The invitation poem

The Invitation. A poem that invites you to live your best life now.

Watch the Invitation poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, read by Mark L Lockwood. A poem of openness and vulnerability. A poem of courage and passion. This poem is used in our Recovery Magic Addiction Recovery Course. Heal today and begin your transformation., Don’t stay stuck in the box…you are the Universe in ecstatic motion. Ultimate, modern addiction, depression and anxiety recovery resources for people wanting to transform their lives, heal, enrich and grow.

The Invitation. The Poem.

I have sent you my invitation,

The note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.

Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!”

Just stand up quietly and dance with me.

Show me how you follow your deepest desires,

Spiralling down into the ache within the ache,

And I will show you how I reach inward and open outward

To feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.

Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.

Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without

Abandoning yourself when you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.

Tell me a story of who you are,

And see who I am in the stories I am living.

And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.

Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be… someday.

Show me you can risk being completely at peace,

Truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment,

And again in the next and the next and the next…..

I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.

Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall,

The place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.

What carries you to the other side of that wall,

To the fragile beauty of your own humanness?

And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the

Clear, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other,

Let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving

Those we once loved out loud.

Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance,

The places where you can risk letting the world break your heart,

And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet

And the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.

Show me how you take care of business

Without letting business determine who you are.

When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us

Shout that soul’s desires have too high a price,

Let us remind each other that it is never about the money.

Show me how you offer to your people and the world

The stories and the songs you want our children’s children to remember,

And I will show you how I struggle,

Not to change the world, but to love it.

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude,

Knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.

Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words,

Holding neither against me at the end of the day.

And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest

Intentions has died away in the wind,

Dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale

Of the breath that is breathing us all into being,

Not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.

Don’t say “Yes!”   Just take my hand and dance with me.

More about the poem

The Invitation is an awesome poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Many years after the poem was written and had become famous, the author wrote a book based on the poem, The Invitation (1999), by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

Why we love the poem? It is raw. It suggests being open and vulnerable as true strength rather than being a strong silent type. It is courageous. It inspires deep in the soul and is highly relevant for us in today’s world. Don’t harden your heart! We were warned 5000 years ago. It encourages us to wake and go for it. The courage to change is within us all…we only need to ask, connect and then do what falls in front of us. Keep in touch and become a member of our group.

Oriah is a spiritual counselor and story teller, among other things. This poem offers an invitation to every single one of us to “show up” in the universe. She reminds us that we do not serve the universe by being small. Rather, we serve the universe by making the most out of our lives.

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Published by Mark L Lockwood

Mark L Lockwood (BA)(Hons)(psy) teaches spiritual transformation and is the founder of Contemplative Intelligence. Author of The Power of Contemplative Intelligence, Autotherapy and Recovery Magic. Our work is about the science of finding your spiritual self.

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