We’ll also walk once again through the Wasteland, but this time you’ll have the opportunity to stop, examine and impact these conditions simply by touching them.
Have you secretly longed to reconnect with the magic, beauty and awe that you experienced in childhood as you explored the mysteries of the natural world?
And do you want to help our culture address the environmental challenges we face?
If so, then you’ll probably be excited to learn about a fascinating adventure you can take into the depths of your psyche and our society through the transformational power of personal and collective myths.
Myths are, at the deepest level, the stories that sculpt our lives. When we inherit mechanistic, isolating and competitive myths, it shapes an experience of the world that is denuded of beauty and meaning. In turn, we start exploiting and destroying our natural environment and polarizing against one another rather than creating a life that is artful, loving and reverential.
Most of us have been born in a culture with such a dysfunctional myth – one that leads us to disconnect from nature and each other, one that perpetuates consumerism over communion, combat over collaboration, and profit over beauty.
And we’ve all paid the price, with the disintegration of our health, well-being and communities.
So how we do we engage the journey of healing not just for ourselves, but also our culture as a whole?
It all begins with the deep stories that direct the course of our lives. Who are we and where are we going? What are we REALLY here for?
The answers to these questions are not always conscious because myth operates on a deep level of our consciousness.
To sculpt a new world, we need to sculpt a new and empowering story – a guiding eco-myth that honors both our humanness and divinity, that puts us back into loving relationship with all of life and also creates thriving communities that are based in wholeness.
Eco-mythology is the academic discipline that shows us how to rewrite our cultural myths. However the truth is that this is not just an abstract thing, it’s also a very personal journey of transformation, healing and awakening.
Each of us live within a far too limited story – one that is based upon who we have seen ourselves to be in the past, instead of who we COULD be in the future. It’s a story in which, too often, we are fundamentally alone and living in an uncaring universe.
What if a caterpillar created a vision of its possible future based only on what she had already been able to experience and accomplish? Would she ever dare dream of taking flight as a majestic butterfly?
Similarly, you already have extraordinary abilities within – sacred gifts that can open entirely new possibilities for a radiant life of love, artistry and greater contribution to Mother Earth and our shared future.
However, to realize them means transforming your myths – your conscious and subconscious stories, most of which have been programmed by family and culture.
Our minds are hard-wired to create stories out of what we see – which is why we love them so much. We are story-generating machines, turning the data of life into a coherent narrative that helps us make sense of our experience and orient in the world.
The problem arises when the myth your subconscious mind is creating – which is largely what you’ve inherited from society – holds you back from the next stage of your evolution (as well as contributing to the next stage of our collective evolution).
These myths deeply affect your relationship with the natural world, your community and, indeed, our entire culture’s well-being. So, when you learn to shift your myth at the root level, you are also shifting the larger context in which you are living.
Too often, we focus only on the surface levels of our mind in our personal growth work, trying to alter our beliefs, heal our emotions or to think more positively. Real transformation means actually TAKING the hero’s (or heroine’s) journey into the deeper symbols of your psyche and emerging with a new tale of your life, and beyond.
Shifting your personal story is, thus, central to the journey of awakening, growth and giving your full gifts. It lets you honor who you have been, without being defined by it. This, in turn, allows you to open to the unknown – so that your next higher potentials can develop without the constraints of the past.
Master storyteller Luisah Teish sometimes calls this “story magic”: It is the ability to script a new story that works with your emotions and deep subconscious to create a new trajectory for your life – one that is more fulfilling, meaningful and joyful – with far fewer limitations.
It is about creating the sacred space for rebirth.
This also connects to the all-important task of shifting our culture’s story to one that is life-affirming, connected to nature and supportive of a just and sustainable world.
The work of evolving our personal myths – which have largely been shaped from our culture’s myths – thus goes hand in hand with evolving our culture’s story.
The reason the metaphor of the caterpillar turning into the butterfly is one of the most enduring and compelling stories of transformation we have is because it works on the level of the storytelling brain. It reminds you that you have fantastic gifts within if you dare to dissolve the past.
Story and myth can play a potent role in re-scripting your life, preparing you for new possibilities and shifting your relationship with the natural world. They lay down the script for the drama of your life. If you stick to the old version, you’ll keep getting the old results.
As you more deeply understand the stories that have been shaping your life and our world, you have greater freedom to shed your old forms and identities – and enter into the unknown without fetters. You can reclaim parts of yourself that were cut off, hurt or abandoned. And you can vision a far more beautiful you.
And as you learn from “Teish” how to let go of the past and create new storylines for your life, you can dissolve illusory veils that may be preventing you from experiencing true interconnection with all that is sacred – including Mother Nature, the hearts of those in your community and Spirit.
Teish is one of today’s great storytelling geniuses, who knows how to truly evolve your personal stories to bring more freedom, creativity and meaning.
During this fun-filled and transformational 8-module program, you’ll learn to shed the negative cultural myths and open to more empowering myths.
You’ll also understand the larger archetypal stories that have shaped our culture and begin to understand how to shift them in a positive direction that is both ecological and spiritual at the same time.
Each teaching, activation and training session will build upon the next, so that you’ll develop a more multi-dimensional understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to transform yourself and your relationship to nature and enter a new possibility through story.
This course is designed to return us to the beauty and joys of life on Earth in the human community. We will examine the folklore and explore the myths, thoughts and actions that have affected your relationship to yourself and the natural world.
