Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
I have always loved this quote and now it means so much more to me. That’s because of my work with an intention group. If you have no idea what an intention group is, please read my earlier blog by CLICKING HERE. I mentioned in my blog that I would follow up with what I have been doing with intention work. That is what this blog is all about. I had no idea I wrote that blog a year ago. Better late than never!
After I read the book The Power of Eight and wrote my blog, I decided I wanted to start my own group. I was unsuccessful in getting at least 8 people together and schedules were tough to work around, so I put that on hold and decided to look for an online group. I went to Lynne McTaggart’s forum to get in touch with others in my time zone. You can CLICK HERE to get to her website. You will need to register and it is a little cumbersome to get in, but if I can do it, anyone can do it. However, before you do, please read the book so that you fully understand what intention groups are and how they work. After I got on the website I got hooked up with a couple groups pretty quickly, which I really appreciated because I was really hungry to be a part of an intention group. I ended up dropping out of one because doing two was just too hard to manage time-wise.
I have heard some people might call this a prayer group, but because there is absolutely no religion attached to it, nor any talk of a particular belief or denomination, I am not crazy about that term. In fact, I really dislike it. I would never intentionally get involved in a prayer group. I simply don’t care for organized religion or any religion that uses fear to control people. And, let’s face it, most religions do use fear. So, this group is more appropriately called an intention group or circle. It has been an amazing experience to be part of one.
It was around the beginning of last summer that I found a group of 7 others (for a group of 8) and have been meeting with them either via telephone conference or Zoom meeting once a week for about ½ an hour ever since. We also, individually, send intentions for 10 minutes each day at a designated time. So the commitment is not great — 10 minutes a day plus one day with a longer time commitment is not too much to ask, in my opinion. Especially with all the benefits your reap.
Each week a new person in the group has intentions sent to them. Often, they choose to have intentions sent to a family member, so it’s pretty open about who gets the intentions. On Mondays when we meet as a group online, we send intentions for the regular 10 minutes to the person receiving the intentions and then share our experiences. The person who had been getting intentions sent the previous week speaks about any changes that have occurred. The new person who will be getting intentions sent for the coming week provides more information and describes some visualizations that will help us intend for them. We also give gratitude for everyone in the group by having one person say, “We thank [name] for their powerful and loving intentions.” This adds gratitude to the power of intentions. Wow! Can it get any better? I have tried to meditate on a regular basis and have never been successful. These daily intentions have become my meditation time — a time to get out of my head, de-stress, and help someone in need.
Here is a video of Lynne McTaggart and her vision for these groups. It will give you a good overview.
The thing that is so great about these groups is that even if you are not the person getting the intentions, you still get benefit from it, meaning that the more goodness you put into the world, the more goodness you get back. It’s karma, but in a positive sense. I say positive, because it seems that I always think of karma in a negative way. When someone does something selfish or mean, I think “Karma will get them.” But it works in such a powerful way for the positive. When you send healing energy or vibes to other people it reverberates in the universe and comes back to you in the most positive ways. And, like I said, people in the group often have intentions sent to other people in their family — people I have never met or talked to — but it still feels good to send them healing vibrations.
If you are in the doldrums this holiday season or if you just want to give someone something other than tangible gifts, think about starting an intention circle and giving healing intentions instead. Give yourself and others you love the gift of healing by going to the library or a bookstore and getting Lynne’s book, The Power of Eight. That is where you should start. Get some like minded friends together and have a discussion of the book and see if they would be interested in getting together regularly. Schedules are full these days and I know it’s hard to get people together — as I said, I experienced this myself. However, there are so many ways to connect with others online. Our group has been using Zoom which can be used for free for small groups meeting 30 minutes or less. CLICK HERE for a link to sign up. This gives you a visual of the people you are intending with and for. Our group started out using a conference call on the phone. This was a great way to connect at first, but when a person in our group mentioned that she wasn’t feeling connected to people, we decided to go this route. It really helps to see the people you are intending with — at least that is my opinion. We also started a Google Doc where people can state their intention in writing. I refer to it daily before starting my 10 minute intention. We also have a closed Facebook group. You just have to do what works for everyone in your group.
Our world is a scary, violent, and unfriendly place these days. By starting these intention groups, we send out healing vibrations. Can you imagine if everyone did this for 10 minutes a day? What a wonderful world it would be. But let’s start small with a few friends you know or make some new ones by finding some on Lynne’s website. Together we can intend wonderful things for ourselves and the people we care about.