Myth as Healer
Story is a sharp knife.
Story is a spirit being.*
Storytelling is how we survive.*
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.**
In the world of myth and magic there once lived a woman with an ear for the wind. She lived in a moon blessed house somewhere between the seasons. She was quite young, and so very old. Lean in, child at the edge of the world, for her story has something to say to you.
We are made of stories, every aspect of our lives a tale. Yet we have forgotten how to connect with the mirror of healing inherent in myth, and so the difficult stories in our lives--rites of passage, death transitions, massive transformations like illness, divorce or childbirth--are born into the world devoid of mythic meaning.
In this class we will restore our relationship with the greater ongoing stories, find sacred tales from our lineage that support and nourish our current transformations--or celebrate and integrate an old rite of passage that left a hole in our soul. We will find our place in the world of myth and magic, curl at the hearth of the ancient grandmothers, and listen as they sing to us our new names.
When did you stop believing your life was a story worth telling?
When did the magic leak out of your daily experience?
Where have you lost your will, or voice, your song or power?
Where are you at in the myth cycle of your journey?
What are your death transitions teaching you?
What rites of passage are you missing?
What is your deepest longing?
What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Over four weeks we will track our stories, engaging with them through practice and research, exploring their context within our psyches, and beginning to see them as a living fabric, part of the greater communities we occupy.
When I became deeply ill, finding a story is what sustained me. Imbuing my own experience with the elements of story helped me transform my experience of chronic illness and dís-ability into a rite of passage process, so that with each underworld descent I could emerge stronger, less scared, visibly transformed.
This is not a "class" taught from a place of expertise, but a space of exploration and resource sharing together with a love of myth and a willingness to listen.
There is no cost for this class, it is given as a gift.
All Wild Soul School classes are available with no financial barriers to access.
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Please note: because of my disability, class times and dates sometimes need to be revised, extended or rescheduled. This necessary flexibility makes my work possible. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. Your donation is a gift, the classes are a gift, and by this exchange we agree to reciprocity without expectation.
As with all Wild Soul School classes, once registered you have unlimited access and you can revisit the information as often as you like, working with the collective or at your own pace.
With lots of love--Lara
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator working at the intersection of image and word. My interests include folk spirituality, ancestral mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. This work is an offering. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and illustrator of The Runes Revealed.. You can investigate more of my work and sign up for my quarterly Myth and Moon Letters at laravesta.co.
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