Rumi has this to say about telling a story…
“A story is like water that you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fire and your skin. It lets them meet, and it cleans you. Very few can sit down in the middle of the fire itself… We need intermediaries. A feeling of fullness comes, but usually it takes some bread to bring it. Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”
A story provides an opportunity for the teller to reveal some of the fire that blazes within them. It can re-create beauty and fullness, within the heart of both the speaker and the listener. Stories are vehicles for us to bring forth what is normally hidden from us in day-to-day life. The telling of a good story unfolds as it goes along, and the choosing of what to tell re-ignites the soul’s desire to reveal something significant to the one who is listening.
In this same spirit, we invite you to read some of our HJF community members’ personal stories. Allow them to awaken you. Let me touch you and ignite a spark of knowing about what holds true for yourself. Enjoy being bathed with water from that secret source we sometimes have access to that warms us, refreshes us, and brings forth a smile of recognition.
You may notice that although the faces and the stories are different, there is a common mythological thread woven through them all, which is likely to be woven through your own life as well. May the telling of these stories bring you more in touch with that golden thread within you, to keep your following your own bliss.
Please click on any of the following links to view journey stories:
JOHN SORENSEN Truckee, CA, USA
BILL BYRNE Morgantown, WV, USA
JANET WEPNER Newton, NC, USA