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12 months of girlfriend-style Soul support. You and me. (LIGHTER opens today!)

My Peoples,

Big day. I’m chill but butterfly-ish. I’m ready! Let’s get ready together, if you want.

I asked. You shared. About: the times we power through. The dreams we dismiss as fantasy. The soul-dulling things we tolerate, but haven’t made time to fix. The things we ache to change.

I sorted it all out. Pattern recognition-style. Here’s what I see us craving (and I’ve turned these into our “8 Intentions” for the LIGHTER program):

  • We want to be deeply devoted, to ourselves and however we define Spirit.
  • We want to feel truly supported + connected in our friendships.
  • We’re almost desperate to have a sane relationship with our effing phone.
  • We want to flow with time… “arriving” and relaxing into it.
  • We want to help the world, be of service, activate.
  • We want to eat clean.
  • We want less stuff, but more of the quality.
  • We want to feel free, brave. LIGHTER.

LIGHTER, as in less weighed down, less cranking, less friction.
LIGHTER, as in clear-minded.
LIGHTER, as in with glowing hearts we heal—ourselves and each other.

Babe, I’ve got you. I made something that I hope will get us there.

HERE SHE IS… LIGHTER. Today, we open the doors to LIGHTER. The first year-long program I’ve ever offered. Girlfriend-style Soul support for more sacred. More sanity. And less of everything else. Learn more about LIGHTER here.

I’m going to go have a happy cry now. This is a big deal for me. Community and beauty and a long view. And printed, mailed monthly beauty. And all my handmade collages. And love-based pricing structures. And meditation. And music. And… I’ll stop now. It’s all on the site here. Please get in there and feel it out for yourself.

Joy. Respect. Resonance.

Danielle LaPorte Signature

 

 

 

 

[LIGHT WORK] The service of joy, especially in these times

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I’ve spent a lot of New-Age-hokey-true-wisdom-searching-efforting trying to figure out what joy really is. Is it our true nature, our original essence, the stuff of our Soul? If joy is our true nature, then why do so many hardcore buddhists seem so fucking serious all the time? If enlightenment is about becoming desireless, then do I have to let go of all my desires to tap into joy? Questions, questions.

I’ve talked to rabbis, and priests, and monks, and people who I consider to be high esoteric practitioners. I’ve figured out a few things about joy… and I’ve woven them into this week’s episode of LIGHT WORK: “The service of joy, especially in these times”. Listen in for:

  • Should you leave your soul-dulling job and follow your joy to France? (Maybe.) I’ve got some ideas on HOW to buck fear and obligation.
  • The difference between happiness and joy, and a story from my divorce about the first time that I really understood the truth about joy.
  • Are you addicted to longing? Waking up to the corruption and addiction in our own psyches, community, and society. Starting to make more holistic choices.
  • Moving towards joy: Two questions to help you remove the debris and create more space for light to move in.
  • The 3 kinds of “happy lives”, Sensitive New Age Guys, Flow Boys…
  • And finally: Living in joy without feeling like you’re betraying your (or anyone else’s) pain. Shedding the achievement, possessing, having, striving ways to be “happy” and focusing on one way to be joyful—to serve.

My people, you are heartbreakingly (in a good way) beautiful. Here’s to the Light Work.

Danielle LaPorte

 

 

 

 

PS: This is the third podcast of a 6 episode series of LIGHT WORK, leading up to my new year-long Soul support program LIGHTER that starts in May 2018.

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How you listen is how you live
(A poem for being of service)

You may hear this as an order, an invitation, or as the opportunity of lifetimes.

How you listen is how you live.
Can you hear the women crying?
Can you hear the soil gasping for clean air?
And did you hear that?
That’s the sound of a good man asking, How can I serve?

Only with all of you. Mostly by being informed. Entirely with your longing.

Root your life so deeply into your Soul that comparisons, and materialism, and status quo idealism, and the lie called media realism cannot possibly sway your Truth.

You won’t be a sucker for motivation. You will be a devotee of inspiration.

You want to serve? (Please say yes.) Then do what ambition tells you not to do. Forget your goals and your regimens. Be very still and lean in to listen to the pain of the world. And then it will be very clear what to do when you know the Truth. You will let your heart blaze. And your solutions will be fierce with Love, fast with delivery, and sustaining.

You will walk into any room and you will bring joy to bear on the situation.
And it will sound like this:

I am listening.
I know who I am.
And I am here to serve.

Listen to the rest of LIGHT WORK, Ep. #3 HERE.


 

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I am listening. I know who I am. And I am here to serve. And so are you.
Root your life so deeply into your Soul that comparisons, and materialism, and status quo idealism, and the lie called media realism cannot possibly sway your Truth.

 

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[LIGHT WORK] We can’t get to the light, until we understand the suffering.

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I’ve struggled for a long time with wondering if pain and suffering were essential to growth. Are they essential to me being a more expanded, clear minded, loving, joyous, sexy human being? Do I have to hurt to get there? Well, I fucking hope not… but I haven’t figured out a way around suffering yet.

I’m really committed to doing what it takes to move towards my joy. Gratitude is a big practice for me. Feeling the agony of what’s going on in the world is a really big deal for me, and I’ve had my own real tragedies. At the time they happened, I’d wished they hadn’t… but now I’m glad they did.

