Simpler Alternative to Moon-Based Intentions

You’ve heard me talk about working with the cycles of the moon to achieve goals and intentions. But maybe you want a simpler way to do manifestation, intention-setting or affirmation work. This post includes a step-by-step how-to!

The idea of working with the cycles of the moon is that 1) the external energy is something you can work with to achieve your goals, and 2) it provides a really useful structure with the perfect length of time for each kind of focused intention.

But what if that feels like a lot right now? If you’re not quite there yet, that’s okay! I’m all about empowerment and self-healing here, which means we meet each other where we are in this moment. 

A simpler alternative

So here’s a simpler alternative if you want to try working on setting some intentions or goals but just aren’t feeling ready yet to figure out how to align that intention-setting with the moon. It combines intention-setting, affirmation and energetic principles into one!

What you need: 5 minutes each day for 11 days, plus a journal

Make sure that you can set aside 5 minutes every day for 11 days.

It’s ideal to keep it to the same time every day, but the most important thing is that you do this every day of the 11 days. Personally I prefer the morning before the world wakes up, but you could just as effectively do this in the evening or just before bed. 

You will need a journal for this.

If you need to use a different kind of journaling mechanism (like voice recording if you’re not able to write), that’s fine. I strongly suggest a journal if you can.


Step 1: Sit comfortably somewhere that you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes (even if that means it’s the bathroom!) and take a few slow breaths to help yourself get relaxed and focused on what you’re doing.

Step 2: Take a moment to think about a goal or intention you have. Write it down. Now take a look at it. Is it written in a positive way? For example, don’t write “I want to stop smoking“; instead, write “I am free of addiction“.

Step 3: What are some ways you would know you have achieved your goal? Write those down too. For example, “I breathe easily. My lungs are strong and healthy. I am emotionally resilient. I feel confident and emotionally at ease within myself. I trust myself to make good decisions.” You should now have a list of both your intention and the ways you’ll know you’ve achieved it. 

Example of what your list should look like

Day 1:

  • I am addiction-free
  • I breathe easily.
  • My lungs are strong and healthy.
  • I am emotionally resilient.
  • I feel confident and emotionally at ease within myself.
  • I trust myself to make good decisions

Step 4: Now say (ideally out loud but silently is okay too if you don’t have full privacy), “It is my will that:” and then say your intention (“It is my will that I am free of addiction”). And then repeat for the rest of your list (“It is my will that I breathe easily. It is my will that my lungs are strong and healthy. It is my will that I am emotionally resilient.” and so on).

Step 5: Then say, “And so it is” or “It is done”. 

That’s it. Do this every day for the same intention and list for 11 days in total (for another 10 days after you do this first day). You need to build up the repetition for this to be effective. 

Enjoy this and let me know how it goes!

Blessings and empowerment to you.

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