We all have a unique destiny, vision and purpose. Purpose – a reason for an action, deliberate plan, a proposition, an intention, a design we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Destiny – Intended for some special purpose, where we are heading for, journey. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Lord before the world began. Vision – to foresee and perceive what lies ahead, divine, insight, prophetic insight, how you go about in accomplishing the purpose. Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that kept the law, happy is he. We are here because our presence on the planet is essential at this extraordinary time in history. Opening to a vision creates a synergy that is powerful and dynamic. There is a vibrant mission that is calling us all to higher ground and to more deeply loving and profound experiences. Each one of us has a unique capacity to be of service to the community and world at large. Our only job is to uncover our core power, gifts and talents and activate a willingness to serve in expansive ways.
There are no obstacles to our greatness. There has never been an event that defines our future. We have never experienced anything that can stop us from soaring into a greater yet to be. The only limitations are in our thinking. Exciting experiences awaits us, the moment we look at life through the lens of infinite possibilities. An open-hearted communication builds bridges of understanding and expansion. We are all called to commune and to communicate with the intent of breaking down walls of fear and doubt. The heart is intelligent and when we learn to listen and share from the heart space, peace is the outcome for all.
The power of creativity, compassion, and the resilient brain is healing and transformational. Empathy connects to the inner life of another person. It has been shown to improve every physical system in the body like immune, cardiovascular, and organ systems. The more interest a doctor expresses in the inner life of a patient, that is to say, how that patient experiences their illness rather than symptomology, the more likely a positive outcome. According to Dr. Siegel, the key to optimal healing is the connecting inner life to inner life. This means that doctors, teachers, therapists, parents, clergy must be in touch with their own inner lives. He called it practicing medicine, parenting, marrying, etc. from the inside out.
Storytelling is the most ancient and powerful way of reciprocal sharing inner life with another. Any of the non-verbal expressive media serve the same purpose. But we are narrative creatures, seeking meaning in our experience. This is the realm of story. Story making, in its very nature, creates wholeness and integration. It holds conflict in the form of characters and situations in a larger container, and allows these conflicts to play out and resolve themselves naturally as a new story emerges. As storyteller of our lives, we are also the integrating consciousness.
The healing community that forms in story groups, or any other healing relationship based on a right-brain modality; not therapy necessarily, unless it has these qualities of creativity and inner life to inner life, be it authentic movement, expressive dance, free form visual arts, music making and listening, yoga, reiki, mindfulness meditation, equine therapy, shamanic chant, etc. becomes the container that holds a person and gives their brain an integrative environment, time, and space to heal itself and the integrative fibers to regrow. Storytelling and witness gives each person a sense of safety, belonging, and dignity, so necessary to thriving.
Working with intuition, which is strengthened by the receptivity involved in creative process, makes us even more aware and responsive to toxicity in other people and situations. In these story groups, which are built on the sensory elements of time, environment, character, situation, and storyteller, we become very attentive to where we are, what we are doing, and the often unconscious motivations and inner lives of others. Story experiencing life as an unfolding story with us as the witness and storyteller is spiritual practice.
Expressive modalities like writing, dance and other expressive movement, visual art, music create a state of healthy alertness, relaxation, and release. It feels like joy. It is the state of flow; which is synonymous with the dynamic Self versus ego delineated by ancient wisdom traditions and modern psychologists, including Jung and his followers. In the mythic journey, the heart and soul of story approach the highest evolved archetype is the jester, who holds the whole truth of existence; both its light and shadow within a non-harming joke and a good laugh.
There is a divine and infinite substance that is always creating. The essence of this energy is love and compassion. It is the very stuff of which we are all made. Therefore, we can, in any moment, access this energy and be transformative agents for this world. Powerful choices create powerful lives. Every moment is an opportunity to choose life, love, peace, harmony and joy. Every moment is a call to awaken to our inherent nature. Every moment offers the chance to step through a portal of magnificent living. Now is the time! Stand up! Find your voice! Step up and live out loud!
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe – Gustave Flaubert