Intention and intent are the keys to all healing. No matter how many times I say it, I still won’t be able to emphasise it enough. If you can get the intent right, everything else will follow. If the intent is wrong, you’ll only ever be an average healer. Intention will transform your work, and transform your life. It is your route into another world.
Energy will always follow intention. In the world of Chinese energy arts, the link between intention and energy has been a given for over four thousand years. Qigong relies on the exercising of intention to direct internal energy around the body. Taiji, Bagua and Xing Yi are all based on the mind focusing energy, and leading it to where the practitioner needs it. Indeed, Xing Yi, an art I have studied through its energy aspects, translates as ‘Form-Intention Boxing’. At a high level, movement stops being conscious, directed by the brain and muscles, and becomes energetic, and instantaneous. Energy and intention are yin and yang, two parts of one whole. Master one, and you must master the other. You learn everything, or you’ll learn nothing. Intention is everything.
In his superb book, The Way of Qigong, Kenneth Cohen, a renowned Qigong master, discusses Yi Nian Zhi Liao, which translates as ‘Mind-Intent Healing’. In this process, the Qigong practitioner thinks of healing the patient, and the patient improves. It’s instantaneous, and does not depend on the proximity of the patient to the healer. Just the thought, or the intention, of the healer, is enough to produce a healing response. This is exactly the same process as I use to heal people from a distance, whether it’s a mile, or ten thousand miles, the intention is the same, and the result is the same. Cohen suggests that this process does not involve energy transfer, as it happens too quickly. He quotes the work of Dr Larry Dossey, who suggests we consider “the possibility of another, immeasurable correlate that does not behave like ‘energy’: consciousness itself”. I beg to differ, as we know energy exists purely as dynamic bundles of information, patterns endlessly repeating themselves, pure potential, and as such, no energy needs to be transferred. Information exchange is instant, as consciousness itself is energy, simultaneously a wave and a particle. So I believe he is right to suggest consciousness is involved, but wrong to make a distinction between consciousness, energy and energy exchange. All are one.
“You are what your deepest desire is.
As your desire is, so is your intention.
As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny.”
So before we go any further, I think its appropriate to look closely at intent, and intention, and define exactly what we are talking about. As in my book Rogue Healer, I make no apologies in borrowing a definition from brilliant American healer and Qigong master, Michael Lomax.
INTENT: Non-linear, quantum-level event with no limitations. The mind is not involved. Requires energy to have manifestation. Instantaneous. High Level Qi projection with manifested healing is an example.
INTENTION: Initiated by and monitored by mind. Linear, time involved with a finite limitation. Requires concentration to have manifestation. Visualisation is an example.
Lomax, Michael. A Light Warrior’s Guide to High Level Energy Healing (Medical Qigong and a Shaman’s Healing Vision)
So in intent and intention, we have two very similar words, with very similar meanings, yet apparently springing from different sources. Intention is quite a buzz word at the moment, but in many ways it’s the least powerful and easiest to understand of the two. It’s also the one you’ll have most connection with, on a daily basis. Start with intention and it will generate intent. But what does it mean ?
Intention comes from the mind, and as such, it is a transitory state, lasting for as long as the mind is able to focus on a specific task or goal. When you start a healing session, your intention should be clear. I am sure that’s very obvious. There is nothing too clever about forming a healing intention. But it needs to make sense to you, and reflect your understanding and eventual goal. Mine would probably be along the lines of;
I intend to heal, to the very best of my ability, for the very highest and greatest good of the patient, without prejudice, ego or agenda, to bring about wholeness and integrity.
Something of a mouthful, perhaps, but I think it generally sums up my intention, either spoken or unspoken, when I am going about my healing work. I don’t think about it every time I perform a healing session. I may not even think about it from one day to the next. I don’t need to. It’s clearly formed and it is focused. I know what I am doing, and I know what I want to happen. To make intention work for us, and not against us, it always requires focus. It insists we know what we are doing, and needs us to be clear about our goals and our methods of attaining those goals.
Every moment is a moment of intention. It must be, as our minds are constantly working, creating the world around us. Therefore every moment is a moment of creation too, since our intention is what forms the now. For most of us, this is an unconscious act, as we have lost the realisation that we can control and focus our intention, to create the world we want. You create your world, every second of every day. I create mine in the same way. Together, we create everything we see. It conforms to what we expect and what we desire. We get exactly what we create. Life is completely intentional.
Extract from Strong Medicine – The Handbook of Healing