Power of Intention

The Power of Intention

There are many ways of thinking. You know this because most of the time you are thinking about something. Right? We absorb, analyze, and usually react to, constant stimulation of the five senses. Then at other times our brain is using logic and reasoning to figure something out. And sometimes we may be engaged in the more subtle thinking of intuition. The mind has many ways of being. Two important ones are attention and intention.

Attention is a receptive state of awareness – our consciousness is being engaged with the object. Most of our sensory experience is done with attention. There is a stimulus, perhaps a shape in the distance, or a muted sound, that compels us to take notice of it. Pure attention – when we are closely observing but not reacting – is called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a yin mental state of total absorption and tranquility. It’s very healthy.

Intention is an out going state of awareness – we are engaged with an object for a specific purpose. We have a goal that we want to achieve. Intention involves the aspiration that a certain action will have a desired effect. Whether it be physical movement, a spoken word, a written plan, or clear concentration, the mental process of forming an intent is a force that can be used to great benefits. This is the healthy yang power of thinking.

Intention in qigong practice is the act of using focused attention, visualization, and hand placement to direct healing energy to certain areas of the body.

In acknowledging the importance of intention, Ken Cohen – qigong master, scholar and practitioner writes in The Way Of Qigong, “All qigong techniques are designed to strengthen and refine intent, so that eventually you can direct the healing energy just through concentration.” This skillful concentration is the basis of Daoist meditations like “Lake and Geyser” and “Seven Stars” that we do in the Winter Qigong practice.

The practice of using images to promote healing is found in the ancient techniques of qigong and the modern methods of therapeutic healing. Most qigong visualizations use “end state imagery” where the area is seen as fully healthy or nourished by healing energy. Western medical visualization uses “process imagery” where specific images are often directed at an area in a sequence. Integration of both methods is useful. For example, a hepatitis patient directs fresh healing energy to enter the liver through the qimen acupuncture point on the chest while imaging that the virus is tiny dots on a board that are being slowly erased by the flow of qi.

Your hands are an incredibly powerful tool of healing. They have innumerable nerve endings and acupuncture points that carry a copious flow of energy and information. The laogong point in the center of the palm is the major entry and exit point for qi healing. Just by placing this point over areas of the body there will be a transfer of energy. Add the power of intention and you have generated a strong current of energy transfer.

The movement of your hands generates even more energy than a static position. The therapeutic method of “meridian tracing” employs the power of moving hands to facilitate qi flow through the acupuncture channels. We can direct pure healing energy with the creative power of the mind and body movement. Most medical qigong exercises combine mental intention with attention to purposeful hand placement.

Qigong practice has three interrelated components: body movement, regulated breathing, and mental intention. Together they are a tremendous force that can help us achieve the inner peace and outward strength of complete well being.

For more information on qigong training go to Winter Qigong Intensive and Winter Qigong Practice.

Written by : Ron Davis