Would you question the intention of an apple seed? Would you look at a seed inside an apple you have just sliced open and say, “So? What is it that you are here for?” Would you wonder if, after you planted that seed, you would find a watermelon? A fluffy rabbit? No, I think we can safely say, without even confirming with anyone, that the intention of that apple seed is to create an apple. The seed, once planted, will sprout into a seedling. That seedling will grow into an apple tree. Beautiful white and pink blossoms will appear on the tree in the spring, and we need not mourn the falling petals of those blooms, because those blooms will soon turn into delicious fruits. The intention of an apple seed is to grow an apple.
What is your intention? If you were a seed, what would you grow into? By intention, I do not mean what are your plans, or what do you going to do with your life? What I am asking is, what is the dominant force within you? If you were a seed planted into the ground, would you grow into a watermelon? A fluffy rabbit?
We are all created with an intention; a flowing current that drives what we are to become. Does this mean we are born with a pre-destined path to follow? No, absolutely not. We have free-will, which is one of the beautiful benefits of being a human being. What it does mean is, we have been programmed with good and loving intentions. We are entitled to abundance and well-being, because this is our intention. Just like the intention of the apple seed is to grow into an apple, our intention is to live in peaceful harmony, be of service to others, experience love and happiness.
We begin our lives with this as our intention, and our direction is carved by the experiences we have during our life. We are a blank canvas, and our choices create the picture we create. But if, just for a moment, you sit in the stillness and listen for that dominant intention, you will feel its presence. We sometimes lose the identifiable connection to our intention when our perceptions are clouded with ego-based thoughts. Insecurity, arrogance, hatred, and disappointment are all born out of the ego. The ego’s intention is to keep us separate, and it does this by whispering thoughts in our ear. We are very different from an apple seed. The choices we make are sometimes inspired by our desires, our fears, or our conditioning; we are conscious creators, whereas the apple seed has no choice. The apple seed will turn into an apple, no matter what thoughts or ideas are suggested to it.
In Snow White, when the wicked witch extends her hand to Snow White with the red apple, we know that it has been poisoned by the witch. As we watch, we yell at the screen, “No, Snow White, no!” when she accepts the apple that is handed to her. Snow White does not question the intention of the witch; she has the appearance of a harmless old lady. The connections Snow White has made in her mind with what to expect from a little old lady do not signal danger to her. And why would a delicious red apple be deadly? Snow White knows the intention of an apple, but the witch has altered the reality. The apple is no longer in harmony with its intention; this apple is not a healthy delicious fruit, it has been bewitched to cause Snow White to fall under an evil and deadly spell.
What if we look at this story from a different angle? Instead of “witch,” insert the word “ego.” Instead of “apple,” insert the words “dominant intention.” Can you begin to see how things get a little tricky? Although those ego-based thoughts may appear to be harmless, our ego thinking has the ability to poison our intention. Like the little old lady, those ego-driven thoughts can slip right under our radar. They do not outwardly appear dangerous, but they have the ability to distract us from our true intention by infusing our minds with fear, insecurities, arrogance, doubt, or the need for approval.
So what can we do to keep the witch from appearing in our window with a poisoned apple? We can unplug ourselves from our ego, and plug back into the flow of our intention whenever she arrives. How do we do that, you ask? We do that by being aware of our thoughts and surrendering to the force of intention within us; we use our free-will to focus our energy and not succumb to the ploys of the witch. Our dominant intention is always there, it is always peaceful, and it is forever yours. All you have to do is reconnect. Sometimes it takes practice, but the ability to realign with our intention is always within our reach. When we are in sync with our intention, we can eat all the apples we want!
*To understand more about intention, I highly recommend reading Wayne Dyer’s book, The Power of Intention. A wonderful book available from Amazon: CLICK HERE.