I’m interested in the True Reality of Love. The Love that clarifies, includes, and redeems. The Love that as A Course In Miracles puts it, "wants to join out of mutual abundance.” The Love that rushes into scarcity and division with generosity. I aspire to Love more than I am loved—it only recently occurred to me to give that a shot. It’s difficult. And amazing.
I think it’s too late in the day for business to be anything other than a vehicle for social and environmental healing. I think the opposite of spiritualism isn't necessarily materialism—it’s greed. I think loneliness is an epidemic. I believe that wellness is our natural state of being. I love what happens when we really hear each other.
I’m a lazy vegan, an opinionated introvert, a pure sensualist. I’ve had to fight for my Joy. These days, I fight less and flow more. I’m a terrible manager, but a good leader. Music has saved my life more than once—the louder the better. I support Functional Medicine, a number of conspiracy theories, the power of prayer, big hair, and celery juice. My girlfriends are my religion. I don’t want to hack anything in my life. Nope. No hacking. Just more living.
Anything useful I have to say stems from healing my own woundedness; speaking from the heart, and wanting to leave things better than I found them. And my belief that beauty heals us—beauty in language, friendship, and spaces—from protected land and water, to homes with less eco-awful crap, and communities with more resources for happiness and resiliency.
My bookends of professional pride are as follows: I never went to university, but I directed a future-studies think tank in Washington, DC. We consulted to the Pentagon on the dynamics of social change. That was weird. Jump cut to now: my team and I support about six hundred Desire Map Facilitators & Coaches in 15+ countries. Every week, somewhere in the world, a Desire Map event happens. That’s a lot of people getting clear on their Core Desired Feelings.
Everything I offer is about self agency. I have a few jobs while I’m on this planet: learn to love myself with fierce gentleness and extend that to others; nourish my son’s creativity; and help people realize that they have a choice in the matter—about how they feel, live, love, and unfold our future. Emphasis on “our” future.
Maybe you agree that the choice is clear: that Real Love is the solution to the fucked up mess and the sacred opportunity of our times. We’re getting down to it. Light or density. Divinity or chaos. Compassion or greed. It’s time to pick your side. I hope you’ll choose the side that includes everyone.
As Seen In
How we show up.
The Desire Map
Desire Map is my love child. It poured out from my heart in response to seeing so many people running themselves into the ground for ambition (I was one of them.) Soulless goals make for a lot of… burn out. The question is this: How do you want to feel? Nobody ever asked me that in school. Or my jobs. Or most of my relationships.
Choosing how you feel is the root of self agency. Feelings inform our Thoughts, inform our Behaviour. What I’m trying to do with The Desire Map is inspire people to choose qualities of the heart, over and over again.
The Desire Map book has sold over 200,000 copies in English, and is translated into ten languages. We have 500+ Desire Map Workshop Facilitators and every week somewhere in the world, a Desire Map workshop happens.
This all came from a sticky note I put in my day planner a decade ago that started with: I want to feel…
Desire Map Day Planner Program
I’ve written books, I’ve recorded books, and if I could, I’d eat books for breakfast. I’ve also tried every calendar system out there and I never found one that inspired me as much as my favourite books. So I created it. Out of all my multi-media attempts at helping people to live more soulfully, I think The Desire Map Planner System is the most effective. And beautiful. And useful. And long-lasting.
Because it meets every person where they live: in your to-do list, and in your heart. It asks questions we rarely ask ourselves asked. It encourages us to focus first on what matters most: our Core Desired Feelings. And with that kind of clarity, big goals and daily must-do’s get a major energy boost. Because… how you plan your day is how you live
Total whim, these were. I wanted a place to express my, ahem, vast and profound wisecracks. I wanted to be encouraging in just one sentence if possible. I rolled out a few one-liners to my friend Steph and she said, “Well THAT’S a Truthbomb!” And here we are, #Truthbombs have turned out to be one of my most popular makings.
White Hot Truth
Unfiltered and hard won wisdom… at least I think it’s wisdom… from my own self-help antics and victories. I hope White Hot Truth feels like a relief to people who take it in—comfort from knowing that even when you get off track, you’re still where you need to be. Knowing that you’re not a New Age loser because you gave your power away on the “spiritual path”—but that it’s all a power initiation and how we deepen our devotion to meaningful living.
I want this book to help you create deeper compassion for yourself, so that you can care more deeply for other people. Self love and then, selfless loving for the world. Radical discernment and real open heartedness.
The Fire Starter Sessions
This book is an homage to my favourite failures and feats, and my willingness to willfully will things into being. People ask me for business advice a lot. Especially the start up, creative, blood n’ sweat kind of advice. Read The Fire Starter Sessions.
To the land…
With respect to the land and those who have come before us, each member of Team D acknowledges that we work on the lands of: the Coast Salish People in British Columbia. The Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in British Columbia. The Anishinabewaki People in Ontario. The Ohlone and Nisenan People in California. The Seminole and Calusa People in Florida. And the Rajahnate of Butuan in the Philippines.
To note: In most cases, we reside on unceded land, meaning that it was never given, sold, or agreed upon to be shared—the land is unsurrendered. What’s the significance of acknowledging “unceded territory”? Here's a powerful answer from Verna McGregor, a Canadian Algonquin elder:
“It’s acknowledging that we’re still here, the acknowledgement is important—that we’re worthy of being on our own lands… there is a greater issue than what is going on today. It helps remind people that we are going back centuries in terms of what we’ve done to the Indigenous people—from the reserve system, the residential schools, to today with Indigenous children still being removed from their families at a greater rate than the rest of the population... The acknowledgment puts what’s happening today into a greater perspective to understand historical wrongs and how that’s manifested today. Part of reconciliation is truth and honesty.”
For the Media.
Danielle LaPorte is a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”
She is the creator of The Desire Map series, “A heart centered approach to finding your true power”. The book has been translated into ten languages, a day planner system, a multimedia course, a Top 10 iTunes app, and workshop and coaching programs with leaders in 15+ countries. She’s also the author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path, and The Fire Starter Sessions: A guide to creating success on your own terms, which also spun off into a coaching curriculum.
She was a bartender, an apartment manager, a nanny, and eventually… she ran her own publicity agency, and a future-studies think tank studying trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank. Now, she writes poetry and speaks about conscious living. She’s also a mother to a teenage son.
Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, over 5 million people a month visit DanielleLaPorte.com for her regular #Truthbombs and poetry, and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” Marianne Williamson refers to Danielle “as a bright light in the modern priestesshood.” Eve Ensler calls her “a force field of energy, wonder, humour, and love.”
Danielle’s charities of choice are VDay: a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls; and charity: water, setting out to bring safe drinking water to everyone in the world.
She lives in Vancouver, Canada. You can find her on Instagram @daniellelaporte.
Read my longer, extremely unofficial bio here.