In this article I am outlining some of the more important points about the Segment Intending process of Abraham-Hicks: How does the process work? What do I have to do, on a regular basis, in order to achieve substantial results?
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Here in this blog post I will try to summarize some of the most important ideas when it comes to the process of Segment Intending.
This process was first mentioned in print in the book Ask and It is Given (2004, pp. 217-224), The Segment Intending process was one of the 22 different processes that Abraham-Hicks recommended, for various situations and emotional circumstances.
The Segment Intending process was later elaborated further upon in The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, where they in an outline format break down the process further (2006, pp. 147-150).
Now let us see some of the things that are central to Segment Intending. This can help us to succeed with Law of Attraction, so that we quicker can build up positive momentum and realize our desires.
Creators Must Create, And Do So Deliberately
The whole point behind Segment Intending is to define more powerfully what we desire, what we want. It is of course true that we create our desired things by default (also known as Step 1), by just “experiencing life” (as all human beings do), and then, knowing what we do not want, we more easily can know what we do want.
However, with Segment Intending we are entering into deliberate creation: with deliberate intent, we can focus our attention on certain thoughts or ideas or “outcomes” that we want to experience in the future. And by doing so, we build up momentum, and we make those ideas more prone to be physically manifested.
So one of the ideas, then, behind Segment Intending process is that it is a deliberate process that must be done in addition to just “living out one’s life” (as the overwhelming majority of people on this planet are doing).
Segment Intending is a process that is geared towards “controlling” the outcome of the future. By knowing, or deciding, what you want the future to hold for you, you are building up momentum for future manifestations.
In the beginning (the first few days or weeks), it may not be entirely easy to see the result. But as you repeat the process, and repeat the same or similar thought and ideas about what you want the future to bring (for a certain type of segment), the more probable it will be that your future actually morphs into your desired “design”.
What Is a ‘Segment’?
One of the first things that we need to define is a “segment”. This is, in essence, a “scene”, in the lingo of a Hollywood screenwriter.
So in most Hollywood movies, we have different scenes, set in a certain time of day (morning, noon, afternoon, evening, night) and a certain location (interior, exterior). And, in a quality movie, each scene carries the plot onwards, so that there will be movement in the story.
But to carry the plot forward, each scene usually has a person desiring (intending) a certain outcome, and, at the end of the scene, the audience will see whether or not he succeeded getting that desired result.
So in one scene we may see Indiana Jones in the jungle, looking for some valuable artifact (intent: to find artifact), and then finding it (result: found artifact). But then, in the next scene shortly thereafter, some nasty competitor comes (intent: to snatch artifact) and snatches it (result: snatched artifact).
‘Segments’ in Our Own Lives
In our own lives, we may think of “segments” as “parts” of a day. Our days may have 10, 20, 30 or (many) more “segments”, where we are doing different things. Each segment usually has a different time and location, as well as a different activity:
- in the morning (8:00), in the kitchen, we may prepare breakfast.
- in the morning (8:15), in the living room, we may eat our breakfast
- in the morning (8:30), in the bathroom, we may brush our teeth
- in the morning (8:45), in our car, we may drive to work
So for each situation, each scene, there is a time and a location. And for each scene there is a preferred outcome.
The preferred outcome in the first scene is typically that the preparation of the breakfast actually succeeds, so that we will produce some wonderfully delicious breakfast that is also maximally nutritious and good for our bodies and overall well-being.
The preferred outcome in the second scene is typically that our eating of the breakfast is a wonderful event, that is really enjoyable and is simultaneously perfectly assimilated by our digestive system, thus producing maximum amount of energy, enthusiasm, and positivity for the rest of the morning.
Emotions and Point of Attraction
In order to properly attract things, we have to know what we desire. So our goal as creators is to specify what we want to happen. But we have to do so with emotion: we have to feel the goodness of what we want to attract. The more we can evoke such feelings, the closer we are to “results”.
This is why Abraham-Hicks says in their book Ask and It is Given (p. 221):
“When you feel happy, you will attract circumstances of happiness. When you feel healthy, you will attract circumstances of health. When you feel prosperous, you will attract circumstances of prosperity.”
The point that they are making is that it is the emotion that is the signal that the Law of Attraction “reads” or “receives”, after which the Law of Attraction “bounces back” similar vibrations, resulting in manifestations that are “compatible” with those emotions.
In other words, our emotions indicate to us what our current “point of attraction” is. This is important, because our “point of attraction” is what the Law of Attraction is “acting” upon, and then is bouncing back to us.
Why Is Segment Intending So Powerful?
The idea that makes the Segment Intending process so powerful is the focusing on a very small number of ideas. And the timing is also important.
For many people (who are not using the Segment Intending process), there are usually hundreds or thousands of different small and big desires “floating around” in their mind. They may have a relatively clear picture of all those things that they want, but they are not devoting enough time and energy to get those ideas going. And they are usually not doing it in a systematic way.
But with Segment Intending we are achieving a very important thing, namely “systematization”. With Segment Intending we are focusing on a very small set of ideas, and we are also doing so in a very timely manner, namely just before we want those manifestations to appear in our experience.
So the benefit here is that by not expressing our desires for many things at the same time, we also avoid confusion, since too many items are hard to keep track of. So when we instead just focus on a few things at a time, we bring forth our desires in a more clear and powerful way. This also increases the speed of the creation (Ask and It is Given, pp. 221-222).
Segment Intending: Quick Start
So the procedure is simple. Abraham-Hicks asks us to, firstly, identify when a new segment starts (this happens many times a day).
At that time we should stop, and ask ourselves what we want from this segment: Which outcome do we want? What do we want to experience? What do we want to feel? What do we want to accomplish?
And then we should express it in our own words (either verbally, or non-verbally). And when we start doing that, we will become “Selective Sifters”, or creators that are using deliberate intent.
The “blueprint” of what to say at such a moment, is found in Ask and It is Given, pp. 221:
“This is what I want from this period of my life experience. I want it and I expect it.”
Note here, then, that the phrase “period of my life experience” most probably translates to “segment”. So what they are saying is presumably: “This is what I want from this (newly started) segment.”
So now we just have to describe what the word “this” should be expanded to. So, for example, we might say something about the 8:15 segment above, when we are just about to start eating our breakfast in the living room:
“OK, I’m now starting my ‘eating breakfast’ segment. And I am really looking forward to a most pleasurable experience. I want my food to be delicious (as usual), and I wish that my organic herb tea is soothing for my body (as it always is). Overall, I wish that this whole segment is unfolding perfectly, in a joyful mood, and that I will be nourished, fulfilled, and happy when the segment is over.”
The most important thing about the Segment Intending process is that it enables us to focus on a very small number of thoughts (ideas, propositions, sentences, etc.), and also provides a timeliness to the whole process.
Thus, it increases the clarity and power of your deliberate creations, and increases the likelihood that your desire will come into fruition in the (very near) future.
Good luck with your deliberate intent and the Segment Intending process!
- Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2004), Ask and It Is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires. Foreword by Wayne W. Dyer. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
- Hicks, Esther and Jerry Hicks (2006), The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing. Foreword by Louise L. Hay. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. [Link to book]
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