Juggling Your Intentions

jugglers juggling intentions balls
Juggling Intentions
Do you have so many intentions that you sometimes feel like an eight-armed circus juggler?

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This world presents us with innumerable options and delights that we really, really want to have manifest in our lives. It's easy to pile up a list of intentions when you feel like a kid in a candy shop, pointing and exclaiming, "I want that one, and that one, and two of those. Oh! Gimme a red one of that, I'll need it for my dream career!"

With fueled desire, you set your sights and intentions on aligning with receiving each and every one of those things you now have your heart set on. When you've done quite a bit of this mental shopping, it can feel like a real juggling act.

Yes, you've set a firm intention, visualized and did the feeling part of each desire as you had one. However...

How do you handle inspired action for a number of different intentions? 


juggler juggling flaming intentions
Yikes! Too hot to handle?
This can be really overwhelming. If you are constantly intention hopping, it's very easy to get confused and frustrated. In fact, you may shut down the inspiration process because your mind is begging you to stop thinking and your body is too tired to even consider taking another step toward your dreams.

Sadly, this is the point where many people decide to 'just forget about it'.

Like a juggler who drops the balls, if this has happened to you, it may feel as though you just can't do it, can't successfully follow an intention through to fruition. It's too much all at once.

Try the following to see if it helps you:

  • Find a quiet spot where you can be alone. Sit down, take a deep breath or two and feel the resulting calm. Don't do anything else yet, just sit and be with your relaxed body and quiet mind.

  • Without thinking too much about it, quickly pick which of your intentions is nearest and dearest to your heart. You don't have to explain it, just let whichever desire is strongest to surface. Really, this calls for more feeling than thinking, in my opinion.

  • Got it? Great, that's where you start. Work with that intention for a while until you feel grounded and in control again. Then do the same thing and add another. Rinse and repeat. You get the idea.

In the above exercise, you are basically resetting. You may be able to shake off the confusion right away, or you may have to work with one intention for a week or more before you're ready to pick up another. Don't worry about it. Handling one thing really well is far better than trying to juggle multiple intentions poorly. It may seem a slower process but in comparison, it's faster.

Which intention is an inspired action for if you have similar desires?

Okay, so you want to live in a mansion that you can nowhere near afford right now but meantime, your current landlord says you have to move in two months, so you need a new place to live right away.

- If you set a new intention to find immediate accommodation, does that push the mansion farther away? 

No. If you maintain the belief that you WILL live in that grand house, it can still come to you. Or better put, you can still come into alignment with it.

- Is the Universe telling you to drop it? Worse, are you sabotaging yourself? 

Check with your inner guidance. Likely the answer is no, don't drop it. Regarding the self-sabotage, I'm afraid that you are the only one who can honestly answer that. Even if that is the case for you, I wouldn't drop it, I would work on releasing whatever issue is keeping it from you.

- Should you follow that urge to browse the estate listings, or that niggling voice that won't go away telling you to start looking for a new apartment? 

Both. That being said, prioritize your immediate needs.

- Which way to direct your attention? Does one cancel out the other?

I don't personally believe it does. I think that the mansion is still there for you and I would try very hard not to let doubt creep in. Have faith in perfect timing and hold to the knowledge that it is on the way. While it is, take care of your needs in the now and rent a new place. Don't forget, we sometimes arrive at a destination via stepping stones.

What if you have two conflicting intentions?

Hmmm, you mean like, come hell or high water, you are going to retire very early in life yet you are also set on climbing the corporate ladder all the way to the top, which will take you beyond the age you want to retire?

Just an example, the only one that I can think of at the moment.

Assuming you have equally strong resolve for both, I think that conflicting intentions are like riding a stationary bike. You put in a lot of effort but never get anywhere.

Take some time to connect with your inner being. Meditate if that relaxes you then imagine retirement and career, each in its turn. Which of the two different scenarios invokes the most emotion?

balls in hand, taking control of your intention
Take control of the balls, er...your intentions
Pick one that most closely resonates with who you are and what you want. You can always change your intention later, if you decide you want to.

Meantime, you'll feel much more in control and less like a juggler as you pick up inspiring thoughts and ideas to help you manifest your goals.

Some part of you already knows the answer. You may even come up with something new, such as a compromise solution incorporating the two.

I'd love to hear if you've tried these methods for juggling your intentions and what results you experienced.

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