Our Inner Divine Mind is always expressing itself in all ways through our Own Loving Presence. This is its True Nature, thus this is our True Nature. We turn to our Inner Divine Mind as the Source of our happiness, purpose, and fulfillment. We allow it to flow through our Own Loving Presence and appear as all our activity, as every visible form and experience we could desire.
This is one of those Journeys in which I can feel myself really figuring something out. It feels a lot like when I was writing my dissertation. There is always a part of my brain that is chewing on the problem, the question, the argument, or just how to say what I know I want to say. I call it “stewing”, which is like putting a bunch of stuff into a pot (or into the brain), and letting it all cook together for hours; eventually it’s just done, and all of the different flavors merge into a new, complete dish. I have a friend who’s a writer, who calls this process “brooding”, but it’s the same basic process: sitting with something and letting those subconscious or super-conscious parts of you work on/through it. When I am stewing, I can be mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, cleaning the bathtub, walking the dog…any activity, and I can feel the stewing; I can feel something within me working. Sometimes stewing is more productive than sitting at a keyboard with writer’s block.
I know this is about faith and belief…but I got a new piece of the picture last night: intention. I am not saying I know how it fits, I’m just saying it’s part of what I am learning.
Intention seems to be the conscious expression of faith and belief. Conscious in this matter is very important. Why do I do what I do? Why do I do these Journeys? Why do I pray? Why do I do mantra, or sit with fire, or take baths, or bless water, or do any of the things that I LOVE to do, and that I do NATURALLY?
I do these things because I don’t feel “right” if I am not doing them.
But more than that!
When I do these things, I feel loving and kind, caring and compassionate, giving and sharing–I want to make the world a better place; I want to be the kind of person I want to interact with. Even when I am alone when I do my practices I feel these things.
I do them because (and here I surprised myself when I “heard” this answer) I believe they help not just me but that they help other people. My feelings of loving kindness, caring compassion, and giving-sharing are a gift to the world…simply feeling them.
The answer to the question about why I do these things is also the answer to what my intention is. My intention is to be kind and loving, caring and compassionate; my intention is to be the best person I can be.
Somehow intention is the bridge between action and faith or belief. Intention is the conscious use of an action toward a desired end. As I act intentionally and I consciously connect my actions with the desired outcome, my faith in using my intention toward the desired outcome increases.