What are the best things about the times we live in?

With so much talk in the media right now about the potential "crisis," I thought this question would be a good mind-shifter:

What is the best thing happening in the times we live in?

Sometimes I have to sit back and laugh at the people painting this financial crisis as the same thing as — or worse than — the Great Depression. I think people hear that, and they associate their future experience with images they see of the Great Depression. How about we take a moment to change that pattern of thought by naming some of the things you love about the times we live in?


Marisa Weiss M.D. is the president and founder of breastcancer.org.

As soon as you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you desperately try to figure out how it could have happened. You analyze your life a thousand times over, rack your brains searching for THE reason, beat your head against the wall, experience endless guilt. All you get is a headache. Drop it! Save your precious energy for your health and well

Awakening the Healer Within

It is my privilege to welcome you to Intent.com’s breast cancer campaign.

In my experience as a physician, over several decades, I have come to realize that a person’s internal state of well-being really influences the outcome of illness.  If you are feeling safe, loved, and the people around you are supportive, then your body is more likely to self-regulate. Self-regulation is an important part of the healing process. We all have a healing response built into our biology.  This healing response is the restoration of homeostasis. Homeostasis is a state of dynamic, non-change in the midst of change. This means that in a healthier person, thousands of biological parameters remain within a certain range no matter what is happening in the environment.  These biological parameters include everything from blood sugar levels to hormone levels to body temperature regulation to regulation of the immune system. It is now known that stress disrupts homeostasis and the experience of centered awareness and the giving and receiving of love restore homeostasis.

As I have indicated, disruption of homeostasis is the beginning of disease and the restoration of homeostasis is the healing response. Therefore, no matter what illness you are facing, the most important thing you can do is to move from a place of fear to a place of love and safety. In breast cancer in particular there is research to show that women in support groups have a much healthier outcome then women who feel lonely and afraid. Today, the precise biological pathways through which love heals are even being mapped out by scientists. In particular, an internal state of euphoria induced by the experience of love causes the secretion of neurochemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, opiates, oxytocin, and vasopressin. These chemicals are not only antidepressants; they also modulate the activity of the immune system and are referred to as immuno-regulators.

Therefore, have confidence in your own healing power, awaken the healer within you, and surround yourself with loving and caring people and have a one-pointed intention that you will heal yourself. The mechanism through which intention orchestrates biological response is a mysterious phenomenon. But there is no doubt that intention influences our biology. Through meditation, for example, one can learn to lower heart rate and blood pressure and eliminate the stress response. When intention is introduced before meditation it works in a precise manner by evoking very specific biological phenomena. According to wisdom traditions, intention has infinite organizing power. This means that intention can orchestrate an infinity of space-time events in order to fulfill the intended outcome. In fact, a frequently-used term in the field of biology is teleology. Teleology was an old-fashioned term which is now being used frequently to explain certain mechanisms in evolution. Many scientists feel that intended outcomes influence their own biological mechanisms even in evolution (in other words, evolution is purpose-driven.) In any case, do not underestimate the power of intention. Think of it as electricity or electromagnetism and learn to harness it.

All my love and intention of healing.

God bless,


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What’s Happening On Intent?

Greetings fellow Intenters!

I have been spending more time this week in the community talking to some truly remarkable people! I am just amazed at some of the messages I am reading. Makes me want to change the slogan of Intent to, "Hope for humanity"! :) I think this is truly a special time in which we are coming together — one when the media is pumping society full of fear about the economy, and when we have a potentially page-turning presidential race on our hands.

What time could be better to come together to share our intentions for a better life, and a better world? Great time to start supporting each other on that front. :) If you know anyone who you think might benefit from such a crowd, please click your friends tab, and then click the "Invite Friends" box to let them know we are here!

I am setting the intention to check in with you here daily to give you some news on what is happening around Intent. We are working on making it easier for you guys to see exactly what is happening, but ’til then (and even after) — sharing information through our blogs is a great way to spread the word.

For one, I thought you might like to know that our 1,000th member signed up yesterday! Woo hoo! The community is growing at a fast rate. Many users have been inviting their family and friends — so a big, big, big, huge THANK YOU to everyone out there supporting Intent — we couldn’t do it without you.

I’d like to also take this opportunity to introduce you to some of your fellow community members. Please give them a warm welcome!

Introducing Nazak, who shares our enthusiasm for the world changes Intent will bring. Linda enjoyed our quote blog from the other day, and adds a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." A big thanks to Aurora and Denise for contributing some great feedback to the site. (We always appreciate that!) And if you are looking for some sound blogs on the financial news, look no further than DK Matai’s blog.

Hope you guys have been enjoying the redesign. I love the featured community bloggers section on the front page. The quality of member blogs is truly amazing.

As always, let me know how I can help make your Intent experience better.