12. The Story

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. The 3 elements that most captured my attention in this Station were?

  2. I experience within myself ?restlessness? and an ?infinite passion? when?

  3. Components of the metaphor or the story I use to hold my relationship to The Ultimate Encounter with changeless Truth include?

  4. Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average person. We make ourselves into one or the other. The average person is hooked to other people, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.
    ?Carlos Castenada

    When I reflect upon my own life in light of the above Castenada quote I think?

  5. Elements of the ?What do I do now?? portion at the end of this Station which I intend to implement include?

  6. The personal life practices I will now begin or continue as a result of my encounter with this Station include?

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What images, sounds, concepts, or messages caught your attention in this Station? What stuck in your consciousness? What do you remember? (Recreate a group verbal montage of the Station without reflection on specific elements but simply bringing the material back to mind).

  2. How do you observe or experience ?myth wars? as you view the human community and the planet today?

  3. What do you think the statement by the Dalai Lama is trying to communicate?

    Although attempting to bring about world peace through the internal transformation of individuals is difficult, it is the only way.
    ?H.H. The Dalai Lama

  4. Where or how do you find yourself compelled to take a journey of depth?

  5. How do you experience the forces of superficiality, materialism, and human ?common sense? distracting you from such a path?

  6. What are the steps you would begin today to practice evolving a ?new story? that you might rehearse for yourself or choose to share with others?

  7. What potential personal practices did you discern from this Station?

  8. What additional questions are raised for you, by the encounter with this Station, that you would like the group to discuss or address now?

4 thoughts on “12. The Story”

  1. Richard E MacKay says:

    ?What vehicle or media exactly is needed to bring this new mythology into being? As far as this new mythology, I believe it is happening in the present crisis of the age, having just read parts of the book, ?This Changes Everything?. I feel the dialogue is happening in more than just language and our conversations; it?s happening in art, music, social media, I don?t know. I?m not sure how much time we have to right the balance of what?s happening, and to establish a new mythology. This is an imperative for our age, but we just might not do it in time, and join the dinosaurs as remnants of Gaia. That?s kind of a negative picture but can also be motivational.

    This website is a Hopeful media vehicle for me, so I just have to see if I can create interest in this conversation in my local area here. As you say, it?s not easy.?

  2. Amanda Storywarrior says:

    Richard, Our second highest function as human beings is to create a ?story.? We can talk about this ?story-function? as myth or poetry or art or dance or music or whatever creative utterance we may give to our experience of our highest function: the awe-filled encounter with the Unspeakable Mystery at the Center of Being. When we have such an encounter we are driven to create the art that will attempt to communicate or become transparent to this experience to the rest of our human family. All such attempts are predestined to fail, but we cannot resist the deep impulse to guide others to this transformative encounter. Yes, this website is one of many such efforts to get this unspeakable word spoken in our shared contemporary moment. It will fail. May we together, as Martin Luther might have advised, from village to village around this globe, fail boldly!

  3. Richard E MacKay says:

    Expressing a New Story

    The social environment here in Alabama and what?s called the ?Bible Belt?, for me has two major groups of adherents. Those wedded to a literal interpretation of the Bible, and seeing all life through that, and those wanting to free themselves of childhood conditioning that no longer works for their life.

    The forging of a new story or a new mythology is foreign to the ears of both groups, I have found. The brilliance of JWM and the Ecumenical Institute in the late 60?s and early 70?s was for me that the stories and parables of the bible were woven together into my existential personal and social reality. I guess, it?s seeing the stories and my reality are really One reality not separate things.

    I remember asking myself, ?Where is this business of the Christ Word spelled out in the Bible?? I believe what the Institute came up with was a wholly new poetic image of how the Christ Word actually related to my real life. This is not to be found in reading the Bible as a literal story. Since I?m not a Biblical scholar, maybe I am wrong here, but these are just some of my thoughts.

    Since I?m a poet, I wrote this little, nondescript poem. I continually feel impelled to describe being present in my life, creating from a new story, this amazing unfolding in our time. I am seeing this new collective myth and story emerge, little by little in my living, but I?m also seeing its absence.

    Being Present

    I can eclipse
    my mandatory story
    and be free
    from needless worry

    Just being present.
    not always pleasant,
    But living in my
    realistic presence

  4. Michael D. May says:

    Rich,

    These are great reflections and articulate very well the conundrum the human family currently faces as we approach the question of ?how to communicate depth to ourselves and one another within a contemporary, global, digitally-enveloped planet inhabited by human beings who share a quantum scientific worldview?? This is a big question.

    We will address this question in Life Journey #4 ? The Ultimate Word. But, for the moment, this communication tool is still at least 4-5 years away.

    Until then, for me it is helpful to acknowledge two classes of human beings regardless of what language they use to communicate depth: those who acknowledge and practice a relationship to depth and their Primary Relationship (see Module 6, ?My Primary Relationship? from ?Life Journey #2?) and those who do not.

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