“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” -Clarissa Pinkola Estes We all have our stories in life. Some of them serve us well. They empower us, they soften our hard edges, they warm our inner fires, they support our truths or they inspire our passions. We shine brighter for some of these stories. We walk in the role we have been cast with pride and certainty and conviction of what we believe and stand for. Our stories sometimes encourage our bravery. There are times when our story models for others and weaves lives together. A bond is formed when the chapters overlap or the sentences complete each other. We find companionship and fellowship in the union of our stories.
But there are those times when our stories do not serve us well. They become tired and worn out. They are the dried-up excuses that even we no longer believe, but still attempt to use. They become shrouded in fear and our freedom is sacrificed. They hinder our growth and stop us in our tracks, unable to move forward and continually looking back. Some stories get retold and retold so that we lose sight of what our reality is and we play in a role we have type cast ourselves in. Some stores we tell create boundaries between others and us so that we do not have to face resolution, acceptance or disappointment.
The shaman’s role in story telling is to go in between the worlds of our reality and our stories. She finds the wounded part of our being that lies behind this story. She awakens the sleeping part of our soul that has become disconnected and left behind. She heals the suffering parts of our soul that cannot receive our hearts balm of love and compassion because the essence of the story feels impenetrable. The shaman crosses between the worlds through journeys and the help of guides and spirits to recover, return, heal and connect what the story may have affected.
Our soul brings the light to our life; it does not want to hide in dimness. Our soul brings passion to our days; it does not support apathy. Our soul celebrates in joy and strength, it does not quicken in pain or fear. Our soul, when well tended to, is a source for us to tap into, to inspire us, to empower us and to share with others the love and beauty we hold within. Our soul story holds so many possibilities for us. And not one is too small or too full; all possibilities are waiting for us to explore. Be aware of your story and its effect upon your day. Does it serve you?
Blessings ~ Lisa ©COPYRIGHT 2013 Lisa Meade