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This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The Power of Intention, by Wayne W. Dyer, the fifteenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

In the second part of the book, Dyer sets forth a series of chapters describing how to put your connection to intention to work in a variety of ways in your life. Here are some of them:

The intentions that you choose to have are all very personal and should come from your heart. Here are the ones that Dyer offers as examples:

It is My Intention to: Respect Myself at All Times

Every single moment of your life, you have the choice to be a host of God or a hostage of ego. As I described in the previous post, your ego is the set of beliefs which define you according to your possessions, achievements, and how others view you. If others don’t respect you, and your value depends on how others view you, then you will have a very difficult time respecting yourself. By constantly striving for self-respect through others, you’ve let your ego control you and you become its hostage.

If you’re trying to live up to the intention of respecting yourself, then your ego’s belief that you’re separate from everyone, and separate from what’s missing in your life, and most problematic, separate from God, you will never gain that self respect that you seek.

The solution comes in learning to be a “host to God”, as Dyer puts it. This means that you always see yourself as connected to the Source of all things. It means that you love and respect yourself because you know you are a part of all things.

It is My Intention to: Live My Life on Purpose

If you’ve ever seen Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of self actualization, you may have noticed that a sense of purpose lies at the very top. Maslow discovered that those who feel purposeful are living the highest qualities that humanity has to offer. Dyer as well saw this to be the case. In fact, throughout his many seminars and counseling sessions, Dyer found that the questions which more people inquired about than anything else were related to purpose: How do I find my purpose? Does such a thing really exist? Why don’t I know my purpose in life? Being “on purpose” is what the most self-actualized people accomplish in life. But many people don’t feel very purposeful, and many others doubt a purpose even exists.

If Dyers concept of intention is correct and we’re all part of a higher intelligence which purposefully put us on this earth, then we can assume we also have a purpose for being here. Dyer argues that our first purpose here is to serve others. When we are in the service of others, or share our kindness, we become connected to the Source and we align with the power of intention. When that connection takes place our individual purpose in life will find us.

It is My Intention to: Be Authentic and Peaceful with all of My Relatives

Our family relations can sometimes be a source of stress for us. We deal with family expectations and demands that force us to make a choice between being ourselves, which results in no peace with certain relatives, or having peace at the expense of not being authentic. When connected to the power of intention, you can be both peaceful and authentic.

Dyer contends that if you find relatives who criticize, judge, get angry, or find fault with you, it’s because they are not at peace with themselves. Instead of molding yourself into what fits into their paradigm, causing strife and removing peace from the relationship, be the peace that you are seeking from them. Oftentimes they will come around and learn to accept you the way you are. And if not, know that you can find solace in the peace that’s within you. It’s not your place or your purpose to make everyone in your family think, feel, and believe the way you do.

It is My Intention to: Feel Successful and Attract Abundance into My Life

Dyer says that your intention to feel successful and experience prosperity and abundance in your life is in direct relation with how you view yourself, the universe, and most important, the field of intention from which success and abundance comes. The way you look at life acts as a barometer of your expectations, caused by what you’ve been taught you’re worthy of and capable of achieving.

Intention, which is responsible for all creation, Dyer says, is constantly giving. And it gives in unlimited supplies. It doesn’t understand scarcity or lack.

If the power of intention is perpetually giving and knows no lack, it seems obvious that in order for us to align with this power we need to adopt these same two attributes if we’re going to attract abundance into our lives. Remember with the law of attraction that we must be what we want to attract, so if the Source is always serving and giving, so to must we always be in a state of serving and giving. This Source will only work with you when you are in harmony with it! Stay in harmony with intention, and all of your desires have to manifest for you.

It is My Intention to: Attract Ideal People and Divine Relationships

The moment on definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred…unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s quote is at the heart of the law of attraction as well as this chapter on attracting ideal relationships. Dyer gives a great example from the movie Field of Dreams which supports Goethe’s statement, “If you build it, they will come.” When you set forth and commit to pursuing a dream, the exact things you need seem to fall in place at the proper times in order to achieve it. You just need to make the first step. Finding ideal people is no different.

We’re all in relationship to each other because we originate from the same Source and share the same divine power of intention. When we align our thoughts with this power, we will attract like minded people into our lives who desire the same things. The key is in removing our resistance by having faith and trusting that “Providence moves too.” Whether it’s a new business that you want to start or a goal that you’ve wanted to achieve but have put off because you don’t know how to begin, just take the leap to start and know that “if you build it, they will come.”

The Power of Intention is the fifteenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.


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