Introduction to Dr. Wayne Dyer on Intention
Wayne Dyer talks about intention in two different ways. First, we have our intentions about the kind of person we want to be or the results that we want to manifest in our lives. He also talks about attributes of the Spirit of intention. In this case, I find you can just substitute “intention” for “God” or “universal intelligence” or “the universe” or “Spirit” depending on your preference. The attributes he gives intention are ones typically associated with God. So, in summary, the two types of intention are our personal human intention and divine or universal intention.
Ego vs Soul or Spirit or Intention
Dr. Dyer is not the first one to suggest that we as human beings have an internal struggle between the ego and the Soul or Spirit or Intention. Here are some thoughts and quotes from Wayne Dyer on ego and Intention.
Ego and its Beliefs and Attributes
Ego is the part of us that, as a result of our existence in these physical bodies of ours, views ourselves as separate from God and others. Whereas, the soul part of us is our true eternal nature, connected with God and others in love. As Dyer says, “Ego is made of six primary ingredients that account for how we experience ourselves as disconnected. By allowing ego to determine your life path, you deactivate the power of intention.” (Page 14) These six ego beliefs are (also from page 14):
- I am what I have. My possessions define me.
- I am what I do. My achievements define me.
- I am what others think of me. My reputation defines me.
- I am separate from everyone. My body defines me as alone.
- I am separate from all that is missing in my life. My life space is disconnected from my desires.
- I am separate from God. My life depends on God’s assessment of my worthiness.
Through discipline, wisdom, love and surrender, we move away from these dis-empowering ego beliefs to the beliefs or faces of Intention.
Intention or Spirit and Its beliefs and attributes
Dyer discusses the seven faces of intention in detail (Pages 28 – 35). They are:
Creativity. “The face of creativity intends you toward continued creativity to create and co-create anything that you direct your power of intention toward. Creative energy is a part of you; it originates in the life-giving Spirit that intends you.” (Page 29)
Kindness. “Choosing to be kind is a choice to have the power of intention active in your life…Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!” (Page 29)
Love. “As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: ‘Love is our highest word and the synonym for God.’…If you aren’t doing what you love and loving what you do, your power of intention is weakened. You attract into your life more of the dissatisfaction that isn’t the face of love.” (Page 30) He also quotes St. Francis: “‘Where there is hatred, let me sow love.’ What he is saying is the power to dissolve and ultimately convert hate into the energy of love.” (Page 31)
Beauty. “Beautiful thoughts build a beautiful soul. As you become receptive to seeing and feeling beauty around you, you’re becoming attuned to the creative power of intention within everything in the natural world, including yourself.” (Page 31)
Expansion. “The power of intention is the power to expand and increase all aspects of your life. No exceptions! It’s the nature of intention to be in a state of increased expression, so it’s true for you, too.” (Page 33)
Unlimited Abundance. “You don’t have to have an intellectual understanding. It’s enough to silently know and proceed to live with your awareness of this face of endless abundance.” (Page 35)
Receptivity. “You must not only become receptive to having guidance available to you to manifest your human intentions, but you must be receptive to giving this energy back to the world.” (Page 35)
How Do We Move More Toward Intention
To start to move toward intention, Wayne Dyer suggests (Pages 36 and 37):
Visualize the Power of Intention. “Even though you know it’s invisible, close your eyes and see what images you receive. Recite the seven words that represent the seven faces of intention: creative, kind, loving, beautiful, expanding, abundant, and receptive. Memorize these seven words…” (Page 36)
Be Reflective. “Consider being like a mirror, and reflect what comes into your life without judgment or opinions…Discontinue judging yourself for being too fat, too tall, too ugly –too anything!” (Pages 36-37)
Expect Beauty. “This suggestion includes expecting kindness and love along with beauty to be in your life by deeply loving yourself, your surroundings, and by showing reverence for all of life.” (Page 37)
Meditate on Appreciation. “Feel the surge of life force that allows you to think, sleep, move about, digest, and even meditate. The power of intention responds to your appreciation of it.” (Page 37)
Banish Doubt. “When doubt is banished, abundance flourishes and anything is possible…Even when nothing seems to indicate that you’re accomplishing what you desire in your life, refuse to entertain doubt.” (page 37)
More Dr. Wayne Dyer Inspirational Quotes from The Power of Intention
Here are some of Dr. Dyer’s quotes that really spoke to me as I read through the Power of Intention:
“The way to establish a relationship with Spirit and access the power of this creating principle is to continuously contemplate yourself as being surrounded by the conditions you wish to produce.” (Page 40)
“It’s everywhere. It wants to express life. It’s pure love in action. It’s confident. And guess what? You are it, but you’ve forgotten. You need to simply trust your ability to cheerfully rely upon spirit to express itself through and for you.” (Page 42)
“My intention is to recognize the Spirit as my Source and to detach from my ego.” (Page 47)
“you’re eternal, an infinite soul in a temporary expression of flesh…only your physical body dies,…you were whole and perfect as you were created.” (Page 118)
This is one of my absolute favorite affirmations that I repeat all the time: “I’m no longer identified by this body/mind… I’m infinite. I’m one with all of humanity. I’m one with my source and this is how I choose to view myself from this day forward… I will exist for all eternity. Just as love is eternal, so this is my true nature. I’ll never be afraid again, because I am forever.” (Page 131)
This one is really encouraging to me. What I get from it is if you really get to know yourself at the deepest level, you will find your purpose, and your purpose will find you. “Deep within you, at the level of your being, is what you were intended to become, to accomplish and to be. In that inner placeless place, you’re connected to the power of intention. It will find you. Make a conscious effort to contact it and listen. Practice being what you are at the source of your soul. Go to your soul level, where intention and purpose fit together so perfectly that you achieve the epiphany of simply knowing this is it.” (Page 155)
This article has really been just a sampling of the wisdom and inspirational quotes of Dr. Wayne Dyer related to the power of intention. I plan on publishing more articles on the wisdom of Wayne Dyer. So check out all of my posts tagged or categorized with “Dr. Wayne Dyer”.
What is your favorite Wayne Dyer quote? I would love to hear your thoughts on this article in the comments below!
For further study, I recommend the following books by Dr. Wayne Dyer (Amazon affiliate links)
The Essential Wayne Dyer Collection
Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
Your Erroneous Zones: Step-by-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life
I hope you enjoyed this article and that it was helpful to you.