The Power of Intention: How to Co-create Your World
In his book, Dr. Wayne Dyer shows us how to be happy and completely transform our lives by tapping into the amazing power of intention, a limitless energy source.
By Dr. Wayne Dyer, 2006, 340 pages
Chronicle and summary of “The Power of Intention“
Part One: The Essentials of Intention
Chapter 1 – Intention From A New Perspective
1.1 – What is intention?
In his book “The Power of Intention,” Dr. Wayne Dyer starts by explaining what intention means. While many people see intention as having a clear goal and determination to achieve it, Dr. Dyer sees it differently. He thinks intention is much bigger than that. According to him, it’s not just about our personal desires and determination. Instead, he sees intention as a powerful force that exists in the universe, an invisible energy that goes beyond our individual wants and needs. In his words, “Intention is a force we all have inside us, like an invisible energy field. It’s been around since before we were even born. We can tap into this energy and transform our lives in amazing ways.”
1.2 – Where is this energy field called intention
Dr. Wayne Dyer teaches us that intention is everywhere, present in everything in the universe. He believes that we, at our core, are pure energy without a specific form, and this formless, vibrating spiritual energy is where intention resides. So, intention is like a special place that exists everywhere and takes care of everything for us.
1.3 – The meaning of omnipresent intention
Intention is a powerful force that exists everywhere as an energy field, not just in the physical world but also in the nonphysical realm. This field of intention is always around you and accessible. When you tap into it, your life will transform, and you’ll be guided by your limitless potential.
1.4 – How did we come to consider ourselves disconnected from intention
According to Dr. Wayne Dyer, when we allow our ego to control our lives, we turn off the power of intention. He then shares six ego-based beliefs that can shape our lives:
- “I am defined by what I have: my possessions determine who I am.”
- “I am defined by what I do: my achievements decide who I am.”
- “I am separate from others: my body makes me feel alone.”
- “I am defined by what others think of me: my reputation shapes my identity.”
- “I am disconnected from what’s missing in my life: my desires seem far away.”
- “I am separate from God: my worth depends on God’s approval.”
In simpler terms, he’s saying that when our ego focuses on these beliefs, it limits the power of intention in our lives.
1.5 – The four steps towards intention
To unlock the power of intention, we need to connect with our true selves and not let our ego define us. This happens in four steps:
- Discipline: It’s like learning a new skill or achieving your goals. You commit, train, and adopt healthy habits.
- Wisdom: When you combine discipline with wisdom, it helps you focus better.
- Love: After disciplining yourself and gaining wisdom, you must find passion in what you do and do what you love.
- Surrender: This is where intention comes into play. Your body and mind take a backseat, and you allow yourself to be guided by an incredible force, something that turns tiny acorns into towering trees, flowers into apples, and tiny cells into human beings. It’s like letting the magic of nature and the universe guide you.
1.6 – Merging our individual thoughts with the universal mind
Our thoughts connect us to intention and make our desires come true. Dr. Wayne Dyer believes that our wishes already exist in the universe. So, if we act as if we already have what we want and remove all doubts, our desires will become a reality. That’s the power of intention.
1.7 – Five suggestions for putting into practice the ideas presented in this chapter
Here are some practical tips to apply the concept of surrender and maintain a sense of calm and purpose in our lives:
- Visualize Your Intention: Whenever you feel lost or uncertain, imagine yourself on a tram with a handle above your head, floating as it takes you toward your goals. This visualization can help you connect with your intentions.
- Repeat “Intention” or “Intent”: When anxiety creeps in, simply say the word “intention” or “intent” to yourself. It can act as a calming mantra.
- Acknowledge Your Mission: Remind yourself that you have a purpose and a silent partner (the universe) that you can always rely on. Tell yourself, “I have a purpose, and I can achieve all my desires in harmony with the creative force of the universe.”
- Act as if You’ve Already Succeeded: Embrace the belief that you’ve already attained everything you desire. Treat yourself as if you’ve already become the person you aspire to be.
- Carry an Inspiring Saying: Consider carrying an inspiring saying with you for a year, like this Hasidic quote: “When you walk through a field with a pure and holy mind, everything around you—stones, plants, animals—shares a spark of their soul with you, purifying and igniting a holy fire within you.”
These simple practices can help you stay connected to your intentions, find serenity, and live in harmony with the creative energy of the universe.
“When you cross a field with a pure and holy mind, from all the stones, all that grows, and all animals, springs from their soul a spark which clings to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire within you.”
