We started out with four of us - Mark, Tina, Betsy, and myself - sitting around a table on the patio once a
week. We'd go around the Circle, one by one, and each of us would say our
intentions for the things that we desired to manifest in our lives. Pretty
soon, we were getting phenomenal results, a bunch of our friends had joined
us, and the feeling of being part of a family had awakened in all of us. As
the group got larger and larger, we began listening to each other even more
closely. We became cheerleaders for each other, really being happy for
someone else when their intentions came to life.
Start Your Own Circle
We affectionately call the person who takes it upon himself or herself to start an Intenders Circle an Intenderpreneur. The Intenderpreneur is the one who makes all of the
arrangements for having the first meeting of the Intenders in their area.
They make the necessary phone calls and announcements so that anyone who
might be interested in coming to an Intenders Circle has the opportunity to
do so. The Intenderpreneur will find a comfortable location, preferably in a
private home, to meet until a more permanent place can be established and
agreed upon by the group. Very often it happens that the Intenders Circle
will be permanently held at the Intenderpreneur's home.
At the meetings the Intenderpreneur distributes copies of the format and
newcomer information and keeps track of all of the names,
addresses, and phone numbers of everyone who comes to the Circles. S/he is
also responsible for maintaining a reasonably smooth flow during the
It's important to understand that the Intenderpreneur is not the leader of
the group. The group belongs to itself. There are no appointed leaders. We
think that every Intender is a leader and, therefore, any major decisions are
made by all who come to the meeting.
We are very grateful to the Intenderpreneurs for all the work that they do.
Many people, friends and strangers alike, are touched by those who've had the
insight to start an Intenders Circle.
The Friendly Format
(Reprinted from The Intenders Handbook)
The friendly 8-step format listed below is the one that we use in our Intention
Circles today. It is this unique format that has made the Intenders so
1. Blessing of Food
3. Short Guided Meditation
4. Explanation of the Intention Process to Newcomers
5. The Intention Circle
7. Break (more eating and socializing)
8. Spiritual Guidance
Here is the information sheet that we've been giving to newcomers to our
Circle. It and the Friendly Format can also be found on pages 40 and 41 of The Intenders Handbook. Please feel free to print and make copies of this page.
The Intention Process Information Sheet
(Reprinted from The Intenders Handbook)
- Our thoughts create our experiences
- Saying our intentions outloud focuses our thoughts
- There is power in the spoken word
- Positive thoughts bring positive experiences
- Negative thoughts bring undesired experiences
- It's important to trust and know that the things that we Intend are coming to us because doubt will interfere
with the manifestation of our positive intentions
- We always ask that in order for our intentions to come to us, they must serve the highest and best good for the
Universe and the highest and best good for ourselves and others
- As we go around the Circle, we express gratitude for intentions that have come to us and we state
our new intentions
- The power of the Intention Circle arises from everyone supporting everyone else's
- Clarity is important
- We eliminate such words as trying, hoping, wanting, to be, and not
- We say things in a positive way: for example, instead of I intend that I am not afraid anymore,
we say I intend that I am courageous
- We don't name sicknesses in our Circles; we see everyone in their Highest Light
- We say our intentions daily, and we gather together once a week
- We don't know when or how our intentions will manifest for us; we just know that they will!
- We always end our intentions with our seven favorite words - So be it and so it is !
There is a lot more information about how to start your own Intenders Circle
in The Intenders Handbook.
If you'd like to see an Intenders Circle in
action, our new video entitled "The Intention Process: A Guide for Conscious
Manifestation and Community-Making" will show you exactly how we do it.
Our Create Your Own Community Package which includes 10 Intenders Handbooks and one Intenders Video makes it simple for you to start your own Intenders Circle!
Some Good Ideas from an Experienced Intenderpreneur
The following note came in from Nancy Robertson who has facilitated an Intenders Circle in the Denver area for many years. We think it will be helpful to those of you who are intending to create your own Intenders Circle. Thank you Nancy!
I read in the newsletter that you are recommending having movie nights for an Intenders Circle.From that share I thought I might tell our Circle's ongoing success story. Over the years we have shared movie nights as well as various presenters, workshops, drum circles, music, potlucks, field trips and more! Having this adversity keeps our Circles exciting, informative, enjoyable, and interesting.
Our Circle has been meeting, with enthusiasm, for over three years. Inspired participation is encouraged and attending is never mandatory. An average of 8-12 men and women of various ages attend each week. Sometimes our group is as large as 20 or as small as 2. Sometimes we have visitors from other groups, cities, states, or even countries. However many people show up, we know it is perfect. Small groups provide more intimate conversation, while larger groups provide more diverse ideas.
The Circle has evolved over the years with new people joining and others takng breaks for personal reasons, and then returning or not. Some have gone on to start their own circles and groups. We always encourage people to follow their passion. Accepting that the Circle is always growing and changing is one key to our success. Our meeting times, days of the week and locations have varied with the needs of the group. Presently, we meet in my home on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30.
We always include the Intenders practice of sharing gratitudes, intentions and toning when we meet. An hour and a half is available for a topic, discussion or presentation each week. While I am the overall facilitator, our Circle is directed by its participants. The flow of input, suggestions, and questions from the group creates and guides us in a fulfilling opportunity where we all grow. Each person is responsible for their own experience!
