Intention is One of the Great Co-Conspirators
So as I am defining it here practice is for the purpose of vertical development. Not HORIZONTAL BANDWIDTH ACQUISITION.
Let me review a metaphor we used in the human development series
the move from conventional to postconventional understanding
• knower and known create the knowing event.
• understanding of the world IS my world not THE world
• my understanding of the world is ONE view of the world and by definition is therefore perspectival, incomplete and maybe even inaccurate.
• Hence the need for multiple perspectives, that are genuinely valuable (I don’t simply act like they are valuable.)
Watching an accident on 4 different street corners// FOUR GOSPELS
Essential #1 for Effective Practice – INTENTION
Have to be intentional, want to change, growth, shift and have to have the motivation to act in a certain way.
Do you hold the intention to be open to transformation in and through any circumstances at any time?
Opportunities to experience transformation present themselves daily, do we use them or shun them? Remember deep pain is the first portal to transformation because it jars us out of autopilot.
Studies indicate real transformation, as we are talking about it here is something that last forever, it is integrated into your new, ever expanding matrix and mindset.
This is vertical development
Holding the intention to be open to transformative moments at any time is part of the imago dei in us calling out for the next step in our evolution into the image of Jesus.
You have to be open to what is calling you on
Another way of saying it is…
INTENTION IS THE CHOICE YOU MAKE ABOUT WHERE TO PLACE YOUR AWARENESS.