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“Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, the risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive.”

― Simone de Beauvoir, The Ethics of Ambiguity.

Today is a ponder day.

I like ponder days...I am happy gazing out the window ruminating, shuffling my thoughts around not unlike my Tarot cards who at this time sit next to me just waiting to fall out of their bag and do their stuff.

My school report would make a lot of this enduring ability to look at the colour of sky, the cat across the street, passing clouds, people going by. My teachers would scoff and insist I was too dreamy, lazy, disconnected or disruptive. The world on the other side of the window was an infinite source of interest and it still is to this day. In fact my ability to gaze upon the world and have a natural curiosity for life has been an absolute boon in my line of work. I have said many times that you have to be a bit of a curtain twitcher to do this job.

So, today I am thinking about intentions.

I do believe that we are all Magicians. We are capable of creating our own future and our own fate and fortune. Through a well thought out and well prepared intention we can manifest whatever we desire.

The question then is: do we co-create with the universe (or a higher power) or is the process purely existential? The meaning of existentialism in the dictionary is ‘’philosophical theory emphasising existence of individual as a free and self-determining agent.’’

I suppose another element to this question could be: do we have a destiny to fulfil and when we make our intentions are we aligning with the road that stretches before us?

I think the primary drive for any intention/manifestation is the necessity to move forward.

Feeling challenged about the uncertainty of events we realise that we cannot go backwards. Even when faced with adversity and despair we are reminded about the opportunity for creation and rebirth. Intention can be a result of the integration of a raft of ideas and personal values. The unconscious in its longing to merge with the conscious world shapes the path that will mostly support the manifestation of the moment. The illumination coming from this merger adds credence to the intellectual activity required to bring structure, focus and purpose.

We can be assured of victory by moving forward.

This may mean the overturning of convention. Resisting the need to be a master of one’s own destiny could lead to mishap and confusion. Through willpower and determination and self-awareness we become catalysts for meaningful change.

The perspective on furthering goals and ambitions has the potential to shake us at our foundation especially when we are in circumstances that are not congruent with where we should be. Yet, from this comes the development of the spiritual armoury, faith, courage, hope and honesty, these are tools not weapons. It is with these tools that we build our inner world that is ultimately our true reality which is the foundation of all that we see and do.

All manifestation work has to be grounded in reality.

While we must listen to the heart and be our passion we must also be thoughtful as to the resources required to achieve our goals.

Our intentions require careful planning and foresight.

Each manifestation is a result of a positive mental approach and the possible cutting away of patterns and cycles that are no longer relevant. The inner ground work has to be done so the real dynamic of the intention is prevalent. Self-belief and an awareness of a multitude of possibilities are all part of the campaign. It is important to remember that we bring a gift of light to the world and when we operate for the highest good the intention attracts allies whether they are physical ones or spiritual ones.

So, is manifestation a magical manipulation of universal laws and nature, or is it, I think therefore I am?

"Don't aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run — in the long run, I say — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it."

Viktor E. Frankl

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