is your porn name spiritual? it is if you say so!

Veronica Danielle LaPorte Johnson. That’s my full name.
I've always been called Danielle, because apparently my mother couldn't
bear the thought of someone shouting out "Hey Vickeeey!" to me.
"Johnson" came with my man. In high school, while obsessed with Lynda
Evans' should pads in Dynasty, I considered changing my name to something more swellegant like, Victoria DuBonnet. Glad that phase passed.

NAME CHANGERS
Did you know that Ram Dass is really Richard Alpern? The new age guru-ette, Gangaji is really Catherine, named by her guru Sri Ramana Maharshi. Hell, even Eckhart Tolle changed his name from Ulrich to Eckhart.

I'm all for declaring your own moniker. In fact, I think more people should have the kahunas to change their names if they don't feel an affinity with what they were given.
Yet, when I hear a dreamy new age name, my antennae lean forward. Why'd
you change your name? Who gave you that to you...and why'd you agree
take it?

Can you be enlightened and just be called, like, Joe Smith? "Joe Smith...all-knowing sage and metaphysician." I like it.

HOT GODDESS BABALICIOUS...IT'S GOTTA RING TO IT
I once took part in a talking circle of about forty hoity toity agents
of change - a few economic profs, some United Nations delegates, a film
maker, and some do-gooding millionaires. We gathered at a retreat
center in the Catskills to talk about globalism and spirituality.

It was time for introductions. One person started the ball rolling by
including their “spiritual name” in their introduction. “Hi, I’m Chris.
My spiritual name is Winter Bear.” Next. “Hello, I’m Sarah. My
spiritual name is Shakti, it means 'the manifest power that creates the
universe'." And so it went. I was amazed. Carl had been named Ashok by
his meditation master. Wendy had changed her name to Grace. About half
the group had a name that a guru or elder or they themselves had
bestowed upon them.

I was last to go. Would Hot Goddess Babalicious, qualify as my
spiritual name? When my then-fiancee used it, I sure felt ascended.
Uh...what about my Porn Star name? "Jessie Wyandotte" (your first pet's
name + first street you lived on). Posh Spice was taken. I had to think
fast...

All eyes on me. “I’m Danielle LaPorte. And my spiritual name is…
Danielle LaPorte.”

Roars of laughter. Whooping howls of relief. There we were, a
consortium of brainiacs and dignitaries laughing so hard we were
snortling and knee slapping. It was a damn fine moment in my comedic
history. And my identity-crafting.

SPIRITUAL IS WHAT YOU SAY IT IS
If it comes from the heart, I say deem it divine. Be your own
authority. Spirituality isn't something that is sanctioned, it is
something that is felt -- deeply. Christen yourself. Call it the way
you feel it.

I don't want to be "Dances With Wolves" or "Suri-ji-ji." I don't
need anyone else to define my greatness with something exotic and new.
And I admit, my folks had the good sense not to name me Gertrude or
something hyphenated, but I love the idea of working with what I've
been given. It's honest and efficient. It holds me accountable. And for
me, it doesn't get more spiritual than that.

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