Manifesting tool: Segment Intending

by Pernille Madsen

Picture of DaffodilsThis is one of my favorite tools. It is simple and easy to use and it is incredibly effective – it works like magic!

Segment Intending is a mixture of setting goals and describing how you want a certain situation to unfold.

it is somewhat similar to holding positive expectations, only more active. And my experience is that the more I set intentions in everyday life situations, the easier it gets for me to have positive expectations in various situations!

In the beginning, it might be helpful to write down your intentions, but it is just as effective to simply say them out loud or think them by yourself.

You simply start by ”I intend to” and then you add as much as feels good to you. It could be something along the lines of describing

  • how you want the situation to unfold
  • the outcome you want
  • the atmosphere you would like to experience
  • how you want to feel and/or
  • how you would like others to feel during and after the situation.

Here is an example for inspiration:

If I am going to attend an important meeting, my intention setting might look like this:

I intend

  • to have an efficient meeting, where we begin and end right on time and stick to the agenda.
  • that we get to an agreement on xxx and get to conclude yyy.
  • to express myself clearly, so the others understand what I mean, and to listen carefully and understand what the others are saying.
  • that we all feel good during the meeting, that the atmosphere is light and pleasant and that we get to laugh several times.

In the beginning, it might feel pretty awkward to set intentions – it sure did to me!

I guess it’s simply because we are not used to doing so. 

However, I warmly recommend that you give it a try, as it does lead to the most incredible results.


Frank Butterfield | The Communion of Light March 5, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi Pernille –

This is such a timely reminder. I feel like, in many ways, that I could use this as a meditation tool and never, ever really need anything else. I do love to play with this in all sorts of random situations.

Many years ago, when I had first read about this process in Ask & It Is Given, I tried it out in a situation that otherwise seemed impossible to deal with,

I was supposed to meet some people that I didn’t really like. My friend who had planned to go with me backed out at the last minute. So, as I was driving to the restaurant where we were to congregate, I was going through all the things I didn’t like about these folks. When I pulled in and parked, I suddenly realized that this was not going to work. There had to be a better way. The Segment Intending process came to mind and I decided to use it. My intention was that when I left the restaurant that I was going to feel delighted. I took a moment and imagined opening the door to leave and feeling delighted. It seemed a stretch but what did I have to lose?

So, I walked in the restaurant boldly and met my group. As the night progressed, I started to relax. Then, that moment happened (like so often did with this group) when someone said something very rude and I could feel my urge to run. Instead, I excused myself to the bathroom and, once safely there, I took some deep breaths and reset my intention. I brought back the idea of walking out of the restaurant feeling delighted. Once I felt back to myself, I returned to the table.

I actually don’t remember the rest of the evening until we left. In my mind’s eye, right now as I’m typing this, I can clearly see myself leaving the restaurant and giving each one of my friends big and hearty hugs because I was so delighted to be there with them. I don’t know what magic happened in the intervening time but I know that my intention manifested brilliantly.

On the drive home, I was flying on a cloud! It was such a wonderful feeling to have walked into the experience I had intended! I highly recommend that anyone who has been thinking about using this process actually put it to the test and see what happens!

Thanks so much for posting about this Pernille!

Pernille March 5, 2015 at 10:13 pm

Thank you, my friend, for sharing your very inspiring experience :-)

Dave March 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for the article. This is an important technique and one that I find gets easier with practice. Soon you’ll actually enjoy doing it and want to do it more and more.

Pernille March 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

I totally agree, Dave. In the beginning I found it pretty weird. However, the more I practiced this, the better it felt, and today I enjoy it very much.

Thanks for commenting :-)

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: