Dear Reader: This blog post relates to lessons that are currently taking place as part of a course I’m teaching at Utah State University called Integrated Wellness. You are welcome to follow along and share any remarks or ask questions. I’d love to hear from you!
This past week, and for the next couple of weeks, my students will be working on a beautiful concept designed by Danielle LaPorte called The Desire Map. Danielle has put together a program that is designed to help you tune into what you really want based on your core desired feelings. Through writing exercises and introspection designed to simplify and clarify your deepest desires, you’ll begin to realize that your preferred feelings are truly a road map toward achieving your goals and offering service to others.
Feelings are magnetic. Each feeling is a beacon that attracts a reality. Love attracts love. Generosity creates a generous response. Anger creates more things that could make you angrier—if you let them. What we focus on expands. So choosing to focus on life-affirming feelings is the surest way to create the experience that you want. –Danielle LaPorte
The Desire Map shifts the way you set goals. Instead of focusing on external attainment and concrete objectives, you’ll place your focus on pursuing the feelings that you hope accomplishing those goals will bring up for you. Essentially, it offers a radical shift in the way you view goal-setting and achievement.
In terms of energy, every thought, action, and emotion sends out an energetic vibration, which then attracts more of the same. Of the three, emotion carries the highest energetic vibration, and therefore has a much stronger pull to attract more of the same. So, pursuing your goals through thought and action will take longer than sending out the feeling or emotion behind what you hope to achieve. You can work toward your goal by making choices that reflect the feeling you’re going for. For example, if your external goal is to obtain wealth, you’ll want to make choices that invoke the feeling of being wealthy. If that means saving money, then that’s the choice you’ll make; or if that means imagining your dream house and how you feel when you own it, then that becomes part of your process as well.
When you get clear about how you want to feel, choices become easier. It becomes less about what other people think or the endless questioning that comes from the mind, and more about what rises up from your heart.
While I’m not at liberty to share the details of this beautiful program, I highly recommend that you check it out. There is an extensive online program that you can access here, or keep an eye out for the published book coming out January 2014. I hope you’ll check it out!
Please note: We’ll be working on this topic for the next 2-3 weeks, so I won’t be posting again until the end of November. Have a great month!!