“To restore the world, we must re-story the world.”
Dr. Marilyn Steele
Can you recall the last time you were in a room with an engaging storyteller, a wonderfully talented person whose facial expressions, gestures, & voice brought a story to life for you? Great storytellers cause us to think, feel deeply, or even act on what we’ve heard.
Last week, I heard women ‘re-story” African tales of Yemaya, Oshun, & Oya. I define “re-story” as reclaiming an ancient story & making it relevant for people today. Though my spiritual beliefs don’t include Yoruban goddesses, I could appreciate the lessons found in each tale & apply them to my life.
The experience inspired me to create Storytelling, the 7th in my series of 12 collages exploring aspects of our spiritual journeys. In this piece, a storyteller is telling a story to a captivated audience (actually, an effective storyteller turns the audience into participants of sorts, actively engaging them both emotionally & mentally). What’s the story about? It could be a tale that inspires, teaches, explains, offers hope, or connects the listener to something greater– the Divine.
What stories are meaningful to you? What is YOUR story?
Share with someone & connect to an ancient oral tradition found in every culture around the world.