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Setting Your Intention

Have you ever been to a yoga class where the teacher asks you to set an intention at the beginning of class? What does that mean? Why would you want to do that? How can setting an intention be beneficial to your life?

"Intention setting" isn't some new age thing that hip yoga teachers are instructing their students to do just because it's the cool new thang.  Setting intentions is an age-old practice that our ancestors did ritually, in order to manifest their dreams and desires. It could also be called goal setting, prayer, or even using your imagination. And the cool thing is, it works!

When we set an intention, we put forth a calling, a desire, a yearning. And then we let it go out into the Universe. I have been consciously practicing this over the last few years, and things, ideas, even people start to come into my life that I didn't even know existed, but I simply had imagined or dreamed of the potential possibility of their existence.

How to do it:

As yourself the questions: What do I seek? What am I desiring? What am I yearning for?

Perhaps you are seeking a new parter, or a new job, or even a new home.

What is your ideal? How great could it be? What would it feel like?

Don't let the anxiety or fear or lack override the curiosity and passion in your dream. Let your idea be filled with love and excitement!

You don't have to how these people/things/ideas will come in, or where they will come from...just be curious. Let the Universe/God/Source/Creation be the guide.

A friend explained it to me once: "It's like looking for money in your couch. It might or might not be there, but it's fun to search. Just enjoy the search and let it show up."

For example, if you have been asked on a date with your dream man, and  you are excited and nervous about finding the perfect outfit for your date night...

Ask yourself: What do I seek? What is the ideal? What would it feel like?

Well, you probably want to look and feel beautiful, as well as comfortable. So you simply imagine how great you would feel in this lovely outfit. And you smile (even if you have to fake it at first, laughing at yourself), and IMAGINE how gorgeous and sexy you will feel, how your radiance will shine.  (When nervousness, doubt or fear come in, just say no thanks! You don't have time for that!)  

And you might not know where to get this outfit, or even have the time to go shopping. Perhaps your fun new outfit will be gifted to you by a friend who is giving tons of her awesome clothes away! Or maybe you'll get asked to be the clothing model for a new boutique wanting to connect with new clients, and they'll trade you model shots for clothes! Who knows? That's not for you to decide. That's the universe's call.

One of the most important things about setting intentions is to let them go fully. Sometimes we think we want or need something in our lives, but perhaps we aren't ready for it yet, or it simply isn't meant to be. So we need to detach from the goal. We fully let it go, and let the universe decide for us.

Oh, and there is ONE MORE THING!

Did you know that your intentions can be activated even further by Crystals?

Mantra Meditation with Crystal and Rudraksha Prayer Bead Necklaces is a great way to amplify your intention. More info on that soon!

Here are some of my favorite crystals to work with for setting intentions:

Rose quartz: for love and relationships

Tanzanite or Kyanite or Lapis Lazuli: for communication, speaking your truth, public speaking, performances

Turquoise: for protection and good fortune

Citrine: for manifesting abundance and prosperity

Clear Crystal Quartz: amplifying any kind of intention

Featured above:
Jyoti Earrings of tanzanite and crystal quartz
Truth Necklace of tanzanite
Jiva Necklace of tanzanite, moonstone and turquoise
Bhakti Necklace of kyanite, aquamarine, tanzanite and silverite.

Featured above:
Bindu Earrings of turquoise
Harmony Necklace of turquoise
Japa Necklace and Bracelet of turquoise and lava
Dharma Bracelet of turquoise

You can hold the crystals in your hand, wear them as jewelry on your body, or set them on altar as you set your intention. Crystals love to be acknowledged, and are gifts from the earth, here to activate your soul's full potential! I love working with crystals, and sometimes they even talk to me!  When we tune in and listen, we allow the magic of the universe to provide for us!

Thank you so much for reading this blog.  I hope you enjoyed learning about this special practice that I love so much, and I would love to hear more about your experiences as you begin your intention-setting ritual! Feel free to leave a comment below to share!

