Thursday ~ The Law of Intention and Desire
The fifth spiritual law of yoga is the Law of Intention and Desire, which is based upon the recognition that at the level of the quantum field there is nothing other than energy and information. This quantum field, which is really just another name for the field of pure potentiality, is influenced by intention and desire.
As a human being, you experience the quantum field subjectively as your own thoughts, feelings, memories, desires, needs, expectations, fantasies, and beliefs. You experience the same field objectively as your physical body and the physical world. At the level of the field, the collection of thoughts called your mind and the collection of molecules called your body are different disguises of the same underlying reality. The ancient yogic sages had an expression for this realisation.
“Tat Tvam Asi,” which translates as, “I am that, you are that, all this is that, and that’s all there is.”
If you accept that your personal body is not separate from the body of the universe, then by consciously changing the energy and informational content of your own body, you can influence the energy and information of your extended body—your environment, your world. This influence is activated by two qualities inherent in consciousness: attention and intention. Attention enlivens while intention transforms.
If you want something to grow stronger in your life, direct more of your attention to it. If you want something to diminish in your life, withdraw your attention from it. Intention, on the other hand, catalyses the transformation of energy and information into new forms and expressions. According to ancient yogic principles, your intention has organising power.
Accomplished yogis are masters of attention and intention. They can influence components of their physiology in ways that modern science used to think were impossible. Yogis can raise and lower their blood pressure, speed up or slow down their heart rates, increase or decrease their body temperature, and bring their respiratory system and metabolic activity to almost imperceptible levels. As you become increasingly adept at governing your own body through the Law of Intention and Desire, you will also experience your intentions being increasingly supported by nature.
You can learn to harness the power of the Law of Intention and Desire in your yoga practice and in your life by following these three steps:
- Be clear about your intentions and desires. On a regular basis, take the time to write down a list of those things you would like to see manifest in your life. Review your intentions and desires prior to beginning your yoga practice and prior to your time of silent meditation. Modify your list as your desires are fulfilled or transformed and observe how your intentions and desires evolve. When you take the time to document what you desire in your heart and mind, you accelerate the process of manifesting your desires in the world.
- Even as you bring your intentions and desires into conscious awareness, surrender the outcome to nature. Cultivate an attitude of trusting that when things are not going exactly the way you intend them to, there is a grander design at work. You can probably identify times in your life when things were not going according to your plan, only to realise later that something better was waiting for you around the corner. When performing your yoga poses, maintain this inner attitude of surrender. Attend to and release your intentions as you move through your postures and watch the result in your yoga practice and in your life.
- Remind yourself to practice present moment awareness in all your actions. Do not allow any obstacles to consume or dissipate the quality of your attention in the present moment. As you engage in a pose, be fully in the present, remembering that being in the moment empowers your most cherished intentions and desires.
To awaken the energy of the solar plexus and the Spiritual Law of Intentions and Desires.
Mantra ~ Om Ritam Namah My intentions and desires are in alignment with and supported by nature’s intelligence
Chakra ~ The Law of Intention and Desires is most lively in the third chakra, Manipura, the radiating gem, is the seat of power. When energy is flowing freely through Manipura, we have the courage and capacity to translate our intentions into actions.
Asana ~ Warrior I & II, Triangle, Plank, Chair, Crow Pose.
Deepak Chopra ~ “India’s ancient wisdom tradition teaches that ‘intent is a force of nature.’ Intent operates universally and at the individual level – in fact, in the cosmic mind, there is no difference between the two. We are all part of a single, infinite field of intelligence and we are each a co-creator with the universe. Intention is our most powerful tool in this continually unfolding process. Find your centre, look deeply into your heart and release your intention when you sense it is in alignment with your essential self. Then, nature will support the orchestration of its fulfilment.