The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of by Robert Atkinson

By Robert Atkinson

The tales we inform approximately ourselves are guided by way of cultural styles and enduring parts. the present curiosity in mythology has made obtrusive how the vintage hero's trip represents a topic not just universal to the entire world's myths, but in addition our personal lives at the present time. The reward of news deals a transparent concise foundation for realizing the character and power of sharing our tales. It offers particular, useful, educational information for telling our personal tales and offers the mandatory instructions for aiding others in telling their lifestyles tales. Its simple framework allows people with little event to start writing concerning the quite very important points in their lives and figuring out how and why the common parts of the tales we inform give a contribution to our carrying on with development.

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First, there is the seeking of knowledge, then finding, or attaining it (which may be a struggle that gives us a new status through a newly acquired degree), and finally applying, or doing something with that new knowledge once we have it, like giving it back to others in some way. These steps also provide the basis for the three questions that give our life its meaning: What do we seek in life? What have we found? How will we use it? Development across the life cycle, in its essence, can be seen within the framework of the archetypal pattern, as well.

Both contribute an essential piece to the whole pattern, to the whole story. At one point in our lives we might experience the transformative function of the archetypal pattern from the perspective of the ship, another time from the safe harbor. At one point we might provide, and at another we might seek. The provider provides what the seeker seeks, and the seeker seeks what the provider provides. Depending upon our perspective during our transformation, our story of it is going to be different.

Transformation is the central theme, or archetype, of all three stories. Pattern and Repetition Apattern is a design, model, or plan that is repeated over and over again. A pattern is a regular, predictable way of doing something. 10 If memory is the mother of culture, repetition is the midwife to culture. Repetition is an aid to our memory, to the way we remember things. It is also the way important things in life are driven home to us. Repetition helps us understand important patterns. The cycle of the seasons conveys the essential lesson of birth, death, and rebirth.

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