Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” is one of my favorite talk show hosts. I think she’s inquisitive and very smart. One of the things about the show is that they often replay interviews with individuals when they die as a memorial. A couple of weeks ago I was listening to Gross interview Barbara Lea, a cabaret singer who died on December 26, 2011. The interview was fascinating. I went on to read her biography listed on her website, www.barbaralea.com, in the biography it states that she had a been a minister for 20 years in the Church of Actualism. When I read that the statement she made came to life.
We all know how I feel about stories; I love them. I believe that our stories are the portals to wholeness. I believe that our stories are the threads that connect us to each other. I believe that our stories unlock the mysteries to our body, mind, and spirit and that is crucial when we’re looking to get better or well. Our stories are why pathographies, telling our story in support groups, and our personal experience of our health challenge directs our journey to wellness. During the interview with Terry Gross, Barbara Lea stated, “You have to know the story before you tell the story.”
It’s a rather simple statement, but it’s something that I believe in very strongly. Too many people like to tell their story, but aren’t necessarily connected to their story. We have a tendency to tell a story that makes us look good because we believe that we’re being judged based on our story. The problem with this modus operandi is we begin to distort our story the more times we tell it. So what was Barbara Lea encouraging us to do?
Lea was encouraging us, possibly even challenging us to become one with our true story. Our story is our legacy. When we connect to our true story we stand a little taller. We unify our body, mind, and spirit decreasing the inner struggle that takes place with so many people. The big question is how do we connect to our own story?
If you haven’t engaged in deepening your connection to your own story, now is the time. Creating a sacred space to engage in this exploration is important. We need the safety and open environment to allow ourselves to begin this personal pilgrimage. There’s no doubt this is a journey. It is an ongoing process and each time we engage in this type of self-exploration we add more details to the story. Our stories become more colorful, rich, and healing.
I encourage you to find a way to start this personal pilgrimage and begin your journey to wellness. It’s a life-altering experience for the good. When you’re facing any kind of personal challenge, health or otherwise, knowing your story allows you to tell your story with stronger conviction. Our capacity to tell our deeper story allows our healing to unfold; this gives our bodies the space to expand its wellness capacities…isn’t that what we all want?