“I am reflecting upon the past year sourcing the wisdom it continues to bring, even in this late hour. I move toward the New Year with ambitious intentions for what I wish to manifest and how I wish to evolve. I am always amazed by all that happens in a year’s time and the growth that comes. Equally significant is the awareness of areas of growth requiring continued attention in the days ahead. I leave behind all that must be of 2012 and take with me all that will serve me. I welcome 2013 ready to work, grow, play, laugh, create, expand, serve, and most important of all, love genuinely and authentically.”
Those words were written in the quiet, reflective solitude of New Year’s Eve shortly before the stroke of midnight. Seven months later I find myself in awe of what can occur within a few months.
This story about intention actually begins in June of last year. I reached a point in life where I was not where I wanted to be and not sure where I wanted to go. From that place I set a very simple intention for clarity.
The first step in this process was reconnecting with a group of friends actively involved in deep psycho-spiritual work. As the saying goes, “long story short”, I ended the year not only with clarity but momentum. In the initial days of the New Year I created a list of clear goals and intentions for 2013.
An important distinction exists between the two. I view intentions as desires one seeks to manifest without evidence or knowledge of how it will or can occur; a want with no identifiable means of achieving it. Goals, in contrast, are desires we pursue with the knowledge and means to achieve them. Having experienced the power of intention in years past and having moved from confusion to clarity within a relatively short period of time, I entered this year with many desires and few identifiable means of achieving them.
With new-found clarity and direction I began writing my first book and co-created another circle of support with a specific focus on professional endeavors. I am nearly half way through writing the initial draft of the book and have an outline for a second. Educational opportunities requiring travel and significant time and expense became possible. I built a spaceship and created this blog. The spaceship I refer to is my website. Not being very tech savvy and building the site myself, I imagine building a spaceship to be comparable; perhaps easier.
I welcomed 2013 ready to work, grow, play, laugh, create, expand, serve, and love. Not even half way through the year each of these intentions have manifested in profound ways.
It is quite amazing all that occurs in a year’s time. Even more amazing is what can occur when choosing to live with intention. After completing the third chapter of my book I had something of an epiphany. I began with a simple desire for clarity and arrived at a profound realization…
Live with intention, act with humility and genuine love, surrender self will to the will of the Highest Source and experience the miraculous.
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Russell Richard has over 15 years of clinical experience facilitating individual, couples and group therapy. His areas of expertise include recurring emotional and behavioral patterns, major life transitions, relationship and couples distress, grief and loss, anger management and resolution, men’s issues, emotional intelligence and psycho-spiritual functioning. It is Russell’s belief that we are psychological and spiritual beings, and his approach is informed by the teachings and wisdom of the worlds great spiritual traditions. His ultimate goal is to assist clients in transforming personal awareness into success-oriented action.