“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
The great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place. And the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources. In our most private and most subjective lives, we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and its sufferers, but also its makers. We make our own epoch. Carl Jung
“A story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart.” Scottish proverb
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” —Anais Nin
Of course, Anais Nin spent her life writing about all of her layers. Are you?
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.
Take a look at what this group is doing with the power of telling a story visually, and otherwise. More power to their story!
Do we ever really pay attention to what our kids are thinking about? Do we help guide them into self-discovery? Or do we teach that one must conform regardless of the price to self? Do we listen long enough to know what they spend their time and energy on?
What story are your kids having to carve out for themselves now? And who will your kids be at 35?
Watch this short scene from Woody Allen’s Annie Hall that demonstrates the disconnect that happens in the socialization that occurs in the classroom. My apologies for my low-tech approach. I could not get the clip to start where I want it to start. It starts at the 3 minutes and 45 seconds (3:45) marker and ends at 5:15.
Looking back, how did your story turn out?
Do you value your own voice? Has someone taken over your thoughts? Have your brains been sucked clean and replaced by someone else’s or something else?