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The power of intention

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, aren’t they?

What’s the real cause? The real cause is the decision you made to create that effect in the first place. That’s the moment you said to yourself, “Let it be” or “make it so.” 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.

2 Responses to “The power of intention”

  1. Richard Oliver Says:

    Josh, just a tiny correction. I didn’t say that you and Axel were hippies. I did say that you might be “the children or grandchildren of the sixties, without the crap”, which is something a bit different. Now I know making this distinction sounds a bit pompous, but I only raise this because I think that we are danger of losing the Sixties as a valuable resource.

    What is genrally being remembered is some of the superficial stuff, like kids with flowers in their hair. What is being forgotten is that it was a time of radical experiments in different ways of living and learning, of challenging orthodoxies and of thinking in more open, less rigid ways.

    Now, of course, some of what came out of the buzz and energy of this process was crap. But, as Axel is finding reading R.D.Laing, there is stuff there that challenges many of our current assumptions. We may end up disagreeing with it, but the encounter does get us thinking and, maybe, suggests some new ways forward.

    What really concerns me is that there are lessons to be learned from the Sixties about things that worked and things that didn’t. All the stuff like, “If you remember it, you weren’t there” and the focus on hippies rather than all the other experiments that were going on, kind of neutralises the memories of some of the ideas and ways of being, which may be more powerful and practical today than they were then.

  2. josh kamler Says:

    Richard: Sorry for the misquote. But know that we took it as a compliment.

    And yes, you are absolutely right. Which is why we’re embracing those “hippie” ways of thinking and being that we think are more useful today than they were in the Sixties.

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