Who are are you, and what is your story?
Many people have no sense of who they are separate from the story they have created for themselves. Like an actor in a movie all they are doing is living their idea of the “wife” story, the “husband” story, the “employer” role, reciting the “employee lines” etc.
Much of what you think of as your personal, factual history is really a mix of fact and fiction filtered through your memory.
Living life like this is to be a prisoner of your self-created past. For many, this is often frightening to hear. It is as if who you think you are, is not really who you are. But that “who you are” is based on what you remember as being your truth. It does not matter whether it is true or not, only that you believe that it is true.
It soon becomes clear that at some point in time you will remember things that were once forgotten. Even when you remember these events clearly, there is always the chance they might not have happened exactly as you have remembered them. Have you ever reminisced with a friend about some event, and this person had a totally different recollection of what you remember?
If you realize that life is a type of game, then you have the freedom to reinvent who you are. It is not as if you are creating a lie but rather are taking a look at the facts of your past from a new and different perspective.
What you recall probably did happen, just not exactly as you may remember it. This same event is remembered differently by others. In looking back at that event, you must realize that the memory you have of it was seen through your eyes when you were a younger person. How old were you when the event took place? What were your beliefs at that time? Who were your influences?
On the Wisdom Path, you can re-invent your story. You can re-invent the game of your life and by doing so you can experience a type of freedom that you never imagined possible. Now I’m not suggesting you lie about your past. I’m recommending you meditate on what you have been, done, and who you are now.
Legends and Sacred Myths
Many geneticists believe that we are hard-wired to;
· Create and tell stories.
· Hunger for a connection to our source — what theologians and physicists alike call the “First Cause.”
Combine the two, and what you get is the creation and the sharing of sacred stories or myths. The word “mythology” (from the Ancient Greek word meaning “a story-telling” or legendary lore) refers to a type of sacred story, often a merging of various folklores and legends that a particular culture or group believes to be true. Myths often use the supernatural to interpret these narratives.
As with many stories it does not matter if the story at the base of the myth is true or false. To the culture within which the myth has evolved, it is usually by definition “true.” Most groups cannot exist without some form of a sacred story since it is this “group story” that helps to make sense of the world. This story will describe how the world came about, how the culture was created, and the beliefs, ways of questioning, and concepts that have defined the group.
The sacred myth answers these questions for it represents a collective preserved belief within the group even if that belief has no fact as the basis of this reality.
For a particular culture, a sacred myth is true even if not always factual. It is this key foundation that gives the group a reason to exist, even if the group is loath to acknowledge that there is nothing factual there. Now often these sacred stories originate from a historical event and at other times as a misinterpretation of some misdirected, sacred ritual. It is likely that human beings are hard-wired to believe and to have faith in something — anything. This may include certain beliefs, whether accurate or unsupported by logic or evidence. This will be created as sacred stories by individuals and by groups. These sacred stories will usually be presented as, “God said ‘this’” or some sacred text such as the Bible ‘says ‘ that,’” etc., etc. The dilemma a serious spiritual seeker faces is that while recognizing intuitively that sacred myths are essential for being part of a community many of these same sacred myths are the source of much unnecessary suffering.
A final thought
The origins of many myths and sacred stories become obscure or completely rewritten over time. Many cultural stories, legends, and myths are part of some ancient oral tradition. Many of these mythological stories were written after they were in existence for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Author — I am a professional story-teller and results-oriented coach. Feel free to email me at LewisCoaches@gmail.com