Over the course of the 7+ years I’ve been writing here, I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about what the words invoking and evoking mean and how they are part of our every day lives, whether we realize it or not. Even if I have, considering the state of the world right now, both personal and global, it’s a subject that deserves to be brought to light again.
You’ve heard me say it so many times, “Everything is energy.” It’s a truth that you need to keep in the forefront of your mind as you read this. “Thoughts are things.” is another one I say quite often. There’s a reason for both, and several others, getting mentioned so often by me. Whether we want to take responsibility for it or not, our thoughts and our feelings create our reality by attracting or repelling people and situations into and from our sphere of existence. No matter what spiritual path, or no spiritual path, you follow, you work “magick” every day through your thoughts and feelings and what they attract into or repel from your life.
I know there may be some of you who will vehemently say, “No, no, that’s not true.” but it is. Magick has been defined, by some, as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” The means of doing so has been a mystery to people for a long, long time, but is finally beginning to be understood.
Let’s take a look at those two words mentioned in the title of this article – invoking and evoking. To look up “invoke”, you will find 1. To cite or appeal to (someone or something) as an authority for an action or in support of an argument. 2. To call upon (a deity or spirit) in prayer, as a witness, or for inspiration. 3. To call earnestly for.” Another source actually says “to summon.” So, it’s a calling in, from the outside, as in prayer.
So what’s evoking? To “evoke” means “1. To call up or summon forth, as memories. 2. To draw forth or produce (a response, reaction, etc.)” In talking about our personal vibrations – thoughts and feelings – this is about what we call up from inside of ourselves every minute of every day of our lives. If you remember nothing else, remember that evoke means “response.”
Now, what does all this have to do with the Law of Attraction? The Law of Attraction is one of 20 primary universal laws. This one basically states, “Where your attention goes, your energy flows.” In other words, you attract what you and what you focus on. For example, if you are negative, you will draw to you and experience negatively. If you are positive, you attract positive experiences to you. Now, let me state for the record, nothing is all black/white, positive/negative, etc. For the most part, this will be your experience.
Before I learned about the Law of Attraction, I was learning magick. Even in those years of learning magick, I wasn’t aware of what I was evoking – calling up, summoning from inside me – when I did my magick. It took me years to realize that if you want to summon peace and harmony, you have to evoke that feeling of peace and harmony from within yourself to draw it to you from the outside.
Yup, you got it. Basically, the Law of Attraction and magick are pretty synonymous! Magick may call for candles, incense, and other accoutrements – a little atmosphere never hurts – but the mechanics of it is the same as the Law of Attraction. You still have to vibrate/feel what it is you’re asking for in order to manifest it. It’s a natural law of physics – like attracts like.
But let’s go back to that definition of magick again, “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” We are spiritual beings in human bodies. We are dualistic in nature. We have an ego and a higher, spiritual self residing within this physical form called us. When Aleister Crowley defined magick and spoke of “Will,” he used a capital “W” to show he was talking about the higher will, that spiritual, eternal part of us. We too often evoke from our egos. That means we can live in the memories of all the bad that has happened to us more than we live in the good memories. So, when you wake up in the morning, what are you evoking for your day? Do you look at the day with hope or dread? Do you expect good things to happen or fear something will happen to create problems or chaos in your life? I only ask because this is the vibrational tone you set for your day. This is our response to our lives.
Since the Universe responds to our vibrations, and matches them, whatever you evoke from within yourself, you are invoking from the Universe as well. Your silent, unspoken prayer is, “Please, I want some more.” (paraphrasing Oliver Twist). This is the magick you work in your life every single day.
This is one of those choices I spoke about last time and the power that lies within it. You can choose to respond negatively to your life and all that happens in it and wonder why no one hears your prayers for help or you can choose to find some reason to be positive, happy, grateful and see the changes that eventually come about because of those higher vibrational responses. The Universe (by whatever name you choose to call Him/Her/It) can only give you a response in kind to what you put out there. In truth, what you evoke from within is what you invoke from without.