The Secret of Intention

MOTIVE, and the motive alone, makes any exercise of power “become black, malignant, or white, beneficent Magic,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in Psychic and Noetic Action.
“It is impossible to employ spiritual forces if there is the slightest tinge of selfishness remaining in the operator.”
“For, unless the intention is entirely unalloyed, the spiritual will transform itself into the psychic, act on the astral plane, and dire results may be produced by it.”
“The powers and forces of animal nature can equally be used by the selfish and revengeful, as by the unselfish and the all-forgiving; the powers and forces of spirit lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart–and this is DIVINE MAGIC.”


(Written by a Master of Wisdom)

“…their work is good, as the lotus-flower is good
when it opens in the midday sun.” – H. P. BLAVATSKY

[Originally published in Lucifer, Vol. I, January, 1888, pp. 344-46. No information is available about the circumstances of the origin of this communication.]

“Those of you who would know yourselves in the spirit of truth, learn to live alone even amidst the great crowds which may sometimes surround you. Seek communion and intercourse only with the God within your own soul; heed only the praise or blame of that deity which can never be separated from your true self, as it is verily that God itself: called the HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS.

“Put without delay your good intentions into practice, never leaving a single one to remain only an intention – expecting, meanwhile, neither reward nor even acknowledgment for the good you may have done.

“Reward and acknowledgment are in yourself and inseparable from you, as it is your Inner Self alone which can appreciate them at their true degree and value. For each one of you contains within the precincts of his inner tabernacle the Supreme Court – prosecutor, defense, jury and judge – whose sentence is the only one without appeal; since none can know you better than you do yourself, when once you have learnt to judge that Self by the never wavering light of the inner divinity – your higher Consciousness.”

Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field, talks about her vocation, the basis of happiness, and explains her ideas about the power of intention.

True Perception

Damodar K. Mavalankar

True perception is true knowledge. Perception is the capacity of the soul; it is the sight of the higher intelligence whose vision never errs. And that can be best exercised in true serenity of mind, as Mahatma K.H. observes:

“It is upon the serene and placid surface of the unruffled mind that visions gathered from the invisible, find a representation in the visible world.”

In short – as the Hindu allegory has it – “It is in the dead of night that Krishna is born.”

Lord Krishna

In occultism, Krishna represents the Christ Principle; the Atma of the Vedantins, or the seventh principle; the Logos of the Christians – the Divine Spirit, who is the manifested Son of the unmanifested Father. In the dead of night, that is, when there is complete physical and mental rest, when there is perfect quiet and peace of mind. It is only then that the individuality of man – his higher nature – becomes a fit vehicle for the manifestation of The Word. This is what is meant in the Bible where it says that we must try to obtain “redemption through Christ.” The Divine Principle in man is indivisible; the human soul is universal. He who would live and enjoy eternal life must live in and unite the human soul with the Divine Principle. Therefore a sense of personal isolation brings on death and annihilation, while genuine unselfish philanthropy places the individual in touch with the Divine Spirit, and thus gives him eternal life.

The Divine Spirit is all-pervading, and those who put themselves en rapport with the Divine Spirit are necessarily en rapport with all other entities who are also en rapport with it. Hence, the Mahatmas, who are conscious of the Logos, are in constant magnetic relation to those who succeed in extricating themselves from the lower animal nature; and, by evolving the higher Manas (the mind, the fifth principle of the occultist), to unite it permanently with Buddhi and Atma, the sixth and the seventh principles mentioned in the occult doctrine. It is by this means that the Mahatmas must first be known. What is a Mahatma? Is it his physical body? No! The physical must perish, sooner or later. But the Mahatma lives in his higher individuality and, to know him truly, he must be known through that individuality in which he is centered. The body is merely a fulcrum of the lever through which physical results have to be produced. But, for him, the body is like a house. He inhabits it so long as it serves his purpose.

Knowledge increases in proportion to its use. That is to say, the more we teach, the more we learn. In the same manner, the more that an organ is exercised, the greater is its functional activity increased; provided, of course, that too much is not expected of it at once. So also is the will strengthened, the more it is exercised; and the more one meets with temptations – which can only be possible if he lives with his companions – the greater opportunities has he of exercising and thereby strengthening the will. In this process, there does come a time when the constitution of one is so changed as to incapacitate him for work on the physical plane. He must then work upon it, through higher planes into which he must retire. But until that time arrives he must be with humanity, and unselfishly work for their real progress and advancement. This alone can bring true happiness.

2 responses to “The Secret of Intention

  1. Ahhhh, the power of the Law of Attraction…it obviously has an innate sense of humor as well! I was somehow led to this this morning. A wonderful post that I missed when it first came up, I think. Thank you very much, it is very helpful to hear the Master’s words, and also, for this student, to remember and recognize the occult idea of the Higher Self translated into the Vedantin, but most especially, Christian terms. NAMASTE!

    • Dear Sundevi, thanks once again for your insightful comments. You chose one of our earliest posts, and thanks also for now reminding us of our ‘intention’ to update, reformat and republish this important one. Look for it again soon with a different title, and a better arrangement. And more of Lynn McTaggart!

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