Chapter 2 – The Seven Faces of Intention
2.1 – Moving from awareness of intention to knowledge of intention
Intention is like an invisible energy that’s in everything around us, but it’s not something we can see or explain with words or symbols. It’s part of the non-material world, like a spiritual force.
So, there’s no need to try and figure intention out with our thoughts or words. Instead, we should feel it inside us. To do this, we should trust our gut feelings and let go of any doubts. This creates a space where the power of intention can come in. Wayne Dyer sees it as a way to clear our minds and connect with the mysterious heart of things.
2.2 – The seven faces of intention
Intention can be understood through seven different aspects, which are like its different “faces”:
- Creativity: Intention is the creative force behind everything. It took us from being nothing to a physical body, starting as an embryo and evolving from formless energy.
- Kindness: This creative force is inherently benevolent. It wants its creations to thrive and be happy, making intention a kind and caring energy.
- Love: Intention’s energy field is pure love, creating a nurturing and cooperative environment. If we could see it, we’d witness creativity, kindness, and an infinite field of love, according to Wayne Dyer.
- Beauty: Any expression of creativity, kindness, and love is inherently beautiful, even in places where it may not seem apparent.
- Expansion: Think of intention like a tiny spec that continuously multiplies, grows, and moves forward, constantly expanding and expressing itself. It’s an energy of growth, creativity, kindness, love, and beauty.
- Unlimited Abundance: There are no limits to intention’s reality; it exists everywhere and is endlessly abundant. Our potential is boundless.
- Receptivity: Intention welcomes everyone and all living beings without judgment. It doesn’t favor some over others; it’s open and receptive to all.
2.3 – Here are five practical suggestions for applying the concepts from this chapter:
- Visualize Intention: Picture the power of intention in your mind and repeat the seven words representing its facets: creativity, kindness, love, beauty, expansion, abundance, and receptivity.
- Reflect: Since intention accepts us without judgment, aim to be like a mirror in your life, treating others without judgment or attachment, just as intention does.
- Embrace Beauty: Show love to yourself and your surroundings wholeheartedly and respect all forms of life. Bring beauty into your life by appreciating the world around you.
- Cherish Life’s Energy: Recognize and appreciate the life force that allows you to think, sleep, move, digest, and meditate. Acknowledge the vitality within you.
- Banish Doubts: Let go of doubts and limitations, and believe that abundance and possibilities can flow into your life without hindrance.
Chapter 3 – Connecting to Intention
3.1 – Our will and our imagination
Dr. Wayne Dyer tells us that while having a strong will and determination is great, it’s not enough to connect with intention. Instead, he believes that our imagination is much more powerful because it links us to the power of intention. He sees imagination as the way the universal mind within us works. It helps us create mental images that allow us to be part of the creative process. So, while having a purpose and determination is important, it’s a mistake to think that our will alone can make our desires come true.
To turn an idea into reality, we need to “jump into the inconceivable.” This means imagining and focusing on what we want to achieve, not on what we lack. Imagine yourself as the person you want to be, and you will become that person. Concentrate on your goal, fully believing that it’s already present in the physical world.
3.2 – Applying the seven faces for connecting to intention
Dr. Wayne Dyer advises us not to think, “What do I need to do to get what I want?” but instead, “What do I need to do to bring to life what I plan to create?” We get what we want by aligning with the power of intention. To do this, we should become the very image of what we intend to create.
We must therefore be:
Wayne Dyer suggests using a technique called Japa, which comes from ancient Vedas, to unleash our creativity. In this meditation method, we repeat the names of God while stating what we want. Doing this generates the creative energy required to make our desires come true.
Being kind is essential in three ways:
- Kindness to Ourselves: Treat yourself with kindness in everything you do, whether it’s eating, exercising, having fun, working, or loving.
- Kindness to Others: When you’re kind to others, they tend to be kind in return. Giving kindness is often the key to receiving it.
- Kindness to Life: Extend your kindness to all aspects of life, including our environment, Earth’s creatures, forests, beaches, deserts, and more.
The more we share love, the closer we become to embodying love. Wayne Dyer offers two ideas about love:
- Love means working together, not competing.
- Love is the energy that drives God’s will; it’s not just about feelings but the spiritual force that turns divine intentions into reality.
We should actively look for and appreciate beauty in everything we encounter. In fact, life, truth, and beauty all represent the same fundamental concept.
