As I work on my own self in terms of releasing old patterns, letting go of guilt, trauma, shame and learning how to create new ways to be in my life I always come back to storytelling. I'm reading a book right now, recommended by a dear friend, called "What's in the Way is the Way" by Mary O'Malley. In every page of the book I am finding little keys to unlock parts of myself. I honestly read half a page every evening and let myself work on it while I sleep. One of the major pieces of wisdom in this book is the concept of "the Storyteller". This is the part inside each of us that makes up stories all day long about all kinds of real life things. Much of the time they are stories that feed on our insecurities and fear. Obviously some people have more of this happening than others, but I'm pretty sure it's more normal than not!
These are just as make believe as the stories we tell our children at story-time - BUT - we just so happen to believe these stories we are telling ourselves. Stories about our bodies, about our relationships, about how other's feel and think about us, about our self worth etc.
As I think about Twelve Little Tales and learning storytelling in this simple and light way along with our children, I think "maybe the better we are at making up stories on purpose the better our inner storyteller will become at telling beautiful, life affirming, self affirming stories to ourselves and about ourselves too..."
What do you think?
Twelve Little Tales is a project to spread the art of storytelling far and wide.