How to set an intention

Intentions are the magic behind the action. The gas in your car, the food on your plate. Intentions represent the fuel that powers us to take action.

Intention setting is an important ritual that helps bring your desires into the physical world. Whether it be gaining financial abundance, finding love, or improving a spiritual connection, it all starts with an intention.

Intentions are more than just goals, they help provide clarity and help you to move towards the things that you want instead of pressing to check off a task on a list. With this clarity you spend more time focusing on actions that benefit your intentions.


When thinking of setting an intention it is important to know what energy you wish to bring into your life. This is where you will have to get down to the nitty gritty. A lot of times, the agendas of others are pushed upon us that we often mistake them for our own. Identifying your values or what truly brings pleasure in your life is a good place to start.

Take a piece of paper and write down these questions. Read each one and sit with the question for the moment. Really try to hear that little voice before it is overshadowed by the wants of our parents, bosses or friends. Write down your response, there are no wrong or right answers. Write down how you truly feel. Be honest with yourself.

  • What matters most to you?

  • What would you like to build, create, or nurture in your life?

  • What would you like to let go of?

  • Who would you like to forgive in your life?

  • How do you feel when you are your happiest self?

  • What makes you proud?

  • What word(s) would you like to align yourself with?

  • What fears would you like to release?

  • What are you grateful for?

These questions will help you find more about you and what YOU want to bring out in your life. This is the most important step in setting an intention. This step can help attract energies that align with you the most.


It is important to speak genuinely when setting intentions. Again, The universe is all about truth. If you are speaking anything other than your truth the message won’t be received.

Sometimes it's hard to speak on things as if they are happening. Sometimes we feel as if we don't deserve those things. The things that we want the most in life are often blocked by fears because of the way we perceive ourselves.

If this is something that is a challenge for you I recommend practicing in front of a mirror first and say something simple like “I love myself” or “I am enough” everyday until you actually feel it. Even when you don't, continue to say it. There is so much energy behind the words that we speak. They are spells, hence why we use the term spelling.


Have you ever heard the term ‘speak it into existence?’ Speaking in the now is talking about things as though they are already happening. The Universe and supporting energies around us have no sense of time. They know not of the past, nor the future. They only operate in the present moment. When setting an intention it is important to not place a timestamp on it, like’ in 10 years, I will have a million dollars’. That's all fine and dandy, but did the universe fully receive that message? Not really, because it wasn’t spoken in the present moment. In 10 YEARS, I will have a million dollars vs I HAVE a million dollars. Get it? Don’t force the language barrier, speak the language of the universe.

A good statement to start out with is ‘I am..”. It speaks in the present moment. Here are some examples:

‘ I am at peace with myself and my surroundings’

‘I am one with myself and the universe’

‘I am safe and calm’

I am financially free and all that I need come to me in great abundance’

‘I am grateful for all that I have’


Once you set your intention and got the message out to the universe. It’s time to let it go and let the universe do its thing. If you dwell on it, energetically you are holding on to it. Just let go and forget about it. This is the trust part that you hear about a lot. You have to know and trust that the universe is always conspiring and will bring you exactly what you need.

Remember, that your thoughts shape your reality and if you believe that it won't happen, then it wont. It's just that simple. After you set your intention, detach yourself from it. When you detach, you take something physical and release it into ether. Now, your intention is in a state that can be worked with by the universe.

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