Okay, I'm going to stretch you again. Up until now, I've asked you to consider the sacred space in your home and the importance of cleansing it. This time we're going to begin a two-part talk about invoking spiritual energy into your sacred space.
Invoking spiritual energy happens in all traditional religions and belief systems. If you're brand new to spiritual exploration or the idea of invocations—and you trust me—keep reading. It'll make complete sense by the end of our two-part conversation.
What Does Invocation Mean?
I define it as calling higher consciousness into my sacred space. You've already seen and heard at least one invocation in your life, at either a secular or spiritual gathering—you just didn't know that was what it was called.
In general, invocations are common at the start of group gatherings. However, individuals use them in private sacred spaces, too.
Here's the definition from Dictionary.com:
"The act of invoking or calling upon a deity, spirit, etc. for aid, protecting, inspiration with a humble attitude.
A form of prayer invoking God’s presence, especially one said at the beginning of a religious service or public ceremony.
An entreaty for aid and guidance from a muse, deity, etc., at the beginning of an epic or epic-like poem."
Remember the cleansing ceremonies for group gatherings that I talked about in my last article? I explained how those are typically done privately before the group gathers.
Invocations are the opposite in that they're done when the group's gathered. The invocation can be in the form of a prayer, hymn, sacred text or mantra. The spiritual leader performs it on behalf of the group, sometimes assisted by group members.
Invocation at Public Gatherings
Have you been involved with groups like Toastmasters or Rotary? If yes, then, you've witnessed invocations. Government events such as inaugurations use them. Here's an example of a Toastmasters invocation from a meeting I once attended:
“On this very frigid evening, may we warm our hearts and minds with the company of our fellow Toastmasters. Let us put our best foot forward so that we may encourage and help our new Toastmasters become better communicators and leaders. As always, let us learn from each other as each of us brings something unique to the Toastmasters table.”
What Would You Ask For?
To help answer this, check out another great description of invocation from Wikipedia:
“Invocation as a supplication or prayer implies the calling upon God, a god or goddess to ask for something (protection, a favor, spiritual presence in a ceremony, etc.) or simply for worship. This can be done in a pre-established form or with the invoker's own words or actions. An example of a pre-established text for an invocation is the Lord's Prayer.
Invocation can also refer to the invoker taking on the qualities of the deity being invoked, such as the allure of Aphrodite or the ferocity of Kali, or the wisdom of Thoth. In this instance, the being is literally called up from within oneself (as an archetype) or into oneself (as an external force), depending on the personal belief system of the invoker.”
What would you ask for? Many ask for protection or favors, as described above in Wikipedia.
Consider, however, what it'd be like to ask for who you want to be! What spiritual energy do you want to embody? Some examples might be:
Imagine what it's like to invoke a quality that's aligned with your authentic and Divine self!
Some definitions of invocation include the act of calling upon a spirit by incantation or conjuration. While some belief systems do approach invocation from this angle, that isn't the invocation method I use.
Conjuration carries the intention to control or extract favors from the energy being invoked. For me, I'm looking for spiritual partnership and support inside my sacred space, not control of something outside of it.
Bringing Invocation Home
If you have a sacred space in your home, how might you explore using an invocation? Consider that you're inviting something typically invisible, but definitely tangible, into your declared sacred space. What type of energy do you want to allow in?
When we invoke energy in, we're allowing it to pass through our sacred space’s protective and containing boundary. This is why you must give proper attention to creating and/or choosing an invocation that's just right for you.
Next: Until we talk again, reflect on when you may have been present at an invocation. Think about both the public and private possibilities. Ask your soul family about their experiences with invocations. Then zero in on what energy you'd like to have in your sacred space at home.
With this, you'll be ready to learn more about creating and doing your unique invocation. I'll also talk about some typical blocks and how people have moved through them. It's going to be fascinating!
As always, I invite you to explore these topics in your own unique way—by yourself or with others. Share with me about how it's going and what blocks you're running into. You can use the comment section below, or for more privacy, email me at [email protected]
I've devoted my life to the uncovering of my Divine self. Because of the blissful results, I now support fellow seekers in the uncovering of their Divine self. One way I do this is through the Your Path~Your Spiritual Satisfaction group coaching program that I created. It includes a self-assessment on the topics I have discussed in this article.
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Written by Laura Abernathy