A 7 Question Exercise to Help You with Setting Intentions
One of the first steps to a successful manifestation journey is having a well-articulated, magnetically calibrated intention statement.
Why Setting Intentions is a Key Milestone to Manifesting Your Desires
Consciousness creates, and one of the first creative acts of consciousness when manifesting is to begin to define the new experience. Your intention statement is a creative act of consciousness that becomes the catalyst for your cocreative manifestation journey. It creates a clear destination for your attention, focus, energy, and efforts.
A well-formed magnetically calibrated intention statement isn’t just words. Words are carrier waves of creative consciousness. They reflect vibration and are a way to articulate the vision. Words are how you first begin to give your intention and vision physical form.
When you write down your intention and express it in words, you “step down” the energy of your intention. You begin to bring your intention from the higher-dimensional light domains into the dimension of matter.
Ever seen that image or video of a pebble landing in a lake and the ripples it creates? Your well-formed intention statement creates ripples in your current reality, much like that pebble. This first step of forming your intention is the start of the shifts you’ll begin to experience as you move further into your new manifestation journey.
Seven Questions to Help You Set Your Intention
This seven-question exercise will help you define your new destination and cocreative adventure. You can use these seven questions anytime you want to attract and manifest new experiences in your life.
Question 1: What area of your life do you want to focus on?
Focusing on one life area at a time is my recommended approach to creating your intention statements, at least to start with.
Here’s an example of how you can structure each of your life areas:
Health and fitness
You have total creative freedom in how you frame each of your life areas. Have fun with this explorative process. You’ll return to these categories regularly as you continue to grow and evolve through your life.
At the onset of the process, focus on each life area and examine what’s going on there for you. Reflect on your current thoughts and feelings in the life area and assess how you feel things are going, what is going well and flowing, and what needs your attention.
How am I feeling about how things are going in this part of my life?
What do I feel is going well and flowing?
What needs my attention?
Once you have an intention statement for each life area, you can create an overall intention script that combines all your intentions into a nice new story for your life.
Question 2: What do you want to experience differently in this life area?
That dedicated exercise of self-reflection from the first question will expand your awareness to notice the new inklings for growth, change, and expansion. Look at these new goals, dreams, or aspirations emerging for you in this life area. Take time to articulate them.
At this stage, you’re simply articulating the raw preferences and interpretations that have been forming in your non-conscious regions of mind. You can refine your intention statements to reflect the examples I shared on magnetically calibrated intention statements later on. For now, you’re engaging with these questions to fully surface what it is you now want.
Question 3: Where are you now as it relates to your intention?
“Where am I now” is a valuable question in this early-stage process and during the course of your cocreative manifestation journey. It helps you become conscious of your current beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. This question aims to help you explore your current psychological and emotional patterns in this life area. It helps you look at your energy level, mindset, and predominant or habitual emotions. You’re asking yourself, “in relation to this life area, where am I currently psychologically? Emotionally? What’s my energy level like in this area right now?”
New experiences sometimes require an update or shift to these different facets of your being (mindset, emotions, physical energy). Identifying your current established psychological and emotional patterns and the expansion of awareness that occurs when you look at yourself in this way will help you create the shifts needed to make your new intention a reality.
Question 4: What can you commit to manifest your new intention?
Manifesting new experiences takes some level of commitment. New experiences will need some level of time commitment, energy commitment, and behavioral commitment. Small shifts may only need you to set and align to the new intention requiring a few days of mental rehearsal before you feel aligned and in flow. Other desired shifts may need you to commit to doing something new consistently, consistently exerting more effort than you’re used to, or having to shift old stories and internalize new ones. Look where you’re starting from and gauge what you can commit to. Ask yourself: how much time, attention, energy, and commitment can I give to the manifestation of this experience?
Question 5: What’s your level of belief in your ability to have this new experience?
Early in your intention-setting process, it’s helpful to assess your level of belief in your ability to attract and manifest the new experience. Beliefs are the starting point of all experiences. Positive expectation, what I call anticipatory positivity, and a sense of knowing that you can have this outcome are all rooted in a belief that accepts your ability to attract and manifest the new experience.
When you start forming the new intention, you also want to start residing in the feeling-tone of “yes, I can have this.” You may easily slip into this state of receptivity, or you may need to clear some contradictory noise to get to that feeling of “yes, I can attract and manifest this new experience.”
Do I believe I can have this new experience?
How strongly do I believe that I can have this new experience?
On a scale of 1 to 100, how much do I believe I can have this new experience?
Play around with this and check your internal belief meter.
Question 6: What new beliefs and narratives will help you manifest this intention?
One of the fun parts of going on a new manifestation adventure is the internal changes you’ll start to experience. Expanding out of old beliefs and narratives, calibrating and reprograming yourself for the new, and internalizing new beliefs and narratives of a different frequency and tone change your energy.
This change in energy starts to be reflected as a new stable flow of experiences that manifest your intention. The process of asking yourself what new beliefs and internal stories you need is a way to communicate with yourself that your current beliefs and stories are the source of your current experiences. It’s this internal shift, this process of leaving your current story behind and internalizing a new one, that will expand your perceptual instruments to see, register, and receive the signals from Universal Intelligence that reflect the manifestation of your desired new experience.
Question 7: What external cocreative support do you need to manifest your intention?
Manifesting new experiences is a cocreative adventure. You manifest each of your outcomes as an interdependent individual. Regardless of the kind of new desire you have, there is going to be some level of cocreative engagement with others and Universal Intelligence.
Universal Intelligence is your guaranteed cocreative partner in all that you do. Whether creating a personal growth goal or a broader life goal, you are cocreating with Universal Intelligence.
You’re also in a cocreative relationship with the people in your world. When you set an intention, you start attracting the contacts and connections you need to get to your new destination. It's helpful to start thinking about what kind of external support you need from Universal Intelligence and other people in your world.
To summarize what this seven-question exercise to set your intentions helps you accomplish:
You focus on one life area at a time
You identify what new goals, dreams, or aspirations are bubbling up for you
You assess your current psychological and emotional starting point
You assess your level and availability to commit
You gauge your level of receptivity
You explore potential new beliefs and narratives you may need
You identify what external cocreative support you need
By engaging with these questions, you’ll achieve a level of clarity that will help you broadcast a clear, coherent, and magnetic energetic signal. The clearer your signal, the more harmonious your manifestation journey.
Whether you set your intentions annually or monthly, you can use these seven questions to drive a holistic process of self-discovery and self-engagement in your intention-setting process. The depth of engagement you bring to your intention-setting process will feed into the level of clarity and coherence you achieve right at the onset of your manifestation journey.
To learn more about the science of intention read chapter 12 in my book Anything You Want. Anything You Want is available on amazon worldwide in kindle, paperback, and hardcover.