The universal force that gives rise to everything and starts all life keeps on growing and expanding, just like how flowers grow. So, when we also expand our minds, emotions, and spirits, we connect with this universal force.
We originate from a boundless awareness, and we can connect with this limitless consciousness in our own minds.
By staying in touch with the universal mind, we can receive everything that this powerful force can offer.
3.3 – Five suggestions for putting into practice the ideas presented in this chapter
- To make your wishes come true, match them with your inner thoughts.
- Picture the end result in your mind.
- To achieve perfection, show unwavering determination.
- Write down the seven facets of intention on small cards, print them, and put them where you’ll see them daily.
- Always focus on the concept of divine abundance. If other thoughts pop up, switch them with thoughts of divine abundance right away.
Chapter 4 – Obstacles
Three things in our life can stop us from connecting with the power of intention: our thoughts, our energy, and our ego. We can address these challenges one by one, becoming aware of these obstacles and finding ways to overcome them.
4.1 – Our inner speech
Dr. Wayne Dyer mentions four ways of thinking that can hold us back from reaching and connecting with the power of intention:
- Instead of dwelling on what’s lacking in our lives, we should watch our inner thoughts and align them with what we want to create. Shift your thinking from “What’s missing in my life” to “What I intend to bring into my life.”
- When facing a difficult situation, it’s better not to dwell on it. Train your imagination to focus on what you desire rather than what you want to avoid. Practice thinking about the end result you want to achieve.
- If you keep thinking about how things have always been, you’ll keep getting the same results. The power of intention will continue to create what’s familiar.
- Don’t let others dictate how you should live your life. Have unwavering faith and don’t focus on what “they” want for you.
4.2 – Our energy level
We are an energy system
Dr. Wayne Dyer explains that everything in the universe is a form of energy. So, we should see ourselves as energy too. Faster and higher energy can transform slower and lower energy.
Think of yourself as an energy system, not just a body made of bones and cells. You have many energy systems within you, like thoughts and emotions. Every thought has its own energy, and it affects your body and surroundings. When your energy is high, you can neutralize and change lower, weakening energy. You can also positively influence the people around you.
The goal is to align yourself with the highest frequency, which is the energy of the Spirit. To do this, you should work on these five frequencies, from the slowest and lowest to the fastest and highest:
- Material world.
- Spirit: This is the ultimate energy, where we come from, and the one we should match.
Program for increasing one’s energy level
Our thoughts and feelings have their own energy levels, which can make us feel stronger or weaker. To tap into the power of intention, we can raise the energy of our thoughts and feelings to a higher and faster vibration.
Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests the following:
Shifting as quickly as possible from a weakening thought to one that strengthens:
IIt’s quick and easy for anyone to do.
- Meditate daily.
- Pay attention to the food you eat:
- Some foods have low energy (like processed foods, sugary items, meat, and dairy).
- Others have higher energy (like fruits, veggies, nuts, and olive oil).
- The key is to see how you feel after eating.
- Avoid substances with low energy, such as alcohol and drugs.
Become aware of the energy level of the music you listen to:
Loud, repetitive, and harsh music, along with words that convey hatred, pain, fear, and violence, can bring down our energy.
Become aware of the energy levels of your home:
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that offers various methods to enhance the energy in our homes and workplaces, which has been used for thousands of years.
Reduce your exposure to television:
Various sources like news, violence, and advertisements often bring a lot of negativity into our lives.
You can boost your energy by using photos, which act as energetic representations. So, it’s a good idea to display pictures of happy moments, love, beautiful landscapes, animals, joyful expressions, and more.
Become aware of the energy levels of our acquaintances, friends, close and distant relatives:
The author recommends surrounding and interacting with energizing people.
Monitor your activities and the places you visit:
It’s important to steer clear of locations linked to alcohol, drugs, and violence. Instead, the author suggests spending time in nature, attending spiritual events, getting a massage, and visiting peaceful places like monasteries and meditation retreats.
Commit acts of kindness without asking anything in return:
For instance, you can offer money help or clean up trash, and so forth.
Be specific when you express your intentions to raise your energy level and create what you want:
Wayne Dyer suggests placing affirmations in strategic places.
Have thoughts of forgiveness, as often as possible, in mind:
Revenge, anger, and hatred bring us down with very low energy. But just forgiving others can lift us to a higher spiritual level.
