Remember when you tell your story, you are speaking heart to heart, human to human, god to god.
“Every wound has a story.” Mark Matousek
“To know your archetypes” is “unquestionably the most important thing you can do,” urges Caroline Myss. How important is it to understanding your self, your motives, your behavior? “It’s like knowing your birth date!” she claims.
“The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.’ ”
— Anthony de Mello in One Minute Wisdom
Reena Lazar is the Executive Director of Peace It Together, a program for students which
provides a unique dialogue and filmmaking program that offers youth the opportunity to connect deeply with their so-called “enemy” while co-creating short films that can be used as peace-building tools throughout the world.
Listen to some students express their experience in this program in haiku form. Clearly the program had a powerful impact on them.
This conversation between two accomplished writers who speak with the ease of mother and son about something so rich and full as living the writer’s life moves you to write.
- Maya Angelou, poet and woman phenomally
- Guy Johnson, poet and novelist
Listen for the gems casually thrown out as their love and respect for the power of the word and the stories about us they tell is revealed in the artful and playful dialogue. Pick the emeralds and diamonds out of the air and hold them for a lifetime of wealth and beauty.
How’s this for a writing lesson?
This documentary blew my mind. I kept trying to imagine this in an American classroom. Would we be so free? Would the teacher have such latitude? Would the children cooperate, grow, and learn? Would the parents allow it? But it does show how the power of writing can instruct the body, heart, and mind. Sheer genius.