Will Story ever rule the World?

It already does. From Social Media to our daily life, yearly events, special anniversaries, difficult times, marriage, illness, death, celebrations. It’s difficult to imagine a place in life where Story doesn’t already exist.

Our daily life is a story – we just don’t see it like that

Part of living in a sophisticated culture (I have my doubts), without the co-existence of a deeper meaning, results in a loss of connection to something we are fundamentally a part of – its called Nature.

My sense is that loss and the way we have sidelined Nature to the back room (or until recent times) has resulted in an over culture that believes it has dominion over nature (good old religious thought). The over culture dictates to us what we should believe. Yet … we know in our bones that this isn’t so, and if we know this, we have to find a way out, a way back home.

Daily life brings us into contact with a thousand different stories. Peer groups, our bodies, our sexuality, what we eat, watch on the internet, who we are friends with, our family, work situations, details of our job, being at school, college. Every day we live out a story, so it’s hard to see that Story has never ruled.

Perhaps the crucial question to ask is – what kind of story do we want to create?

Rituals abound – from teeth brushing to getting married

They do. There are hundreds of rituals we perform daily without thinking they are rituals. In fact, the brain is set up to do this. To keep us safe. Steve Haines, a practitioner, teacher, and expert in trauma and trauma release. His knowledge on how the brain and body works, what they are striving for, is excellent.

It’s important to understand that the body works in a primitive way to keep us safe.

Fight or flight is a commonly known response to challenging situations or getting out of danger. But as you will see in the article Steve writes about trauma and the release of it, there is more to this than we imagine.

Rituals are born, because we are wired to create them, it’s a biological imperative. When trauma hits us, whatever way that is, it shatters our normal response and life can seem odd, we are out of place and our body goes into coping. PTSD, anxiety states, emotional imbalances and physical symptoms result. Our body and brain is telling us – things aren’t ok.

Our body holds the stories of our life and how we live it. The lack of connection to this fundamental understanding also estranges us from nature and our place in the world. 

Connection, the lack of it and the consequences

It comes down to how safe we are in our bodies, mentally and emotionally in our lives and in our societies. We are still creatures of nature and respond accordingly. We are sophisticated, for sure, but a lack of connection to our world, our planet, our bodies, our place here on a live planet does have consequences.

I often wonder, if we had developed our sophistication with nature as part of our intelligent partner, instead of it being superimposed by religion, perhaps we wouldn’t be faced with the climate change issues we now are, because our thinking would be very different.

We would have an understanding of our place, we would know we are co-creators on a live planet. As a species, we still have much to learn and if our story is to shift, it’s up to us to remember, reconnect and re-address how Story works for us.

To understand how we operate as a species on the planet, how our well-being is tied up with the story of our body, brain, mind, emotional and mental health, is to finally re-connect with life, in our daily expression and the larger context. Perhaps then the larger story our society could grow into, the eventual climb into a culture of intelligence tempered by compassion and understanding, would not be so far fetched.

Now that would be a story worth cultivating.