Honoring Gaia Through Other Writings
Some people say that our society is poor in stories, that television and movies have replaced the storytelling traditions
of our ancestors. When it comes to folk tales or other time-honored stories, these people are probably right. But
story will never die as long as there are two people left on earth. Just listen at your next party.
We tell stories, because the meaning of our lives is revealed in the tales we tell. We tell stories to entertain and to forge connections with others. We tell stories to teach, to transmit our culture to others. And we tell stories to mark the significance of events. In our personal stories we each become the protagonist, the main character who navigates the waters of life. We see ourselves acting in the world with a particular sense of self. And the more we act, the more stories we create.
Nowhere can we feel the cultural weight of story as we can in myths and other religious tales. More than any other type of story, myth orients us to the major sources of meaning in our lives. It instructs us in how we are supposed to relate to nature, to ourselves, to others and even to the sacred itself. These are the "great stories" we live by, even if we haven't taken conscious note of them. They create the archetypes or patterns we embrace as blueprints for how to live our lives. The symbols we find in myths can open us to depths of reality that are often closed to us. They can express intuitive insights that relate our lives to something bigger than ourselves, something deeper, something relevant to more than our individual lives. As a result, myth can aid us in living.
Forthcoming Book: Embracing the Dragon
Description and excerpts from my forthcoming book:
Two retold myths I wrote and enjoy telling: