A story is a narrative we tell or are told that acts as a representation of events. We live our lives through the stories we tell about who we are, our place in the world, our relationships with others, our circumstances and potential. We forget that all of these stories are accounts based on perception and perspective which change moment to moment and from an early age we believe in the narrative that we tell and that is told to us.
The whole world is simply my story, projected back to me on the screen of my own perception. All of it.
– Byron Katie
When we wake up to the power we have over our lives and the potential we have to change the beliefs and opinions we invest in and build our stories on, we are able to change our narrative or even stop writing one. No matter who we are, what we have been through or what we have done, we all have the capacity to change our minds about the stories we have believed in and find out who we really are.
When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be.
– Lao Tzu
This is not to dismiss or downplay any suffering or hurt or frustration that we have been through that we feel has influenced us and lead to our current circumstances but rather let us know that we get to be free of living in the feeling of those experiences by investigating our stories and their validity. We have a choice about who we think we are and we do not have to continue being a product of the events of our past, regardless of the story about us that other people believe in.
Step into the fire of self-discovery.This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.– Mooji
Let’s take a moment to reflect on moments of peace and stillness and quiet happiness that we have experienced in our lives. Those moments that have felt hope filled, faith filled, calm. When we have felt at one with the world, safe, enough. The person we are in these moments, when the stories fall away and we let the narrative pause is the person we are underneath, all of the time. We have all experienced these moments of pure consciousness when our minds are still and we silently commune with the world through spirit alone. These moments when we feel well. This is the truth of who we are.
The attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
– Alan Watts
We all have an idea of how powerful our minds are. We come cross accounts of psychosomatic illness, amazing feats of strength and creative visual healing of life threatening diseases, all achieved through thought alone. If our minds are so incredible that our thoughts literally create our physical reality, might it be time to wonder what we are bringing into being via the stories we tell and start to get curious about the lives we might lead instead if we change the narrative or even let it go entirely?
Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
When we let all stories drop away and investigate what we truly know to be real, we find that very little of the narrative is left. Almost everything we have believed in is fiction based on illusions we have invested in until they felt solid. From here we get to choose which thoughts we believe in, which habits we keep repeating and which ideas we build our lives upon. We are so much more than the stories we have told ourselves. We are the infinite potential of the universe expressing itself in human form.
Who you think you are is not who you really are at all.
– Ram Dass