Over the last twelve months we have been blessed by many who have shared their wonderful gifts, knowledge, and talents from far and wide. Aum Rak, a NeoShamanic healer from South America shared a healing blessings with the group; Alicia Lochary, a local healer who uses Tibetan Bowls performed for the group; Pam Hughes, a healer, musician, and sound therapist has shared multiple presentations with the group, including using tuning forks, drum circles, harp music and more; Pat Serafin and David Cowles shared their vision board workshop over two weeks of meetings; and Charlie Berger, a local musician, gave a house concert for our Circle recently. He shared many of his own songs and other artists favorites.
We have gone on field trips, visited and hosted other groups, had potlucks, house concerts, healers present demos of their modalities, experts share a teaching, listened to Audio series, watched video productions, and, of course, had many movie nights. There are so many great venues available to help each of us become more aware. So many people have so much to share! All of our Circles and the events are always free and open to everyone. On the nights where there is not a presenter, we share topics and teachings to help us build tools for awareness and choice living skills. All attendees are encouraged to teach, share, and learn.
At our Circles we have available only tea and water, occasionally something more is shared for a birthday or movie nights. This makes it easy for the host / hostess to have a house full of fellow Intenders! We have met in homes, offices, parks, and libraries over the years - flexibility is the key.
Tony, thanks for being the inspiration for all this and I hope our Circle's story inspires others to be open to the flow of opportunity that is all around us waiting to be shared - along with the joy of having and Intenders based community around them.
How You Can Start An Intenders Circle
(Reprinted from an early Intenders Newsletter)
Hello and thank you for your letter. I am always glad to help others start Intenders groups.
First of all, if you have a group of friends who would like to start an Intenders Circle, you're way ahead of the
game! Just gather your group together and have a potluck.
We always start out our meetings a little after 5 o'clock in the evening with a very short (a minute or less) food blessing.
We join hands and someone says a few words of gratitude for all that we have received. Then, of course, we eat and chat
together for about an hour.
Shortly after 6pm, we begin our Intenders Circle. By this time everyone will have finished eating and those who
couldn't make it to the potluck will have arrived. We really appreciate it that people come on time because, that way, they
don't walk in during our guided meditation. We all like this part of our meeting because it makes us feel empowered and
uplifted. There are a couple of folks in our group who like to lead this short meditation(5 to 10 minutes), so whoever
wants to do it can.
After the guided meditation, we go around the Circle and, for the benefit of any guests and new Intenders, we
each say our name. Then, for a few moments, one of the more experienced Intenders will talk about the Intention
Process and how our thoughts create our experiences. And immediately after that, we begin to go around the
Intention Circle - with each person saying what their Intentions are and/or acknowledging the Intentions that have
recently manifested in their lives. When we've finished going around the Circleonce, we always let anyone randomly
put in any Intentions that they may have forgotten the first time around.
We've learned over the last couple of years that everyone really wants everyone else's Intentions to come true. So we
listen very closely to each other and have even become like cheerleaders for one another, wanting our friend's Intentions ,
as well as our own, to come into manifestation. Often, we imagine that all of our Intentions are stacking up in the middle
of theCircle, so that when we are done, they will fly out into the Universe on the wings of Angels, to be brought back
to us in the perfect timing.
After everyone's Intentions are put into the Circle, we will stand up, hold hands, and TONE. During the circle, there is
usually some sort of theme that many people mention, like home, God, love, peace ... We pick a word or sound that
appeals to everyone and that is the sound or word that we Tone. Sometimes, we will Tone a couple different Tones. We
find that if we Tone the word or sound for a longish period of time, say at least three minutes, it really begins to feel
wonderful. During this Toning, the group feels a Oneness with each other. After the Toning is finished, we've found that it
is important to just stand holding hands and listen quietly to the sounds around us and enjoy the Oneness.
After the Toning, we chat and munch a bit more, about fifteen minutes. Then we have a channelling session. If there isn't a
person in your group who can channel , all you need to do is Intendthat one shows up...and one will! We started out
with one channel - and now there are four. We limit our channelling sessions to thirty minutes so that those who need to
get home can do so at a reasonable time.
We have our Intenders Circle on Sunday evenings, but it could be at any time that is convenient for you.
If you do not have a group of folks to start your group with, set a time when you will have your meeting. Let folks know
when it is and why you want them to come. You know, when we first started our group, it was just Mark, Tina, Tony,and
I. We met first just as friends having dinner together on Sunday evenings to talk about what we wanted in our lives. After
several months, Tina and Mark brought another person to dinner. She only attended one meeting. Then, after a couple of
months, another person came. She, Connie, stayed with it, but for along time, there was just the five of us. If you have
even one person, have a meeting. There were times when we wondered if anyone else would ever show up. Our guides
kept saying that even if no one else is there, have a set time. Even if you are the only one, do your Intentions out loud and
Tone. The energy that you put out into the Universe by doing that will bring others.
So take care and never stop reaching for and Intending for your dreams. I am looking forward to the letter that asks what
you are to do when your group gets too large to meet in your living room.