In this fast paced world of immediate results and targets it can be a challenge to let go of what we want and desire.
Do you remember SMART goals? This is a mnemonic acronym to help set out goals that can be achieved, in other words the goals were Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. It’s a great way to focus, keep on track and bring it to fruition. Most of the time it was used for tasks that you knew you would be able to achieve, they were in your conscious, cognitive and physical abilities. So in essence it was restricted and boundaried.
What if you could achieve something that was beyond your capabilities of imagining? What if you had to let go and trust to something that was so much more intelligent and powerful than yourself?
Deepak Chopra in his book “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” describes the law of intention and desire. As humans, along with every living thing on this planet we are nothing more than energy and information – a quantum field. When we put out our intention (goal) and bring attention to it we change the energy around us and cause things to manifest. Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger and we need to be in the present moment to do this. When we set an intention it transforms the energy and by letting go of attachment to the outcome it becomes powerful.
“Your intent is for the future, but your attention is in the present” – Deepak Chopra. In other words set your intention for the future, have no emotional attachment to it and then turn your attention to the present, as we can only be in the present. The best way to create your future is to create it in the present.
As a goal orientated and “towards” motivator, it has taken me a while to get my head around this and let go of my desire to achieve goals and outcomes.
In Reiki I discuss, with my students, the need of getting results for clients and that setting expectations does not guarantee anything. By letting go of our emotional desire and ego to get results we start to work in harmony with the energy around us. For me this feels liberating, a sense of freedom from targets and goals. It also enhances trust that my intention is being heard and created within the bigger energy field of our world. I am co-creating with the Universe and that all life/energy is working towards my success/intention.
Many years ago I would not have believed that I would own my own business. Then one day I had this thought that maybe it was what I wanted, I wasn’t sure in what form or what I would be doing or when it would happen. Without me realising it I had set my future intention but then got back to living my life in the present. I had no emotional attachment so if it happened it happened, if it didn’t it didn’t!
Then over the years my interest was drawn to learning different energy modalities and I began to realise that I was able to come away from a secure career and take a step into self-employment.
Now I don’t set goals or targets but trust that I will have the clients who need me or that I have enough money coming in that enables me to live the life I want. I appreciate it can be tough to let go of desires and expectations but when you let go of outcomes and create your future in the present amazing things can happen!