The concept of ‘hyper-intention’ has been drawn to my attention a number of times this past week. First it was via a quote I had read on AR that did not mention the word ‘hyper-intention’ itself, but the meaning behind the quote was the same as that of the meaning of ‘hyper-intention’.
Then memos began appearing in my inbox at my office from my mentor/life guru. When I picked up one of his latest packets of reading material yesterday, I noticed that one of the enclosed titles did not quite ‘fit’.
It struck me as a little strange at the time, however, I had put it out of my mind until this morning when the feeling that he was trying to tell me something, arose again.
I decided I would do best to sit up and pay attention. Someone or something was trying to give me a message.
I remember Paulo Coelho stating in an interview that one of the ‘Four Pillars of Alchemy’ is “ the omens, the signs; you have to surrender yourself sometimes to the universe and learn your lessons during the pilgrimage.”.
Part of learning your lessons is staying open to and paying attention to these signs as they appear in your life. Not many people do. In fact, very few people are even aware that certain things or people that appear in their lives are offering small gifts in the forms of messages or signs that will help guide them along the easiest and most heartfelt path they are trying to take.
Remembering this fact, I am again drawn to that one aberrant article in the pile of reading material my mentor had left for me. When something jumps out at you, you would be wise not to ignore it.
Now , as I am typing this, I go to my reading corner, where a pile of books and papers sit for my next visit, and I sift through the articles to find the one that is again in my mind . I peruse it again.
I find it on the internet. It is then that I notice that it is there. The sign I am looking for . The sign I am meant to see. I am then reminded of the fact that personal equilibrium is about riding above the waves of all that is occurring around oneself.
When I am immersed in the soulpiece of who I am, I have a greater connection to the whole soul and am able to transcend the daily ups and downs of my life. I coast, I float, I wear, gently, strong skins that, although they are strong, are translucent like the wings of a dragonfly.
It is only now I come to understand why using ‘hyper-intention’ in any aspect of one's life, does not work. Instead it brings about the opposite of the desired effect.
Hyper-intention involves being so focused on a desired result that you lose sight of yourself and the signs that are offered to you along the way. A thought comes to mind. It is like walking through a thick forest trying to follow a path by focusing intently on a far off point in the distance where you have determined the path leads to.
As you intently focus on this point, you walk right past a small side path where a tiny group of Lady Slippers have been placed to catch your eye. You miss the sign that would have led you onto the right path, the path that would have led you to where it is you wanted to go.
Now I think back to the guide that visited me with a message 3 months ago. The guide said this to me, in the wee hours of the morning, ‘Shi Shui says your greatest strength is your greatest weakness’.
Over the past 3 months more and more of the meaning behind what Shi Shui said is being revealed to me. Like pieces of a puzzle, it all falls into place.
I think back to something my friend Manuel Giorgini said to me one day when we were discussing hardships and tragedies in life, “ If the universe decides to pull the rug out from under me, I will have no choice but to float”.
I think Manuel, unbeknownst to himself at the time, knew quite a bit about what Shi Shui has been trying to tell me.
A message that is meant for us will try to reach us through many different people and many different media, until one day, we finally stop and pay attention.
As I write this, these words of Paulo Coelho's come to mind :
"A warrior of light knows that certain moments repeat themselves.
He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.
‘I've been through all this before,’ he says to his heart. ‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it.’
Then the warrior realises that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn."
I pick up my satchel, backtrack a bit to the path I missed and carry on with my journey.