#23 Setting Intentions Can Clarify Your Journey

Dear Wizard,

I want to write happy and fluffy things. However, when I sit down to write, I find the tone of my writing is more serious than I often intend for it to be. I find myself expressing things on that are sad, fearful or angry. Not the things that are joyful, cheery, or pleasant. I would like to bring more happiness into the world. There is so much suffering in the world, what can I do to address the tone of my work?

How do I bring a sense of calm into what I am writing? I want to give my readers a moment of reprieve. Not to hold them down with the heaviness of my writing?

What suggestions do you have for me, Wizard? How can I bring a sense of playfulness to my work?

Sincerely,
Pleasant (they/them)


Dear Pleasant,

When exploring the Universe, it is good to remember that nothing everything is as divided as it may seem on the surface. Happiness and suffering are two faces of the same coin. How can we understand the peaks of happiness without the valleys of sorrow? Acknowledging that there are no good or bad emotions is the first step to taking a look at the tone of your work.

Intentions can be at the core of what we do as wizards. I suggest that you start your workings with setting an intention. You can do this by lighting a candle and saying your intention out loud. You can start your grimoire work by writing your intention at the top of the page before you move on to your spell work. You can hold your intention close to yourself as you ground yourself with a rock or other element.

This allows you to prime your mind for your working. Sometimes our subconscious is trying to tell us something when we find that the tone of our work is going against our intentions. And other times, we just need to point our subconscious in the right direction.

If you find that setting the intention helps, then you may not need to worry about it any further.

However, if you find yourself setting intentions, and your work is still going against them then it may be time to do a little work. These emotional over or undertones may be coming up because you are experiencing emotions that you are not acknowledging. Taking the time to acknowledge your experience in five or ten minutes before you begin your work can help to clear your mental palate as well as affirm that your emotions are valid.

This acknowledgment can come in the form of a manta or prayer, a short journal entry, or even a one card tarot reading. It does not really matter how you choose to do so. What the thrust of the issue is, is that you are allowing yourself to feel the full range of human emotions. And to validate that even so-called ‘negative’ emotions are completely normal and natural.
I hope this helps you to clarify your journey across the Universe! Happy travels.

Sincerely,
A Wizard