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The Power of Intention – 10 Steps

“Everything that is created in the universe is here already. We are not really creators as much as we are re-combiners of everything.”

“All of us have the capacity to attract to ourselves what seems to be missing in our lives.”

“If you think about shortages, you’re going to attract more shortage! If you think about what’s missing, you’re going to attract more of what’s missing in your life.”
Wayne Dyer

Let me start with an example of what Wayne Dyer is speaking of in his last quote above, as this is a very important concept to grasp. A few months ago I woke up feeling shear dread about going to the office. I felt I could not go in and face the day. I said to myself “If I were sick with a cold or flu I wouldn’t have to go to work.” What do you know! Five minutes later I was displaying symptoms of the flu. I was coughing, sneezing and a headache and nausea had set in. Going to work was out of the question. This is how powerful intention setting can be. Even though it had a negative outcome it still gave me the result I wanted at that time.

We each have the power to manifest into our lives the things we want and need. The only puzzle piece that is missing, in most cases, is the strength of the belief that we can. Like in my story above I really believed that I would be better off sick than going to work healthy. By now we have all heard the phrase “It is not about seeing and then believing, it is about believing and then seeing.”  The ability to manifest is innate in our being. We have the connection to source. Like a golfer we just need to hone our skill through practice.

We always receive some result to any intention we set. However, in many cases the person awaiting the result can miss the actual realization of their desire altogether. They just do not see the manifestation of the intention because they may be looking in the wrong place or just not seeing at all because they are expecting something different.  For example, someone has set the intention to have a new “perfect” love interest come into their life. They set all the parameters of the person and no one shows up. Yet the person can be someone they are already in some sort of relationship with at the present time. Someone who was not available prior or they didn’t see the individual for who they truly are and they miss the opportunity altogether.

One example I like to use that really explains this well is when I was in the market for a new, previously owned, vehicle. I shopped around on car lots. I browsed the regular spots online. I even read through the car sales magazines. Finally after many weeks of searching I finally found the vehicle I was looking for. It was just missing a couple of features that I wanted.  So I purchased the car.  The second person I showed my new car to let me know very quickly that a friend at the office just sold the exact same vehicle except it had all the features I had been looking for and at a better price. What is worse is she had actually told me about it two weeks prior. I just had not been paying attention.

So I have given you examples of both positive manifestation and negative as well. The question you are probably asking at this point is “How is it done?” “What is system that I find works?”  It is very simple:

1. Choose something for yourself that would be for your greater good. Remember that what you intend to manifest will come to fruition. As the old adage goes “Be careful what you ask for. You may just receive it.”

2. Be very clear about what you want to manifest. Write it down. Make it reasonable though. The more unbelievable the description the harder it will be for you yourself to truly belief it. Example: I am 5 foot 3 inches tall and my intention is that I am 5 foot 10 inches tall. Probably not going to happen!

3. State the intention in a positive way. No no’s or not’s.  Negatives are not recognized by the Universe. For instance “I don’t want my husband to leave his socks on the living room floor” could rather read “My husband picks up his clothes from the living room floor and puts them away.”

4. State it in the present, as if it has already occurred or you have received it as in the example above.

5. Set it in emotions. Feel that you have already received fulfillment. Be happy about. Celebrate!

6. Send it out to the Universe with thanks and appreciation.

7. Be thankful!!! Be grateful!!!

8. Let it go so that the universe can bring it back to you fully formed. If you hang on, especially with expectations of how it must come to you, you will be placing limits on how the Universe can deliver it.

9. Share your intention with other positive individuals that will support you with their thought. You can even start an intention circle that has like minded people get together on a regular basis to share your intentions and most importantly verbally support each other.

10. Every morning re-visit your intentions and gratitudes. This is important. Keep your intentions somewhere you can see them. You can even make a vision board that pictorially represents your intentions and keep it in a prominent place in your home. As mentioned above revisiting your intentions does not mean hanging on to them. Let them go and manifest themselves. If you try to keep control of the manifestation process guess what, you will be in control and where has that gotten you so far.

I have found that all the best manifestations that have occurred in my life were when I followed the above process and then completely letting go of any control whatsoever. Amazing things happened. That is how I met my current partner who is everything I hoped for. It is how my new book The Midas Tree was born and many more wonderful things and experiences.

I know, without a shadow of a doubt that setting intentions works and it can for everyone. If you truly believe and are willing to see it when it arrives then you too can have your dreams come true.


Dr. Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her book “The Midas Tree,” a spiritual adventure story for children of all ages is available on Amazon as a paperback or e-book. She can be reached at:- Lesley@themidastree.com


23 Responses to The Power of Intention – 10 Steps

  1. Interesting. While I believe in the concept of Intention-Manifestation, I don’t think “Let them go and manifest themselves,” is the best message for people new to this idea. That just leads to wishful thinking and eventual dissappointment.

    Intention-Manifestation works because when you truly intend something you begin to see opportunities to which you were previously blind. More importantly you ACT on those opportunities. It is through actions that you realize your intentions.

    When you open your eyes and start changing from within, you’ll soon find the world around you change as well. That’s manifestation.


  2. Justin says:

    Hi Dr. Lesley,
    This is an excellent example of how to manifest our desires. I have learned much about the art of deliberate creation from Dr Robert Anthony. It is true what you said to be careful what we ask for though. 

  3. hepsoj says:

    Strange!  Every day recently an article presents itself to me on manifestation.
    the concept itself is manifesting. I first learned of it through Wayne Dyer many years ago. It has been part of my life since.

