Years ago, after reading Shakti Gawain’s book Creative Visualization I set out on a path to create what I thought I wanted. Sometimes I got what I wanted. Sometimes I didn’t. When I did get what I wanted I gave my visualization powers credence. When I didn’t get what I wanted I denied I ever wanted it or wallowed in mental gunk.
Since then I have pretty much dismissed all the fads including The Secret. Just not for me. If it works for you – awesome.
A few days ago I flew to Los Angeles. I wanted a book to read on the plane and quickly rifled through my bookshelf. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. OK. I read that about ten years ago and didn’t throw the book away so I must have liked it. In my knapsack it goes.
To my surprise, I absolutely love the book now. I feel like I’m reading it for the first time.
Deepak Chopra talks about intention and detachment in the book. He says to have intention but to let go of the outcome. I love that.
It applies to acting…
We need to have a trajectory in the scene we’re doing, but at the same time be open to how it will unfold. We shouldn’t be attached to the outcome or result. If we attach so much to the outcome we will miss the creative impulses available in each moment. And those creative impulses are pure gold. And they can’t be planned. Only invited.
It applies to business…
We need to have a direction that we want to move in. But we must detach from the results. If we don’t detach from the results we will be locked in misery and thought. Also, detaching from the results opens us up to a possibility much grander than what our minds can imagine. We need to plant seeds and let them do their magic under the soil. Deepak says “You do not want to dig up the seeds of your desires to see if they are growing, or get rigidly attached to the way in which they will unfold. You simply want to release them.”
I love that.
I’m in LA shooting an episode of the new NBC series I am recurring on with Jimmy Smits. The show is called Outlaw. Great show. So thrilled to be a part of it. I see my mind wanting to attach to various outcomes. But I will do my best to plant my seeds and detach. I can only do my job, the rest is an unfolding.
So, let’s plant some seeds and water them and let the magic that surrounds us turn that seed into a forest. Or a tomato, or a weed, or a venus fly trap.
Let us all know your ideas about intention and detachment.