Posted here with permission by Laurel Mountain Post http://www.laurelmountainpost.com/
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. Helen Keller
January is a time of renewal. The month was named after Janus, the Roman God of beginnings and transitions, also of gates, doors, passages, endings and time. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. January is a time when most people concern themselves with looking ahead, and creating a vision for what they aspire to manifest. It seems fitting to hit the ground running in some manner.
This is where I would like to introduce to you the idea of intention. Intention is by all means one of the most powerful creating forces we employ. Intention is the original thought that sets the wheels in motion. I state that broadly because intention is all about cause and effect, it is the thought that sets cause into effect. Another way to describe intention would be motivation. When trying to create a specific effect, everyone agrees, “It’s the thought that counts.” This common saying expresses our intuitive understanding that intentions are more powerful than actions in producing effects.
I would add, you’re not going to get good results, even if you do the RIGHT thing, when you are motivated for the WRONG reasons. Just as in a court room, where “intention is nine-tenths of the law,” spiritual law decrees that intention is the immediate cause of virtually all effects. So if your intention is to create something ( like a year or a lifetime) wonderful, your intention will prevail.
If you approach a time of creation pessimistically, guess what? Again, your intention will prevail.
Suggested reading about intention, cause and effect: Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
Rev. Marjorie Rivera