 


1 Response

Lei
Lei

June 05, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing. I recently started researching and learning about the New Moon and practices therein. During my New moon meditation I set my intentions. What a wonderful feeling. I am so happy to have found your blog and enjoyed this article.
Peace and blessings,
Lei

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Gem Guide

Amazonite | Amethyst |  Apatite  |  Aquamarine  |  Chalcedony  |  Chrysoprase  |  Citrine  |  Druzy  |  Fluorite  |  Freshwater Pearl  |  Garnet  |  Iolite  |  Kyanite  |  Labradorite  |  Lapis Lazuli  |  Lemon Quartz  |  Moonstone  |  Mother of Pearl  |  Opal  |  Peridot  |  Pink Opal  |  Puka Shells  |  Pyrite  |  Quartz  |  Rose Quartz  |  Rhodochrosite  |  Ruby  |  Sunstone  |  Tanzanite  |  Topaz  |  Tourmaline  |  Turquoise

     

Agate

  • agate is excellent for balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energy,
  • harmonizes the yin and yang, the positive and negative forces of the universe
  • metaphysically, agate has a lower intensity and vibrates to a slower frequency than other stones, but is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence
                              

Amazonite

  • heals and opens both the heart and throat chakras to enhance loving communication
  • Assists in manifesting universal love
  • Soothes emotional trauma
  • Alleviates worry and fear
    

Amethyst

  • symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom
  • using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings and love of the divine
  • helps overcome fears and cravings, as well as relieve headaches
  • can also be used as a dream stone and to help insomnia by placing the stone under your pillow while sleeping
  • this powerful protective stone can transmute negative energy into loving energy and enhance intuitive guidance
       

 

Apatite  

  • aids in manifestation
  • can help deepen meditation as well as raise kundalini energy
  • aids in communication and self expression, leading to knowledge of truth through the throat chakra
        

 Aquamarine

  • reduces stress and quiets the mind
  • a stone of courage, it is believed to counteract dark forces
  • sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance
  • clears the throat chakra and encourages service to humanity
  • encourages responsibility for oneself and promotes self-expression
  

 Chalcedony

  • a powerful cleansing stone that absorbs negative energy in order to balance the body, mind and spirit
  • transforms melancholy into joy
  • eases self-doubt
  • facilitates inward self-reflection
  • creates harmony

Chrysoprase

  • stimulates self-acceptance, forgiveness and compassion
  • said to enhance fertility
  • promotes relaxation, deep meditative states and peaceful sleep
  • stimulates creativity
  • energizes the sacral and heart chakras
    

 Citrine

  • powerful cleanser and regenerator
  • warming, energizing and highly creative stone
  • absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy
  • stone of abundance, teaching us how to manifest and attract wealth, prosperity and  success
  • soothes group/family discord
  • raises self-esteem and self-confidence, helping to develop a positive attitude
  • enhances concentration
  • helps overcome depression and fear
  • promotes inner calm so wisdom can emerge
    

Druzy

  • encourages clarity of mind
  • stimulates the rising of Kundalini energy to the crown chakra
  • balances the chakras
  • amplifies the energy of the surrounding stones
    

Fluorite

  • powerful mineral that helps ground your energy and improve focus
  • absorbs negative energies within the environment
  • helps heal infections and disorders within the body
    

 

Freshwater Pearl

  • symbol of love and purity
  • promotes truth and loyalty
      

 Garnet

  • balances the root chakra
  • stimulates passion and creativity
  • promotes courage needed to overcome challenges or situations of crisis
  • improves self-confidence
  • works to heal blood-related diseases
     

Green Onyx

  • physically, onyx is beneficial for teeth, bones, bone marrow, the feet, and blood disorders.
  • a secretive stone that assists in keeping your own counsel
  • provides support and relief in times of exceptional stress and confusion
  • can be used to heal old grief and suffering

Iolite

  • activates the third eye, enhancing visualization and intuitive insight
  • aids in understanding
  • helps you express your true self
  • creates harmony in relationships

Jade

  • a "dream stone" that when placed on the forehead can bring insightful dreams and emotional release
  • a symbol of purity and serenity
  • much revered in the East, it is associated with increasing love in the heart chakra 
  • releases negative emotions
        

 

Kyanite

  • opens the throat chakra, encouraging self-expression and communication
  • excellent for meditation; amplifies high frequency energies
  • cuts through ignorance, fear and blockages
  • boosts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety

