Learning About Ourselves Through Stories

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‘I feel as though I’m made of stories.’

I wrote this in a tweet recently, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

I mean that statement from a very deep place. To me stories are part of my blood, part of my makeup. I function better as a person when I’m reading and writing stories, I actually feel as though they have a balancing effect on me, by enabling me to explore different energies and experiences from a distance, enabling me to observe.

Stories help me understand the world and myself. When I read a good book I lose myself in it. I relate to the character so strongly that I can actually bring their loves and annoyances into my everyday life. If they are angry with the people around them, I can also become irritable. This means I have to pay attention to the energies I bring into my life through books. I tend to avoid stories that are too hopeless and depressing, too rooted in the heaviness of third density reality.

Instead I like to read about people who overcome obstacles, who live fully, love deeply and do more than they thought possible. For this reason I love the superhero theme, and I don’t necessarily mean the caped variety. I see superheroes in so many walks of life. I see them in people who cure, who rescue, who show empathy to those who are hurting. I see them in those who overcome things to become the best version of themselves that they can. We all have moments of being superheroes, and I love feeling those beautiful and intense moments.

History is a collection of stories, and we all have our own personal biography, whether it’s written down or not. But as someone who also has an ever-emerging collection of past life memories, I see myself in so many different protagonists, antagonists, and observers. I see how much we can benefit by relating to the characters in books and the lessons they are forced, by their merciless authors, to learn.

There is something so real about a story. It may not have happened in that way at that time, but the emotions it triggers in us are often more real than we might recognise. It might remind us of how we felt at a different time in our life, or give us a target to shoot for in the future. It may even connect us back into parts of ourselves that we have been neglecting.

If life is just too full for self-care, a romance can catapult you quickly into remembering how much you love your other half. Or an adventure might remind you how much you would like to travel, or to explore talents you haven’t developed.

One of my favourite stories centres around the circus, and the love the characters have of the flying trapeze. I have never been on a trapeze, and I’m pretty sure that if I did, it would terrify me. But I always related to that love, because of my own passion for playing the fiddle. What the characters found in flying, I found in music and for me, the book touched a part of my soul that I felt was rarely truly understood.

The Light Circle said:

‘Stories have always been a part of your learning process, but in recent years, this has, to some extent, been forgotten. The reliance on fact, on understanding dry information, has become of paramount importance, and we see that this has its benefits.

‘But there is another type of learning, a learning of the soul that is best understood through feeling, through relating, and through understanding that there are many larger perspectives outside the one you hold in your day to day life. This learning is achieved well through stories, but also through many other forms of art, be it music, visual art or performing.

‘When you take part in a performance, whether as part of the show or as a member of the audience, you participate in the creation of an energy, an energy that, for a time at least, uplifts and carries a hope of something bigger, something greater.

‘This is one of the great appeals of theatre, of music, of the written word. The creator taps into a source of energy, but it is also a collaboration with the receiver, who adds their own energy to the melting pot to create something deeply personal, something that resonates with their own life, their own experiences, their own lessons.

‘In this way, these forms of art, particularly when live in the case of performance, can trigger interesting and powerful lessons in the receiver as well as in the performer, writer, or artist. It is a method of energy work that is as old as time, but it should not be discounted as you move into this new paradigm. Art can help you to evolve now as much as ever, by broadening your mind and experience, and opening you to ways of being that are beyond your current comprehension.’

Some stories, pieces of music and performances are more potent than others, or resonate more strongly with us at a given time. I would love to hear about the things that have touched your soul. Please do share them with us all here, so everyone can have a chance to find the energy that you experienced as powerful.

Love and light to you all.

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