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Great Stories, Soup & Art
Everyone loves a Great Story, that is a hero's journey story. In times of old, the telling of a Great Story was an important part of preparing for or returning from a rite of passage. The initiate was inspired and instructed through the story.
While modern parents have access to unprecedented amounts of scientific material about birth, what is missing, and desperately needed, is being validated, prepared and initiated through Great Stories. A Great Story speaks personally to each listener. Storyteller Michael Meade, author of Water of Life, says that the words of a Great Story are like a shower of "story acupuncture needles," each needle sending a specific Medicine into each listener, the very Medicine and instruction or reminder that they need at this moment in time Great Stories serve as a kind of inner map to guide us as we encounter the unknown; we remember or identify with what the hero did during her or his Ordeal, and we think, maybe I can do that, too.
There are four main parts to a hero journey story: the Call, Preparation, the Ordeal or Quest, and the Return. Each part has certain physical mental, and spiritual tasks that the initiate must complete. These Great Stories give us clues and guidance regarding those important tasks. At the Great Stories, Soup & Art Gatherings, you will explore those tasks for yourself, and have the opportunity engage in an uplifting dialog and/or to make a symbol to remind you or to celebrate the personal meaning the story holds for you.
And the best part of the Great Stories Gatherings is not the Soup! It's building friendships and community. Bring a friend. See you there!
Oh, and please RSVP (505-377-8282) so we have enough soup and yummy food.