Perhaps intention is a fundamental characteristic of consciousness and the first cause from which experience arises.
An intention is an awareness of separation from wholeness – “me” consciousness. The first intention I’m aware of is to be whole. This results in an awareness of lack. Thus, I generate intentions that limit awareness and codify them in instinct to support that first intention.
In limited awareness, intentions appear as problems seeking solutions.
Any intention includes consideration of one or more means to achieve its end. This acknowledges and defends a sense of separation and lack in the present moment.
Achievement of an intention ends that intention. Because of the underlying sense of lack, the end of one intention is part of another. This movement from intention to intention generates a sense of living moment-to-moment. Time reckoning.
The First Cause
My first cause is to live at the expense of my environment. Because I perceive myself as a separate being who must fight to survive, I experience this adversarial relationship with my environment.
Because I believe I own my own experience of living, I feel a need to protect it from the ever-present threat of lack. Therefore, I feel I must fight to achieve against the tsunami of lack waging war against me.
What if I question my causal intention to be whole? Might I expose an underlying paradox in which I apply a problem as a solution?
- What does my intention to be whole presuppose? (lack!)
- How am I satisfying that intention? (limited awareness!)
- Why do I have this intention? (to experience limiting awareness!)
- Who am I as a result of my intention? (fearful and defensive!)
My default is to believe I must fight and defend to achieve wholeness. How do I achieve wholeness without fighting for it? Maybe an investigation of my first cause is in order?
What if seeing my life as a problem to be solved is itself a problem to solve – that cannot be solved by solving the problem! I can’t solve a problem using the strategy that created the problem.
As long as I perceive my life as a problem, I can’t solve it!
What might happen when I stop the fight by releasing the sense of debt inherent in the first cause. That release might appear like surrender of the fear of death.
What might happen to me when I release my fear of death? Might I then realize the wholeness I already am and transition out of my bubble of limited awareness?
What if the solution to the problem I perceive is the realization that there never was a problem to solve? Perhaps the first cause is false.