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The power of intent and commitment

I was reminded recently how powerful intent and commitment can be. A friend had been having some problems and had asked me to do a healing journey to see if I could help out. The day of the request, I popped upstairs and let my spirit helpers know about the request. Lately I have noticed that I will get a “feeling” when it is time to do the actual journey, and the feeling hit me the next evening.

The day after the journey my friend emailed me to let me know that after she made the request, that a lot of things in her life started to fall in place and improve. In other words, the healing had began at the time she set the intent by asking me to help. I sent her my report on what I found and told her I would look in on her again just to make sure nothing else had come up.

Physical symptoms are not necessarily connected to physical dis-eases or injuries, and can sometimes occur to get our attention; to alert us to something we need to change or pay attention to in our lives.

Intent is an incredibly powerful tool, and once we set the intent for something in our lives to change, those benevolent spirits on the other side swing into action, and things begin to change to support our new direction.

In shamanic healing work, intent on the part of the person requesting the healing is an integral part of the process and opens the person’s energy field so the spirits can do their job, and has a lot to do with how successful the healing will be. That is one of the reasons that shamans do not offer their services, but wait to be asked. Intent is in the asking. If you were to offer the help, the person may accept so as not to seem ungrateful, but unless they are open to it, and committed, healing will be limited.

Some time ago I had popped upstairs to connect with my spirit guides and make a request of them, and got the indication that it was necessary for me to make a commitment before the requested change would take place. I wasn’t sure what I was actually committing to, but as I laid down that night for the journey, I became aware of what I had to commit to. After getting to my sacred garden and asking my cosmic committee to meet with me, I made the commitment and it was as if the clock had just struck midnight at a new years eve party. I can still see the mass of spirits that were there for the event, and especially the little woman that walked over to me smiling, pumping her fist in the air and saying, “Yes! Yes! Yes.” As she got to me, she took my hand in hers and said, “Now your life begins.”

If you are looking to make a change in your life my suggestion is that you get it clear in your mind what you want, and then find a few minutes of quiet time to state your intent. It doesn’t require that you have experience journeying or meditating, just get yourself comfortable, let your body relax and feel a channel open up to your oversoul (you-there). Don’t worry if you don’t actually feel a channel open, you are always connected to your oversoul. Greet your oversoul and then state your intent, and always remember to end it by expressing your gratitude.


  1. Irene Blanck

    Jun 2, 2007 at 7:50 am

    Hi Richard

    Again, a wonderful piece. I love your practical advice. I will be printing this to keep handy to read it again and again.

    With love

  2. Thank you Irene. So much of our lives is lived by default, using the tools we have unconsciously. Once we become aware of the tools and begin to use them consciously, magic happens.

  3. Carlos Castaneda said: “In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shamans call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.”

    The word intention connotes that the self is the initiator, who makes a deliberate choice to act on a creative impulse.

    It is linking this “intent” of ours to cosmic energy that leads to a birthing into the physical world — a manifestation.

    “Now your life begins.”

  4. Brightfeather, thank you for the wonderful comment, and as you say, it is in making the choice that the “magic” begins to happen. It certainly has for me.

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