Purpose carries the connotation of a goal, an objective, a specific result. Intent may have these characteristics but does not have to. Intent may have no specific purpose; it may be just the active expression of a being. Likewise, intent can be determined but does not have to be.
Intent is not a command, it is not demanding, though it can arrange reality to its will. Will (as in: "will power", or the expression of "free will") is often the best synonym for intent but "will" has other connotations that express "desire" or "want" and intent is not simply desire or want.
Intent, as used in MBT, is composed of several interrelated concepts. It is how one interfaces, communicates, and interacts with other individuals or with the consciousness system. It is the vehicle or mechanism for expression of a consciousness at the being level; thus it is the most fundamental expression of the ability, capacity and quality of an individual consciousness in its interaction with others. It does express an individual's attitude, will and motivation (relative to interaction with others) at the being level.
You, at the dynamic interactive being level, are your intent. Your intent is the dynamic expression of you (your consciousness) that connects and interacts with whatever is beyond or outside of you (the larger consciousness system). In other words, your intent is the essence of you that interacts with all that is not you.
It is your intent that "moves data" in the consciousness system - i.e., that interacts, exchanges, and modifies information within the larger information system.
Intent is not a simple concept in MBT. It is the active personal projection of an IUOC at the being level (as opposed to the intellectual level) into the information field of existence (focused mental energy is one metaphor for that). I do not think you will find a single word in any language that captures all that intent is. As Ted said, that is why MBT is 900 pages rather than 200 pages - English, like every current PMR language, was developed to express things related to physical existence and is not very good at precisely and clearly expressing concepts of consciousness and existence in terms of a nonphysical interactive information fields. So I used lots and lots of words coming together from different angles to get my meaning across. Intent, as it is used in MBT, is difficult to express in any language succinctly but hopefully most readers get a good sense of it, even if they cannot clearly define it (because their language does not support a clear definition). [MBT Forum 1]
Intent Versus Action
It is intent that leads to growth, not action. Why? Because any action can be taken for multiple reasons -- i.e., multiple motivations or multiple intents.
For example, one may do good works (be helpful to others) for reasons of ego -- guilt, self-righteousness, out of obligation, being afraid not to, want to look good in others eyes, because they think it is required or expected or they believe it is a way to earn a reward they wish to claim (heaven, lower entropy, money, gratitude, the appreciation and praise of others, etc.). These are all about the doer -- what the doer gets for doing good works, and thus are ego based. Such good works motivated by the intent of ego create no personal growth, however helpful they may be. Doing anything motivated by love, by caring for another (all about the other, not about the self) will reduce one's entropy no matter how small the act. Personal growth is not generated by action, but by intent. Personal growth may or may not follow good action but, when it does, it is not the action that pushes consciousness quality forward -- it is the intent behind the action.
The act of choosing -- making more productive higher quality choices should be a reflection of the fact of BEING a better higher quality person, not just acting like one because you think that is a good thing to do. The quality of a being is expressed directly by its intent -- the intent of the being is expressed by the choices it makes. The flow is from quality to choices. [MBT Forum 2] One may obey the law because one is afraid of being caught or because one's personal quality would require it whether there was a law or not. Same obedience, different motivations. [MBT Forum 3]
There is no lasting value to the actions taken in PMR except as they represent intent/being/quality accumulating in the big picture. [MBT Forum 4]
Evolving the Quality of Your Consciousness
In the MBT model of reality, the mechanics by which that happens - a probable future database progressing to actualized and unactualized history databases by the application of free will intent operating in the present moment - defines the process that leads to PMR time and causality.[MBT Forum 5] The PMR environment (including rule-sets and culture) present challenges that give you opportunities to apply intent and make choices that evolve the quality of your consciousness. [MBT Forum 6] Individuals have free will and must grow their being (raise the quality of their consciousness) as opposed to raising the quality of their intellect, knowledge or behaviour. It is about being -- evolving the quality of one's intent. [MBT Forum 7]
Intent, constrained by the individual’s QoC, chooses what is to be actualized from the possibilities that are available to that individual in the present moment. [MBT Forum 8] Being aware of what is entering our minds and consciously accepting or rejecting any thoughts, inclinations, or ideas found there is what our existence is all about. That is the process of our intent filtering the possibilities and making choices according to our quality. [MBT Forum 9]
Every intent put into action through free will choice has consequences. The feedback from the doing informs the quality of the being to modify its intent -- this is the bootstrap by which we pull ourselves up. [MBT Forum 10]You are the sum of your intent driven choices. When bad choices (increases entropy) follow poor intent you pay the price of de-evolution, failure to grow -- one way or another, now or later, these errors will generate problems for you. When good choices (decreases entropy) follow correct intent you reap the reward of evolving to a state of greater awareness and personal power, satisfaction, significance, and love -- one way or another, now or later, this growth will make your life more joyful and productive.[MBT Forum 11]
MBT Forum References
- Thomas Campbell's Definition of Intent
- The Flow is From Quality to Choices
- Intent Versus Action
- Actions in PMR
- Free Will Intent
- The PMR Environment and Decision Space
- Intellect Versus Being
- Intent is Constrained by an Individual's Quality of Consciousness
- Being Aware
- Feedback and Bootstraps
- The Consequences of Free Will/Intent/Choice