When Invocation Meets Desire

Invocation. I like this word… mostly in Spanish.

Invocación. It has a deeper resonance to it. An oomphatic statement.

It also makes me think of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Invocación y Danza” piece for guitar.

It sounds very elfish if you ask me. Elves with cheeky agendas. With a troll that lurks and then skips through the forest (min. 4-ish). It’s not a piece I’m drawn to play, since I prefer more flowing harmony, like this.

But it certainly reflects how random life can seem at times. And mysterious.

This is the magic, or miracle of life. You may have an idea or preference, yet you never really know how it’s going to unfold for you… same as the notes on a piece of sheet music – they could literally take you anywhere along the one thing that is certain – the five lines along which they dance.

We could even give each line a name for the main aspects of our lives:

– health
– relationships
– wealth
– spirituality
– career

These are the constants along our journey of Life. The baselines from which we fine tune beliefs, values, decisions, callings…

All of them running parallel to one another, dotted with the alternating tones and frequencies we create. Diminuendos and crescendos. Counterpoints and pauses. Patterns and improvisations. Piano Piano and Fortissimo.

While all else may seem out of harmony at times, these foundations lay the tracks for our in-vocation to see what calls us next.

And ‘next’ works best with Desire.

Have you RSVP’d to your Desires yet?

Accidents Are NOT Karma Saying F*** You…

I write this as a tribute to anyone who has experienced severe wake up calls (referred to by some as ‘accidents’), and a gentle reminder that it’s okay. You’re more than okay. You’re clearing your path to new awareness and what you truly desire. Here’s my story:

I was in Vancouver enjoying a glorious April afternoon drive back from the North Shore to the West End in the passenger seat of a friend’s car. We were happily engaged in conversation coasting along Denman Street, when a car almost sideswiped us from an alley coming up to the light at Robson Street.

I couldn’t make out exactly how close he stopped by my side of the car, although the driver’s eyes were certainly within clear view.

My heart rate sped up a bit although I kept my cool (I only know one other person who would keep calm in a situation like that).

My friend’s temper rose as he hit the brakes and swore at the driver, while I took off my sunglasses, looked the man straight in the eyes, smiled, and cautioned with my hand as I mouthed, “Slow down.”

The man looked like he’d just received an intravenous injection of extra bold coffee. He seemed oblivious to the fact that he might just have hurt someone, and perhaps even himself.

My friend’s temper waned a few blocks after we drove off. I wondered what our respective wake up calls were, as I thanked the Universe for protecting us all from physical harm.

It’s easy to think someone is at fault and point the finger. But the truth is…

Accidents are no accident.

They are wake up calls from our subconscious mind. It’s up to us to uncover what each one is for us, and then clear our patterns or limiting beliefs so we are free of ‘road blocks,’ which is what these situations usually represent.

I took this incident as an opportunity to be more alert to my surroundings, and a reminder of how well protected I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Guardian Angels.

Now, it’s okay to freak out if something happens, and release the nervous energies that may come up. Remember this is happening through you, not to you. So allow yourself to move through it.

What happened ‘to’ you does not define you. It’s an experience you went through, it’s not your identity. Turn your past into a classroom. – Robert Holden

While you take a moment to relax and gather yourself, trust that you’ve given yourself an opportunity to let go of old fears and inhibitions.

Your natural, old reactions may be to hunker down and feed the fear. You might want beat yourself up over something. Not feel good enough. Think karma’s a bitch, and you’re getting paid back for something you did. Give a ‘valid’ reason not to show up for yourself in new ways…

Stop. Change gears.

Spare yourself the adrenaline rush of dramatic situations.

Yes, we get what we think of most of the time.

Yes, thought is cause and outcome is effect (aka ‘karma‘) – now you can stop feeling like you may have brought something negative onto yourself, engage new thoughts and bring something new to the table for you to enjoy.

You’re alive. You’re awake. You can find new awareness in healthier ways, can’t you?

Of course you can…

How are you choosing to release yourself now from the blocks of the past, and move forward consciously, with safety and ease?

Green light. Move along now, with ease and awareness.

Cupcakes, anyone?


Immediately, U2 comes to mind for me. Of course, that’s not the only reference for me these days. I have a new one:

Danielle LaPorte – the creator of The Desire Map, author of The Fire Starter Sessions (Random House/Crown), and co-creator of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at DanielleLaPorte.com, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality”, and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter @daniellelaporte.

The Fire Starter Sessions played a huge part in fueling my Desire to commit to my creativity and publish my first book. Now, she has something new for us…

The Desire Map

A holistic approach to planning your life. It guides you to identify your core desired feelings, and to use those feelings as the drivers of what you want to do, have and experience in your life. It turns goal-setting inside out. The Desire Map is a multimedia program. It comes with a PRINTED book (it’s embossed, even!) a downloadable book, audio book, a series of audio contemplations; a private, online Desire Map space; an app, and 12 weeks of weekly inspiration to help people make desire-mapping a true practice.

It even has a video poem with an epic soundtrack:

Other reasons why Desire is so cool:

– it rhymes with “Fire.” Winter’s coming. Time to stoke the fires of Desire.
– it’s a beautiful word, isn’t it?

My book is out now and this is just the beginning of a new journey. I’m overjoyed as I have many more Desires that are ready for me to embrace them now.

Which is why it’s perfect timing for The Desire Map, and I trust you’ll join us. I know how precious it is for my next steps in creating the life I Desire, and for others to do the same. I want you to fulfill your Desires too.

Plus she’s giving away all kinds of free goodies during the 3-day launch.

I’m ready. Are you ready?

RSVP to your Desires

I’ll see you there,