Intention is defined in Wikipedia as “…an agent’s specific purpose in performing an action or series of actions, the end or goal that is aimed at. Outcomes that are unanticipated or unforeseen are known as unintended consequences. Intentional behavior can also be just thoughtful and deliberate goal-directedness.” For purposes of this discussion, consider it the power of thought to help make things happen.
Intention is a powerful tool that you will want to apply any time you are using essential oils. Think of it as the instructions you’re giving to the oils that you’re applying to your animal. Such a simple thing as a thought can truly empower the oil you apply and fine-tune its purpose.
How is that possible, you ask? Scientific studies have been performed that prove a thought can have a dramatic effect. In 2001 the Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto published the book, The Hidden Messages in Water, in which he revealed that a specific concentrated thought can affect the shape of crystals formed from frozen water. Positive thoughts resulted in beautifully formed and complex patterns, much like exquisite snowflakes; negative ones caused misshapen, incomplete, and asymmetrical ones. If a thought could so strongly affect a drop of water, think how much more it could influence your efforts when applying a therapeutic-grade essential oil to soothe an arthritic spine, to expedite healing of an injury, or to further the animal’s quality of life.
The thought that you apply along with the oils has another purpose, as well. Your animal will sense the thought as you shape it in your mind and know that you have its best will at heart. That non-verbal “communication” is a highly powerful and important link between you two, one that you will want to practice and use regularly. Because animals think in pictures, visualize healing, nurturing, or positive actions when you apply your oil of choice or pet, curry, or bathe your animal. The animal will receive your “message,” and it will boost the effectiveness of the treatment (and strengthen the bond between you).
No special training is required; just focus on that animal’s best and highest good. Then send love along with it. The shared experience will benefit you both!
- The Hidden Messages in Water, by Masaru Emoto, Atria Books, New York, NY, 2001, ISBN-13:978-0-7432-8980-1, ISBN-10: 0-7432-8980-3.