Shadow Strengths – Chapter Two (Desire & Intent)

In our country’s history we once said, “The United States are … .” We now say, “The United States is … .” Somewhere along the line of history it all became one. The desire of a people intersected with the intent for liberty and created a singular union. This union is not without its tension. And that’s okay.

Desire & Intent is a singular gift hidden in our shadow.

We, in our western society, for some reason see tension as bad. Indeed there is a level of stress that, over time, causes all sorts of ills−or at least takes blame for these ills. And there is a degree of tension that is the energy of human equilibrium.

The gift of tension is created by the powerful union of the desire that drives us and the intent that draws us. The union of desire and intent−becoming Desire & Intent−brings a key strength out of the separateness-created shadow: Creative Tension.

I will allow my own Desire & Intent to be the illustration. Where I am given the gift of connection with you, this is my story of purpose: My Desire & Intent is that you lovingly lead others to their own authentic confidence as you embrace the power of who you are and act on this Trueness!

The rhythm of this story is the pulse of purpose for me. In order to honor the flow, I have come to see and embrace the universal strength of creative tension in the shadow of my desire and intent. As I learned, internal desire and external intent seem to stay separated in our culture; maybe even in opposition as they seem like contradictions. However, they become one as they intersect in a spoken, conscious presence.

My own Desire & Intent speaks to my purpose (why I do what I do). And in the collision of the desire that you embrace your authenticity and the intent that you lead others to do the same, I am thrown into the creative tension of how I do what I do. All I do−coach, write, facilitate−flows through the creatively tense portal of my belief that I can encourage your confident Trueness. This is the energy of my balance. This is my Trueness acted upon.

Acting on your own Trueness, from the partnership of desire and intent, strengthens you to confidently explore what is in the shadow. The shadow strength of creative tension is leveraged in the balance of internal and external when you hold together your desire that drives you from the inside and your intent that draws you out.

The tension delivered to you by the collision of desire and intent is creative because it forces you to hold together what you see as reality and possibility; and in the holding you are opened to the how you do what you do.

“Our intention is not to conquer the shadow, but to draw it out into the light of our awareness and compassion.” −Richard Rohr

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3 thoughts on “Shadow Strengths – Chapter Two (Desire & Intent)

  1. Trueness and lovingly encouraging / embracing authenticity are noble ideas. I’m not sure I understand the tension relating to my own shadow as you describe. For me, the shadow I see (and relate to, in terms of my Trueness) is in the world around me. There is a “gray light” between the light and darkness – usually in the form of how humans I know, society, or our collective organism behaves. And of course, deep within myself is a separation of light and dark – the day and night – that is a fundamental part of how I understand understanding. I’ll have to think about your writings a bit…

    • Thanks Ben! Keep reading the subsequent 5 posts (and check out the one kicking off this series) and let me know your thoughts as they unfold. Also, check out what I’m writing on BuildingConfidentLeaders.com on Paradox. Shadow and Paradox go hand in hand. And … I’m writing about all this only because I’ve been doing some study on each over the last year. So, I’m taking a shot at understanding it all better through writing … and my work. Thanks again, Jeff

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