Creative Wordshops February 2018 Writing Newsletter

Zen Pen Temenos 23-26 Feb 2018

The Rough Writing Road A 16 week self-directed Online Journaling Course Dear writer, storyteller, reader, traveller, lover of words, images, silences…

Re-Story-ing The first task is re-story-ing the adult… in order to restore the imagination to its primary place in consciousness in each of us. (James Hillman)

A Zen master instructed an unhappy young monk to pour a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. “How does it taste?” the master asked. “Bitter,” spat the apprentice. The master then asked the monk to throw another handful of salt into a nearby lake and instructed ‘Now drink from the lake.’ As water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, ‘How does it taste? ‘Fresh,’ The master took the monk’s hands, “The pain is pure salt. The amount remains the same. Yet the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container. Be a lake not a glass.’

There are many stories about how we humans imprison ourselves in one version of a story that no longer serves us. One definition of madness is that we keep walking down the same street falling into a donga hoping for a different result. We remain trapped in perceptions and perspectives. ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.’ (William Blake).

James Hillman (1926-2011) a maverick Jungian and narrative therapist, told clients
that his intention was not to change them rather the story they told about themselves. We choose to privilege a particular interpretation of what has happened to us and. I often quote Rabindranath Tagore who in My Reminiscences reminds us that our life stories exist in the realm of art. ‘I know not who paints the pictures on memory’s canvas, but whoever he may be, what he is painting are pictures….not writing history. ‘>

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