Storytelling- For the Spiritual Journey

“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.

Storytellers wrap the audience in the tales they weave.

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.

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For the Spiritual Journey

In a few short weeks, I’ll be facilitating a workshop for women who want to continue exploring their spiritual journey in the context of woman-honoring cultures throughout history.  We’ll travel to various countries across several continents, studying matriarchal societies & the concept of the divine feminine.   I say “continue exploring” because many of these women have taken my previous workshops & want to continue their exploration in the company of other intelligent, warm, funny, spiritual women ranging from their teens to their seventies!

Leading this workshop is a bit like being a cruise ship captain, planning activities & excursions so each passenger can find the trip worthwhile & fun along the way.  Instead of shuffleboard & a swimming pool, I’m providing religion, the arts, politics, & history.

What does one pack for a spiritual journey?  Chants/songs, rituals, study, writings, personal experience, meditation, drumming, artwork, storytelling, dance, visualization, & service to others are the items which make the journey worthwhile.  Each participant will find that certain items resonate with her while others aren’t as important for the path she is traveling.  It’s ok.  Take what is needed & leave the rest.

My quick study of a jubilant African drummer in gouache & watercolor inspires me to create a body of artwork based on the spiritual items described above.  Soon, I’ll share them with you.  Blessings to you as you travel your own path.

Drumming is one way to explore & celebrate spirituality.