But I’m not specifically grateful because those awful things happened. I am grateful that I had the capacity to turn awful things into expansion, to turn pain into power. So I’m not giving any spiritual credit to perpetrators or to betrayal, or to viruses that infected my body. I’m giving full credit where credit is due: which is to how I hold the divine and use that as a tool to turn the darkness into light.

So many of you shared how difficult it’s been to keep moving through pain and suffering. I had to make this episode about it. Here’s some of what happens in Episode #2 of LIGHT WORK

1. Calling out the short comings of some of the New Age advice for dealing with suffering.

There’s NO need for you to be grateful for the hardships or for your perpetrators themselves… because you have to remember that the universe brings you more of what you’re grateful for. We must be really discerning about where we put our gratitude with respect to suffering. Be grateful for the faith you generated. Be grateful for the friends, the angels, and the miracles that came into your life. That held you, and lifted you up, and put you back together when you fell apart. Be grateful that you had, and have, and will find the capacity to transform your suffering into learning. That you will heal brokenness into resilience. Be grateful for your strength to handle the challenges.

2. That there are 3 types of suffering…

Everyday Suffering (that general malaise), Interconnected Suffering (when we all feel the agony of the world), and the Brutal Tragedies (incomprehensible loss, violence, trauma).

3. That to deal with that first type of Everyday Suffering… one option is to spring yourself from that trap.

This is especially for Claudia, who feels stuck in her corporate job because it provides great healthcare at low prices. Prioritize your joy over fear. Here’s a poem I wrote for that malaise, called Focus. It’s a poem for sacred prioritizing:

We dance ‘round fires
to pray for others to change,

And we change our names
so that a reality we don’t truly want
will let us in the door

when we should be burning fears,
tattooing our declarations, and praying for the courage
to reign the terrain of our purest potential.

4. And to deal with that second type of Interconnected Suffering? Well, here’s how I do it…

I give myself time to unplug. I work to not feel guilty when I have my days off. I let myself trust that everybody else on the team will run with the ball that day.

I don’t have to be informed every day. I don’t have to be an activist every day. I don’t need to show up fully for the world every day. I believe in my fellow humans who are on the front lines. And when they can’t carry it and they need a day off? Then I can tag in to be there. That’s the beauty of being in this together. So when I do engage, when I do fight, I don’t apologize for it.

I know that stepping up with my voice can create some discomfort for other people, but we’ve got to be uncomfortable to make change. Railing against suffering is so messy. #MeToo, and #NeverAgain, and #TimesUp. That is some beautiful, messy shit. We’re not always going to get our delivery perfect.

Sometimes we’ll act out from a place of pain and overwhelm—it’s better than not acting at all.

5. And the third kind of suffering: brutal tragedy, seemingly insurmountable circumstances. You might ask, “How does a person rise above extreme suffering in this lifetime?”

It’s an excellent question, and I don’t think that someone does rise above it in this lifetime. I think they’re in it. They’re surviving, they’re wrestling, doing everything they can to hold on to their sanity. This is where so much of the motivational speak around pulling yourself up by the bootstraps falls short. They say that the playing field is level, but the playing field on earth isn’t level. There are different spectrums of suffering. Not everybody is born with the same strengths, with the same privilege, with the same gifts…

The exceptional soul is going to find glimmers of light within circumstances of extreme darkness. It happens. There are the people who went through Nazi Germany and they found their “why” in that horror. There’s Mandela who was in prison for 27 years before he became president of South Africa. That is exceptional… and those exceptional people happen. But we can’t use New Age speak to gloss over suffering. Some of us are going to rise above our suffering in a given lifetime, and some of us will not. And there’s no way to make that human struggle more palatable. It’s just really fucking hard.

Becoming comfortable with that reality is not the point. How one Soul decides that it’s going to grow through pain, through pleasure, through ease, through hardship, or through an inheritance fund… that’s their business, their mystery. No guru can tell you why you’re here. I believe that our souls are guiding us through every kind of experience, and I’m learning—not always easily, not without resistance—but I am learning to be at ease with how unfathomable, and how beautiful, that is.

Listen to LIGHT WORK Episode #2 on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher.

 

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And now, a word from our sponsor… me!

LIGHTER, a year-long soul support program. This is 12 months of heart-mind nourishment. 12 months of intentionality. 12 months of connection and taking loving action—for yourself, your kin, humanity, and Mother Earth. Plus a few surprises.

At the core, LIGHTER is about drawing in more sacred, more sanity… and less of everything else. It starts in May 2018. Everything about it lives HERE, with more info being added as we get closer.

My people, keep moving in your unfathomable and beautiful ways. Go, do the light work.

Love,
Danielle

 

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Light Workers mentioned in this episode…

  • Guru Singh is a celebrated third-generation yogi, master spiritual teacher, author, and musician who gracefully brings ancient spiritual practices and philosophies into the now with ease, humanity, humility, and a healthy dose of humour. He fuses Eastern mysticism into Western pragmatism in an accessible and transformative way.

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  • charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
  • V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and gender non-conforming)

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