This question of intention needs to be examined much more precisely, because all of the other questions revolve around it. If I speak of awareness, consciousness, real "I", self remembering — in fact, practically anything – it all relates to intention, because to have an intention is to have an aim. And the aim is a direction, the direction in which one points one's attention.
In this way, first, there needs to be an attention — an attention in the body, in sensation, and an attention in emotion. These two attentions have to come together and be accompanied by the light of intelligence; and there has to be an organic intention, an organic aim that arises.
That is to say, it is not enough to have a sensation. The sensation must have an aim. And it isn't enough to have a feeling; the feeling must also have an aim. By having an aim, or an intention, I mean that these sensations and feelings must be pointed in a direction. They can't just exist willy-nilly, without any purpose. The whole point of inhabiting life is so that a purpose emerges; and the purpose must be pointed towards the good, that is, that which serves a higher presence.
I don't recall hearing anyone in the Gurdjieff work speak about having an organic intention before; and surely, if this point was well understood, it would have come up in the 30 years I have been around. An organic sensation, yes; this is spoken of. When it is spoken of, those who definitely understand the question in more than just a passing point of view generally agree that a sensation is not enough. What isn't spoken of is what would be enough; and this organic intention, this direction, is what is also necessary. It is necessary whether or not one has an organic sense of Being or an organic sense of Feeling — another subject I have not spoken about hardly at all, which deserves much further treatment — because each of the parts that participates in a move towards conscious labor and intentional suffering has to become organic. That is, "I" need to begin to see it from the point of view of it as a force in its own right, not a force which I invoke, create, or govern. If my real "I" develops in the least, it sees that these forces are independent — that is, there is a collective of parts that makes an effort, not just the one that says to me, "this is I." The organic sense of Being and the organic sense of Feeling need to each become a real "I" in their own right — and this brings the center of gravity of experience into more than one center.
This kind of work takes years to adjust to. One can have an enlightenment experience in which one has an extended stay in a widely elevated state, and still not understand all of the work that is necessary to get there, which takes years of research and inner introspection. Gifts like this come sometimes; but work needs to be done always, and relying on serendipity for inner development is never enough. Serendipity may be sufficient; but work is necessary. And without understanding these questions of sensation, feeling, and the importance of developing an organic, rooted, deeply vibrational sense of oneself, one does not begin to tiptoe up to the threshold where the real suffering that is necessary begins.
Of course, everyone wants to get things without suffering. This is, of course, quite impossible; but the disease infects all of us.