If we do not intend from thoughts at the level of the rational mind or from the nondual stage of mystical consciousness that can be experienced as nonintentional, then what is the consciousness of intention?
The human consciousness of the true self in Divine unity is fully intentional in the Spirit. The infinite and eternal Divine Being of God is love, which in essence is creative. Love and creativity are one. The Divine Being is both perfect rest and infinite action. Love, truth, beauty, life, light, and creative action is the singular ground of being. Thus, our heart-centered consciousness of the true self in Divine unity is ultimately perfectly intentional and creative.
The essence of intention proceeds from an originating desire or idea that is imaged as an action, feeling, or experience to be manifested into form. The result that is initiated by an image in the formless dimension beyond time and space is translated by the Divine into the experience of form in the created universe. How do we create thoughts or feel without the duality that is attachment and separation of the rational mind, emotion, and senses?
We can only perfectly intend from the highest dimension of the heart in the Spirit expressing through the mind and body. Within the nonlocality and nonduality of this dimension, we can prototype an originating desire or image. We can understand our ability to initiate intention as our participation in the Divine idea and nature. The true consciousness of intention arises from our highest capabilities of imaging desire without thinking or creating images from the rational or intuitive mind. Sri Aurobindo describes this level as the Supramental consciousness.
When we are detached from all outcomes and doubt within the eternal now beyond time and space, we approach the Divine human consciousness that is free to image and thus create in a whole new way. In the dimension of awareness where there is no contingency, the Divine mind can freely flow through our being from the infinite into time, space, and matter of the physical dimension. Creation emanates from the entirely new without any dependence on past results. Thomas Troward describes this as “principle preceeds precedent.”
Creative intention proceeds from our unitary participation in God. Troward relates this dynamic essence as the “Spirit’s self-contemplation.” Sri Aurobindo understands this as the “exclusive concentration of the Absolute.” Jesus reveals this truth in saying, “Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown in the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24).
This is our intentional Divine human consciousness. At this level of consciousness, we are one with God without boundaries, and free to create in that love from the oneness of infinite being to the multiple experience in the physical dimension of the universe. Jesus says, “See, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Therefore, in the consciousness of the true self that is beyond images and concepts, we can image and feel in a new way through the Spirit.