Using the Power of Intention to Create a Better World -- and a Happier You

by Howard Martin, HeartMath LLC

The ability to create things we want through directing our thoughts and intentions has been talked about by people in the field of personal development since the early 1900s.

For example, most wealth building processes have a component that focuses on creating a vision, setting goals, and then reinforcing them with the power of belief.

There are also many spiritual teachers, old and new, who talk about how interacting, consciously and unconsciously, with a universal field of energy determines the events in our lives, making us in a sense co-creators of our reality.

In his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein says in essence that everything is energy -- everything, including our thoughts and feelings. This understanding makes us wonder how this form of energy manifests in our daily lives through our intentions.

My own experience has shown me that the secret to creating what we want in our lives and in the world lies in the heart -- in the emotional qualities associated with the heart -- and not just in our thoughts.

I was speaking recently at an event with my friend and author, Gregg Braden, where he made an elegant statement that sums up this belief, "We live in a field of energy that reflects back to us not what we think in our minds but what we feel in our hearts."

Manifesting our intentions requires the support of positive emotions. Intentions that don't have a solid emotional underpinning are just hollow thoughts that don't have the power to move us from where we are to where we aspire to be.

When fueled with heart-based emotions like genuine appreciation or true care they come to life and have a much better chance of bringing us fulfillment.

At a fundamental level people want to be happy but for many happiness is hard to find. We see the world through how we feel and once this is understood the ability to create a happier life becomes a lot simpler.

If we consistently feel sad, resigned and hopeless often we get back a life of mediocrity. When emotions like appreciation, care and compassion are experienced with regularity life rewards us in ways that are fulfilling.

In today's world, filled with ever-increasing stress and turmoil, this seemingly simple task of feeling positive emotions is easier said than done.

The first step in changing our emotional nature is to pay attention to what we are feeling. Emotions tend to run underneath our thoughts. They become noticeable when they become obvious like when we feel angry or frustrated or when we feel exceptionally peaceful or joyful. The rest of the time they operate in a kind of stealth mode influencing our perceptions and adding and taking away from the power of intention without us noticing what's going on.

Once we slow down and acknowledge what we are feeling we can begin to make conscious choices to move out of emotions that are not contributing to creating the life we want.

With a little effort frustration can be replaced by a sense of calm; disappointment with a feeling of appreciation and so on. Making these small emotional shifts has a dynamic affect on our ability to turn our intentions into reality. This same principle goes beyond just attaining our personal goals. It also applies to our intention to help others and create a better world.

For example, people often pray to help friends and loved ones that have an illness. Others send love and care to people affected by natural disasters to help ease their suffering. Conscious intentions are often offered to help stop war or to alleviate ecological problems, etc. I call all these types of activities energetic contributions. The more coherent and heart-based they are the more effective they become.

At HeartMath we started a new initiative, the Global Coherence Project, which may provide proof of the power of collective intention. This is a science-based initiative that will unite millions of people in heart-focused care and intention to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.

GCP community members learn how to increase their personal coherence -- a highly integrated state fueled by positive feelings where emotions, mind, body and spirit are in alignment. They then make coherent energetic contributions through their mediations, prayers and so on, generating increased love and care to raise the overall coherence baseline of the planet. The accumulated energy can then be directed towards areas of need. New science will be used to look at the potential effects of the significant numbers of people involved in these activities.

Special sensors have been developed by a team of scientists that can detect changes in the ionosphere, the earth's protective layer that extends out into space. They believe that when mass numbers of people are experiencing similar emotions, positive or negative, it could be possible to see an impact in the ionosphere.

Working sensors exist now and are located at the Institute of HeartMath Research Center. Over time 50 to 100 of them will be strategically placed around the world and networked together creating a grid that will allow us to observe changes in the ionosphere globally.

This Global Coherence Monitoring System will give us the ability to conduct experiments monitoring the possible effects of conscious intentions on the planet itself. As author Jack Canfield said, "The Global Coherence Project is perhaps the greatest experiment in the history of the world."

Whether we just want a happier life or have a strong desire to create better world I suggest we put our hearts into our intentions. It's the best way I know of to find what we are looking for and through the power of the heart the possibilities are limitless.

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