Guest Blog: It’s All About Intention Baby!
I coined the quote “We’re all on a spiritual journey…some of us just don’t know it yet, ” because I truly believe that the reason we are here is that we are on an evolution of a spiritual journey, HOWEVER the word “spiritual” can bring to mind a variety of stereotypical visions. When I speak of spiritual, what I mean is simply our connection to ourselves and our higher power.
In the following blog written by Joanne Cook, she states, “I took great comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone in my searching.” …And she certainly isn’t!
More and more people are searching for something, and I can say with the greatest of confidence that the reason we are searching for something, or feeling disconnected, or feeling lost, or feeling purposeless…I could go on, is because we have lost our connection to knowing ourselves and to tapping into the guidance and resources of our higher power.
When I use the term “higher power” I am not referring to some totally out there, voodoo concept. Whether you want to call it Universe, Source, God, Higher Self, it doesn’t matter…as you will read about in the following blog. Enjoy!
It’s all about intention baby! by Joanne Cook
A few months ago, I attended an all-day spiritual retreat. When I heard about it, I instinctively said yes. I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to get in some “me” time, spend a day on an acreage, nestled in the beautiful foothills surrounded by like-minded people. So I agreed to it.
After I registered, I started thinking “What the hell is a “spiritual retreat?” I knew of Vince Vaughn and his movie Couples Retreat. I have been treated (by my husband) to a spa retreat. But a spiritual retreat! What were the expectations?
Did I have to know how to chant monk-style? What do I wear – Broomstick skirt? Tie-die? Birkenstocks? It was encouraged we bring a yoga mat. Was I going to have to downward dog for the group? It was also suggested we bring a crystal. I don’t have one. I have, what I think, is a crystal vase I never use. Do I cart that along?
After all my speculation, what it turned out to be was a group of 22 people, mainly women, in varying stages of their lives… all “looking for something”. They all know there is more to this thing we call life and they all came together for this one day, to try to get closer to whatever that is.
Instantly, my apprehension was gone. I took great comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone in my searching.
There was a lot of information provided throughout the day. It focused mainly on centering yourself and clearing away the clutter enough to ask the questions and hear the answers. The retreat was hosted by a lovely woman named Annette, whose very energy was calming and grounded. You could see she lived her life in an authentic and clean way. To achieve that, she practices various techniques, rich in ceremony and ritual. That is what she was trying to teach the rest of us.
I’ve got to be honest. I found it all a little overwhelming. There were techniques and methods all with different steps and layered phases. You had to sit a certain way while looking a certain way while saying a certain thing. What if I crossed my eyes and stretched out my legs? Would I have 7 years of bad luck? What if I chanted the wrong thing? Would my chakras align to create inner turmoil and havoc? Would I cast a spell on my family and friends?
While I understood the guiding principals and I knew what the point was (manifesting your own life and tuning in with your higher self/God/Universe/whatever-you-want-to-call-it), I was lost in the detail of it all. That’s when my dear friend Trisha Savoia, who also attended the retreat, brought to me a sense of clarity.
True intention speaks louder than words
Essentially, her point is this. It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, as long as the intent is there. Phew! Big sigh of relief. That made sense to me. In the end, as long as you are asking God with a pure heart and your intentions are true, the overall way of asking isn’t as relevant.
I think over time, one can work up to including different methods in their practice. I believe in the power of asking and I believe in the power of meditation. I know there are certain elements that expedite the process and increase your personal vibration. And maybe in time, I’ll get there too.
But for now, I take great comfort in knowing that I am not being left behind, if I don’t sit cross-legged on the floor, with my eyes looking upward to the right, so my chakras get cleared. Hell, I’m not even sure what chakras are, never mind what color they are and why they need clearing.
For now, I will continue doing what works for me, as long as my intentions are true. And maybe from time-to-time, I’ll wear my Birkenstocks for good measure.
Trisha Savoia is founder/owner of Absolute Awareness, and creator of the Moms Who Want More Program. Through her programs, writing, and speaking she uses her skills and experience as a mother, teacher, & Clinical Hypnotherapist to mentor moms who want more out of their lives – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.