Healing Storytelling by Nancy Melon
Healing Storytelling by Nancy Melons
Read | Chapter 6: “Story Characters,”
Great mothering soul creates a child who is good, pure, and radiant. In story imagery, create the mother you would like to be to yourself and to others. Imagine the innocent and powerful child hidden in your mother and/or your grandmother. Design a story in which you can communicate with this child.
A good mother connects us with the best life-giving energies of mind, body, heart, and soul to a certainty of happiness and loving fulfillment. Other mother-beings bring about a situation of toil and hardship, of misunderstanding and discomfort, even of violence and despair.
Focusing the negative and positive in a childlike story he’s to clarify and open out what real feelings are.
Storytelling can allow free and extensive exploration of themes that might be difficult to talk about in ordinary conversation, for both children and adults. Often, it is the child, who has not been able to express itself, hidden away within an adult that cramps adult life.
Through fascination, astonishment, and even terror, whoever wields magical powers releases new energies into a story. Your story world is a theater for your soul-life. You can very courageously and deliberately create a place in your imagination where our characters may go in order to be healed and helped by a benevolent sage.
The fire of a home stove can be a place of dreamy comfort and nurturance. Often a story character must learn to deny food for a time, practicing an austerity that brings about a specific liberation. To learn such self-control for the sake of performing great tasks is a common story theme.
Among many mysterious inhabitants of real and story landscapes are elementals called ‘fairies’ or ‘devas’ that encourage and defend the delicate lives of plants. Fairy realms can be experienced as ominously attractive for whoever falls in love with their enchanting ways. Especially through story vision, you can experience the vast true story of earth’s evolution.
What gives creatures the power to help is often, in stories as in life, the care and attention that has come from a human being. You have within your heart a tender flame for the needs of all living things. From this hear’s light you are able to notice the adventures and adversities of even the tiniest creatures. Your story self is filled with creatures of all sizes, shapes, and dispositions that sometimes are eager to serve the needs of human characters. You grow more and more attentive to their creature qualities and needs as you recognize their willingness to give wisdom and help in your story world, and to accompany, with their marvelous characteristics, your story characters, to help and support them on their way.
Birds can fly into your stories, bringing a sense of upliftment and airy freedom. When birds come into a story as helpers, they can also solve riddles and mysteries and sing about what must be done. Invite benevolence of birds into your story world. Their beautiful movements, penetrating vision in the day and the night, their diligence, and their singing voices connect them with the angelic realms above your story characters.
Through stories you can nature your connections with creatures whose qualities enhance your own. You can experience intimately through your imagination the yearning to be free from the limitations of mere animal nature.
The tree of life and the tree of knowledge are twining together within you. The vital trees of your circulatory, nerve, and other vital systems bind you to all trees that are rooted in the earth.
Chapter 7: "Power and Protection,"
Storytelling helps us to picture the healthy potentates within us who take life in stride. In story language, you can see and accept the radiant garments of your soul’s complete identity.
A crown is a shining connection with ultimate power and glory. Just as shoes and feet may carry us on a journey to a throne, so the lowest mortal may strive toward, and sometimes in life and in stories, attain great happiness, self-mastery, power, and love.
The secret crown which you carry always as a human being uplifts and ennobles you, connecting you with the spiritual working of the universe.
In story language, you can see and accept the radiant garments of your soul’s complete identity. You can put on and take off gowns of your celestial nature and mantles of strength and courage and manly perseverance.
Envision a sacred shining sphere that rolls away from your childhood self to be found in a place where you had to learn important lessons.
Any small gift of transformation and healing that a protector passes into the hands of your story characters can further universal progress. It can connect its bearer with higher powers that have been sent to them for their own advancement.
A huge, beneficent oak is contained in the little nugget of an acorn. With their exact divisions between the two lobes, walnuts especially resemble human brains. Your walnut-brain is a mysterious seed of the whole universe.
Chapter 8: "How to Nurture Storytelling," Healing Storytelling
Children who are encouraged by listening to the stories told by their elders will often create exquisite and profound ones, even at a very early age. The imaginative happening for the child becomes a powerful tool later on in life. As a storyteller you can turn even very ordinary events, people, and things into many layered, many-faceted symbolic pictures. Symbols awaken when you feel them as a living part of yourself. They discovered through a portal of the mind that takes you deep into formative processes.
Almost all great old fairy tales can be told within a relatively short span of time. This is reassuring when you want to make up stories of your own. A story, which fills 15 minutes with well chosen words and a truly satisfactory composition of characters and events, can give joy for a whole lifetime. Since stories are made up of a series of pictures and sometimes these pictures are very great ones and exist on several levels at once, rather than analyzing, it is often most helpful to use colored crayons, paints, or pencils to illustrate an image or science in the story that is puzzling or fascinating in some other way. Stories awaken a sense of movement and color and design that helps the conscious mind to contact the essence of a scene or character. Attempts to draw or to paint the layers of meaning from one moment in a story can awaken ability and inspiration for other modes of creativity.
The sense of gratitude might be explored through story images or wishing.
When you experience yourself, even for a moment, as a creator, you touch the creativity through which all things come into being, are sustained, and pass on into other dimensions. Stories that are satisfying express healthy circulation. They breathe delightfully and deeply. A plot that is based on your pulse beat, a regular flow of fours, unfolds in a regular pattern.
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