Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions

Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions


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Tony Burroughs was a young man living in Hawaii, when an older philosopher sage took him under his wing and became his mentor at an exotic fruit farm on the big island. Over a period of ten years, Tony learned how to farm as well as "The Information," a series of oral lessons, comprising a body of deep teachings about the very meaning of life, the history of mankind, and how to not just exist but to evolve and live a meaningful life filled with love, peace and abundance. A core teaching was in regard to intention-setting and Tony and two friends started a weekly circle to try it out. This first humble circle of three people had dramatic and life-changing effects that have resulted in Tony Burrough's life-long mission to guide others in the art of manifesting the best in themselves, their lives, and for the highest good of all. The tenet of Get What You Want is simple, powerful and profound: "that which you are reaching toward is also reaching out toward you." And, for the first time, Tony has gathered many of the key teachings of "The Information" into one book.

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ISBN-13: 9781936740208
Publisher: Start Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 760,824
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tony Burroughs is an author, storyteller, and cofounder of The Intenders of the Highest Good, a grassroots community movement with Intenders Circles in countries all over the world. Also the author of the popular daily email message "The Bridge," Burroughs lives in Mount Shasta, CA.

Brenda Knight is the author of Women Who Love Books Too Much and Women of the Beat Generation, winner of an American Book Award. A scholar of medieval literature and modern poetry, she lives in San Francisco, California.

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Get What You Want

The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions
By Tony Burroughts

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Your Power

What you are looking for is what you are looking with.

Get What You Want was created to act as a way for you to move, as easily and effortlessly as possible, from the mainstream to the magical. It will bring your level of personal empowerment up to speed so that you can have a positive effect upon your world. It is also designed to help you gain a degree of proficiency in using the Laws of Manifestation or the Intention Process (as we call it), so you will no longer remain as easily controlled by others—others who may or may not have your highest and best interests at heart.
Get What You Want has been purposely set up to do three things at the same time: first, to empower you to reach your highest potential; second, to demonstrate the great benefits in coming together in community; and third, to act as a guide for The Code so that you reawaken your conscience and begin to love, honor, respect, and care for your fellow travelers once again.
And that is our intention for you—for you to take these tools and do what you came to this beautiful, abundant Earth to do. We congratulate you for having the courage to take these steps into your own power. Now, as we prepare to offer you Get What You Want, we leave you with these few words of encouragement…
Your joy walks with you every step of the way. You need look no further than that which is your own Being. The world would have you think otherwise, and yet, what you do, how you think, and what you feel is entirely up to you. You are truly a magnificent entity with powers lying dormant and feelings, so sublime, ready to burst forth like a young flower, which spreads its petals for the first time to greet the morning summer sun.
How long will you wait before you see yourself in your highest light and do what makes you truly happy? What will it take for you to open your heart and radiate outward the ocean of love that lives within you? You have been bound up too long, shackled to your fear, imprisoned by ghosts who are not real unless you make them so. The world needs you to be happy, to shine your light on all that you see, to laugh without limit, to touch the hearts and minds of every man, woman, and child who come your way.
Take a chance now and live life like you’ve always wanted. Envision yourself throwing off the fetters of fear, and calling unto you the glory that is yours by right of birth. Let your joy blaze like a fire in the night. That’s what the world needs from you. And, more than that, that’s what you need from you.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that, from this moment forward, you and I and all of the people we come in contact with, and all of the people they come in contact with, and all of the people they contact—until it fills the entire Earth—live in utter joy and peace.


Everything we put our attention on becomes more, bigger, and brighter.

Inertia is the force that keeps something or someone who is moving in motion, and it keeps something or someone who is resting at rest. In order to overcome it and have something new happen, a special kind of influence or energy is necessary. In terms of the quality of our lives, we’d have to care a lot more about our world than we’ve cared in the past. We’d need to start moving in a different direction. This is what The Code does, for embedded within its lines is the promise of a better life for all who are willing to think something new.
If you sit in on the average casual conversation today, much of the talk would likely center around the national picture, what the politicians are doing, and where “we” are headed. You and your friends would probably agree that the national situation isn’t giving you what you really want; that you seem to have lost your freedom, your peace, your own power to do with as you please; that our war-like tendencies simply aren’t serving us anymore; that our distribution of goods and natural resources favor the “haves” and penalize the bulk of the world’s people; that you live in fear; and so forth. You could go on and on listing the flaws in the current system, and almost everyone would have an opinion that would ostensibly help to make things better from within the framework of the current system. The current system, however, is first and foremost an illusion that we choose to keep our attention on. We could just as easily talk about something else, if it weren’t for the power of the inertia we keep bumping into. Just try to get your friends to set the topic of politics aside for a while, and see what happens. In most instances, it would be as if no one heard you. They’d keep on talking, lost in the inertia of the national collective mind.
There are those who would say that we’re powerless to make changes in the face of collective inertia, but this simply isn’t true. As we said earlier, changes occur when a new influence or energy is introduced into the picture. So, let’s shift the inertia by introducing The Code into our hypothetical scenario. We’ll apply the Ninth Intent and make an intention around it by saying, “I Intend that I am creating my ideal world by envisioning it and telling others about it. I share my vision.” When we do this, our imagination is unleashed. We have a new direction, one that gives us the autonomy to create our own vision, and the knowing that, in the envisioning, we are actively and consciously creating something better for ourselves. Our power instantly returns to us, and, from this point on, we’re back on track, doing what we came here to do.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that I always have enough to spare and enough to share.

