' (p.72).

But what is this thing called intention? Deepak defines intention as 'desire combined with detachment.' To quote: 'The future is something you can always create through detached intention, but you shuld never struggle against the present' (p.73).

So many people do exactly this - struggle against the present. The present is what it is, and one must accept it. But one can also intend a new future. It seems to me that a more helpful term is to choose. 'Intention' or 'detached desire' basically comes down to choosing the future. Don't just desire it, don't just dream about it, don't work hard for it, choose it.

Talking of the law of attraction as expounded by the movie 'The Secret,' jmsherer ( says that

'there is a key element that needs to be inserted into “the secret” in order for it to truly work miracles. (Warning the following statement may ruin the law of Attraction for many) Unfortunately, the element that makes law of attraction work miracles is no secret at all.
The element that I speak of is unrelenting uncompromising DESIRE. The DESIRE to get what you want out of life comes only after you have ABSOLUTELY made up your mind that you WILL achieve something. The ability to burn all bridges, cut all ties, and accept no defeat will instantaneously bring us our hearts desires. The DESIRE must be firmly ingrained in a persons mind before thought can actually transform into an object of reality. I am a big fan of “the secret” and I believe the creators of the film would agree with me on this point. '

I think that this is another way of saying the same thing. If you have made up your mind to do something or have something, then you have chosen it. And that's that.


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