In his best-selling book, The Power of Intention, Dr. Wayne Dyer outlines a clear path you can use to begin living from a state of intention in your life. When you activate this powerful force, he writes, you can begin to create the life you have always dreamed of, leading you down a path of effortless manifestation of your desires.
Tapping into the power of intention is your birthright, but there are a few key practices you can develop that will help you to cultivate this energy within yourself.
These practices are what Dyer refers to as the 7 faces of intention. In this post, I’ll outline what these characteristics are, and how you can use them to begin living a more inspired and directed life.
Summary of The Seven Faces of Intention
Learning to master the 7 faces of intention is key to living an intentional life. These seven features represent both the ways in which you are already expressing your intention, and the ways in which you can begin to develop this intention more consciously.
Dyer writes that “By banishing doubt and trusting your intuitive feelings, you clear a space for the power of intention to flow through.”
Let’s take a look at each:
1. Be Creative
The first face of intention is creativity. Creativity is essential to living an intentional life because it allows you to begin to see connections and opportunities that you were not conscious of before.
The universe does not work in a linear, logical manner. Synchronicity will emerge from unexpected and seemingly ‘random’ places, when you are prepared for it. By training yourself to become more creative, and allowing your natural expression to flow forth, you can begin to tap into more of this energy.
2. Be Kind
Kindness and compassion are cornerstones of any true spiritual practice. Being kind in all circumstances requires you to gain a higher perspective and begin to see the world from another’s point of view.
When you are kind, you emit a radiant, positive energy, and let the universe know that peace and well-being are important to you. This sets your intention and clears the way for the manifestation of more positive experiences in your life.
3. Be Love
Love is a quality that you create for yourself. When you emit a vibration of love, you prepare to receive more of that same energy from those around you. In other words, when it comes to love, you get what you give.
Dyer writes that you were intended from a state of a love, which is why you must love in order to create intentions for yourself, and that the key to doing this is to focus on a spirit of loving cooperation, rather than competition over others.
In order to create an inspired, intentional life, then, you should practice instilling the feeling of love into every situation you encounter. This love may take many forms, from a romantic partner to a family member, or even to the cashier in the grocery store or a driver who cuts you off in traffic. By learning to love unconditionally, you create more space for love in your life to blossom.
To expand your feeling of love right now, try this Abraham Hicks Rampage of Love.
4. Be Beauty
Beauty is everywhere around you. It doesn’t matter whether you are at the beach, on a mountainside, or staring at an urban construction site: if you look for it, you will find beauty.
Learning to appreciate this beauty everywhere is an essential aspect of awakening into your divine nature, and as you begin to see it even in unexpected moments, it will become more and more prevalent for you, forming a stronger and stronger part of your vibration.
5. Be Ever-Expansive
The key to intention is to balance an appreciation for the joy, beauty, and abundance that is already before you with a desire to continue to grow and expand.
Wherever you are, at whatever stage in your growth you may be (whether physical, intellectual, material, or spiritual) there will always be more you can desire of yourself. Learning to create these desires and expand joyfully, without invalidating where you are right now, is a powerful practice.
6. Be Abundant
We live in an abundant, thriving universe. At the core of your being, you are, in essence, part of an infinite field of energy. This energy births you and everything in your world and, since you are a part of this energy, you can tap into it to create anything you choose for yourself.
We restrict ourselves when we think of abundance only in terms of money. In truth, it is everywhere, from the leaves on the trees around you, to the love you can feel for others. Become attuned to this abundance, and you will attract more of it – in all forms – into your life.
To strengthen the feeling of abundance in your life, try this 21 Day Abundance Challenge from Deepak Chopra.
7. Be Receptive
Lastly, Dyer writes that the key to receiving your intention is to become more receptive to it. When we try to outline specific ways in which our desires will unfold, we limit ourselves, and often miss the very unfolding we seek.
Receptivity enables you to remain curious, excited, and open about your desires, so you can experience them more fully. To practice receptivity, try these processes for getting into the receiving mode.