How Intentions affect our Health

May 1st, 2017


Yi, Chi, Li” 

ancient Taoist saying.


Literally, this translates as “Intention, energy, result”. That is, the software directive of our mind guides our dynamic life force (chi) into action to affect the outcome.



Which outcome of course depends (mostly) upon the intention. Intentions are creative. The plot thickens when we realise that our intentions can be conscious or unconscious ones. This means that some of our creations may come as a surprise to us.



Conscious and unconscious intentions and their creations


Conscious intentions are easier to understand and chart their cause and effect outcomes. For example, the conscious intention to say, save for a travel adventure or achieve a training or work goal within a certain time frame are quite tangible and measurable. Then, there are the other kind of intentions – those of which we are (not so blissfully) ignorant about.


For example, what if we consciously desire an outcome that is sabotaged by an unconscious belief that we are not worthy of having or acheiving it? It may appear as bad luck or treachery. The world may seem to be wickedly unfair and has singled us out for special attention.


The more likely scenario is that we ourselves have created and attracted conflicting outcomes. One has neutralized the other like a missile taking out a rocket soaring to the heavens. Both have been launched by us but we are only consciously aware of one of them.



Why does this always happen to me?!


Unconscious intentions and their resulting outcomes are harder to moniter because, by definition, we are not immediately aware of the link. It may only be later – or never if we are particularly resistant to personal development – that we see, understand and learn from our (unconscious) role in creating them. In that sense:


All learning (and indeed, personal enlightenment) might be described as making what was previously unconscious, conscious in us. 


While we remain unaware of the “Yi, Chi, Li” domino sequences we are constantly initiating, the results may feel less than satisfactory. To add insult to injury we will suffer twice from them: Firstly because of the resulting situation itself and secondly because of our continuing ignorance of our role in proceedings. 1.


It will appear to us, to quote a famous fool of our times, as: “Just a bunch of stuff that happened” and we will be doomed to repeat the process. While we are in quoting mode, to quote a friend and colleague about this very subject: “Suffering that is repeatedly endured is a form of stupidity.”



In other words, we never learn from our mistakes so long as we remain ignorant that we are making them. They appear to come from somewhere else and just ‘happen’ to us. We may even convince ourselves we are simply plagued by bad luck.





How unconscious creations affect our health


One of the tenants of Conscious Health is that the unconscious is constantly trying to become conscious in us. It will attempt to get our attention by any means possible. We now know that it is just as creative as our conscious mind and its intentions.


A common way is to create disturbances and dysfunction in the body. We call these symptoms. If we are particularly resistant to these semi-subtle prompts they can ramp up to fullblown health issues and disease.





At this point, instead of asking “Why does this happen to me?!”, we would be better served by asking questions closer to home like: “What am I trying to tell myself?”; “What function is this problem serving or giving me a chance to look at more closely?” or “What in my life do I need to change?”


A new way to see health and disease


Traditional Chinese medicine and other therapies that use the energy-consciousness model see health and disease quite simply:


Health is the free flow of Chi.

Dis-ease is some hindering of that flow.


When we understand that Chi itself also manifests as conscious (and unconscious) flows of intention we realise its vital link to our state of health.


A physical health issue, particularly one that has arisen over time, is not just a physical issue at all of course. It comes with many causal factors like emotional repression, learned patterns – perhaps stretching all the way back to childhood – and dysfunctional habits in diet, work, relationships and many more.


The potential for healing is activated as our awareness is finally awakened to the underlying issue(s) and begins to send Chi to the area where it was stagnating. This is why symptom repressing medications only work for while. Unless the root of the problem is consciously transformed it will only repeat in myriad forms.


I have lost count of the numbers of clients whom have been prescribed multiple medications for this and that symptom when they are all really related to the same underlying issue. It is like treating each weed flower separately instead of dealing with the roots from which they collectively spring.


Then of course there is the considerable extra problem of toxic side effects caused by the medicines themselves quite apart from the original disease. Usually, yet more medicines are then prescribed to ‘treat’ those and the negative spiral continues.



Collectively, this is called ‘iatrogenic’ disease (ie.,disease caused by a medical treatment for another disease). It is responsible for a staggering number of fatalities every year.



Not blame but personal empowerment


Western medicine is uncomfortable with linking a patient’s lifestyle, mental and emotional state, diet and exercise patterns to disease. The argument is that this creates a blame scenario where the patient is made to feel guilty for being sick.


We could (and should) look at it differently however. Becoming more aware of our own role in our situation empowers us to do something about it. We then have the opportunity to not only improve our health but enlighten ourselves a little more in the process.


We do not have to keep repeating the spiral of suffering. We can instead use it as the proverbial ‘grist for the mill’ to understand ourselves and our life a little better each time.



Now that’s not a bad intention to cultivate,





Till another Monday finds us a little more enlightened for the experience,


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