At one point, all of my research into ascetics and contemplatives had me thinking that I was too ordinary, too human, so… unevolved. And worse, out of favour with the invisible cosmic crew I was always trying to earn points with.

I do believe that upward is where we want to be heading—toward a higher point of view. I want to transcend my fears, ascend to unity, rise above the mundane. But I have to take the mundane with me on my way to the holy. Otherwise, I am not really whole. Otherwise, I am leaving God behind.

Ancient. Modern. Monks. Neighbours. Torturing ourselves to ascend.

In this episode we’re talking about choosing to really be here.

And a more joyful route to Soul expansion. Not easy. Not fast. But it’s got equal pleasure AND restraint.

After years of wanting to ascend, I’m just really grateful to be here. I hope you can say the same. 

With Love,


P.S. There’s always more! This is an excerpt from my book The White Hot Truth. And the hardcover book bundle is a revelation waiting to happen. Keep reading.

Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for keeping it real on your spiritual path—from one seeker to another. The Fire Starter Sessions, and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes, millions of visitors go to every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for kickass spirituality.” A speaker, a poet, a painter, and a former business strategist and Washington-DC think tank exec, Entrepreneur Magazine calls Danielle, “equal parts poet and entrepreneurial badass…edgy, contrarian…loving and inspired.” Her charities of choice are Eve Ensler’s VDay: a global 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, BC with her favourite philosopher, her son. You can find her @daniellelaporte and just about everywhere on social media.