The Downside of Conforming

Don’t forget: Your purpose on Earth is to evolve to your highest possible state of being.

From the time that we were small children, we’ve been taught to mind our manners and to be like everybody else. We’re told that it’s respectful of others to practice certain courtesies, and that’s fine, as long as we don’t become slaves to what other people think or say about us. Taken too far, our conformity keeps us living in a subtle, but very real, state of fear. We become afraid of acting differently than everyone else around us. Even when our heart tells us to do something one way, our social consciousness screams out to do it another way, lest we draw too much attention to ourselves. And all too often, our fear wins out.
To experience your highest light, you must break the mold. You must do things not as others do, but as your heart bids you to do. Put on your old comfortable, raggedy clothes and take a walk around the park; whisper to a flower in your backyard; get up at four in the morning and go out and take a look at the pre-dawn skies. There are those who might contend that you’re ready for the loony bin. But they’ll be the ones who are missing out on some of the finest experiences in life. They’ll stay under the thumb, albeit unconsciously, of others who would control their every word and deed. While you, in your newfound wisdom, will begin to walk this Earth freely and fearlessly, without a care in the world.
Know that there will most certainly be times when you’ll feel the pressure to conform from those all around you. Just remember, in these moments, that it is you, not them, who gets to sing as you amble through the beautiful park. It is you, not them, who hears the joy in the voice of the flower as she whispers her innermost secrets back unto you. And it is you, not them, who receives loving guidance from the morning star as she breaks the horizon at dawn.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that I am my own person.

Sabotaging Phrases

What you say is what you get.

The Intenders of the Highest Good understand that the exactness of our words counts. We know, beyond all doubt, that the words we are using are constantly determining the kind of experiences we will have. By the same token, we have become more aware of when we are projecting an experience out into our world that we really, in our hearts, do not desire to see manifested. People do this unconsciously in their everyday conversation quite often. We call it negative projection or self-sabotage, and we gently point it out to each other when it happens in an Intenders Circle.
Much of the time, these self-sabotaging words and phrases are added onto what we have just said, like an afterthought. For example, you’ll frequently hear someone say, “I intend that the repairs go easily and effortlessly, without too many problems.” By adding on these last four words, they’ve suddenly undermined their original intention. They’ve sabotaged their own future by bringing problems into the picture.
When we Intenders catch ourselves projecting an undesired experience like this, we immediately remind ourselves of one of the main reference points in the Intention Process—that our thoughts and our words are constantly creating our world. The old saying, “As you believe, so it shall be for you” is a great truth. Since our words are exact reflections of what we believe, it is prudent for us to be much more careful with the words we are using. It’s simply not in our highest and best interests to continue to be frivolous with our words. These words have power. They can either limit our experience or enhance it.
Here are twenty self-sabotaging phrases that we’ve heard recently. You can make your own list too, just by listening closer to what you and the people around you are saying.
1. There’s never a place to park when I need one.
2. Why is everything always so difficult for me?
3. Some things never change.
4. There’s no possible way this is going to work out.
5. It’s too late.
6. I just can’t lose any weight.
7. It’s going to be too expensive; we’ll never be able to afford it.
8. So-and-so is incapable of changing; they’re a lost cause.
9. It doesn’t look very promising.
10. Easier said than done.
11. Well, I’ll be damned.
12. It’s going to be a bad allergy season this year.
13. I’m afraid there’s not going to be a good harvest this year.
14. The weather is getting worse.
15. I’m just real sensitive to those things.
16. There’s nothing we can do about it.
17. What a struggle this is.
18. This is a pain in the neck.
19. I’m getting sick and tired of all this.
20. The doctor says it won’t go away.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that I am clearly shown what I am creating with my everyday thoughts and words.

Not Guilty

Let not your heart be troubled.

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges that faces the average person today is believing in their own self-worth. From the time we were small children, our view of our highest light has been undermined. It’s pretty easy to recall past experiences where we’ve been told that we were less than we thought we were or that we’d made a mistake. Our teachers, parents, peers, the TV, and all sorts of sources have, either consciously or unconsciously, talked us into limiting ourselves. Over a lifetime, our power was slowly but steadily stripped away from us. But now all of that is changing.
These teachings emphasize that you’ve never made a mistake. When the incident occurred where you thought you’d made a mistake, it wasn’t until after the incident was over that you gleaned the knowledge from it. While the incident was still in progress, you were only operating on the basis of the best information that you had at the time. In truth, you couldn’t have known any better and, therefore, there was no reason for you to beat yourself up about it. You were presented with a lesson, but no mistake was made.
Learning a lesson and making a mistake are two entirely different things. Lessons don’t carry the same feelings as mistakes. There’s no guilt attached to our lessons, but mistakes imply that we’ve done something wrong. Those who view life from a higher perspective know that they’ve never done anything wrong. Everything just happens and it doesn’t serve us to place moral judgments on any events that occur in our lives. The concept of right and wrong is simply another illusion that doesn’t exist for us unless we nourish it. We can choose to plead not guilty to all of the menacing should haves that charge us with wrongdoing. In our mind, we can assert that everything is all right regardless of what others may say, and, in doing so, we return to the innocence we were born with.
Each person is responsible for his or her own happiness. You needn’t feel guilt or obligation in regard to other people. It isn’t your fault if you inadvertently made them unhappy. They are only relating to you according to their own past experiences and their own processes.
Truly, it is not someone else’s decision as to whether you are a good or kind or loving person. If you and your soul intend to be good and kind and loving and gentle, and even if you are those things and others don’t see it, it’s their shortsightedness. It is not you.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that I am always seeing myself in my highest light.


