Conscious Intentionality in a Nutshell

Some quick intro remarks… To start with, if you are intending to use conscious intentionality in a way that involves your desire that others—maybe in your organization, or in a relationship you want to improve—learn about this process, I believe it is necessary for this learning to be done voluntarily, that is out of people’s own intentionality. In other words, using conscious intentionality in a training or educational context where you are asking several people of an organization or a relationship partner to learn how to apply these skills, and that they improve how they show up in that organization or relationship, I can see how this might become yet another source of pain and resistance if those people are not allowed to inquire about the intention behind the training, or they cannot register their concerns with any aspects of it, both at the outset and through the process.

Whenever such decisions—to ask members of an organization or people you engage with in other forms of relationship—are made that come across as a condition of further engagement, such that people sense it as a demand (“if you do not participate in this training, we are in trouble!”), to me this means coming from a place that conscious intentionality suggests transforming into a more honest and vulnerable approach. In other words, to the extent that you experience resistance from people whom you wish to get excited about conscious intentionality, I believe it is much more helpful for you to first inquire why you care so much about it, and then start by expressing your needs behind what the inquiry brought up to the people who resist your suggestion.

OK, with that out of the way… Imagine the organization or institution you work within functioning, from a certain perspective, like different parts of the human body working together. Some people in the organization are in what you might think of as a