Intention Scroll Project
To quote Depak Chopra on the topic of intention, “It is to make an unchangeable decision from which it is impossible to go back. It is singlemindedness of purpose. It is a well-defined purpose not countermanded by any other conflicting desires or interests.”
We all start out with great intentions. My mother used to say that the road to hell was paved with good intentions. This indicates that though thoughts are an important starting point, action is a necessary part of being a creator.
In this project, you will create a scroll and place it inside a vase or container that you can keep in plain view. This could be your own version of a Dead Sea Scroll that holds precious words that sum up of your creative intention. The actual Dead Sea Scrolls were written in Hebrew and Aramaic. If you are multi-lingual, write it out in several languages. If your brain hears it in all the words that it understands, it will interpret more fully. The fact that you know this intention is safely stored within plain sight gives you awareness of the decision that you made today without becoming a pressure. The Dead Sea Scrolls which were found in 1949 by a Bedouin shepherd, were written on parchment and then wrapped in linen cloth and sealed with bitumen, a tarlike material which was popular in ancient times and used to seal and protect objects. The scrolls were estimated to be around 2,000 years old. Your scroll could be carefully prepared and wrapped in plastic. For our purpose, that should do the trick.
A lot of ritual can go into finding materials that you like. This should be a very specific hunt for materials that quicken your pulse or take your breath away due to their beauty or attractive qualities. Make it sensually happy hunting and make sure to touch, smell, listen to the sounds of, look at it and imagine the taste. Lots of materials are toxic, so actual taste is something that I must constantly discourage children from doing in art class. Making material gathering an exploration of what appeals to your senses will help create an aura of precision for your Intention Scroll. Find a nice vase or container that will house your intention and that you can welcome to live in your space, where you can see it every day.
Now that you have a container, marking materials, paper, cloth, and plastic, leather, or some other water resistant material for the final wrap, and ribbon, string, wire, or whatever you plan to tie the scroll with, you are ready to write it down. Enjoy the experience. Make it as special as you can. This is what you intend, and it is as beautiful an expression of it as you can make right now. It will be your touchstone when you life starts demanding all sorts of things, and you will remember that your intention is safely stored, that you are growing stronger because of the clarity of it, and that you choose to remember and act upon your intentions.