 Labradorite

  • connects you to your higher consciousness
  • brings light to the wearer and blocks negative energy
  • stimulates intuition
  • balances fears and insecurities
  • strengthens faith in the self and trust in the universe
  • a stone of transformation and useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance
  • a highly mystical and protective stone
      

 Lapiz Lazuli

  • opens the third eye
  • balances the throat chakra
  • stimulates enlightenment and enhances psychic abilities
  • releases stress and brings serenity and peace
  • protective stone, blocking you from negative energy
  • encourages self-expression and speaking your truth
      

 Lemon Quartz

  • meditation with lemon quartz will enhance focus on your goals with a clear, bright outlook to manifest your future as you wish it to be
  • a good luck stone, it helps usher in opportunities for abundance
  • helps curb diet-related cravings
     

Moonstone

  • balances the hormonal cycle
  • soothes and stabilizes the emotions
  • promotes intuition and helps develop clairvoyance
  • balances the sacral and solar plexus chakras
  • brings about good fortune and passionate love
    

Mother of pearl

  • attracts fortune and happiness
  • symbolizes purity, integrity and grace
     

Opal

  • enhances cosmic consciousness
  • induces psychic and mystical visions
  • reflective, karmic stone, teaching you that what you put out comes back
  • helps you realize your full potential
  • stimulates creativity

Peridot

  • promotes grace and serenity
  • brings about forgiveness of oneself and dissolves feelings of self-blame
  • enhances prosperity in all areas of life
  • gently releases anger
    

Pink opal

  • said to aid in cleansing and activating the root and sacral chakras
  • creates a feeling of being centered

Puka shells

  • originates from cone snail shells in the ocean  
  • In the Hawaiian tradition, the wearing of puka shells was thought to ensure a peaceful and safe voyage, especially for sailors on a long journey
        

Pyrite

  • excellent energy shield, blocking out negative energy
  • a positive stone, facilitating tapping into abilities and potential, stimulating the flow of ideas
  • improves memory
  • boasts self-confidence
  • relieves anxiety and frustration

Quartz

  • raises the vibration and amplifies energy
  • enhances psychic abilities and attunes you to your spiritual purpose
    

Rose Quartz

  • a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace
  • activates the heart chakra
  • purifies and opens the heart and helps to attract love
  • enhances positive affirmations

Rhodochrosite

  • helps to attract soul mates
  • clears the solar plexus chakra
  • helps you to face the truth with loving awareness
  • encourages a positive attitude
  • enhances dream states and creativity
  • can lift depressed moods and bring light into your life
     

Ruby

  • stimulates the heart chakra
  • encourages you to "follow your bliss" and passion for life
  • promotes dynamic leadership
  • attracts sexual activity
  • creates a positive and courageous mentality
  • encourages transformation and removal of negative energy

Silverite

  • Sometimes called mystic sapphire, this stone is typically a sapphire which is heat treated to give it a coating to make it shiny.  
  • They are said to facilitate peace and balance within the physical, mental and spiritual energies of the body
  • Sapphires, in all their beauty, have been highly regarded and sought after throughout history, and associated with kings, emperors and Greek gods.

Sunstone

  • clears all the chakras
  • a joyful stone which brings in light and energy, allowing the true self to shine through happily
  • encourages optimism and enthusiasm
  • acts as an anti-depressant, lifting dark moods and bringing in the regenerative power of the sun

Tanzanite

  • activates the throat chakra for clear communication and expression
  • promotes compassion
  • calms an overactive mind
  • brings a peaceful understanding of one's own heart
     

 

Tiger's Eye

  • a protective stone, bringing out integrity and promoting clarity of intention
  • alleviates depression
  • helps to mend personal issues of psychiatric dis-ease, a feeling of unworthiness and self-criticism
  • increases low-sex drive
         

Topaz

  • a soothing stone that heals and energizes
  • promotes truth and forgiveness
  • helps you to find your true path
  • stimulates self-confidence

 

 Tourmaline

  • cleanses, purifies and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration
  • grounds spiritual energy
  • clears and balances all the chakras
  • attracts inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity
  • balances male/female energy in the body

 Turquoise

  • serves as a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm
  • brings about good fortune
  • symbolizes friendship
  • can increase growth and muscular strength, as well as detoxify the body
  • said to balance all the chakras