Archetypal Astrology, Movies and Dreams
"There are times when people need stories more than they need nourishment, because the stories feed something deeper than the needs of the body."
Charles DeLint, The Onion Girl
World is full of magic and mystery, if we will only believe. Life is
arrayed in beauty and possibilities, if we will only see. Our
imagination interprets the world for us. It's how we communicate with
Nature and how we sense each other. We are here to experience in full
what human life has to offer: lessons of wonder and creativity, pain and
suffering, love and companionship, trials and rewards, responsibilities
and pleasures. And though each of us is a unique individual, we all go
through the same trials and joys of life here on Earth. That's why we
need stories to help us understand our shared experiences. Stories are
born so we don't have to constantly re-invent the wheel.
Human Beings have always made sense of our shared experiences through this amazing form of Wisdom called Story.
Stories pass down tribal wisdom. Stories help us compare notes with
girlfriends. Stories shape the way we see and experience the world.
Stories tell us how to meet the darkness. If a story is good and true, it will wake up your imagination and teach you something new about life.
of course, it depends on if the story speaks to that something deeper
that is looking for nourishment. Unfortunately, many of our modern
movies and books don't speak to our hearts nor awaken our imaginations.
Instead they seem to put us to sleep.
This happens when a people's stories no longer help them meet life.
The truth is that many of our old collective stories are worn out; losing their vitality they become stereotypes (despite the obsessive insistence of the truth of those stories by some people). Archetypes, although eternal, need symbolic renewing from age to age. When the old form of the story has lost its enchantment for us, it no longer serves its true function of helping us cope with life. Our modern world is too different and so much more complex than our ancestor's world. The times are changing. We need new stories!
Especially in times of unrest and instability, we need stories to help us make sense of our lives. We are living in those times when ‘people need stories more than they need nourishment. . .’ Unfortunately, even though stories are available to us 24/7 – now available on your phone! - most of our communal stories don’t satisfy us on a deep level. We are stuffed with stories, but are we inspired by them? Do we find the deep wisdom in them that can change our lives? And when we do find a story that inspires us, do we treat it as a pleasant fantasy or do we allow it to grow into something unique and splendidly different in our lives? Do we make it our own?
We can also come to know ourselves through our dream stories. We all are fascinated by our dreams. I can vouch for that – when people hear I’m a dreamworker, they are eager to share their dreams. But since we’ve been taught by our culture that dreams have no real meaning, most of those people don’t respect the story messages that their dreams bring them every night. We no longer remember the symbolic language of dreams and metaphors, humanity’s original language that we seem to have lost building the Tower of Babel. When we lose our child-like ability to imagine and fully inhabit a symbolic understanding of life, we lose our capacity to digest our stories so that they ‘feed something deeper than the needs of the body’.
We’ve also lost our separate cultural stories along the way, those ‘folk stories’ and folk wisdom that get passed down through families and cultures. Too often, our modern ‘myths’ can’t help us create and deal with real change in our lives and our world like the old stories did for past generations. Our educational system, as well as our modern media, so often sever this connection to our cultural stories and to the mythic imagination, leaving us in danger of losing our ancient wisdom traditions as well as our own ability to create new stories and discover new wisdom.
But a strong connection
to the Creative Imagination within us can change that. This is our untapped gift, another lens on our
world that can help us navigate the changes coming our way. We still have our dreams, if we are willing to
respect their messages. We still have
great storytellers, who study the ancient stories and birth the new ones. The great cosmic laws of life are still at
play in the world and within us, even when we don’t recognize them.