Woman setting intentions

Intention Setting for Beginners

Do you know how to harness the power of the new moon? Here’s five tips for intention setting for beginners

The new moon is a potent time. It is the beginning of the lunar cycle; when the moon is between the earth and sun, and its illuminated side is facing away from us which means we can’t see it. It is the time when farmers through the ages have planted seeds as the soil is known to be rich at this time. Similarly, it is a potent time for us to plant the seeds for the dreams and desires we want to make a reality.

Now if the words ritual and intention setting are a little too hippy-dippy for you; simply use the new moon as a marker once a month to remind ourselves to get back in alignment with our dreams. The weeks can fly by; we are sometimes simply going through the motions of living, working, being busy without asking ourselves what do I actually want? The new moon is an opportunity to create focus. A plan of what we want to happen in our life.

Try this 5-step ritual to set your intentions for the months to come.

Set the tone

Setting aside time to sit comfortably, maybe lighting a candle or some incense. Practice gratuity by writing down at least 5 things you are grateful for at that moment. Gratuity is the basis for manifesting; what you appreciate, appreciates.

Set your intentions

This is the most exciting part. The chance to create a wish list once a month of the things you want to happen in your life. On a simple level, the Universe can’t give you what you want unless you know very clearly what it is. If you don’t know what you want at all, ask for a spiritual teacher to come into your life to help guide you. Write down up to 10 wishes. Dream big. Ignore the voice of judgement that says that could never happen.

Believe in your intentions

Go through the intentions on your list and visualise each one like it has already happened. Use the affirmation “I am”; for example, if you are wishing to travel to India “I am going to India”; to find your love “I am attracting love into my life”. Really believe it and feel it in your body. Try to imagine how you will feel when that wish comes true. Believing in the intention is crucial and the key step of this ritual. Then go through each wish and think about how you could help make it happen.

Finally meditate for a few minutes or ideally 15 minutes

End your meditation by releasing your attachment to your wishes. The more relaxed and stress-free we are, the better able we are to manifest. Let go. Surrender. You can say a mantra such as “this or something better now manifests for me, for the highest good of all concerned”. Mantra is optional of course.

Then go about your day and your month with the confidence that the Universe is on your side. As the mystic poet Rumi said, “what you seek is seeking you”. Look out for close but not-quite-there fulfillment of your wishes. Like for me last year an intention was to hike the Camino. In the months that followed my intention setting, it was like the Camino was following me. I kept meeting people who had done the Camino and it cropped up in conversations unprompted by me.

Part of this is because setting intentions expands our awareness to allow something like the Camino into our consciousness; something that we might have otherwise ignored. It is also evidence that we are attracting the very thing we want into our life because we are clear on what it is. I ended up walking the Camino for a month that year. Happy wishing folks.

The next full moon is 19 April on Good Friday. See Sarah’s previous piece on full moon rituals to practice. Then we have another chance to set our intentions at the new moon the Friday before Wellfest. Join Sarah on Sunday 12 May at Wellfest for Satisfy my Soul Yoga. For more information visit Sarah Shannon Yoga