Intention, Attention, No Tension

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Intention, Attention, No Tension

Just before USANA’S International Convention in 2006, my daughter Sharlie informed me she and her husband Ryan were expecting a baby. It had been Sharlie’s intention to be a mother since she received her first Cabbage Patch doll when she was just a young girl. I’ve learned a lot about Cystic Fibrosis (the disease Sharlie was born with), and I knew it would be very difficult for Shar to become pregnant and almost impossible for her to carry and deliver a child. I’ve conducted many presentations about the impossible becoming the inevitable. However, in Sharlie’s case I wanted to play it safe. Having lost my youngest daughter to CF, I’m overly protective of Sharlie…but I just can’t help it. Over the years I tried my best to convince her that being an aunt to her darling little nieces and nephews was almost as good as being a mother but because of the way she and Ryan would look at each other during these discussions I was pretty sure their intention to be parents was as strong as ever.

Sharlie and I happened to be at Sanoviv together when she shared the news of the impending birth. If you’re going to receive news that rocks your world, it really ought to be at Sanoviv. Thank goodness they have daily meditation classes and a team of competent and caring psychologists! After lots of tears and hugs I agreed to do what Sharlie requested… replace my fear with faith.

Well-meaning physicians told Sharlie she did not have the lung capacity or physical strength to survive a pregnancy and she was encouraged to terminate the pregnancy to spare her own life. When it became clear to her medical providers that this baby was not an accident and she intended to give birth, she was advised the baby would need to be taken by C-section. Well, to almost everyone’s surprise – except Sharlie and Ryan’s, Sharlie gave birth naturally to little Harrison James Kaltenbach. Being by Sharlie’s side and watching Ryan as he lovingly coached my daughter through the birthing process was one of the most special, spiritual moments of my life and brought home in as poignant a way as possible – the miracle of intention.

Sharlie and Harrison

Sharlie and Harrison

It took over 50 years but I believe I finally understand the powerful concept of intention. Humans are a privileged species. If we understand the laws of nature and apply them, we can determine our destiny. Using focused intention and the power of attention, we choose our reality.

Let me ask you a question. Is it ever difficult for you to verbalize or even write down what you really want? It used to be when I’d do a dreams, desires or goal exercise, I felt justified in my intentions to help buy a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, for example, and more than a little guilty writing down some of the things I wanted for myself – like a closet full of beautiful clothes. Why? Maybe it stemmed from my mother telling me I had to eat all my broccoli because there were children in distant parts of the world that were starving. Does this happen for you, too? Perhaps on some level we’re not sure if there’s enough to go around…that if we live a life of abundance – getting all we really want, someone else will be subjected to a life of scarcity. Why, when my husband or children would ask what I wanted for my birthday or for Mother’s Day or Christmas or whatever, I’d say, “oh nothing, really…I don’t want a thing!”

A few years ago to poke fun at this inclination, my son gave me a birthday card depicting the Dalai Lama’s Birthday Party. The Dalai Lamai is holding a big, open, empty box…

“Wow, nothing! Just what I always wanted!”

I’ve seen pictures of the Dalai Lama and he always has a twinkle in his eye.  My guess is, he has a great sense of humor and would probably think the card was pretty funny!

Mark Twain hit the nail right on the head when he said, “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.”

I believe most of us really do know what we want and it was shortly after receiving this card from my son that I realized how silly and untrue it was to keep insisting I didn’t want anything. I began boldly declaring my intentions.

I intended to remarry – to find someone who was trustworthy and who would love me unconditionally. It happened. Literally the day after I declared that intention Richard called, we reconnected and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Our Family

Our Family

I intended to get completely out of debt and to get my financial house in order. It happened. Within a few days of declaring that intention, one of USANA’s Executive Vice Presidents, Mark Wilson, called to see if I would be interested in meeting some competent financial planners. These two men – John Raybould and Justin Bitner – have changed my life and allowed me to sleep very soundly at night knowing I have a long-term financial plan.

I intended to establish a legacy – a way in which I could work with my sons and integrate them into my business. I began paying attention to that thought and shortly thereafter Larsen Global Alliance, Inc. was born and my sons became business partners.

I intended to speak on behalf of our industry and to become a worldwide ambassador for USANA and Sanoviv. I am now living that dream.

Boldly declare your intentions. Pay attention to the synchronicities that begin occurring all around you and finally, let go.  Don’t stress!  Turn your fear into faith and allow the desires of your heart to manifest.  I am living proof of the power in these principles.

3 comments… add one
  • Sharlie

    Thank you for replacing your fears with faith and supporting me 100%. Harrison is the joy of my life and I'm so grateful for these lessons that you taught me that allowed me to dream, boldly declare my intentions and have those dreams come true!

  • Lisa Whittall

    wow I just love this blog brought a tear to my eye!!! I'm setting my intentions now!

  • Anne-Marie

    Sooo true, thanks for all the good advices.

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