THE LAW of INTENTION and DESIRE
Inherent in every intention and desire is the
mechanics for its fulfillment. . . intention and desire
in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organiz- ing power.
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And when we introduce an intention in the fer-
tile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite
organiyng power to work for us.
In the beginning there was desire, which was the first seed of mind; sages, having meditated in
their hearts, have discovered by their wisdom the
connection of the existent with the non-existent.
— The Hymn of Creation, The Rig Veda
The fifth spiritual law of success is the Law of Intention and Desire. This law is based on the fact that energy and information exist everywhere in nature. In fact, at the
level of the quantum field, there is nothing other than energy and information. The
quantum field is just another label for the field of pure consciousness or pure potentiality. And
this quantum field is influenced by intention and desire. Let’s examine this process in detail.
A flower, a rainbow, a tree, a blade of grass, a human body, when broken down to their essential components, are energy and information. The whole universe, in its essential nature, is the movement of energy and information. The only difference between you and a tree is the informational and energy content of your respective bodies.
On the material level, both you and the tree are made up of the same recycled elements:
mostly carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements in minute amounts. You could
buy these elements in a hardware store for a couple of dollars. The difference, therefore, be- tween you and the tree is not the carbon, or the hydrogen, or the oxygen. In fact; you and the tree are constantly exchanging your carbon and oxygen with each other. The real difference between the two of you is in the energy and in the information.
In the scheme of nature, you and I are a privileged species. We have a nervous system that
is capable of becoming aware of the energy and informational content of that localized field that gives rise to our physical body. We experience this field subjectively as our own thoughts, feelings, emotions, desires, memories, instincts, drives, and beliefs. This same field is experi- enced objectively as the physical body — and through the physical body, we experience this
field as the world. But it’s all the same stuff. That is why the ancient seers exclaimed, “I am that,
you are that, all this is that, and that’s all there is.”
Your body is not separate from the body of the universe, because at quantum mechanical levels there are no well-defined edges. You are like a wiggle, a wave, a fluctuation, a convolu- tion, a whirlpool, a localized disturbance in the larger quantum field. The larger quantum field
— the universe — is your extended body.
Not only is the human nervous system capable of becoming aware of the information and energy of its own quantum field, but because human consciousness is infinitely flexible through this wonderful nervous system, you are able to consciously change the informational content that gives rise to your physical body. You can consciously change the energy and informational
content or your own quantum mechanical body, and therefore influence the energy and infor-
mational content of your extended body — your environment, your world — and cause things
to manifest in it.
This conscious change is brought about by the two qualities inherent in consciousness:
attention and intention. Attention energizes, and intention transforms. Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate, and disappear. Intention, on the other hand, triggers transformation of energy and information. Intention organizes its own fulfillment.
The quality of intention on the object of attention will orchestrate an infinity of space-time
events to bring about the outcome intended, provided one follows the other spiritual laws of success. This is because intention in the fertile ground of attention has infinite organizing power. Infinite organizing power means the power to organize an infinity of space-time events, all at the same time. We see the expression of this infinite organizing power in every blade of grass,
in every apple blossom, in every cell of our body. We see it in everything that is alive.
In the scheme of nature, everything correlates and connects with everything else. The groundhog comes out of the earth and you know it is going to be spring. Birds begin to migrate in a certain direction at a certain time of the year. Nature is a symphony. And that symphony is being silently orchestrated at the ultimate ground of creation.
The human body is another good example of this symphony. A single cell in the human
body is doing about six trillion things per second, and it has to know what every other cell is doing at the same time. The human body can play music, kill germs, make a baby, recite poetry, and monitor the movement of stars all at the same time, because the field of infinite correlation is part of its information field.
What is remarkable about the nervous system of the human species is that it can command
this infinite organizing power through conscious intent. Intent in the human species is not fixed
or locked into a rigid network of energy and information. It has infinite flexibility. In other words, as long as you do not violate the other laws of nature, through your intent you can literally command the laws of nature to fulfill your dreams and desires.
You can put the cosmic computer with its infinite organizing power to work for you. You
can go to that ultimate ground of creation and introduce an intention, and just by introducing
the intention, you activate the field of infinite correlation.
Intention lays the groundwork for the effortless, spontaneous, frictionless flow of pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. The only caution is that you use your intent for the benefit of mankind. This happens spontaneously when you are in
alignment with The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.
Intention is the real power behind desire. Intent alone is very powerful, because intent is desire without attachment to the outcome. Desire alone is weak, because desire in most people is attention with attachment. Intent is desire with strict adherence to all the other laws, but particularly the Law of Detachment, which is the Sixth Spiritual Law of Success.
