For more than 25 years, I participated a couple times a month in a Men’s Group consisting of 5 ordinary men who gathered to co-create a safe and sacred space in order to evolve. These were real guys with real issues and challenges that we expressed, listened to and supported in moving through. One of our most empowering tools was that of Intention-setting. By that I mean setting monthly intentions. Here are some ideas about that.
A well-stated intention is like a clear and precise energetic mirror image that draws one to it with great force, because it’s the truth of oneself. All the challenges and allied forces to this intentional image come up as someone practices intention-setting. Through intention-setting, one receives a great opportunity to face and understand all of the issues that block as well as align with the realization of the intention.
We men would accept the truth of another’s stated intention only when a man was able to verbalize and express it so that it was believable. Wishy washy and unclear intentions were not acceptable. They had to have characteristics of integrity and authenticity coming from the mouth of him who spoke it. An intention is the equivalent of “Clearly spoken is done.”
Nobel laureate in Physics Max Planck said: “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms, this much. There is no matter, as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force, which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Intention is a function of one’s mind and a key to a well-lived and conscious life!
In January, San Gabriel will begin a month-long focus of all our programming. Our Sunday Services, Religious Education and Small/Connections Group meetings will explore the theme of Intention. As a learning organization, let’s see what kind of difference a thematic focus can make in our Fellowship. Corinna’s article gives more details about our participation in Soul Matters monthly themes. I encourage all of us to join a Small/Connections Group for personal reflection and stimulating conversations about our Sunday Services and Faith Development. I would appreciate hearing from you about your experiences of our monthly theme of Intention as January progresses.
By the way, my intention for 2018 is to have more fun! That’s right, even in the midst of all my work for anti-racism, anti-oppression and multi-cultural justice. Will you join me?
Wishing you a Happy New Year of deepening discovery and gratefulness!
Respectfully and light-heartedly yours,
Rev. Mark Skrabacz