4.3 – Our self-importance
The idea of our self-importance
It’s important to have a positive self-image and feel unique. However, problems arise when we tie our identity to our body, success, or profession. When this happens, we may start seeing those who achieve less as inferior. This sense of superiority can make us feel offended by others or situations all the time.
Seven steps to get rid of the clutches of our ego, which will help us transcend the idea of our self-importance:
Here are seven ways to improve our well-being and outlook on life:
- Avoid taking offense and stay calm: Getting offended only creates more negativity.
- Don’t always aim to win: Winning doesn’t define us; we all share the same energy, and circumstances change.
- Let go of the need to always be right: Free yourself from the ego-driven desire to be right all the time.
- Release the need for superiority: True nobility is personal growth, not feeling superior to others.
- Quit the constant pursuit of more: Recognize that you don’t need much to find satisfaction and inner peace.
- Don’t tie your identity to achievements: The less you seek validation, the more freedom you have to succeed.
- Break free from your reputation: Your true worth goes beyond what others think of you.
4.4 – Five suggestions for putting into practice the ideas presented in this chapter
Here are some ways to improve your mindset:
- Pay attention to your inner thoughts.
- Push away doubts and gloomy thoughts.
- Be cautious of negative thinking; shift to positive thoughts.
- Talk to your ego and make it understand you’re in control.
- View challenges as chances to strengthen your determination.
Chapter 5 – Our Impact on Others When Connected to Intention
By aligning with the seven aspects of intention, we discover that:
- We have a significant impact on others.
- What we see in others often reflects what we feel inside.
- We can influence and uplift others, even when they’re in a lower state.
Dr. Wayne Dyer emphasizes two key points:
- We are not alone; realizing our connection to everyone and everything gives us a sense of belonging.
- To go from ordinary to extraordinary, say “yes” to life more often and stop saying “no.” It’s about embracing opportunities and possibilities.
5.1 – How our energy influences others
When we align with the power of intention, our presence has a profound influence on those around us. Here’s how:
- Inspires Calmness: People feel more peaceful, less threatened, and at ease in our presence.
- Energizes Others: Without saying or doing much, our intention’s energy mysteriously revitalizes people when they’re near us.
- Boosts Self-Esteem: Our compassionate energy makes people feel cared for, understood, and valued as unique individuals.
- Fosters Unity: Being near someone emitting higher frequencies makes people feel connected to nature, humanity, and intention itself. They sense unity and a shared purpose.
- Reveals Purpose: Our presence and behavior can act as a catalyst, motivating others to find purpose and hope in their lives.
- Builds Trust: People trust us and feel comfortable sharing their stories and experiences.
- Inspires Greatness: We become a source of inspiration, motivating others to achieve great things.
- Appreciates Beauty: At the highest level of intention’s energy, we see beauty in everyone, regardless of age, wealth, or appearance. This appreciation fosters self-confidence and positive self-image in others.
- Promotes Health: Our higher energy field positively affects others’ well-being, influencing their healing and overall health.
5.2 – Our impact on the consciousness of humanity
For the author, it’s essential to keep in mind that our thoughts and actions affect everyone.
“In this universe where everything is closely linked, every improvement we make in our private sphere improves the world as a whole. We all make up the collective level of consciousness of humanity, and therefore all development ends up coming back to us. We all contribute to our common moral strength through our efforts to improve our fate. It’s scientifically proven that what is good for you is good for me.”
Excerpt from “Power vs Force”, Dr. David Hawkins
The counterbalancing idea of Dr. David Hawkins
The author discusses Dr. David Hawkins’ research, revealing that approximately 87% of humanity operates at a lower, weakening level of collective energy. To counterbalance this, individuals emitting high energy are essential. However, because such a large portion of humanity is at a lower energy level, the process of balancing cannot occur on a one-on-one basis.
Instead, one person connected to intention can have a significant impact on many others operating at lower energy levels. As individuals climb the ladder towards true enlightenment and understanding of God’s consciousness, they gain the ability to counterbalance a considerable amount of negative energy.
Dr. Hawkins presents two noteworthy statistics:
- A single enlightened figure, such as Krishna, Buddha, or Jesus Christ, could counterbalance the collective negativity of the entire modern world.
- Without these higher energy fields to counterbalance, humanity would self-destruct.
This highlights the importance of recognizing our influence on others. When we elevate our own energy to align with intention, we become instruments of peace, making a positive impact everywhere.