Intention combined with detachment leads to life-centered, present-moment awareness.
And when action is performed in present-moment awareness, it is most effective. Your intent is for the future, but your attention is in the present. As long as your attention is in the present, then your intent for the future will manifest, because the future is created in the present. You must accept the present as is. Accept the present and intend the future. The future is something
you can always create through detached intention, but you should never struggle against the
The past, present, and future are all properties of consciousness. The past is recollection,
memory; the future is anticipation; the present is awareness. Therefore time is the movement
of thought. Both past and future are born in the imagination; only the present, which is aware-
ness, is real and eternal. It is. It is the potentiality for space-time, matter, and energy. It is an eternal field of possibilities experiencing itself as abstract forces, whether they be light, heat, electricity, magnetism, or gravity. These forces are neither in the past nor in the future. They just are.
Our interpretation of these abstract forces gives us the experience of concrete phenomena
and form. Remembered interpretations of abstract forces create the experience of the past, anticipatory interpretations of the same abstract forces create the future. They are the qualities of attention in consciousness. When these qualities are freed from the burden of the past, then action in the present becomes the fertile ground for the creation of the future.
Intention, grounded in this detached freedom of the present, serves as the catalyst for the
right mix of matter, energy, and space-time events to create whatever it is that you desire.
If you have life-centered, present-moment awareness, then the imaginary obstacles — which are more than ninety percent of perceived obstacles — disintegrate and disappear. The remaining five to ten percent of perceived obstacles can be transmuted into opportunities through
One-pointed intention is that quality of attention that is unbending in its fixity of purpose. One-pointed intention means holding your attention to the intended outcome with such un- bending purpose that you absolutely refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the focused quality of your attention. There is a total and complete exclusion of all obstacles from your consciousness. You are able to maintain an unshakable serenity while being committed to
your goal with intense passion. This is the power of detached awareness and one-pointed,
focused intention simultaneously.
Learn to harness the power of intention, and you can create anything you desire. You can still get results through effort and through trying, but at a cost. The cost is stress, heart attacks, and the compromised function of your immune system. It is much better to execute the follow-
ing five steps in the Law of Intention and Desire. When you follow these five steps for fulfilling
your desires, intention generates its own power:
(1) Slip into the gap. This means to center yourself in that silent space between thoughts,
to go into the silence — that level of Being which is your essential state.
(2) Established in that state of Being, release your intentions and desires. When you are
actually in the gap, there’s no thought, there’s no intention, but as you come out of the
gap — at that junction between the gap and a thought — you introduce the intention. If you have a series of goals, you can write them down, and have your intention focused on them before you go into the gap. If you want a successful career, for example, you go into the gap with that intention, and the intention will already be
there as a faint flicker in your awareness. Releasing your intentions and desires in the
gap means planting them in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and expecting them to bloom when the season is right. You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see if they are growing, or get rigidly attached to the way in which they will unfold. You simply want to release them.
(3) Remain in the state of self-referral. This means remain established in the awareness of
your true Self — your spirit, your connection to the field of pure potentiality. It also
means not to look at yourself through the eyes of the world, or allow yourself to be
influenced by the opinions and criticisms of others. A helpful way to maintain that
state of self-referral is to keep your desires to yourself; do not share them with anyone
else unless they share the exact same desires that you have and are closely bonded with you.
(4) Relinquish your attachment to the outcome. This means giving up your rigid attach-
ment to a specific result and living in the wisdom of uncertainty. It means enjoying every moment in the journey of your life, even if you don’t know the outcome.
(5) Let the universe handle the details. Your intentions and desires, when released in the
gap, have infinite organizing power. Trust that infinite organizing power of intention
to orchestrate all the details for you.
Remember that your true nature is one of pure spirit. Carry the consciousness of your spirit
wherever you go, gently release your desires, and the universe will handle the details for you.
APPLYING THE LAW OF INTENTION AND DESIRE
I will put the Law of Intention and Desire into effect by making a commitment to take the
(1) I will make a list of all my desires. I will carry this list with me wherever I go. I will look
at this list before I go into my silence and meditation. I will look at it before I go to sleep
at night. I will look at it when I wake up in the morning.
(2) I will release this list of my desires and surrender it to the womb of creation, trusting
that when things don’t seem to go my way, there is a reason, and that the cosmic plan has designs for me much grander than even those that I have conceived.
(3) I will remind myself to practice present-moment awareness in all my actions. I will
refuse to allow obstacles to consume and dissipate the quality of my attention in the present moment. I will accept the present as it is, and manifest the future through my deepest, most cherished intentions and desires.