You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.
– Anne-Wilson Shaef
One of the things we do when we lead from our inner artist is to tell stories. We tell stories for ourselves, and we tell other people’s stories so that we may see ourselves illuminated in all our complexity. Joseph Campbell, in “The Hero With A Thousand Faces”, talks about the Hero’s Journey as the basic outline of the tales we tell. The sacred texts of the world are stories of the Hero’s Journey. The great works of theatre and opera and of novels and myths, and soap operas and reality TV are essentially the Hero’s Journey as well.
It is important to recognize and own our stories, so that we can move into the deeper parts of ourselves. The place where we often lose track of the power of our story is at the point where the truly heroic is called forth. The Hero’s Journey takes us through many dangers, toils and snares, through unbelievable moments of near disaster and into deep scary ravines from which there seems to be no escape.
Our story is only heroic, however, if we stay in the game, and tell the tale to the end! We need to tell the overcoming part, and then draw a lesson from the triumph. When people say, “Don’t get stuck in your story”, what they mean is that too often we make it to the point of greatest challenge, and then, instead of enduring we start doing the victim dance. We don’t do ourselves any favors when we are stuck there and we certainly bore the rest of the world by our tale of woe.
One reason for telling our stories in a collective, creative, intentional setting, is so we can support one another in moving beyond the victim story and staying alive until the victory. There is great power in being heard as we journey along. The telling and the receiving of stories are equally important.
I am thrilled to invite you to our next evening of T.R.I.B.E., on Monday evening April 28th at Pearl Studios in NYC from 7-9 pm, where we will explore the theme “Being Alive As Long As We Are Living” . What makes one person resilient while another is defeated or stuck in the loop of defeat? Can’t wait to explore this with you. We have some amazing guests to share with us, and of course we will want to hear from you, and will share some refreshments too.
There is a wonderful lyric I love from an old hymn that says “We shall tell the story of how we’ve overcome, and we’ll understand it better by and by”.