Storytelling is a healing process

“Storytelling, you know, has a real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.” Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990.

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Cheryl Thomas - May 14, 2010

Interestingly – when I first began ‘telling this story or that story’ from my life – it was like that story ‘owned me’.

Now I have come to the realization that – although I am my story – indeed- now that story merely ‘informs me’ rather than ” owns me”. In other words – when one moves beyond having the story ‘own them ‘ (they , themselves are healing from that part of their lives) : to being able to use that same story to educate and either support or admonish those that are listening, the story takes on a different meaning to the individual who is telling/sharing it

It feels like whatever ‘lesson’ we were to learn is now that which we are able to share: in a good way, towards the healing of others and the earth.

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storyroute admin - May 14, 2010

Wise and beautiful, Cheryl. Thank you for your insight.

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Carol Mason - May 15, 2010

Thank you for your wise words, Cheryl, about sharing the lessons we learn to help heal the earth. From the smallest being to the largest, from the ones who seem to have the focus of “lesser” importance to those who command the spotlight…we are all fellow travellers, making our journey one footfall after another. May the time that we spend upon this great spaceship Earth be spent wisely in making a difference for the better. While we can. And may we look carefully at those who do not share our form but who are also fellow travellers…those we are crowding out of their habitats and who need our caretaking to ensure a future so that the miraculous diversity of life continues as it should. For we all are so similar in our essences. We just come in different packages and we have those very important lessons from which to learn and the capacity to incorporate the knowledge if we choose wisely.

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