Life responds to our intention. When we really want something to occur, life tends to move toward us, fulfilling our aspiration. If our intention is full — if our energies are intensely directed toward the pursuit of a specific goal over time — life not only responds but does so rapidly, fulfilling that deepest aspiration.

For example, when Albert Einstein began to focus all parts of his being — mental, vital, and physical — toward the pursuit of his goal of finding work to overcome his utterly destitute state as a young man, the possibility of working at the Patent Office moved toward him. When his intention became full; that is, he crossed over a certain threshold of intensity demanded of life, the job became his.

From that new post, he not only overcame his current predicament of acute poverty and misery, but it served as the platform through which he would develop papers that would change the course of science and the history of the world. From this, we see that there may be no greater means for success and accomplishment in life than our intention

When we have a clear knowledge of what we want to accomplish, and our emotions fully support it, then our intention takes shape. If we then make a determined, persevering effort to carry out our heart’s desire, we generate an irresistible power that quickly attracts it. If we look around, we will see that life is always responding to our intentions.

In Jane Austin’s novel, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Mrs Bennett intensely desired to marry off her daughters to avoid a pending eviction of her family; and within a year, that is precisely what occurred (for three of them).

When Erin Brockovich directed all of her energies to get out of her own desperate state of poverty, she quickly secured a job at a law office that not only lifted her out of misery, but it became the springboard through which she would win the largest victim rights settlement in history.

When we focus on accomplishing something, then our intention takes shape. When our intention is full, that is when we intensely want something to occur, and sustain that urge over time — life brings us what we want in spades. The Upanishads declare: “You are what your deepest desire is. As is your desire, so is your intention. As is your intention, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.”

One interesting aspect of human aspiration or intention is that it can express itself at various levels, from a mild interest in a subject to a desire to accomplish something, to the intense need to bring about our heart’s desire. And yet, life can instantly respond to our intention at any of these levels: even to a passing fancy!

As we see, even a passing fancy will attract a corresponding response, as long as there is a modicum of interest is involved. You have just thought about a subject you hadn’t thought of for decades, and then two minutes later, there is a discussion on that very topic on television! That is dramatic enough, but when you have never seen that subject referred to in a lifetime of TV-watching, then you know something profound is at work!