We are all story-carriers after all. Drawing on the healing qualities of myth and fairy tale images allows us to see themes in our lives or different characters who might live within us from a less entangled, more impersonal and creative perspective. Our biographies become infinitely richer.
Just like the protagonist of a fairy tale, we might find ourselves walking a lonely wind-swept valley, lost in an ancient overgrown forest or sailing uncharted waters. Perhaps we are befriended by a wise woman by the well, or a woodcutter. At times we are bewitched, at others, betrayed. Stories can be an infinite source of solace and support. To awaken our inner storyteller is to begin to feel a generous creative spring under our feet.
Sometimes we may carry stories that echo those of our family or ancestors. To better understand these, we draw on systemic constellation work pioneered by Bert Hellinger with its understanding of the individual as part of larger systems with their own laws of order and belonging; and Systemic Ritual taught by Daan van Kampenhout that works with layers of the soul, the shamanic wheel of four directions and the archaic essence of our storylines.
There is lots of silliness, games and song. We become more comfortable with silence.
Gradually we start to recognise the collective aspects of what we had imagined was our individual story. We notice parts of ourselves in other people. We learn to recognise our own true voice. Eventually we gain freedom and movement around stories we previously thought defined us and space to dream new stories into the world. This is truly a delicious moment. Our creative practice – in life, in partnership, in parenting, in our work – can really begin.