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Intention vs. resolution

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Best selling author and creative development master William Whitecloud explains how a change for the better depends on getting the subconscious message right.

Is it just me, or is everyone sick and tired of New Year resolutions? Personally, I have absolutely no time for them.

Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s not that I think there is something wrong with turning over a new leaf once in a while or desiring something better for oneself – it’s the word ‘resolution’ that I have a problem with. Let’s face it, it’s a lame word. Local government committees pass resolutions when they want to defer tough decisions, and people make resolutions when they want to absolve themselves of dysfunctional behaviour. We always feel somewhat better when we tell ourselves that things will be different in the future. But appeasing our conscience is very different to having a clear intention to change.

There is tremendous power in words. You only have to say the word ‘intention’ to yourself to see what I mean. ‘Intention’ has a whole different resonance to it. Compared to ‘resolution’, it’s a scary word. You won’t ever hear politicians or United Nations officials saying, ‘We now have a clear intention to…’ There is something about words like that that get you off your backside and compel you to begin taking action. Our fear of dynamic energy is that it will inevitably confront us with the demons we avoided by way of our vague commitment.

But, as important as they are, words are the least of it when it comes to change. There is, in fact, a whole art to bringing into existence that which does not currently exist. Artists are people that take a blank piece of paper or canvas or mind, even, and create Some Thing from No Thing. They have mastered a process that transforms what is in their minds’ eye into living form. And if we are serious about creating shifts that will improve the quality of our lives, then it will always serve us to understand the process by which we can make those shifts happen.

The art of creating Some Thing from No Thing has a name, and it is Magic. For 13 years now I have been teaching people the processes involved in making magic happen. The results have been astounding. I’ve witnessed victims of childhood violation rising like phoenixes to a joyful life free of the past, former bankrupts building amazing business enterprises, losers in love ending up with their soul mates, and much, much more.

Despite my dim view of New Year resolutions, one potent trick I teach clients is to use significant milestones as an opportunity to build momentum towards whatever they aspire to in life. When we consciously assimilate the completion of any stage in a journey, we create a powerful platform from which to launch into the next stage of that journey. Because New Year represents such a watershed in the collective consciousness of the human psyche, it presents us with an ideal opportunity to functionally initiate the process that will speed us on our path to wherever we choose to go next.

When you’re learning the process by which magic happens, the first thing you learn is that your subconscious mind creates your reality. The feminine principle is the creative aspect of life, and the subconscious is the feminine aspect of mind. The second thing you learn is that your subconscious has no preferences, values, beliefs or logic – it simply creates a reality mirroring the messages it is given. For instance, when you approach a task thinking, ‘This is going to be hard’, then your subconscious is going to create struggle. In recognition of this premise, at the end of every year I take my clients through a review that ensures their subconscious is going to be on the right track over the next twelve months.

This review addresses three questions, the answers to which combine to create a solid direction for the subconscious to follow. The first question is: ‘What did I create over the last year?’ Acknowledging what one has created, good or bad, is a creative imperative. The one thing all paintings have in common is the artist’s signature. When an artist signs a work of art they are not only identifying themselves as the creator of the work, they are also acknowledging themselves as creators. This empowers them in their future creations. When you can see past events with the appreciation that you created them, you stop being a victim of circumstance and confirm yourself as a creator.

Inevitably, when you sit with this question, you will realise that whether you have triumphs or failures to reflect on, there are always lessons to be learned from what you created – lessons that your subconscious only takes on board when you self-consciously acknowledge them. Not long ago a client of mine failed for a whole year to enrol anyone in her workshops. When we reviewed her year, my client realised that, while her work was very New Age in spirit, she had put all her energy into appealing to the corporate success market. By taking this realisation on board, my client’s promotional focus shifted and her workshops soon became a roaring success.
The deeper insights into what we have been creating can be illusive and are best evoked with the help of our intuition. The most powerful intuitive tool I know of is the magical circle. The magic of a circle is that it is a space that you can define, and then step into and have an experience of that definition. It uses the same principle as Astro Drama, a form of astrology where you stand on symbols representing aspects of the Zodiac, and by so doing have an energetic experience of your chart. When you imagine a circle and define it as ‘the energy of what I created over the last year’, and then imagine stepping into that space, realisations beyond what you would rationally have considered will occur to you. It’s very powerful.

The second question is: ‘What am I over?’ This refers to the behaviours, patterns of experience, beliefs or circumstances that no longer serve you. Often people try and move towards something new while they’re still clinging on to the old. Your subconscious is like a dog that, if forced to choose between two masters, will choose the old master every time. You have to make it clear that whatever the old dynamics served, they are no longer consistent with what you want to create now. Stepping into the circle of ‘the energy of what I’m over’ will show you what you need to see and paint a powerful picture for your subconscious.

The third question is: ‘What am I going to create now?’ This is the most important question of all. The failing of New Year resolutions is that they are typically designed to avoid some form of emotional discomfort. In the holidays, when there is space for our feelings to occur to us, or the toxic effect of overindulgence intensifies their effect on us, we feel the pain of how far off track our lives are. Rather than examine what would give us enduring satisfaction and fulfilment, we are often in a rush to alleviate the immediate symptoms. We vow to give up smoking, we swear we’ll drink less in future, we announce to everyone that we’ll be ten kilos lighter next time they see us. Then, when the pain recedes, either from being numbed by the busyness of our lives or abstaining for long enough from whatever was hurting us, there is no point to our resolve. We just go back to our old masters, forgetting how badly they used to kick us, and we do so mainly because we don’t have the wisdom to create something new to move on to.

‘What am I going to create now?’ doesn’t ask what I’m going to give up or avoid or get rid of. It asks what foundation I’m going to establish, what purpose I’m going to serve. It results in a vision of me expressing my higher nature and destiny. And this vision isn’t resolved when the guilt or frustration or disappointment in my life abate. The subconscious drive to create this end result is there in spite of whether I feel good or bad – it’s there until I acknowledge that I have what I set out to create.

When you step into the circle of ‘the energy of what I’m going to create next’, you pass through the realm of wishful thinking and idle dreams, and you come to the substance of your heart. It’s like pointing a horse back in the direction of its stable. Suddenly your subconscious is bucking with enthusiasm, rearing to fly home to what really matters to you.

By taking yourself through this review, you engage your creative spirit in going for what ultimately matters to you. The process is significantly amplified when someone else accompanies you, tuning in with you, especially if they are familiar with energetic processes. You’ll find that the strategic outlook you develop will take you a lot further than being in reaction to your emotions. You’ll also find the destination a lot more rewarding, too.

Oh, and by the way, Happy New Year!


William Whitecloud is the author of the best selling book ‘The Magician’s Way’.

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