Acknowledge the Gift
First, the idea behind the Intention Stick is that it is a profound gift. Whether we give this gift to ourselves, to others, or receive it as a gift from someone else, the first step is to acknowledge its power.
Second, is to acknowledge the Intention Stick, which is in-and-of-itself a metaphor for our physical bodies. It is an empty vessel into which we place words of intention.
Filling ourselves up
Why is this significant? Because every day we recreate the creation story. We emerge from darkness into light, and we confirm our existence by saying: “I am,” and it’s the words we choose that define our reality.
Each morning, we are in effect, empty, so what we fill ourselves with is so important. Just as we nourish our body with good food, we must nourish our souls with good intentions; to do that we invoke the mind, the heart, and our soul. The act of placing words of intention into this vessel is so powerful. It then encircles our heads and rests between our heart and throat chakras so that it becomes a direct connection to the divine.
The Power of Intention
There is both spiritual and physical power behind the act of intention. Numerous scientiﬁc studies connect the power of human intention with the ability to affect inanimate objects, other people, and even time and space. We cannot overstate the power of the words we choose to identify ourselves, good or bad, and the Intention Stick is part of a journey to rewire our subconscious to remove negative thoughts and energy and replace them with positive words of intention that are compatible with a vibrant, grateful, beautiful life.
Positive intentions also invoke the Law of Attraction. In the universe, there is no distinction between what is bad and what is good. Only humans perceive things as good or bad. So it is so important that we only focus on positive intention; otherwise, we receive what we don’t want, rather than what we do want.
Think of yourself as a magnet. You can either attract bad things or good things. Ultimately, you are entirely responsible for what you attract, and even those things are more subtle than black and white, or good and bad. Often, the not-so-good things that happen are meant to teach us a lesson, allowing us to move to a higher level of consciousness, attracting more good to us at greater abundance and speed. To get to a certain level of consciousness, where your perspective is ﬁne-tuned, we must reprogram our selves in how we think about, and talk about ourselves.
Why the Tree of Life
Engraved on the outside of the Intention Stick is the Tree of Life. It is an image that Scott was inspired to design onto a pendant for Marla for their 21st wedding anniversary almost eight years ago. Since then, the Tree of Life has appeared to them in meditation and prayer as a divine symbol at some of the most profound times, leading them to an understanding that it must be on the Intention Stick for everything that it represents.
The Tree of Life is not a religious symbol, yet it appears in every spiritual and religious text throughout history. It too is a metaphor for divine knowledge, universal truth, the multiple dimensions of our reality and in a sense even double helix of the DNA that makes up the building blocks of all creation.
The 22 Words
There is a concept in Kabbalah called “Tikun,” which means “repair” but in a broader sense of one’s life’s purpose. The idea is that when we fulfill our purpose in this lifetime, we will be healed and move to a higher spiritual plane.
According to Kabbalah, each word has 72 different interpretations. So, whatever your word you are thinking, it is covered by one of the 22 words of intention.
Place no more than three words in your intention stick at a time. Considerable energy surrounds our intentions, and having too many can be heavy spiritually. One day, a member reached out to us to say his neck had been hurting since putting on his Intention Stick. As we spoke, we found he had placed eight words of intention inside!
The best way to choose your words is to be honest with yourself and think about what you are depleted of inside. Sometimes we may want to meditate, let the words speak to us and choose the ones that help us to focus on that Intention.
Or you may think about what you truly want to manifest in your life. Maybe you want to set an intention for someone else; what do they need? But remember, going back to “Tikun,” fill ourselves first, then help others. We cannot possibly give what we do not have. If we don’t have love or compassion or health in our own lives, how can we share that with others?
Each of the words of intention were chosen for their multiple meanings (a concept that has ancient roots). For example, every Hebrew letter has a numerical value and 72 meanings. So you may wonder why “hope” is not one of the 22 words. That’s because hope is a part of Faith (one of the 22 words), but Faith is stronger and encompasses the idea of hope (hope carries with it uncertainty, so Faith has certainty, so it is a more complete word).
The word “success” can encompass, financial success, relationship success, fitness progress, positive health outcomes, a smashing opening night for your one-act play, or bid for an Olympic medal.
Often we are dealing with circumstances we have no control over, but of course, we ask for the best. By setting the intention “Be, Let It Be” and then sending it up to the universe to take care of it. We can bridge that Intention with “Faith” to reinforce a certainty of the best possible outcome. We can put different words in our Intention Stick for various intentions, or we can put a few words in to give more power to one intention.
Be diligent in your mind with your intentions and be positive. It is the best way to feed it, so the universe receives the message and gives you back what you want to manifest.
The Words of Intention
Be, Let it Be
Laugh and Joy
Words can be changed daily, monthly, or even yearly. It depends on what you feel depleted of, and what you wish to manifest in your life.