In today’s society where emailing, texting, messaging, iChat, Facebook, blogging, et al of all things digital communication, we seem to be lost in a world of virtual emotions where we use these social network tools and emoticons to represent our words and emotions.
Most of the time, we would read them and unconsciously believe in them and fall into the virtual world where not everything is what it seems. We tend to use these social network masks to hide our true emotions. We can be screaming and cussing under our breath while typing our polite replies to the person on the other side of the “screen”. And that person receiving your “polite” reply would then perceive that this person is really nice.
So what’s the point here? Intentions.
What is intention? According to the Webster dictionary, it states:
(1) a determination to act in a certain way;
(2) what one intends to do or bring about;
(3) the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered;
(4) a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
In hebrew; כונה pronounced as kavanah.
But how does one ever be able to read or tell a person’s intentions? Even when you are face-to-face? Well, through experience and discernment developed from your own life’s experiences. So be smart, open your eye within you and comprehend from within and not with just your external orifices. Understand with your soul.
With that said, one of our favorite phrases by Baal HaSulam, one of the most prominent and revered kabbalist has said:
“The end of an act is in the preliminary thought.”
A simple statement but goes a long way of profound thought, action, sensory perception and experience.