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Intention or Intending: A Time for “Greater Works than These?”

by Donna Eubanks

   “I meant to call!”

     “I intended to start my diet last weekend but…”

     Sound familiar?

     How many times has each of us uttered such comments?

     According to the dictionary “intent” means “showing great determination to do something.”  Seems to me there is a disconnect between definition and outcome.  The old expression, “where there is a will, there is a way,” comes to mind.  If one wants IT enough, IT is a done deal!  But intending, willing, determining or even wishing as a last resort often fails us.

     Beloved, there is a spiritual piece missing.

     I found a part of this piece when I studied and began using Healing Touch.  Time after time my teachers said that centering and setting my intention was at least 90% of the work.  Starting from a spiritual base and holding the intention for my own or another’s “highest good” has produced comfort, emotional peace and physical healings. Changing “my will” to “thy will” brought a sense of peace no amount of “determination” could conjure or equal.

     So, what if more of us practiced “centering” and “setting our intention?”  The good news is that more and more people are, among them author Lynne McTaggart, who is studying the practice.  In her book, The Intention Experiment, she cites research studies which demonstrate the effects of intention and suggests ways to set up personal or group experiments and to use intention effectively in our lives.

     In one, the “Love Study,” the researchers were interested in how intention affects a recipient physically.  They found that “when you send an intention, every major physiological system in your body is mirrored in the body of the receiver.  Intention is the perfect manifestation of love” (p. 47).

     I also recommend another resource, one that came my way long before Healing Touch – the accounts of Jesus the Healer.  Like many others, I once saw these stories as the simple wishes of the people of his time or, simply, just a way to get people to come to his preaching events. One of my favorites is the woman who suffered from hemorrhages. I now believe that standing in his love-filled energy field corrected her physiological malfunction.

     These stories might have remained just stories for me were it not for a few words found in Luke 9 and John 14.  Calling The Twelve together, he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.  Preparing them for his departure from them, he said that those who would be his followers would do the same works he did and, “in fact, will do greater works than these.”

     McTaggart notes that “a body of research also suggests that the power of an intention multiplies, depending upon how many people are thinking the same thought at the same time”  (Introduction, p. 29).

    Might not each of our churches, for example, form an “Intention Group,” one which from the comfort of the members’ individual homes, would “think” healing thoughts for designated people at a pre-determined date and time?

    The time for doing “greater works” is NOW; the possibilities, endless – and staggering.
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