There’s a fairly well-known Edgar Cayce story that illustrates the importance of intent. The following is paraphrased from memory. If found the citations will be added at that time.
One of the people to whom Edgar Cayce gave an in-trance reading was a chaste young woman who wondered why she had the undeserved reputation for being known as the slutty promiscuous girl at school and elsewhere. She had never done anything to encourage it.
Cayce responded that in a past life she had been a prostitute and had used her body carnally in order to extract whatever she could from men.
Another woman for who Cayce gave a reading had been treated all of her charmed life as if she were a saint. He told her that in a past life she had been a prostitute and had done all she could to bring loving comfort to lonely men.
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Intent is Everything
See also ‘Trying‘.