Caring and Intention?

by Cheryl
(San Diego)

The greatest difference between the power of intention and caring is that while caring attaches us to illusory outcomes we have accepted as important, intention is detached from any conception of caring.

Your quote. Actually, I am EXTREMELY inspired by this . . . because "caring" doesn't mean very much in the world of "doing." I have thought about this tremendously because of what I do for a living and YES! "intention" is really what is the driving force behind "being." It is interesting in that I work with people every day and caring is . . . nice . . . it is intention that creates all the little miracles. It isn't belief, it isn't faith it is intent. My question is: I find that my heart has love for them. I can't DECIDE what is happening but INTENTION works with the healing. When they leave I send them off with "Courage Mon Brav.". Does caring have a place where there is intention? Is "caring" unlike "loving" because love has no attachments where by definition "caring" does?

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Mar 19, 2015
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by: Carl

Cheryl,

Thank you for your question and sharing an example of intention. I love how you say that "it is intention that creates all the little miracles." How poignant your expression and how interesting your detection of this in your practice.

Your question is one that I ponder quite often because "caring" is such a big part of the landscape of modern living and weaves itself into virtually every aspect of our dealings with other humans. In extreme cases of "caring", aggressive action is often sanctioned because of it and virtually all forms of right or wrong can be justified under the umbrella of caring or, for that matter, love.

Intention, as you mention, has no focus and yet it does, as well, yet we cannot know what that focus is. We simply know that it is and without the discussion that it is this or that, we sense the power of it when it is working. Many times you might hear people say things like "I’m not sure what that was but I could feel some force or power", or "I just knew what to do and did it without question or concern." You experience this in your work. Intention is there and when we give ourselves to this power it becomes apparent that we, too, are the power. It is our essence and we are its.

For me love and caring are completely human, and mind based. We hear a lot these days the admonition to "love unconditionally," however, if people were completely honest they could see that the propensity to love unconditionally is not possible if for no other reason than they have to say it is. Love and caring show up most powerfully in our own dependence which most of us will never admit. That is, our own need to look to others for any kind of approval. "You don’t care" or "you don’t love me" are examples of the outward expressions of this dependence. Perhaps another way to put this is to say that unconditional love or caring requires no dependence on "me" to notice it. Very hard to do.

The roots of caring and love are formed in the past, whereas, intention is always something that plays out in the present. Broken down, caring is a product of something that does not exist while intention is always at play in "what is" right now and only right now. Intention has no power in the past or in the future. Your example of "miracles happening," in your own practice, occur while you and you alone are focused on anything but your caring. Miracles, as you are experiencing, don’t wait to happen. They just happen!

On the other hand it is difficult to sustain any action based on something that does not exist in present time and yet we see over and over those who try to do so and they're "burning out" long before reaching the original objective of their caring. We use words like hope and faith to motivate our caring and watch the collapse of those whose actions seeded great good under the pretense that "caring" in any form could possibly sustain any action long term. Caring has to have the attachment to an idea or outcome that originated sometime long before this moment. It is completely unsustainable and it is always, always, always attached to "conditions." Intention knows no conditions.

Caring is the strongest cord of ego and virtually unbreakable. It is the justifier of our causes and the power behind judgments of ourselves and others. It is full of conditions and rules. Intention is devoid of description and so just is; it is a force without reckoning of any kind. Intention supersedes loving and caring and I have often used the term "compassion" synonymously with intention. Both are unexplainable. It might be said that intention and compassion are the non-human forms of love and caring but having said that, it is a weak comparison. Neither intention nor compassion carries any meaning in human terms and yet those who know them, "know them."

In conclusion, and I suppose the real answer to your question, is to say to you, send them away with both your love and your caring. The compassionate work has been done; intention has played out and while they may never know what it was, they will have felt it through your hands. Your hands, Cheryl; hands that have the amazing ability to touch reality and heal the world.
Again thank you so much for this. All my love,

Carl

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