Intention is the most powerful tool you have to hear valuable and life-changing intuitive guidance. An intention is a creative force from within that you can aim towards a specific goal. To be a productive intuitive, you need a clear and firm intention to hear intuitive guidance from only the most reliable spiritual sources: your higher self (soul) and God.
Intentions are so powerful that they can become problematic if misguided. I found it wise to follow up all my intentions with the phrase "this or something better for the highest good." That way, when this powerful energy is released, it is surrendered to the highest possible outcome for all concerned.
Expectations are also a potent creative energy source. They differ in that the energy flow of an expectation comes from outside and is experienced within. Intentions are an energy flow that comes from within and then manifests out. It's a conscious internal looking.
Having a specific internal aim fosters a state of empowerment and can program your subconscious to help bring a goal to your physical world reality. Expectation places the power outside of you, making it slightly more passive and receptive energy because you wait for something external to happen.
Intuitive guidance from your higher self and God is not an external event waiting to happen to you. Their loving guidance and existence are an intrinsic part of your being. That is why using intention while listening to your intuition is much more productive than expecting your higher guidance to show up at the right moment without your internal seeking.
It's important to know that an expectation is not wrong or less than an intention. Expectations are extremely powerful in creating your reality and help navigate a happy and healthy life when used appropriately. However, setting a clear intention will get you much further than just expecting helpful spiritual guidance to show up when accessing your intuition. That is why it is essential to understand which creation energy streams you are operating from when listening for higher guidance.