How to set an intention and manifest it, a step-by-step guide

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As we enter into a new year, we bring with us hopes and expectations – be they conscious or unconscious. One of the best ways to fulfill our hopes is by setting clear intentions.

To truly set an intention requires feeling that intention in our entire bodies. Feeling that intention with all of our sensations allows us to truly open up our energy to manifesting it. Yet sometimes, because of our blocks and past trauma, this is easier said than done. We try to set an intention, but we can’t get over that feeling of pressure in the chest, or that blob in the stomach, or that incessant chatter in the mind. Or perhaps we just simply can’t feel it fully.

To manifest our intentions, it is essential to feel that dual sense of lightness and groundedness in the whole body as we imagine living it. Any other sensations are simply our blocks lighting up and alerting us to what needs to be cleared first. 

So how do we let those go? 

One of the most effective ways I have found is to ask that any blocks keeping us from living our intentions be released, and keep asking until the intention is achieved. I attempt to sum up the process below in six steps.

How to set an intention and clear any blocks that are keeping you from getting there:

  1. Set an intention and feel into it with your entire body
  2. Notice any sensations in the body that don’t feel loving and expansive- those are blocks
  3. Ask your higher power to help you clear those blocks
  4. Keep asking for clarity until clear (this may take time)
  5. Feel into the intention again and give thanks for any clarity received
  6. Repeat until you are living your intention

An important note is that while you are asking for clarity, messages may come in different ways. It may be an ad you see, a friend telling you something, or perhaps a message that comes in intuitively. This message will repeat itself until you get it. You might be guided to make physical changes (diet, exercise, etc). Follow this!

I also wanted to include a short meditation on blessing new beginnings. You can use it to feel into your intentions or simply to hit that internal reset button whenever you need. Because every day is an opportunity for a new beginning.

In love, light, and bliss,


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