5.3 – Five suggestions for putting into practice the ideas presented in this chapter
Here are five practical suggestions from this chapter:
- Recognize the importance of treating all your relationships as sacred.
- When unsure how to behave towards others, ask yourself, “What would a spiritual figure like Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed do?” Think of these figures as embodying the seven aspects of intention.
- Keep a watchful eye on your thoughts, replacing judgments against yourself and others with compassionate ideas.
- Cultivate a desire for others to achieve their desires and goals.
- Understand that nurturing thoughts and emotions aligned with the seven aspects of intention can counterbalance the collective negativity of a vast number of people, potentially reaching thousands or even millions.
The author concludes this chapter by quoting Mahatma Gandhi:
“We must be the change we want to see in the world.”
Chapter 6 – Intention and Infinity
6.1 – Life is eternal:
Dr. Wayne Dyer explains that we originate from a universal force called intention, which means it exists everywhere and always. This means we are part of an endless universe without a specific starting point or conclusion.
6.2 – Our own death
We live as if we won’t die, and this mindset leads to our downfall. Generally, people have two beliefs about death:
- We’re physical bodies born, live for a while, age, deteriorate, die, and that’s the end of it.
- We’re eternal beings with an infinite soul temporarily inhabiting a physical body. Only our body dies; we continue to exist.
6.3 – The active side versus the inactive side of infinity
When it comes to these two perspectives on death, we can place ourselves in one of two realms:
- The Active Side of Infinity: Here, we are fully aware of our physical body’s mortality. Deep down, we understand that we are more than just our body, mind, or life achievements. We recognize ourselves as infinite spiritual beings temporarily living a human life.
- The Inactive Side of Infinity: On this side, we primarily identify as human beings who occasionally have spiritual experiences. Our actions are often driven by a fear of death, a sense of separation from others, a preference for competition and dominance, and a need to conquer.
These two outlooks determine our approach to life.
6.4 – Differences between those who live on the active side of infinity and those who deny possessing an eternal nature and who opt for the inactive side of infinity
A person on the active side of infinity possesses certain qualities:
- Sense of Destiny: They believe they have a purpose that must be fulfilled before they can pass away, their life’s mission.
- Belief in Possibility: They think that anything imaginable can come into existence.
- Constant Wonder: They live in a state of continuous gratitude and awe.
- Humility: They serve others by connecting with something greater than themselves, transcending their body, mind, and ego.
- Generosity: Since our nature is inherently giving, they make giving a way of life.
- Unwavering Confidence: Like the power of intention itself, they have complete faith, seeing what they desire as if it’s already theirs.
- Passion: Their soul is filled with enthusiasm, a divine spark within them that seeks expression.
- Sense of Belonging: They foster a strong sense of connection and unity with all beings and elements in the universe.
6.5 – Five suggestions for putting into practice the ideas presented in this chapter
Now that we understand we’re destined for infinity and will eventually leave this physical world, Wayne Dyer encourages us to embrace this realization. It’s about shifting our identity from our body and spirit to recognizing ourselves as infinite beings.
Here are some daily practices:
- Mantra Affirmation: Repeat daily, “I exist for all eternity. Just as love is eternal, so is my true nature. I will never be afraid again because I am eternal.”
- Meditation Reflection: During meditation, ponder two perspectives: seeing ourselves as humans having spiritual experiences or as infinite spiritual beings temporarily having human experiences.
- Evaluate Negative Thoughts: When negative thoughts like fear, despair, worry, sadness, or guilt arise, ask if they make sense from the perspective of the active side of infinity.
- Connect with Loved Ones: Contemplate the people we’ve cherished who have passed away. Feel the presence of these timeless souls who are neither dead nor forgotten.
Part 2: Putting into practice what we know about intention
Chapter 7 – I Intend to Respect Myself at All Times
7.1 – Four ideas about self-respect
- When we let our ego rule our lives, we tend to judge our worth based on what we own and accomplish. This constant evaluation makes it hard to respect ourselves because we feel we’re being judged for our failures.
- The law of attraction suggests that if we believe we don’t deserve respect, we’ll attract disrespect from others.
- What we think about ourselves mirrors our perception of the world. If we lack self-esteem, we block the flow of the power of intention.
- Having self-respect draws in higher energy, while a lack of self-respect attracts lower, negative energy.
7.2 – 10-step program to manifest our intention to respect ourselves
Here are some simple ways to boost your self-respect and attract positive energy:
- Look in the mirror, gaze into your own eyes, and say “I love you” as often as you can throughout the day.
