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Intention Setting: The Basics

Intention setting is a term that people throw around a lot these days, an intention is the starting point of every dream. Intentions are set to bring dreams, wants and desires into fruition. What I’m finding though, is that many people don’t really know how to set intentions and/or follow through with allowing them to manifest.

There are many ways to set intentions, from literally speaking your intentions out loud into the Universe, writing them down on a piece of paper or journal, creating things like vision boards or crystal grids, and so much more. While all these things are valid ways of going about setting intentions, and do work magnificently, let’s talk about the basics of how to set intentions and then allowing to become your reality.

The first step is knowing what you want, the more specific the better. You can’t just say or write down, I want to be happy. What does that mean, how does you being happy look and feel in your mind when you envision it? Having a vision of what you want and having a strong connection and emotion attached to what it is you desire is A VERY IMPORTANT KEY FACTOR to intention setting.

Do you even know what would make you happy? If you don’t really know, the Universe, Guides, Angels, Spirit, God, whomever it is you call to, cannot help bring it to you. Once you have specifics on what you want, ask. Ask out loud, “Please cooperate with me in helping to create what it is I would like to have in my life (<< insert specifics here).”

After you set an intention, let it go. Simply know that it will show up in your life. Begin knowing and feeling as if it is already set to happen or it is now your reality. Really feel in your heart of hearts everything is alright and all things will come into fruition without knowing the timing or the details of how it will happen. ‘You asked and now you know you shall receive’, so to speak. Also, remember, intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need.

Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Eliminate anyone or anything outside of you that will interfere with you receiving from the Universe what you set intention for. It could even be better for you if you do not tell anyone what it is you want to manifest because when you tell somebody else or post about it on social media, you immediately move your thoughts about it into the world of ego. Then you must defend and explain why it is you want what you want and why you think you deserve it, or how you think you are going to get it.

Relinquish any attachment from a specific result. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on unquestioning belief. Once you set your intention and let it go into the universe, allow the synchronicities and opportunities to come your way. Once they do, follow them, take them and receive your manifestations,

Lastly, what you really, really focus on, good or bad, you will get. Intentions can work both ways, do not focus on what you don’t want or what could go wrong…that is setting intention as well. That is very important to remember!


Written by Alicia Leon.

Alicia is an Intuitive Tarot Reader. To book an appointment with her, go to "book online" and select her.




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