It needs to be understood, to set
an intention is to act to make it happen. To set an intention,
nothing really needs to be done other than telling ourselves we will
do something then act to do what we say we will do. The most
important aspects of any intention is clarity of the intent and
acting to manifest the intention. What becomes key to manifesting an
intention is our ability to hold focus on what we desire to create
and the amount of energy we can put into acting to manifest our
If we make our decision and act and we have the determination and
passion of a drowning person has for air, a
blinding passion, nothing else is needed. A drowning person
grasping for air has no doubt whatsoever for what they seek. Without
air, they know they will die. So too in our creative efforts. With
such a passion, either we will get what we desire or a part of us
dies. In most cases, if we have a blinding passion for what we
desire, we will get what we seek or die in some way trying.
Having such a focus and passion is easier said that done. Most of us
do not set an intention with the determination and a passion of a
drowning person unless we are desperate. Having a sufficient focus
and passion is especially difficult if what we choose to do is
significantly different than our past and/or it is something that
will be of a long duration.
Something significantly different than the past will always be
influenced by both the habits of the past and our memories of the
past. To break with the past here must be an enormous strength of
will and a sufficient energy. Additionally both must be of
sufficient duration to continually break with the past.
Something of long duration is prone to be influenced and/or
distracted by the mundane of the world. Here there needs to be
something or someone on which to keep focus so as to not get lost.
The question then becomes, “What can we do help ensure we hold the
intention and have the energy necessary to act for the duration to
make it happen?” So to address these issues the following approaches
Five requirements to manifest an
Passion to pay the price:
Passion is about having the energy to do what needs to be done. We
must have a single mindedness and a passion to pay whatever price is
required no matter what it is for what we wish to create. A passion
to pay the price is the willingness and courage to do whatever is
necessary but where you are not blinded by what you do or how you do
it. That is you are not blinded by the passion itself. You are aware
of, and have the courage to consciously face the fears, dislikes
and/or our discomforts about what is required to be done. You have
the courage, awareness and willingness to let go of all that needs
to be released. Awareness of what needs to be faced will arise in
understanding and hence a need for the second requirement, the right
Right perspective: The “right” perspective allows two
things. One is that it allows us to access the energy we need for
our creative endeavor. The second it allows us to know how to act
on, or with, that energy.
The “right” perspective has three aspects. The first aspect is
understanding. We will need a clear mental understanding of what we
intend to manifest that will allow us to 1) realize what we need to
give up to allow the creative process to unfold, and 2) recognize
the object or experience when it comes to us as our world changes.
The second aspect is focus. We will need be aware of what we think
and believe. What we think and believe is determines how we focus
our attention and awareness. How we focus, in turn, determines what
we see and don’t see in any given situation.
The third aspect is to create the fertile space within one’s being.
That is, the right perspective is needed to create a thinking and
belief pattern, a perspective on Creation, that supports and
nourishes our creative endeavor at all levels and in all aspects of
our being that is necessary to support our creative effort.
In obtaining the right perspective we can access the energy we need
for it will allows us to face our social and enculturated
conditioning that does not allows us to act passionately. Many
traditions do not encourage passionate action yet it is the passion
in our action that fuels what we create. As such we need to have a
perspective that allows whatever restrictions and restraints placed
on our creative passion to be sufficiently removed so we can access
the energy we need.
Similarly, the right perspective allows us to know how to act. When
we have a blinding passion, we have more than enough energy for a
multitude of false starts. However, without that level of energy, we
will burn ourselves out if we have too false starts. The right
perspective allows us the freedom to explore and obtain the
information we need, that
minimum set of requisite experiences, to create what we desire.
It this regard as we gain information about what we seek, we may
find the intention we initially set out to manifest may not quite be
correct and we will need to iterate our intention.
Willingness to enter the unknown: To truly create
something you have not previously experienced (for that what
creation is, creating something not seen/experienced before) we have
to be willing to step into the unknown. We have to be willing to
step out of mind--that is, outside of how and what you think and
believe. Otherwise, we will only be recreating the past. We have to
enter the chaos of creation as our existing world changes and sit in
the anxiety of not knowing how our creation will unfold or how long
it will take.
Willing to act : We must be willing to set out to do
what needs to be done. We will have to step out in action both to
get what we seek and act on what comes to us through our
intuitive guidance and/or what the world puts in front of us.
This includes facing the obstacles as they present themselves. We
will have use what we know but feel our way through the unknown. In
this regard, we have to be willing to act on what we feel, not
necessarily what we know.
Ability to hold focus: To carry us through the entire
creative process without being captured by the past and/or
distracted by the mundane of the world without the determination and
passion of a downing person, we will need to be able to create and
hold focus on our intention with an unwavering faith and trust. Yet
single point focus for our life is not something that can
readily be done and trust is not always easy to come by. We
all seem to have been betrayed in one way or another.
There are four ways that we can use to help us hold focus. They are
a conscious focus, a subconscious focus, a muse and/or some would
call a coach or a mentor.
A conscious focus is where you create some type of a practice to
continually remind yourself to act in favor of your intention. It
may be some type of a daily practice. It might be a plan of actions
with steps we choose to take. Or it may simply becoming mindful and
aware of each of our decisions and try to always choose in favor of
A subconscious focus is were we create some type and kind of
subconscious response pattern that continually moves us toward what
we desire to create. A habit specifically learned or creating a
belief and way of thinking that reinforces action toward an
intention would be the use of the subconscious. Rituals, ceremonies,
initiations and the like are often used to create subconscious
patterns to reinforce action in a particular directions.
A muse is an individual who inspires us to action. They may or may
not be aware of the role the play and how they play the role. The
desire to become like someone or to be with something that causes us
to move through life a certain way is functioning as a muse. Muses
are often associated with the artistic talents for the muse is often
seen and experienced as calling forth the creative passion of an
individual. Some one will paint or write poetry for the one they
love. Here the one loved is seen as calling forth the creative
spirit to paint or write. When the muse in gone from an individual’s
life, they lose inspiration.
A coach or mentor is someone who continually holds an individual
accountable to following their own truth and inspiration. Here the
term coach and mentor are used differently that they way they are
normally used. Normally a coach or mentor is telling an individual
how to act. Here the coach or mentor is holding the individual to
act according to the individual’s
Fifteen Steps/Guidelines have been created as sort of a
combination of all of the methods to be used with another can help
us hold focus. The Fifteen Creative Steps/Guidelines serves two
purposes. One is they are a path to access our creative powers. The
second is they are a path to create what we desire. This second
statement refers to the fact we need not be aware of our creative
abilities to create or to use the Fifteen Creative Steps/Guidelines.
The issue is whether or not we wish to create consciously or
subconsciously. To use the Fifteen Creative Steps/Guidelines we can
simply work each step as recommended and they will guide us to our
creative powers. As we learn more and more about the depth and
breadth of our creative ability, we can being to take control and
direct our own creative efforts in the way that best serves who and
what we are.
The Fifteen Creative Steps/Guidelines are steps in the sense that
the easiest way to address them is to do them in sequence. They are
guidelines in the sense that we should not necessarily expect to
fully embrace all of them to the maximum extent possible. As
guidelines they are something to strive for. As such, we should not
judge ourselves negatively if we cannot fully accomplish the steps
based on our own or someone else’s expectation and/or opinion. All
we can do is make the best effort we can on each and that is all
that is required.
The creative/creation process
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