We are courting mystery.
Ari said that after hearing the vision for She Rises, the revealing of a new creation story about the times we are living in.
I only know one way to court the mystery.
To listen so deeply you stop pretending there is an answer to be found
To listen so deeply you are willing to set down what you worked so hard to learn
To listen so deeply that you are willing to try something new
Such as… handing each audience member a grape before the story begins so they can taste the sweetness of life.
I usually begin each story ceremony by placing rose petals over each persons hands. But Friday night, moments before we began, I picked up the bowl of grapes. Because during these times of so many unknowns, we need to stay present to tasting the sweetness that is here.
Your Life Affirming Green Gift Idea:
Give the Gift of music. Prepare to be transported. The music created by Italian composer and musician Laura Inserra will sooth the soul. Laura plays ancient and modern instruments and her compositions have been used in feature films, and her live performances are divine. She performs for public venues, house concerts, weddings, festivals, and site specific performances. Wouldn't it be epic to gift a friend a house concert, a class, or a CD?
Wondering what is happening here? You just found yourself in Day 5 of my Advent Holiday Newsletter where I deliver one life affirming green gift idea, one golden nugget, and one idea for how to bring more story into your life almost every day until the end of the year. Don't worry~ I'll return to sending out newsletters about once every month or so in 2017! If you want to catch up on the other green gift ideas and golden nuggets go here.
Your Golden Nugget:
Jon Young. A Global Leader in Earth Connection
on has a sparkle in his eye. Mark my words, one day soon he will be declared a national treasure.
He is a culture builder, author, mentor, educator, wilderness guide, and so much more. He has dedicated himself to the service of teaching and mentoring and reconnecting people to their relationship to the natural world, and teaches this through a modality he created called the 8 Shields model.
Jon offers online courses, in-person workshops, he has books, CD's and more, he even leads people through the Kalahari desert.
How To Bring More Story Into your Life:
Bring a Transformation Storytelling Ceremony to your community, workplace, or school!
These community building events are perfect for rites of passage, birthdays, times of transformation or just plain fun.
During the talking back to the story section of She Rises, the storytelling event that happened this past friday, Christina said,:
“I feel liberated, I feel strong, I feel creative, I feel everything I wished for when I was little, is now possible, through that story. But it had to be here first...This [story] was a reflection of my life…and hearing this story just opened up this place of hope… I brought if from what was just my experience-- and now I am opening it up to the experience of the earth-”
This past fall I had the great pleasure of collaborating with a few epic creatures to develop a new form of storytelling… I called them storytelling ceremonies. They are part performance, part workshop, all awesome. The events excist in a classifciaction all their own: part ceremony, part storytelling, part community building...the events created through these relationships were:
- The Lover & The Beloved: explored our relationship to love
- The Story of the Witch explored the haunting legacy of the witch persecutions and how it continues to exist in our modern culture. Through this ceremony we integrated our relationship to plant wisdom
- Dragon Love was an initiation story, and took place around a fire in the woods
- The Story of The Priestess: Mary Magdalene: explored the emergence of the feminine
- She Rises: A New Creation Story For a New Time: turns the myth that we are killing the great mother earth on its head and explores an empowering story about young girl earth standing up for herself in a wild rites of passage.
People continue to inspire me with how they use story ceremonies to call in a playful and engaging out of the box ways to celebrate their life.
- Gloria brought her 16 year old’s birthday party to the initiation story event
- Tesa called a Soul Story circle for a friend who was going through a life passage
Whether through a soul story circle, or a transformation storytelling event, the world is your oyster re: how you want to walk in beauty and celebrate and enjoy your community.
Your Great Quote Of The Day:
“If a man for whatever reason has the opportunity to live an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”
PS: If you have suggestions for golden nuggets or life affirming green gift ideas please send along!
Myth, Magic, & Medicine: Storytelling for a New Paradigm 6 month workshop starts in December!