“Storytelling is at the heart of life...In finding our own story, we assemble all the parts of ourselves. Whatever kind of mess we have made of it, we can somehow see the totality of who we are and recognize how our blunders are related. We can own what we did and value who we are, not because of the outcome, but because of the soul story that propelled us.”
When I taught psychology, I had my students make a time-line of their lives. Beginning at birth, taking each year as a block, and noting the happenings of that year etched in their memories. Major events, setbacks, moves, new friends, losses, changes that impacted them. At the end of term, we taped the time-lines to the walls of the classroom, and each student told their story. It's a great way of making concrete how one becomes who they are. When you lay it out visually, you begin to see the connections—how the events of life shape us and create our singular story. Rather than condemning ourselves, or other people, we consider the origination and ramifications of events, and whether or not their impact is now integrated. If not, how can the impact be either valued or resolved. In every case, the story of our life tells the journey of our soul.
The soul's journey is neither good nor bad. In fact, the events that we would most likely label “bad” are some of the most pivotal. In the words of Marion Woodman, “At the point of vulnerability is where the surrender takes place—that is where the god enters. The god comes through the wound.” We are at our most receptive when we are vulnerable—that's when we are likely to let go of ego, and allow Spirit to lead. And, Spirit leads us to wisdom. Your story is important—no matter who you are or what you've done during your years here on planet Earth. All your mistakes, all your wrong turns and missed opportunities, all your joys and sorrows, create the wonderful, deep, rich human being that you are. I hope you appreciate your soul-story today.
In the Spirit,