- Write down and repeat the affirmation: “I am whole and perfect just as I am.” Carry it with you wherever you go.
- Treat others and all living beings with respect and love. Remember that judging others reflects on your own need to judge.
- Embrace the feeling of belonging; tell yourself and those you meet, “I belong.”
- Remember you are not alone; there’s a greater connection beyond yourself.
- Respect and take care of your physical body.
- Practice meditation to stay connected to your source and maintain self-respect.
- Seek reconciliation with adversaries; replace anger and resentment with kindness.
- Recognize that others’ opinions are just opinions, not facts.
- Appreciate and acknowledge what you have in your life; gratitude and respect go hand in hand.
Chapter 8 – I Intend to Live My Life Purposely
Our purpose in life is not so much what we do but what we feel.
8.1 – There’s no point in asking what our purpose is: it will find us
Deep within ourselves, at our very core, lies the discovery of who we are meant to be and what we are meant to achieve.
“Somewhere deep inside us, our purpose beckons. It’s not always clear or logical; at times, it may even seem unreasonable. But it’s always there. This quiet knowing never leaves us alone. We can try to ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist, but in our moments of solitude and self-reflection, we can’t help but feel this void waiting to be filled by our unique expression. It calls us to take a chance, to set aside our ego and the voices of others who might suggest a safer, easier path.”
According to Dr. Wayne Dyer, this is about sharing our innate talents and passions, whether it’s dancing, writing, healing, gardening, cooking, raising children, teaching, composing, singing, surfing, or anything else we feel drawn to with creativity and love.
8.2 – 10-step program to practice living your life purposely from now on:
Here are ten steps to live a purposeful life in a simple way:
- Affirm your unique purpose and intention regularly in your thoughts and writings.
- Serve others selflessly, regardless of the rewards you seek.
- Align your purpose with the power of intention, trusting that the Creator knows your path.
- Ignore others’ opinions about your purpose and listen to your heart.
- Believe that the universe supports you, and you live in a friendly world.
- Study the lives of those who discovered their purpose and seek inspiration from them.
- Act as if you are living your intended life, even when your purpose isn’t entirely clear.
- Meditate using techniques like Japa to stay connected to your purpose.
- Ensure your thoughts and emotions are in harmony with your actions.
- Cultivate gratitude as you live your life in alignment with your purpose, remembering that happiness is the way, not a destination.
Chapter 9 – I intend To Be Sincere and Caring Towards All My Relatives
9.1 – Others treat us the way we teach them to treat us
To improve our family relationships, we should start by changing our thoughts and behaviors. Instead of worrying about what others are doing, we should concentrate on our own actions and how we want to be treated. When we treat ourselves with respect, it’s possible that our family members will also change their behavior. Additionally, we must take responsibility for how we are treated by our family and others.
9.2 – 10-step program to make this intention a reality:
- Express our intention verbally and in writing, and desire its fulfillment deeply.
- Extend the same wishes to our parents as we do for ourselves.
- Embody the peace we seek in others.
- Align ourselves with the seven facets of intention.
- Identify and address any obstacles preventing peace within our family.
- Act as if our intention is already a reality.
- Release attachment to the outcome, and if things remain unchanged, let go of the need to change our parents.
- State clearly that we desire only serenity in our lives.
- Forgive and refrain from holding grudges, understanding that our parents learned their behaviors just as their ancestors did.
- Cultivate gratitude for our family members and the lessons they bring into our lives.
Chapter 10 – I Intend to Be Successful and Live in Abundance
10.1 – Five ideas about success and abundance
- Our ability to achieve success and lead a prosperous life hinges on our perspectives regarding ourselves, the universe, and intention. Wayne Dyer emphasizes the importance of this concept:
“One of my secrets to being successful and living in abundance is this axiom that I practice every day. It’s: change the way you see things, and the things you look at will change. It has always worked for me.”
- The notion of scarcity and shortage doesn’t apply to the original Source. The universal mind inherently overflows with abundance, continually providing us with limitless resources.
- If we communicate our deficiencies to the universal mind, it will perpetuate a state of need, leaving us perpetually wanting more and never feeling satisfied.
- Our tendency to reject abundance is nourished by long-held beliefs. We can overcome these inhibiting thoughts through affirmative statements.
- To allow the unrestricted flow of life experiences, we should avoid hoarding and learn to detach ourselves from them.
