Sunday, August 2, 2015

intention as creation

My thoughts sometimes are uncontrollable and I feel the need to understand and reconcile this aspect of myself. See it is like this: I feel like I am in full control of myself and actions for the first time in my life and with that does come a responsibility because I am fully aware and conscious. In relation to that anything I do is done with purpose and understanding. However my thoughts flow freely and run the full gamut. They venture off into some territory I find uncomfortable but it does happen and I can't deny it. I have mantras that can clear my mind if I want to dismiss these thoughts but the curious thing is that they still do manifest. I feel like the path I have been traveling for the last seven years has definitely put me into a higher state of consciousness and that is why I am troubled these thoughts still sometimes occupy my headspace.

After meditating on this aspect of myself I have decided to accept it for what it is. They are just a part of who I am and I shouldn't feel guilty or ashamed of them as long as I don't act upon them. Philosophically speaking, thoughts and words become powerful when combined with intent. It is then a short step to acting upon those thoughts once the intention is there. Of course that works both ways in that if the thoughts are positive and you develop an intention towards fulfilling that dream then pretty soon you will realize that dream. This seems like a roundabout lesson in intention.

Intention is the most important aspect to bring to plant medicines. A fully formed intention is the way you will benefit and receive the most healing and conversely entering into the sacred space minus an intention will reduce the efficacy of the experience. If you use these sacred plants for recreation and amusement instead of healing, the plants themselves could become mentally toxic. As my shaman said "come to play, eventually you will pay."

Ayahuasca vine

It is interesting that in sacred traditions we see this idea concerning intention. In ancient Egyptian thought it is the god Ptah that speaks creation into existence. 

Horus and Isis in the presence of Ptah

This idea is echoed in the opening chapter of Genesis in the Old Testament with the command to manifest always spoken with intention which results in creation. In the Gospel of John in the New Testament it is through the 'Word' that all was created:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-14King James Version (KJV)

'Word' is from the Greek 'logos' which means thought that has been turned into speech. So it's not the concept of the word we know from grammatical studies, instead it is much deeper in meaning. It is the action behind thought, a verb if you will. It is in a way intention manifest. To me this makes sense as life is properly a verb. It is always changing and moving, and coming forth. Nouns are really dead inanimate things. This Word is called the light of mankind and used here to describe the Christos. Starting in verse 3 the Greek word 'autos' translated as 'him' also means 'self', 'her', or 'the one'. It's just translated as masculine because well you know… bias, patriarchy, and the like. Anyway in verse 14 the Greek word 'en' translated as 'among' also means 'in'. The Word dwelt in us. It is describing the light that is your soul residing in you and how it is ultimately connected to the divine because the Word was God, God coming from the Greek word 'theos' which means divine. We are the Light and we are Divine. This light is the ultimate expression of energy in its purest form and that is us, the divine. If you dig deep enough you can still find elements of this truth buried in ancient wisdom books.

When we as humans recognize the light within us and our own share of divinity then this becomes such an important concept that demands our attention. Our thoughts and words do matter and it is through intention that we make them actionable. It is ultimately the lifeblood of creation on a grander scale.

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