You’ll experience a basic class ritual to be performed throughout the 8 modules. This will include the establishment of an Earth Altar and the arts of visualization, chanting, blessings and gratitude for the gifts of nature and honoring those who have served the Earth.
You’ll acquire important skills that can be used in a number of ways. Storytelling is a time-honored way to teach family values; re-scripting myth enhances critical thinking and making art using recycled materials can inspire community projects.
Where are you at home? This session discusses the Eco-Spiritual beliefs of early humans, with emphasis on the importance of a balanced relationship with nature in village life. You’ll receive an overview of conditions on Earth and in the Human Community. We’ll also look at conditions in the Ocean, the Forest, the Farm and the Environment of the Inner City.
Additionally, through visualization, you’ll explore a series of landscapes, including the Forest, the Desert, the Mountain and the Open Field – and be invited to feel each and identify the place where you feel most “at home.”
In this module, you’ll:
Home Cleaning, where you’ll be invited to take a walk in your neighborhood, commit some small act that makes an improvement or acknowledges the spirit of the place, and then write about this experience.
In this module, you’ll explore the 3 aspects of “myth” and examine the body of myths that have shaped our perceptions and attitudes toward Mother Nature. Myths of Origin (such as the Creation according to Hellenistic Greece and of the Garden of Eden) will be deconstructed to demonstrate their impact on our attitudes toward the Earth, women, pregnancy, land labor, snakes, spirits and kin relationships.
Additionally, through visualization, you’ll walk through the Forest of Forever, where you’ll meet the plants and the animals and have a “first” encounter with other humans. You’ll be invited to recall your early childhood relationship to the Earth, where and how you played, your imaginary companions, and then to recall the subsequent conditioning by social and religious institutions that altered your relationship.
In this module, you’ll:
Home Building, where you’ll create an altar in honor of your Healing Place/Power Place in Nature and use all elements at your disposal.
In this session, you’ll be introduced to the myths and stories from the Eco-Spiritual traditions of the world. Here, you’ll encounter Deities of Field and Forest, Elemental Beings and stories of plants and animals that think, talk and help to shape creation. They include the African stories of the Creation of the Earth, the Advent of Agriculture and the Coming of Humans. We’ll discuss these stories and the cultures that offer an embodied view of our relationship to Mother Nature.
Additionally, through visualization, you’ll be lead through a forest, peopled with mystical beings and into a village with a cultivated abundant garden.
In this module, you’ll:
Create a Community, in which you’ll sit at your altar and re-live the visualization from the session, ask illuminating questions about the environments and the inhabitants and write responses.
This module provides an overview of our areas of concentration: climate change, water quality and access, land use, global food security, species extinction and human culture. We’ll discusses some of the misconceptions about these problems, learn sources for correct information and choose three inter-related subjects to work with (at least one of them must be the Impact of Human Culture).
Our visualization for this session will be a walk through The Wasteland. The environment is covered in trash, the water is polluted, the animals are devastated and the people are starving, depressed and alienated. You’ll be encouraged to feel this devastation and to withstand the pain this condition can cause.
In this module, you’ll learn:
Honoring Earth Stewards, in which you’ll review Module 3’s homework, and through the Internet, library and conversations with neighbors and classmates, identify individuals and groups who are or have been stewards of the Natural World. You’ll complete this exercise with a meditation on their attitudes, skills and lifestyles to recognize the similarities between you and them.
This module examines the ways in which we use our imaginations – our most natural resource. We’ll discuss the lives and ways of the Earth Stewards previously discussed in Module 4. And we’ll explore the power of storytelling as a means of connecting people to the environment and re-visioning our old stories to create new ones.
We’ll also walk once again through the Wasteland, but this time you’ll have the opportunity to stop, examine and impact these conditions simply by touching them. What happens when your energy is applied to a situation?
During this module, you’ll:
An Exploration of Recyclable Materials, in which you’ll be encouraged to look at the materials around you and to begin to think about new ways to use them. (Possibilities may include fabric painting or other fiber art.)
In this module, you’ll learn to write, speak, paint and employ any and all creative processes to transform the story of your life and the nature of your relationships by creating new life myths (or stories) and art. Through visualization, you’ll walk through the Wasteland and see it change simply with your touch. You’ll listen for the sounds of nature and take in the sights as they appear in your vision, paying close attention to the ways this changes your senses.
In this module, you’ll:
Experience an Imagenesis, where you sit at your altar, imagine a better world, begin the story and/or art project – and feel the power in doing this.
Again, using visualization, we’ll walk through a landscape that has now been improved by the creative work done in the last module. What does this new environment look like? You will also receive more instruction on writing and speaking, using recycled materials and sharing ideas.
During this module, you’ll learn how to:
During this last session of the course, we’ll focus on sharing myth and art in community. We’ll do a visualization together in which we walk through the Forest, the Garden and the Village. We’ll interact with the environment and the people now healed by our actions. We’ll also talk about what we experienced during this exercise as well as any other areas of interest from the coursework.
During this module, you’ll learn to:
In addition to Luisah Teish’s transformative 8-module course, you’ll also receive these powerful bonuses that complement the core teachings and practices in the training. These bonus sessions will help you take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Course Requirement: Luisah Teish – Coming Home Through Myth
Real Value: $297
One time cost: USD52
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