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  5. Dustin says:

    Good points. I agree that it isn’t a “think it, and it will come” type of thing. More of intentionally directing your focus, which, like you said, can open up your mind to things that weren’t there before. 
    This generally results in a more effective effort to achieve whatever it is you wish to achieve. 

  6. Lesley says:

     Seems like there’s some synchronicity at play in your life!

    You’re wanting to pay attention to manifestation right now!

  7. Lesley says:

     Yes – I’ve been having a big lesson on that myself this week.

    Without going into details – I’ve been at stale mate with a certain issue for months – as soon as I shifted my negative thinking within one day I was able to manifest a positive outcome !

    So I asked for a positive resolution and I got it!

  8. Lesley says:

     Hi Dustin – one thing I always teach my students is that spiritual creativity requires no effort. If you are using effort then you are operating from a physical perspective rather than a spiritual one.

    Manifestation is spiritual creativity at work in physical reality.

    Simply know what you want, believe you can have it, let go of attachment to the form it will come back to as and then allow yourself to recieve!

  9. Lesley says:

     Hi Trevor

    It’s true – manifestation starts with an internal shift.

    You cannot control anything outside of yourself – only what is within you.

    You are the master of your own universe and you create your reality.

    If you store hate and fear inside and operate from negative patterns of thinking then that will impact what you create in your life.

    To be clear to other readers the quote Trveor uses above   “Let them go and manifest themselves” – is not my message or taken from my article.

    My message to people who are new to this idea is one of empowerment

    “You create your reality; you have the power to change what you don’t like and to manifest what you want.”

    The way to do this is to clear out your negative patterns and use positive intention setting. I use and teach specific meditation techniques to do this – these techniques are learned by the hero in  my novel The Midas Tree.

  10. Hi Dr. Phillips,

    With all due respect, I suggest you go back and re-read your point #10. Next to last sentence.


  11. Oreoprah says:

    I’m sorry, but this is complete nonsense. I’ve been using various manifestation techniques for 5 years to manifest the same one thing, and have gotten absolutely nothing. I’m not one bit closer, and realistically speaking, I’m farther from it every second. 

  12. What actions are you taking to make this one thing real? It is only when you intend to ACT that you will see things begin to shift. Only with follow through can you change the world around you.


  13. Oreoprah says:

     Well, I wanted someone I loved to become closer to me. I did all I could– visualized, meditated, kept a gratitude journal. I actively tried to build a friendship. I asked god, the universe to help me and never got anything from it. I lowered my standards so much in what I was asking for that I’m completely without hope that there is any good in the universe for not helping me to get the smallest thing I’ve asked for. At first, I wanted her to love me. Then, like me. Then, just  reach out to me for once instead of me initiating communication between us. I never got anything.

  14. LLaqui says:

    Your attitude must be the reason why you see no progress. Don’t ask & expect, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

  15. Gina Hams says:

    Intention is the place it all starts…..

  16. Five years is too much of your life to spend in want. Don’t wait for the world to change around you. It’s not going to happen. Change yourself first, then you’ll find life growing brighter.

    As for your unfulfilled love interest . . . you are standing in a poisoned field. Move on to greener pastures.

    I sincerely wish you the best.

    Good Luck!

  17. Oreoprah says:

    I love her and can’t stop loving her. I tried to make it happen, but it won’t work. I want the help of the universe but it does nothing to improve the situation.

  18. You will waste your entire life if you continue with this pattern of thinking. All the intention in the world will not force the universe to make someone love you who doesn’t.

    You don’t have to stop loving her, but focus your attention elsewhere. You might find there are other stars in this universe just as bright.

    Dwelling on this will only bring misery. Don’t do that to yourself.

    Good Luck!

  19. Oreoprah says:

    I love her and only her. If she can’t love me, shouldn’t I at least be able to get her to be a friend or contact me every once and a while?

  20. Why would you even want that? It’s like trying to recover from alcoholism while working as a bartender.

    You’re obviously hurting, so I’m going to tell it to you straight. Get as far away from this girl as you can. Let time and distance dull the ache.

    Then move on.

    That’s really the only help I can offer. The rest is up to you.

    Good Luck.

  21. Sherwindeguzman20 says:

    The Greatest intention i know is the intention of  God to love Us..that makes me move on..

  22. Dr Lesley says:

     :)  Yes I see now that quote is in my article.

    I guess when I read your comment it seemed you had  misinterpreted my intended meaning and so I didn’t recognize it.

    What I meant by “Let them go and manifest themselves” was referring to “releasing the intentions.”

    It is true that what can commonly block people is their inability to recognize their creation when it comes back to them.

    That is why it is best not to place any limits in how the desired creation will come back to you.

    And yes of course once we have done the spiritual work we also need to takes steps in physical reality.

  23. Lesley says:

    Well I think I might be able to help you re-frame what you are asking for.

    It’s important to understand that you cannot control another person with your intentions.

    You can ask for a loving supportive romantic relationship, but not that this specific person will feel and act in these specific ways.

    This is because everyone has the free will to choose what they want.

    But if you ask that you attract a wonderful fulfilling relationship and allow the universe to bring opportunities that are compatible with you. You may meet an entirely new person and find yourself in a very happy situation.

    But remember you create your reality through your beliefs

    If you do not believe  in the manifestation techniques you are using, then it is also unlikely you will get a result

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