“The moment you change your perception, is the moment you
rewire the chemistry of your own body” ~ Bruce Lipton
For decades, intention setting has often been scoffed at, as being a woo-woo spiritual practice. However, recent findings have revealed the powerful science behind intention setting and its ability to change our human biology. This has forced us to re-evaluate the importance of intention setting in our our everyday lives. Author of Science and Human Transformation, William A. Tiller, Ph.D, explains that “We as humans are much more than we think we are, and Psychoenergetic Science continues to expand the proof of it.” (1)
The word ‘intention’ is derived from the Latin intendere or intentio, which means both “stretching” and “purpose”. In essence, setting intentions is a way of stretching our interchangeable human biology to reaching a new purpose, life path or emotional state. The power of intention is truly profound; it's been suggested to relieve chronic diseases, heal past emotional wounds and help manifesting our most-loathed desires. And it all starts within the space of your very own mind. So, how does it all happen? Here’s the science…
“The beliefs we hold in our minds are converted into electromagnetic fields by nerve cells and the brain ‘broadcasts’ this information to all of the cells within our body."
Intention Setting and The Biology of Our Cells
Our minds and bodies are deeply connected; every thought we experience has a direct cellular effect on our bodies. During the very moment we set an intention, the communication pathways between our mind, brain and body fire up. According to Dr Bruce Lipton, when we set intentions “the beliefs we hold in our minds are converted into electromagnetic fields by nerve cells and the brain ‘broadcasts’ this information to all of the cells within our body. Cells respond to the information in these energy fields and use it to control their behaviour and gene activity.”(2) In summary, if we set positive intentions, every cell within our body will behave in alignment with the intention we have just set and vibrate at the same positive frequency. On the contrary, if we are prone to negative thinking and fail to set positive intentions within our lives, our cells will respond by preparing to Fight-or-Flight.
Dr Lipton explains that “Cells, tissues, and organs do not question information sent by the nervous system. Rather they respond with equal fervour to accurate life-affirming perceptions and to self-destructive misperceptions.”(3) This demonstrates how vital the role of thought is in deciding the fate of our body’s health and functionality. Therefore it is evident that intention and belief have the ultimate power to act as a filter between the real environment and our own biology. By adopting the glass half-full mindset, we have the ability to control our cell's behaviour in a way that enhances our biology.
"Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it."
~The Dalai Lama
Intention Setting and The Affect on The Brain
The power of intention has the ability to literally change the shape of our brains. This process is known as neuroplasticity - the brain’s soft and interchangeable potential, stimulated through repetition of a particular behaviour. Our brains are made up of highly complex circuits, known as neural pathways. Neural pathways are the superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages (4); the more times electrical messages journey down the same beaten tracks, the more solid and shaped into our existence they become.
"...Neural pathways are the bridleways to either
our self-optimising behaviours."
In the context of intention setting, neural pathways are the bridleways to either our self-optimising behaviours. The more we repeat a positive intention or general positive behaviour; the more likely our brain is to reorganise its neurons in our favour. Through cultivating healthy intentions, we are now learning that we have the power to shape our brains in more adaptive and beneficial ways. Today we have more control over the brain than we’ve ever believed before.
Remember - one intention a day keeps the doctor away… Happy Intention Setting!