10.2 – 10-Step Program to success and abundance in life
- View the world as a place filled with abundance, generosity, and friendliness, where opportunities abound instead of being scarce, and where success is supported rather than hindered.
- Reiterate the affirmation, “I naturally attract success and abundance because it’s a part of who I am.”
- Maintain an open mindset, disregarding any discouraging influences from others, and shed limiting beliefs about abundance.
- Embrace the present moment and cultivate positive thoughts to promote well-being.
- Listen to your passions and carry yourself as if abundance and success are already part of your life.
- Recognize that your prosperity benefits others, ensuring that no one lacks because we exist within a realm of boundless abundance.
- Keep an eye on your emotions, as feelings like passion and joy signify a connection with the Spirit, bringing inspiration.
- Practice generosity toward the world as the universal intention has been generous to us; don’t obstruct the flow of abundance and utilize your prosperity to serve others and greater causes beyond your ego.
- Dedicate time to meditate, focusing on the Spirit within as the source of your success and prosperity.
- Cultivate an attitude of gratitude for everything that manifests in your life, marvel at and appreciate your surroundings, even when your desires haven’t yet materialized.
Chapter 11 – I Intend to Live a Serene and Stress-Free Life
11.1 – Four ideas about stress
- Those moments of happiness, joy, feeling fully alive, and aligned with our purpose are when we are in sync with the universal mind.
- Stress and anxiety don’t exist inherently in the world; they result from how people think and perceive situations.
- Wayne Dyer shares a story about a helpful technique called “Rule No. 6” to calm stressed individuals: remind yourself to stop taking life so seriously.
- Acknowledge that you can’t do everything and start embracing the only moment that truly belongs to you: the present. The key to overcoming the negative effects of stress and pressure is to live in the present moment.
11.2 – 10-step program to create a serene and stress-free life
- Always remember that our natural state is one of joy.
- The source of our stress lies in our thoughts, not external circumstances. Stressful thoughts obstruct the joy, happiness, and abundance we seek.
- We have the power to change our stressful thoughts, relieving our anxiety in the process.
- Regularly monitor our thoughts and emotional state in the present moment.
- Cultivate positive thoughts and mental images that promote well-being.
- Emulate the joyous behavior of babies as a reminder of our innate joy.
- Apply “Rule No. 6” as a lighthearted way to cope with stress.
- Be open to guidance from our Source.
- Dedicate time to silence, daily contemplation, and meditation.
- Cultivate gratitude, awe, and appreciation for everything we have and experience.
Chapter 12 – I Intend to Attract Ideal People and to Build Divine Relationships
Once you fully embrace the power of intention, something remarkable happens. It’s as if the universe itself starts supporting you. Even when you encounter challenges, the right people and unexpected help will appear to assist you on your journey.
12.1 – Five ideas about attracting certain people into our life
- The people we want to meet are already around us, but we must be open and willing to connect with them.
- Trust in the power of intention to bring the right people into your life.
- Be the embodiment of what you want to attract. Reflect the qualities and characteristics you seek in others.
- Recognize that everything in your life unfolds according to a divine plan, and trust in this higher force to bring the right people and events into your path.
- Have patience and faith that you have a supportive partner (the universe) who will send the right people your way or help you connect with them when the time is right.
12.2 – 10-step program to attract ideal people and build divine relationships
- Believe with absolute certainty that you can attract the people you need to achieve your goals.
- Visualize the invisible connection that links you to the people you want to meet.
- Create a mental image of your encounter with these individuals.
- Act as if everyone you meet is part of the process of connecting you with the right people, and pay attention to signs of synchronicity.
- Choose the path of least resistance in your actions and decisions.
- Embody the qualities and traits you wish to find in others.
- Practice patience, confidence, and trust in the universal power of intention.
- Incorporate meditation, particularly Japa meditation, into your routine to visualize the energy you radiate and the people you want to attract.
- Reflect on the idea that everyone who has played a role in your life has contributed to your growth, even those who brought challenges.
- Cultivate gratitude for all experiences and individuals, even those who may have caused you pain or hardship.
Chapter 13 – I Intend to Optimize My Capacity to Heal and Be Healed
13.1 – Four ideas about healing
- Everyone has the potential to heal, but we must decide to heal ourselves first.
- By using higher spiritual energy to confront and transform lower energy associated with disease, we can promote healing. This approach is utilized in energy medicine.
