12 days of intentional magic

12 Days of Intentional Magic

Letting the wave of New Year’s resolution carry you through your dream year

Let us do a little thought experiment, no cats in boxes I promise.
Let us say you live right in the middle of America, in Kansas for example, and you just LOVE musical theatre.
You love to watch it.
You love to perform in it.
You love everything about it. 
You want to immerse yourself in it.
You want to be somewhere there is show after show you can go to and perform in.
You feel this place must exist.
You long to be there. 

If you leave your house and start walking, hoping you will find it, you could spend your whole life wandering and never find this place. Instead you will discover that no matter what direction you walk in, or how long you walk for, you always find yourself back in your hometown in Kansas.

If, on the other hand, you do an internet search for centers for musical theatre in America, you will quickly discover Broadway in New York.
If you then leave your house and start walking with the intention of going to Broadway, it is only a matter of time before you get there. 44 days if you walk. 12 days if you cycle. 28 days if you tapdance.

In both scenarios you want to be somewhere there is show after show you can go to and perform in. The big difference between wandering hopefully and actually getting there is intent. 

Whether it is Broadway, Silicone Valley, the Olympics, the Grammies, the Oscars, a new house, a new car, or an extra $100 a month, it starts with intent.
Aiming for a target is no guarantee of hitting it, but it is near impossible to hit a target you don’t aim for.

Focusing On What We Don’t Want

There was once a tree in the middle of the Sahara desert. It was called the Ténéré Tree and it was the most isolated tree on earth. 
In 1973 it was hit by a truck. 

If we could listen in on the mental conversation the driver of the truck had on the day they hit the Ténéré Tree, it probably would have been something like, 
“Of all the things I don’t want to run into as I cross the vast expanse of the desert, the one thing I definitely DON’T want to run into is the Ténéré Tree! 
I MUSY NOT RUN INTO THE TÉNÉRÉ TREE!!!”

It is funny but without realising it we do the same thing. Instead of using our intent to focus on what we want, we focus on the what we don’t want. 

When we were longing for musical theater heaven and wandering without intent hoping to stumble on Broadway, the reason we kept finding ourselves back in our home town was because we were focused on our home town.
“I have got to get out of this town.”
“This town is the pits.”
“This town is full of not my kind of people.”
“This town has no showbiz.”
“This town is so dull.” 

Medieval Surfing

Back in the day of Kings and Queens and knights and magic. Your common or garden medieval King was very jumpy about the first 12 days of the new year. They considered the first 12 days of the new year to be a microcosm of the corresponding month. 

So how the 1st of January went was how January would go.
How the 2nd of January went was how February would go.
How the 3rd of January went was how how March would go, and so on.

If the King wanted a peaceful April they would command everyone in the kingdom to be very quiet on the 4th of January. If they wanted to win a battle in August they would have jousting tournaments on the 8th of January. If they wanted to conceive an heir in October they would get busy on the 10th of January. Also the 11th, 12th, and 1st through to the 10th because, well . . . . you can never start these things too soon.

Surfing with Intent

New Year’s resolutions are very popular because there is an innate understanding of the power of beginnings. Collectively we focus on the 1st of January as the beginning of the new year. 

Now we can bring all these elements together. 
We can get very clear about what our intent is for the year.
We can break it down into the specific months.
We can tailor the first 12 days of the year as templates for how we want the 12 months of the year to go and we can use the collective field of enthusiasm generated at the beginning of the year to help us with our intention.

The Right Shade of Unicorn

Write it all out.
Write it like a novel.
Don’t judge or censor yourself.
Make the long list.
The point is not to be practical but instead to be specific.
Make sure you know what shade of unicorn you want and more importantly how the unicorn will make you feel. 

Once it is all written out go back over your writing and circle the key words that stand out to you. 

Then organise what you have written into 12 groups. 

One group for each month.
Put the biggest things you want, or the things you have the most difficulty believing will happen, put them in the December pile.
Then work backwards through the months putting the things you “know” can happen in January.

The reason for organising the things you want in this way is that you build on your success. Each month stretches your energy field a little bit more so you can grow into the bigger things.
Success attracts success.

Write out a list for each month.
Then go through the first 12 days of the year with what you want to create in each month in mind as you live through the corresponding day.

The 1st of January is January.
The 2nd of January is February.
The 3rd of January is March.
The 4th of January is April.
The 5th of January is May.
The 6th is June.
The 7th July.
The 8th August.
The 9th September.
The 10th October.
The 11th November. 
The 12th December.

Manage your internal state carefully for the first 12 days.
If you want abundance postpone anything that could be an opportunity to experience lack until after the 12th. Instead actively seek out circumstances, and people who will help you have the feelings of abundance.

If you want peace postpone anything that could be an opportunity to experience disturbance or conflict until after the 12th. Instead actively seek out circumstances, and people who will help you have the feelings of peace.

If you want joy postpone anything that could be an opportunity to experience sorrow until after the 12th. Instead actively seek out circumstances, and people who will help you have the feelings of Joy.
And so on, you get the idea.

Resistance and Certainty

If this all feels like too much work you are always welcome to wander.
There is a price either way. 
I encourage you to pay the price that is congruent with what you want and not be like the person who uses a free dating website to find their soul mate. “I want to find my soul mate but I don’t want to spend any money to find them.”

Will setting your intention for each day guarantee your year will go the way you intend it? 

No, there are no guarantees.
Nothing is certain.
This is spiritual life 101.
The reason things don’t work out the way we intend is the same reason we were born to the parents we were, the gender we were, in the location we were, at the specific time in history and so on.
It is a mystery.

Aiming for a target is no guarantee of hitting it, but it is near impossible to hit a target you don’t aim for.

Fun and Favour

All the above should be done lightly in the spirit of a game. Every game started with the voluntary adoption of restrictions. Running and jumping in a field becomes a game when someone says, “How high can you jump?” or “How fast can you run?”

Throwing stones and hitting things with sticks becomes a game when someone says,  “You throw that stone and I will see if I can hit it with my stick.”

Own the restrictions the way you would in a game, see them as helping you get more enjoyment out of the game.

Can you do me a favour?
When you are crafting how you intend the year ahead to go can I ask you to include world peace in your intention. 
Thank you.
It is my intention that you and I have the best year of our lives.

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