A few weeks ago, Axel’s mom called him an “aging hippie.” And then Richard Oliver called us hippies. So we got to thinking about the values that the hippies espoused and how we use them to make life and work better. That, after all, is all the hippies really wanted. That, and good free drugs.
But there’s one thing we didn’t give much space to: the power of intention—the idea that thinking something is a powerful step in making it happen. Abso-fucking-lutely. Happily, Steve Pavlina is two years ahead of us. Here’s a taste:
You might assume that the cause of an effect would be a series of physical and mental actions leading up to that effect. Action-reaction. If your goal is to make dinner, then you might think the cause would be the series of preparation steps.
To an outside observer, that certainly appears to be the case. The scientific method would suggest that this is how things work, based on a purely objective observation.
However, within your own consciousness, you know that the series of action steps is not the real cause. The actions are themselves an effect, arenâ€™t they?
Whatâ€™s the real cause? The real cause is the decision you made to create that effect in the first place. Thatâ€™s the moment you said to yourself, â€œLet it beâ€ or â€œmake it so.â€ At some point you decided to make dinner. That decision may have been subconscious, but it was still a decision. Without that decision the dinner would never manifest. That decision ultimately caused the whole series of actions and finally the manifestation of your dinner.
Steve, we hereby set the intention to one day thank you in person. Rock on.