#2 Storytelling as a Portal
musings towards Storytelling as Medicine: 10 week Experiential Journey starting January
A few weeks ago I started having a pain in my right hand, my dominant hand. The pain didn’t subside. It only got worse.
Doctors, resting, medicine...
As I find myself in a beautifully blessed period where life and work flourish, so too the pain continues to disable me.
Driving, getting dressed and cooking right now are either not possible or I need help.
Typing just about manages to work.
I wonder, when a certain motif enters our personal story - illness, birth, death, everything and anything in between - it most probably has something to say. (Unless you are someone who prefers not to ascribe meaning to these things and well, that is mighty fine too!).
One perspective - as my great teacher, Roi Gal-Or would urge, is to ask the question -
not, WHY did this happen to me?
Rather, why did this happen FOR me?
What is the gift to be found in this particular chapter or event in my life?
I am not quite sure how to apply this to the horror stories we unfortunately so often hear of in this life - but perhaps even the telling of the story itself can bring some medicine to the matter and a possible answer to the question?
I’d like to invite you to share something small about “why did this happen FOR me?”
For example, I might say - after experiencing a psychotic breakdown, I became much much closer to my family, I had a much stronger sense of self and purpose, and I had a bloody good story to tell!