“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions.
When did you stop dancing?
When did you stop singing?
When did you stop being enchanted by stories?
When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
Yesterday, we stepped aside and looked at the power of the silence, of taking time out to listen, to rest, to just be at one with the universe.
Today, I’m going to take a look at the power of stories.
When we listen to a good story, we enter a magical, beautiful, wonderful world. A good story will draw us into a different space, a different time, a different perspective on the world. A good story will involve you with the characters, causing us to feel what they feel – we begin to care about them. A good story will share truth with us, unfolding a message. A good story will have echoes back to our own lives, where we see the shadows of our own hopes and dreams, struggles and triumphs shadowed there. As I explain in my series ‘Walking With Heroes’, there is really only one core story – the story of the Hero’s Journey, that deals with our awakening, our struggle, and our triumph.
I think story as told on the movie or TV screen has its place, but the true wonder of story is when it’s told or read. Because then we enter into a contract with the author, to enter her world and create our own beliefs about the characters. When we exercise our imagination, we learn to dream, we learn to create – and we reconnect to magic again – to the beating heart of the universe, to infinite possibility.
Why don’t you take time to reread some of your childhood favourites again. Return to the magic and wonder of those stories, and re-enter a world where anything is possible.
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