- Focusing on illness and seeing ourselves as plagued by it hinders the creation of a healthy body. The universal mind knows what we need for optimal health, but we must avoid thoughts and actions that resist the healing process.
- Sickness isn’t a punishment for being bad or ignorant, nor is it because of past wrongdoings. It occurs because there are lessons to be learned from it.
13.2 – Five conclusions about healing from the world of scientific research
- Anyone can harness the power of intention to heal, and healers simply have more experience or skill in using this energy.
- Healers often believe in a higher healing power that works through them.
- The specific method used by a healer may not matter as much as their strong intention to heal and their confidence in its success.
- Researchers suggest that intention alone can heal, and this healing is connected to the collective memory of a healing spirit, which may explain why saints are known for their remarkable healing abilities.
- The most valuable thing a healer can offer is to restore hope and well-being to those suffering from illness or trauma.
13.3 – 10-step program to optimize our capacity to heal and be healed
- You must first accept healing for yourself before you can help heal others.
- Share your healing energy with others.
- Elevate your energy to the level of intention, which can boost your immune system and trigger the release of well-being chemicals in your brain.
- Practice surrender by letting go and trusting a higher power.
- Instead of asking for healing, ask to be restored to your natural state of perfection.
- Avoid discussing illness and focus on thoughts of recovery, well-being, and health.
- Embrace silence and make time for meditation.
- Connect with your entire being, not just parts of it.
- Recognize any resistance you have to the natural flow of energy within you.
- Cultivate a mindset of gratitude.
Chapter 14 – I Intend to Appreciate and Express the Genius That I Am
14.1 – Two ideas about the genius in us
- Each of us has a unique genius within us, waiting for the right moment to shine.
- Our genius involves surrendering to our inner source, minimizing our ego.
To appreciate our genius, we must trust our creative ideas and act upon them without doubt. This leads to their realization.
14.2 – 10-step program to realize our intention to appreciate and express our genius
- Acknowledge your own genius.
- Pay closer attention to your ideas, even the small ones.
- Act on your intuitions and interests constructively.
- Believe that your thoughts about your abilities and interests are valid.
- Connect with spiritual energy to discover your inner genius.
- Stay humble and don’t take pride in your talents or skills; be amazed by them.
- Eliminate resistance by recognizing your genius.
- Appreciate the genius in others and acknowledge their greatness.
- Simplify your life by removing unnecessary complexities.
- Cultivate humility and gratitude.
Third part: The Connection
Chapter 15 – Portrait of a Person Connected to the Field of Intention
People in harmony with the power of intention are unique because they:
- Believe in their potential for success.
- Don’t dwell on the past.
- Stay positive and avoid pessimism.
- Embrace the idea of an energy-driven universe and the law of attraction.
- Cultivate gratitude even during challenges.
- Appreciate and marvel at life.
- Think about outcomes from the beginning.
- See the unity in humanity.
- Recognize meaningful coincidences.
- Radiate calming and serene energy.
- Prioritize feeling good.
- Don’t depend on external events for well-being.
- Face death without fear.
- Trust the Source of energy.
- Are exceptionally generous.
- Live abundantly and are content.
- Inspire and are inspired.
- Are purpose-driven.
- Possess high energy levels.
- Transform negativity into positivity.
- Rarely get sick.
- Radiate joy and healing energy.
- Exercise patience endlessly.
- Reflect the seven faces of intention.
- Showcase extraordinary creativity.
- Are kind and affectionate.
- Appreciate the world’s beauty.
- Avoid judging others negatively.
- Have an insatiable curiosity about life.
- Embrace all possibilities with openness.
- Are always receptive to abundance.
Book critique of “The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-Create Your World Your Way”:
“The Power of Intention” by Wayne Dyer may not offer practical everyday life techniques except for a few affirmation ideas. Instead, it encourages readers to contemplate wisdom and spiritual principles. At the end of each chapter, there are “programs” to guide you through this process.
Depending on your expectations, you might stick with the book or not. If you’re a very practical reader seeking concrete tools, this might not be your ideal read. However, if you’re on a spiritual journey, you’ll find deep reflections to help you progress.
Wayne Dyer’s use of “divine” language might feel a bit unusual when you start reading “The Power of Intention.” Although you’ll get used to it as you read on, the book can be challenging for someone who isn’t familiar with spiritual concepts. Additionally, some parts of the book may seem repetitive because the author’s suggestions for connecting to the power of intention and transforming your life tend to be similar throughout.
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