What’s your intention?
On Friday, February 17, I arrived home early from work. When I came home, my daughter was taking a nap. It was the perfect opportunity for me to create a little me time and fold the clothes that had been lying around for weeks now (all my readers who are parents will understand and if you are not a parent don’t judge me…lol). As I began folding clothes, I decided to find something encouraging to listen to so I opened up YouTube and ran across the 2016 Essence Festival Empowerment Speech unaware of all the things that God was going to speak to me in this hour as I folded and listened.
Have you ever listened to something and thought surely the words were written just for you? As I continued to fold clothes and listen, I knew deep down in my soul that this speech was meant for me in that very moment. It was as if God used this moment to speak ever so clearly to me and I was reminded to live the life that God intended for me and to be obedient to the call of the dream that God had placed in my heart.
I have known for quite some time what I am supposed to do but I allowed fear and the stories I had been telling myself up until now got in the way of my intention to create the life I have always dreamed of. This speech also reminded me that my dream is bigger than me and if I ever want to truly be fulfilled I must (might I add, I also get to) surrender to the dream. I get to be open to all that the UNIVERSE has for me without holding on so tightly to my own understanding of how things will work out.
The last thing that truly resonated with me was when the speaker discusses a text that she read many years ago called “The Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav. In this text, she shares how he discusses the law of Karma, Cause and Effect, and the law of motion. These principles are rooted in the same idea that we receive all that we put out into the world. Although these laws are not new to me, it was as if I was hearing them for the first time because I am in a place in my life where I am open to receiving these principles again and applying them to my life. She mentions “your intention is one with the law, which means that before you think about something you have an intention for the thing and the intention will determine the outcome.” This statement reminded me of a verse in the Bible (1 Samuel 16:7) which states that “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I realize that if my motive is to look good in front of people and never screw up then I cannot truly impact the world. The world is messy and life is messy and I get to be transparent with my life so that people can see that I can, have, and will continue to transcendent the mess and press towards a higher calling. For me that calling has created joy, gratitude, connection, and love.
Up until recently, I had been selective with who I allow to see my flaws and I struggle with being vulnerable. As a result, up until now I didn’t allow people experience the “real me”. I needed a wake-up call. If my intention was to look good, I could do just that, but no one can relate to perfection because perfection is an illusion. On the other hand, if my intention is to be with people in their mess, in my mess, and in the world’s mess, I can empower others to love unconditionally and to be the solution that the world needs. What is your intention?