July 23: Invoke Yourself!


Invocations are usually done at the beginnings of a venture.  From the Greeks and forward to the present day, invocations have been standard operating procedure for the beginnings of anything of real moment.  Steven Pressfield in his book, The War of Art, describes how every writing day begins for him with an invocation from T.E.Lawrence's translation of The Odyssey. That invocation concludes with the following, "Make this tale live for us in all its many bearings, O Muse!" 

I don't think of this last week here at P2PU as an ending.  Instead, it's a chance to look back, reflect, and invoke forward "a tale to live for us in all its many bearings".  The story you tell forward will be unique, even idiosyncratic.  It is as much for yourself as it is for your audience, but I am not leaving you hanging.  I have included some help.  I have recorded this set of instructions and included two videos to give you some guidance.  The two short videos are from ze frank.  He will be like the angel in "Wings of Desire", there to offer aid to your soul, your daimon, your genius.

The first video ["Mediuming"] is by way of a set of directions for the right brain--indirect, emotional, and definitely not stepwise.  Use them as you will.  YMMV, your mileage may vary. 

The second video ["An Invocation for Beginnings"] is by way of a model, ze frank's invocation, uniquely his own just as sure as yours will be. 

I have placed audio instructions and the two video above in one place, an interesting new site that might get your creative juices going, "Dragontape". 

Here is the link to click.

That is your task.  Make your mark.  What do you intend?  What future do you invoke?  It could be specific to the weeks of work that have preceded or you might make a jaunty walkabout into another arroyo.  Hint:  you might want to make note of the imperative quality of ze frank's  invocation--his "Let me...".  But that is only one of many adjacent possibles.

Do as you will in whatever mode you will for however long as you will.  I look forward to sharing mine, may you share yours here as well.  And about perfectionism.  Ze Frank says this about him, "Perfectionism may look good in his shiny shoes, but he's a little bit of an asshole and no one invites them to their pool parties."

Invoke yourself!

Task Discussion


  • Sheri Edwards   25 juli 2012 17:37

    Kevin and Terry, I'm not certain what to present here, but I did reflect on the literary discourse we have had and created this video of my what I hope I do:

     

    Invoke Wonder

     

     

    I hope it shares with my students the hope I have for them through my goals and my request of them as I share my own poetry and life-changing mottos.

     

    Thanks for the discussions.

  • KevinHodgson   24 juli 2012 09:51

    The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself. - Steven Johnson (WSJ)

     

    The map itself is off-kilter
    but I don't care -
    I'm convinced that we can
    still find a way forward
    into and beyond the margins of this text
    if we can stare deep enough into the dots

    underlying the letters
    underlying the words
    underlying the ideas
     

    Sometimes, I close my eyes
    just to get a glimpse of those shadows
    - false or otherwise -
    of what might be possible
    if we can just dream far enough away from ourselves
    and our preconceptions of text ...

    underlying the sounds
    underlying the words
    underlying the thoughts

    The possibilities -- adjacent or otherwise -
    seem to stretch beyond the strings
    of imagination.

     

    --Kevin

    PS -- thanks for the words and images and videos and sounds to get me writing this morning.



     

  • Tellio   24 juli 2012 11:38
    Reageer op:   KevinHodgson   24 juli 2012 09:51

    All of my replies above are in public Diigo notes so you have to be signed in to Diigo to view them, I think.  If you don't have Diigo, here is an annotated link that should (fingers crossed) work.  Thanks for sharing and caring and blaring.

  • KevinHodgson   24 juli 2012 13:06
    Reageer op:   Tellio   24 juli 2012 11:38

    always blaring ...

     the link didn't work for me. I got kicked back to my poem in P2PU.

    Try again?

    (update: maybe your diigo note aren't public? not sure about diigo enough to troubleshoot)

  • Tellio   24 juli 2012 14:10
    Reageer op:   KevinHodgson   24 juli 2012 13:06

    I think this link will work.

    I forgot that I annotated the unique url to your comment.  Hope the link above works. If not try this one.

    The notes are definitely public ones, but sometimes Diigo's servers get a bit wonky and need refreshing. Don't forget to turn on either "See only public annotations" oe "See all annotations" in the diigo toolbar.

    I guess if all else fails you can just go to the unique url for you poem/comment.

  • Sheri Edwards   25 juli 2012 13:44
    Reageer op:   KevinHodgson   24 juli 2012 09:51

    Thanks for the quote citation:

     

    The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself. - Steven Johnson (WSJ)

     

    and the poem of possibilities which led me to mine:

     

    Just the right search

    ReSearch to clarify and connect

    ideas and imagination

     

    Just the right relevance

    ReSearch to clarify and connect

    mine to others

     

    Just the right rethink

    ReSearch to clarify and connect

    wonder and wander

     

    Just adjacent

    Just prescient

    Just possible

    Now perceptible

    Now awakened

     

     

    Just the right or left turn

    Open ReSearch

    Adjacent Possible Innovation

     

    ~ Sheri Edwards

  • Tellio   24 juli 2012 09:14

    Here is my invocation.  It is definitely not wearing its shiny shoes so please, please, please invite me to your pool party.

     

    Invoking Thalia