The very fact that we can breathe and experience life is proof to me
that the life-giving Spirit is creative at its core.
– Wayne Dyer
In all things God works for the good of those who love God,
who have been called according to God’s purpose.
– Romans 8:28
“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.”
– Joan of Arc
I remember vividly the day I was riding in the car on the way from Chicago to St. Louis listening to an audio tape of Wayne Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention. I was looking out the window and only half listening until he got to the part that began with the line quoted above in his description of the seven “faces” of intention. What he said next drew me in completely, and catapulted me into a reflective moment that lasted for several miles. He said:
[W]hat is clear is this: You are here in your physical body; there was a time when you were an embryo, before that a seed, and before that formless energy. That formless energy contained intention, which brought you from no where to now here…intention started you on a path toward your destiny.
I didn’t hear what came after these words because, as I said, I suddenly was moved by them to consider their meaning for me in the context of our Universe Story. As we drove along, I was looking out the car window at fields of corn and rows of trees in the farm fields through which we passed. As Dyer’s words sunk into me, I thought about myself as one with those stalks of corn and trees. Our journey is one and the same. It is defined by the new Universe Story as 13.7 billion years of unfolding out of the creativity and life-giving intention of Spirit.
“That intention…brought you from now where to now here.” Reflecting on Dyer’s words while gazing out the window at the nature all around me, I began to try to feel my way into his image of intention. I tried to imagine myself as someone held by the same intention that brought forth the corn, the trees, the entire Earth community of which I am a part. “Can I learn to trust that intention,” I found myself asking in my mind, “in the same way the rest of creation does?” In other words, can I learn to be less anxious and rest more fully in the assurance that I am part of some larger plan of Life? Can I firmly believe that as long as I stay true to myself, and trust in the Spirit’s creative intention, I will grow into my intended destiny, just as the corn and the oaks do? And, just as they do, I have the capacity to grow from a tiny seed to a magnificent plant that blossoms with its intended harvest?
Speaking of “destiny” here does not for me mean that our days are calculated down to every move, any more than a stalk of corn knows as morning comes whether its day will hold wind, rain, or sunny skies. It does mean that each of us must stay true to the potential held within the seed of our birth and our gradual becoming in the face of all of the day’s events, taking from them what is helpful, sloughing off what is not needed, hunkering down against what threatens.
I also began in my late 20’s to see how there seemed to be a pattern to the unfolding of my life. Events and experiences brought lessons that expanded my knowledge and my self confidence to meet new challenges. I summarize that sensation now with the proclamation: “Everything we do in life is remote preparation for what we are going to be asked to do next.”
“I am intended.” What a powerful affirmation! Perhaps not even the Spirit knows fully the consequences of that creative gesture, but the grounding message for me in that thought is one from which I can draw meaning and strength. I find myself now in moments of blossoming using the words Joan of Arc spoke long ago: “I am not afraid. I was born to do this!”
Dyer, W.W. (2010). The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House