Implementing conscious intent into your daily activities
Ceremonial items were not the only items created with conscious intention, often food was harvested, prepared, and cooked with conscious intention as well – but setting conscious intentions begins well before the food is harvested. Often, ceremonies are conducted to set the intention of harvest, asking for permission from the spirit guardians to harvest the plants and animals.
If the food is found shortly after the ceremony, that is interpreted as a synchronous sign that the spirit guardians have given their permission to harvest. If the food is not found after the ceremony, that is interpreted as permission denied. If the food is harvested, there is usually a protocol that must be followed to ensure positive intentions are maintained.
An example of protocols for plant harvest would be to use methods that ensure the plant has a method of regenerating itself after harvest. Then, the food is stored in a clean environment and prepared while directing love and gratitude into the food. Meals prepared in this manner are said to be ‘good medicine’ because they are created while directing love and gratitude into the food.
Living the ‘Good Life’ through conscious intent
These actions of conscious intent are thought to influence reality enough to bring the intentions into physical manifestation. Native traditional lifestyle used to be all about living the best life possible by creating as much positivity as you can, they used to call this ‘mino-bimaadiziiwin’ or ‘living the Good Life’.
Living the Good Life was essentially ensuring that your inner life was balanced so that your external life can also be balanced. Once you are able to achieve this balance, you will find that you will have enough of everything you need. The Elders used to tell stories about their Elders – the last ones to have achieved the traditional version of the Good Life. Back then, the Good Life was simple – clean water to drink, healthy land that provided healthy food, and the ability to keep your loved ones happy, healthy, and comfortable. It was believed that to achieve the Good Life, all you had to do was put good intentions into everything you did. If you were unable to bring love into an area of your life, you would seek assistance to help gain balance and understanding regarding that issue.
Release your resistance to love
Love was traditionally understood to have properties that were comparable to water – it flows to fill vacant spaces, along the path of least resistance. If we are holding resistance to something, love will not flow into that area of our life. It was understood that holding negativity towards a person or an event will only harm you in the long run and block your path to the Good Life.
Being mindful of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors will enable you to identify, acknowledge, and release any resistance you have to love. Negative feelings and thoughts are often the most obvious indicator of someone that is holding resistance. In science, we understand that there is no darkness, there is only the absence of light and that there is no coldness, there is only the absence of heat; and likewise, in spirituality, we understand that there is no hatred or fear; there is only the absence of love.
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