We each have a responsibility to tell our stories and share them. I say this because it is the stories we tell, the stories we see, hear, and experience that shape and define our view of the world and our relationship to it.
Our stories hold up a screen for us to observe, or imagine the experiences of another as they go through life on their journey. This is important – I’d go as far to say this is radical – because by experiencing others’ stories we get to know the world a little better. When we hear another’s story and learn of their experience authentically expressed – an act that requires courage because it propels us into vulnerability – we may become inspired and wish to experience life in similar ways.
The kernel of truth housed in the story shared may resonate with us on a level we may find difficult to comprehend.
The world of authentic experience is much more desirable than conceited efforts to project acceptable and safe facades.
Enter the artist, the writer, the photographer or film maker – more precisely the human being with a favoured delivery method – you – to share experiences of life as it happens and unfolds. It is our experiences, the mundane and boring, the indulgent and destructive, the mysterious and wonderful, that require our attention and communication.
Authentic expression is at the heart of challenging the old (unsustainable) paradigm. When we create in connected ways we begin showing the world in a new light. When we embark on the soul-centred journey and become concerned primarily with finding our ultimate place of belonging, we begin the re-storying process – from old story to new.