In my bubble of limited awareness, I have only one purpose in life: to fulfill an intention to be whole. This intention sets up a perception of lack forever seeking fulfillment.
Perhaps the first need that intention must satisfy in order to continue is its purpose. Intention sets up a structure in which it asks, “Why do I exist?” Purpose makes sense of the structure of intention with an answer in the format of, “…because…”
Intention and purpose set up a process that presents a lack and identifies what will satisfy it. Intention is like one side of a coin representing a deficit. And the other side, the purpose to complete it. In this way, each side of the coin serves as the complement of the other. Together, the two sides represent one coin.
Any action in service to a purpose is in service to an intention.
Seeing Both Sides of the Coin
In our coin example, only one side can be viewed at a time. For each side of a coin, there is a hidden other side.
Due to a limitation in attention, I can attend to only one thing at a time. This is why I see one side of a coin and believe that’s all there is to it. This works to lock my awareness onto one side of the coin and lockout the other. Thus, eliminating the ambiguity.
An interaction between intention and purpose creates a process. That process results in a manifestation that gives a limited meaning to that interaction.
What am I NOT aware of in this intention? Why am I NOT aware of it?
For every intention, there is a purpose. For every what, there is a why. The flip side – for every purpose there’s an intention. And for every why there is a what. Due to this one-to-one relationship between intention and purpose, I might assume I can connect the dots.
I might assume I know an intention by looking at its manifestation. This assumes the reason why. Conversely, I might assume I know a purpose by looking at its manifestation – assuming the intention behind it. This is akin to looking at the heads side of a coin and assuming the other side is tails.
As a school kid, I lost a lot of lunch money to the kid who had a two-headed coin… Then, again…
What if there is no coin?