Your work is meant to be enjoyable for you and helpful to others.

One of the downsides of remaining in a state of disempowerment is that we are often relegated to spending our days doing things we don’t really like to do. The idea that we can’t have the job we truly want runs rampant through our world, causing so many to drive long distances or to subject themselves to unhealthy working conditions for eight or more hours a day. In short, our entire view of how we look at our work needs an overhaul. But interestingly, the overhaul that’s needed isn’t apt to come from the top down; the employers of the world are steeped too deeply in the status quo for us to expect them to make any drastic changes. The overhaul must come from the bottom up; it must come from you and me, standing firm and trusting that if we are to have a job that’s both enjoyable for us and helpful to others that, as we Intend it, it will make itself available to us.

My Intention for today is:
I Intend that the work I am doing is both fun for me and practical for others.


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Table of Contents

Introduction Brenda Knight ix

Preface Tina Stober xv

A Friendly Note from the Author xix

chapter 1 Your Power 1

chapter 2 The Essence of Intending 31

chapter 3 The Code 75

chapter 4 Universal Truths 115

chapter 5 Money and Manifesting 143

chapter 6 Love and Gratitude 163

chapter 7 Relationships 179

chapter 8 Nature 193

chapter 9 Adversity 213

chapter 10 Letting Go 221

chapter 11 Freedom 239

chapter 12 Healing 253

chapter 13 Peace 277

chapter 14 Oneness 313

chapter 15 Finale 339

About the Author 363

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Get What You Want: The Art of Making and Manifesting Your Intentions 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Book Saved My Life I was really in bad shape and the wisdom of Tony Burrough's kept my from being homeless and jobless. Read this book and you will erap rewards tenfold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got what I want because of Burroughs! It's filled with motivational wisdom that is useful for every sticky situation you're in. GET WHAT YOU WANT teaches you how to live a life you've always wanted. I particularly like the chapter on Inertia. It describes how powerful a person's influence can be to the people around you. A book for everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has really helped me become the best version of myself.  Having a different intention every day forces me to create daily goals for myself.  Viewing everything that I have done in life as knowledge rather than mistakes has re-shaped my self-esteem.  I am finally starting to believe in myself and refraining from constantly putting myself down.  I really do love the idea that everything benefits me in some way.  Tony doesn't tell me to learn from my mistakes; he tells me that I nothing I do is a mistake.  This is a very refreshing inspirational book.  I recommend that anybody, who is looking for a life-change, read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tony Burroughs’ book truly does teach you how to Get What You Want.  He relies on the power of positive thought and personal approval to teach “the art of making and manifesting your intentions”.  Open to any page of this book to get a get your prescribed intention for the day along with a short story of explanation on how to make that intention materialize.  This book makes the philosophy of living accessible and tangible for any reader.  Start taking control of your life and what you want through the process of positive intentions.
Nicole_Wordsmith More than 1 year ago
The book helps you focus on who YOU are rather than who other EXPECT you to be--or even who you expect yourself (which isn't always who you want to be). With topics such as "The Downside of Conforming," "Conscious Language," "The Old Ways and the New Ways," and "Freeing our Spirit," Burroughs covers a vast battleground of inner emotions and thoughts, guiding readers to live in the present and how best to do so. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking to get motivated, then Get What You Want will help you do just that. The book is full of wonderful advice and uplifting stories that will kindle your desire to chase your dreams. Get What You Want isn't just the book's title--it's a mindset that will lead you to places you only dreamt you could go.
Scarlet_Slept More than 1 year ago
Intention-setting advice from one of the founders of the movement - pretty cool! Very hands-on exercises, and you can pretty much open it to any page and find something uplifting and motivational .
mtsilence More than 1 year ago
I was asked to read this book for a group that was getting together intent on making their lives better, and seeking a method of doing so. Having just finished T. THorn Coyle's book Making Magic of your life, I guess this one seemed a little hollow... But I gve it my full attention. It's intent is to help the reader find out who they are not who they have been lad to believe they are. It isa book about removing self doubt and reaching for your desires... which immediately brought me back to the work by T. Thorne Coyle if I had read them in the other order, I might have found this book to be motivational.. but instead... well I was disappointed...