Words from the otherworld: Dirt healing.
I will be broadening my writing on this blog and adding some more personal elements. Reasons for this will be explained in another post.
I was speaking to a dear friend a while ago who I hadn’t spoken to in some time. As per usual we fell straight back into heart-talk and he expressed concerns about talking to me and feeling like a downer because he wasn’t in a happy place at present. My response was that this is the very time to reach out for support – to trust your friends will be there for you no matter your state.
However, more came through that I felt compelled to share, things that came from my workings as a writer, readings and life experience. We know as storytellers that all great stories/journeys have their black moments – that moment where everything feels hopeless and you think ‘well heck, how the hell am I going to get out of this?’ To me, this is the most exciting part of the story. This is when the hero/heroine faces their deepest self, their deepest fears, their darkest shadow and finds their greatest strength. As the protagonist rolls around in the dirt, ashes, and bones of the life they left behind and prepares to build themselves and their world anew there is bound to be a lot of grief, hopelessness and darkness but also, a spark of hope and excitement.
Sometimes when someone is in that black moment they may not be connected with that spark of hope or even ready for it. But as storytellers, we can also be healers. We know and understand that it isn’t just in stories that there are cycles of death and rebirth but that these cycles of death and rebirth also happen in life.
As storytellers I feel we also have the potential to be healers because narrative, as many therapists and writers will tell you, is how the human mind understands the world. Being able to sit with someone, no matter where they are in their story and honor that space, whilst holding hope and drawing on the power of imagination and infinite compassion that many writers have, I think we have immense capacity to heal just by being fully present with people. By being open and excited by change and supporting creativity and imagination especially the process of reimagining the self we can bring a lot of love to the world and the people close to us.
Now, writers are often hermits and can feel like outcasts because of our sensitivity to the world but I think within these traits/feelings are great strengths some of which I mentioned and some of which we are all on our individual journey to find out.
I just wanted to share this small snippet of my life because I believe the role of the storyteller is sacred. Our magic not only happens on the page but in the world around us. We can sometimes take our imagination for granted but it is an incredibly powerful tool for healing. My friend said he felt better having understood his place of darkness from another point of view, a point of view that is about honoring the present and allowing others to be there with you, if that is what he desires. I think there may even have been a hint of excitement in understanding his position of one from which he will be reborn into a new future reimagined by him.
Some of you will agree and some won’t feel this way at all, and that is perfectly fine. I am certainly not saying all writers need to go around and save the world and heal everyone they meet. I have just been pondering on the role of the storyteller and their potential to bring new things into the world, new perspectives and new futures. I just felt it important to start sharing how the power of story can weave magic in this world especially in erotica and romance – why? Because it is the most read genre and what better place to weave healing than through love and passion? Often it is the healing of the sexual self people seek out most. Why? Because it is so often hidden, in the shadows, in the dark…