Creating Intent for Ritual Work
Let’s go with these definitions:
Intent – noun.
- Something that is intended; purpose; design; intention.
- The act or fact of intending, as to do something.
- Law. the state of a person’s mind that directs his or her actions towards a specific object.
- Meaning or significance.
Basically, what exactly it is that you want to happen. It’s not your desire, per say, but the desirable outcome or effect.
The basis of creating any and all magic starts with creating your intent. This means, when you go into a meditation, ritual, ceremony or celebration, you have to know why you are doing it and what you hope to get out of it. Think of it in terms of fuel for your fire. If you don’t have a clear intent to work with, then it’s like you’re running on an old, empty battery. You’ll be too busy pausing for words and direction in the ritual which means you’ll lose your momentum and power. This results in little to no results and a waste of your time.
But, if you have your clear statement of intent on replay in the back of your head before, during and after a meditation or ritual etc., then it’s like you’re running on an electric current straight from the Source. You will be focused, clear and meaningful in your actions and your results…well, be prepared to send up some gratitude.
First, you have to be sure about what you want. This means, you need to sit down and be honest with yourself. Get to the root of the reason why you want to go through the trouble to do something like a rite or ritual.
To break free from a bad relationship? To bring some good fortune into your working life? To release an old fear? To protect yourself/someone/something? To celebrate a success? To give thanks?
This isn’t something you can half-ass if you’re looking for serious results. When it comes to making direct change, creating the statement of intent is the MOST important part. You have to get your concentration together so as to have the most clarity, and therefore, the most power.
(However, if you’re doing something to show gratitude and have a celebration, then you don’t have to be so serious. In fact, you shouldn’t be. The aim is self-evident then – to rejoice and have a good time.)
It is best to use clear, concise, simple language. The less fancy wording you have, the better. Then, neither you nor the Universe can misinterpret what you say and what you want to happen. You stick to the plan and it gives you your focus, and it provides the focus for the Universe as well to help conspire with you to make your intent happen.
Take your time to come up with this. Don’t come up with this right before you’ve planned an activity – it’s not a test at school that you didn’t cram for until the last minute. If you want the Universe to take you seriously in your request, then you have to take it seriously yourself. Give it the time and attention it deserves. Does that mean it will take you hours to come up with it? No. But crafting the intent is part of the magic snowball effect. You start with this little ball of thought and give it a push with the right energy and it rolls and gets bigger and bigger until it is exactly how you want it.
Get the picture?
- Real, good, powerful, strong intent does not come from the head – it comes from the heart. While you can go through the trouble for something material, you’re most likely not going to be happy with it or it won’t work out like you thought. But if your intent comes from your heart, then that is the real stuff of magic.
- “One cannot shape the world without being reshaped in the process. Each gain of power requires its own sacrifice. The game of magical consequences never ends.” – Phil Hine from Condensed Chaos – An Introduction to Chaos Magic. (I highly recommend this book for beginners and intermediates alike. Ignore the stigma of chaos magic – it’s silly, judgmental and outdated. The stigma that is.) If you are trying to bring about some sort of change in your life, you have to expect to be changed by it somehow. Whether positively or negatively, you have to accept that change is going to happen, and hope that you’ll like it. What are you willing to give up to get what you want?
- If you are going to bring about some sort of change, you have to take responsibility for it. You can’t blame it on anyone else if your ritual goes wrong or has an effect you did not expect. You started it, so own up to it.
- Have fun! Come from the heart and enjoy the ride.