Exercise 5

Making Choices

In this exercise, you will be considering some of the choices you have made. These may have seemed important or unimportant at the time.

Let’s consider a couple of examples:

“I married my husband because I thought I loved him (conscious intention), but walking down the aisle, I realized that I wanted to please him and not disappoint everyone at the wedding.” (real intention).

OR

“I thought I volunteered because help was needed (conscious intention), but I discovered that I actually volunteered so that others would see me as a good person” (real intention).

Now recall an example of your own.

Try to distinguish between the intention that you thought you had and the intention that you really had.

This is not always easy to do. However, when your conscious intention is different than your real intention, you will know that a frightened part of your personality is making decisions for you without your awareness.

The choice of intention is the fundamental choice.
—Gary Zukav & Linda Francis

The Mind of the Soul

Write about your experiences in making choices below.