Recent Fall watercolor painting
Once upon a time, there was a boy who could not speak. He was walking through the lavender forest and found a strange tree. The tree branches were twisted like a wizard's wand, and the tips of the branches all pointed toward the sky, making it look like a great crown of thorns. It has many resonances in the round-arched space, so even when a small bird rustles past them, it echoes in all directions. It had made a sizeable musical instrument from his long years of heaving the twig of his hair. When the boy saw the Tree, he felt as if the Tree was singing for him. In an instant, the wind blew, and the Tree made slight vibrations like a lyric harp, dropping the few remaining leaves from its branches on the boy's head. "Hi! I am a singing tree! Nice to meet you! If you speak in your mind, I will listen and tell the birds, the grasses, the worms". As if meeting an old best friend, the boy waved his hand to the singing Tree with a happy heart.
The tree story inspired me in Chapter 4 of Healing Storytelling. As I read the story, an image came into my mind. And I tried to turn that image into a story. I am grateful that my profession is an artist because visualization can easily create a story.
It's a story about a five-minute scene, but while I was making this story, I made a beautiful and warm story in which the power of nature heals a mute boy, allowing him to heal himself. And the reason I made this story is that in the face of such a frustrating reality, there is always an existence like a singing tree around, and I was able to experience a fairytale-like experience even, in fact, thank you.
In fact, in healing storytelling, Nancy Mellon says: storytelling is a safe way to let out ideas and feelings about difficult matters. As if you were confessing in a cathedral, naturally, if you put a character on the story in your heart and create a story, the story seems to be a refuge for the storyteller like the singing tree in my story.
Myungja Anna Koh