“We need to find this thread of the real story of our life—not the story that we see on the television or the news, not even the story our parents tell us—but the real story of our life; you can follow that.”
“I was taken by a story and turned inside out and was taken to other realities, to other continents, and was consumed by a story.”
“For most people probably it’s not so dramatic, but in a way it’s the same story. It is Life’s story; it is the Beloved’s story—it is the one story.”
“But it’s whether we are prepared to say yes to it. Yes?”
~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Part of an Ancient Story (Parabola Magazine)
And often, this ‘yes’ is easier said than done. Which is fine, but just sayin’ … not necessarily easy.
We may, in fact, be living someone else’s story-lines, or following someone else’s threads, as Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee notes in the Quoteworthy comment above.
We often are. Until we shift stories and track our own Golden Thread ..the desirable stories, as one of my mentors, Caroline Casey, calls them.
What’s clear is this — the stories we tell ourselves, that we recite habitually, and thus the stories that we live by, or perhaps too often live us … these stories are very powerful indeed, for a lot of reasons.
We give our energy to that which we focus on intensely and frequently, and to what we wrestle with, struggle with, and do battle with (martial artists will know this one well).
This is one of those ancient and yet also contemporary bits of wisdom.
We ‘animate’ various story-lines or circumstances with our attention and energy, just like fertilizer and water given to nourish plants.
Here’s the ancient, indigenous, “shamanic” insight:
We blend with that which gets our intense focus. With what we become very fascinated with, and even what we powerfully identify or empathize with.
More on that one soon, but for now – I remember well how shocked, and horrified even, I was when I really, truly got this, when it really dawned on me, and I’ve been living into greater discernment around it ever since.
I’m not talking about that ‘avoid negative thoughts like the plague’ thing, either. We’re human, and some things aren’t pleasant, others are downright ugly, and to pretend otherwise isn’t helpful.
It’s more a matter of discernment about well-ingrained habits … the percentage of time we give to habitual stories, and calling back the delegated power if those aren’t stories we’d want to be giving quite that much of our time and life-force to.
For me, this been a sure challenge and thus a discipline to become aware of the story lines circling around my head — particularly the well-ingrained and habitual ones — and becoming more discerning about whether those story-lines are ones I want to further fertilize and strengthen with regular focus, attention and energy given to them.
Then it’s calling up the old Saturn Magics of persistence, resilience, devotion, and discipline to shift those ingrained habits … to shift the dominant yet not-so-healthy (or even toxic-normal) story-lines.
These dominant stories are powerful, because they’re creative … in that “Power of the Word, self-fulling prophecy” kind of way.
Maybe it’s time to tell, live into, fertilize, and ‘dream into being’ better quality stories, yes?
Sleuthing and tracking own authentic stories and Golden Threads, surely, and those stories have better unfoldings and endings for us, for Earth, for Life, and thus all beings.
What’s your story?
Are your dominant story lines worth the time and life-force they’ve been getting?
I’ll be asking myself the same questions, particularly now with the Vision-Questing and story-revisiting archetypal energies so potent … they’re our allies in this adventure now.
In the meanwhile, here is another Muse-stirring, Story-Shifting Sophia’s Children archive post:
• Focus, Energy, and Shifting Our Stories
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Here’s to better, more imaginative and much more lovely stories.
April 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm
It is so hard to shift those stories that aren’t helpful to us, but I find as I get older I’m making new stories 🙂