All sorrows can be borne if you put them
story or tell a story about them.
You, like every human being, are a storyteller by
birthright. You are born with an endless supply of personal
and universal themes. It is important to open yourself to
receive the vast wealth of imagery that lives within you.
Build a hearth within you and let it become a circle of
protection. In it your heart's wisdom may ignite and
burn. Ask that all who gather at your fire from your own
inner skies, lands, and waters come with goodwill to share their
truths in its warmth.
|I hope you will go out and let stories happen to
you, and that you will work with them, water them with your blood
and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself
burst into bloom.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
“You do have stories,
Jason," he said. "We all have stories. The problem is
that people your age never have been taught to tell them. How can
they be taught, when their parents do not tell stories, either?
The sad part is that one day you will have no stories to tell your
children or your grandchildren, so they never will have the
benefit of learning from your experiences. That is a shame.”
|There are only two or three human stories, and they
go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the
error of defining it.
people behind the words
Two - Year Three
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The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
A story must be told in such a way that it
constitutes help in
itself. My grandfather was lame.
Once they asked him to
tell a story about his teacher. And
he related how his teacher
used to hop and dance while he
prayed. My grandfather rose
as he spoke, and he was so swept
away by his story that he
began to hop and dance to show how the
master had done.
From that hour he was cured of his
That's how to tell a story.
we haven't the time to listen to each other's stories we seek out
experts to tell us
how to live. The less time we spend together at the
the more how-to books
appear in the stores and on our
bookshelves. But reading such
books is a very different
listening to someone' s lived experience. Because we
to each other we may even have forgotten how to listen,
to recognize meaning and fill ourselves from the
ordinary events of our
lives. We have become solitary;
readers and watchers rather than sharers and
Rachel Naomi Remen
with any other great force of nature, there is both glory and
the stories we tell ourselves. Some are toxic and keep our
Others are tonic and bring us beyond the limitations of our
To be in a life of our own definition, we must be able to discover
stories we are following and determine which ones help us grow the
most interesting possibilities.
us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.
|There is no greater agony than bearing an
untold story inside you.
After nourishment, shelter and
companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the
We owe it to each other to tell stories.
|Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can
make the heart bigger.
have been great societies that did not use the wheel,
but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
Ursula K. Le Guin
What happens is of little significance compared
with the stories
we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little,
only stories of events affect us.
come alive in the telling. Without a human voice to read them aloud,
or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a
blanket, they had
no existence in our world. They were like seeds in the beak of a
to fall to earth. Or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet,
yearning for an
instrument to bring their music into being. They lay dormant,
hoping for the
chance to emerge. Once someone started to read them, they could
change. They could take root in the imagination and transform the
Stories wanted to be read. They needed it. It was the reason they
themselves from their world into ours. They wanted us to give them
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destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that
are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to
away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs
a story more than food to stay alive.
Crow and Weasel
are how we learn. The progenitors of the world’s religions
handing down our great myths and
legends from generation to
Bill Mooney and David Holt
The Storyteller’s Guide
lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of
storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among
peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic
peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be
Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the
heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it
squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems
to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists?
What transformations would follow?
We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life
trying to be less lonesome.
One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener
to say--and to
feel--"Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way
I feel it." You’re not as alone as you thought.
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necessary part of our intelligence is on the line as the oral
becomes less and less important. There was a time throughout our
land when it was common for stories to be told and retold, a most
valuable exercise, for the story retold is the story reexamined over
and over again at different levels of intellectual and emotional
Becoming Native to This Place
rushes us along and few people are strong enough to stop on their
Most often, something unforeseen stops us and it is only then we
time to take a seat at life’s kitchen table.
To know our own story and tell it.
To listen to other people’s stories.
To remember that the real world is made
up of just such stories. Until
we stop ourselves or, more often, have been
stopped, we hope to put certain of life’s events “behind us”
and get on with
our living. After we
stop we see that certain of life’s issues will be with us
for as long as we live. We
will pass through them again and again, each
time with a new story, each time with a greater understanding, until
become indistinguishable from our blessings and our wisdom.
It’s the way life teaches us how to live.
Rachel Naomi Remen
stand and share your story in an empowering way, your
story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.
|These are the
stories that never, never die, that are carried like
seed into a new country, are told to you and me
and make in us new and lasting strengths.
Meridel Le Sueur
we don't have in our family. But stories we've got.