We Are Made of Stories

“Among animals, it’s eat or be eaten. Among humans, it’s define or be defined.”  –Thomas Szasz

We are made of stories. As David R. Loy writes, “We make stories and those stories make us human.” It’s not so much our consciousness that sets us apart from other sentient beings, such as the animals, but the stories we hold, write and live. (To order Loy’s book click on the above cover).

Most of the stories we live have been passed down to us. The story our parents, or church, or childhood friends have of us may no longer be true. In fact, it may never have been our true story.

Our true story is the one we choose to live. And the beauty is, we can let go of our old stories if they no longer serve us and rewrite a new one.

We are the meaning maker of our life. We are the story changers and storytellers.

When we rewrite the stories of our life (on paper and within the context of our life), we have to be able and willing to give up the old stories. You can’t rewrite the new story over the old one––you need new “white space,” to create this new story. In my book, The Zero Point Agreement: How To Be Who You Already Are you are given simple methods to write and rewrite the story of your life. “Who You Already Are” can emerge from the stories you write and tell about yourself.

As writers, we learn about ourselves through our writing. We write a story and it provides some understanding to us about our world, our experiences and ourselves. The words on paper (or on the computer screen) become a mirror. We explore who we are by writing our stories. My novel is a fictional expression of my life and the stories I see and live. My journals record scenes and stories of my daily life.

And, stories are everywhere. For the writer this is the great gift from the Gods––there is an endless supply of material to explore and to write about.

So the question becomes, “What (and whose) story do we want to live?”

And, what’s your true story?

And,

What story do you have of yourself as a writer?

What is the story of your home?

What story begs to be written? Rewritten?

We come to life through our stories. So our ability to let go of outdated stories of ourselves  (individually and collectively) gives evidence to our aliveness. To be able to write and express our emerging stories defines us.

“You must be emptied of that with which you are full, so you may be filled with that whereof you are empty.”  –Augustine

This Friday, May 30th is this year’s first open day for writers. Come share in the story of my place, meet up with other writers and explorers, share a story in the sharing circle. “We are dependent upon each other for the narration of our own life-story.”  Adriana Cavarero   Click here for more information: Retreat.

Want some help with your writing? Consider my on- line class: In The Spirit of Writing. Get one to one guidance from writing prompts, explorations, and me as well as learn the craft of writing.

Monthly Meditation circle begins June 5th in the evening. A drop in class.  Click here for more information: The Gift of Meditation.

“I feel as if I was inside a song, if you get my meaning.”  Sam Gamgee, The Lord of The Rings

 

 

 

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92 thoughts on “We Are Made of Stories

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    I got a chill reading this and it’s not the air conditioning. I’m realizing I need to stop resisting writing. Just because it isn’t my medium doesn’t mean it’s not a VERY valuable tool. And thanks for making reframing such a good visual with the box and writing around the 4 sides. Brilliant!

    -Vicki
    I belong to you

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