Invocations – shifting resignation to empowerment


September 27th, 2012

Sounds heavy doesn’t it? Or some sort of pseudo-psychobabble puffery. It’s not though. It’s a playful way to tap deeply into what we already know but may not have the words, or awareness, to express.

It’s another gem of a process I’ve learned from improvisation in general, and Rebecca Stockley and Matt Smith in particular. Another of my improvisation gurus, Simo Routarinne, introduced me to invocations a couple of years back. I was impressed then, and now am super keen to use it.

Here’s how it works. You start with an inanimate object. Anything really – a hat, a salt shaker, a cup,a book…

There’s four rounds. In groups of say four people, you can throw comments in at each round. It’s okay to talk over each other, to jump in. The idea is to keep the comments coming. There’s no need to incorporate other people’s ideas, although that might happen. Anyone can move on to the next round whenever they choose. Once one person moves on, everyone else moves on too. Whether they’re ready or not.

Basically you invoke the object as follows:

It is…

You are…

Thou art…

I am…

You can discover things about yourself through objects. You can also do an invocation on fear, age, stress or something else you are wrestling with.

And for people completely out of touch with their calling, here’s another one that Rebecca and Matt mashed up. It too is powerful. In fact, I think I like it even more. Rebecca and Matt demonstrated this as a pair. I think it could also be done in small groups, or individually. It’s a way of using improvisation to go deep with people – or with yourself.

Let’s say the subject is ‘talent’, and I’m using this on myself. Here’s the script for the Nipon Invocation:

My (talent) is…

To serve my (talent) I…

My (talent) has served me by…

The trouble I have caused my (talent) is…

Viv, I am your (talent) and I…

2 Comments so far

  1. Nancy White on September 28, 2012 3:31 am

    Ah, I am drafting a blog post on this as well. I seem to be getting the vibes from your brain … which I love!

  2. Viv McWaters on September 28, 2012 3:01 pm

    Heh. Glad you’re getting something from my brain. I seem to be having trouble locating it!

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