THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING

What is Therapeutic Storytelling? Stories use metaphor and imagery to change the way we see our lives and the world, offering healing and growth to everyone - teller and listener alike. They connect us to each other and help us find meaning and hope. Therapeutic storytelling can change the way we see our lives and the world. Using metaphor, stories offer healing to everyone. For more information about therapeutic storytelling, visit All Things Healing online today!

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(Asst Editor: Norma-Jean Strickland) Michael is a storyteller, StoryCoach, and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling, coaching, leadership, personal and community dev...
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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A traditional parable that demonstrates the importance of storytelling in passing along difficult truths.

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2012! Celebrate our Mother Earth! Join any conservation effort you find personally meaningful! We all need to take care of our home!
 
I moved from Southern California to Arizona not long ago and admit to missing the Pacific Ocean in a big way. I lived by the coast for many years and walked there almost every day. However, beyond the extreme heat of the desert floor, there is also great beauty, especially during Spring...

 

 

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by Kathy Warnes

That day, so long ago, that I rushed home from school to ask my mother for the blue dress knowing that I would sell my brothers and sisters to the Russians just to own it.

There was going to be a special program at church Saturday night, and Don the Dreamboat was taking me. I wanted to look as beautiful on the outside as I felt on the inside when he looked at me. I was convinced I needed that special blue dress to show him how pretty I could be on the outside...

 

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by Michael Berman

The Buddhist parable that follows reveals the transformative power of water in such that even a single tear has the power to move mountains...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This month, author and shaman Michael Berman continues his reflections on the power of water through a Buddhist parable.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video announces a new initiative from Hollywood: Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Many of Tinseltown's stars and activists get together to call for the entertainment industry to take a more 'spiritual' approach that incorporates more humanistic themes. It features such luminaries as Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and Jean Houston among others...

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor Therapeutic Storytelling

I would love to have ATH visitors write me with your own stories about how love has provided healing in your life. I’ll collect everything you send, review each one and then post selected stories here at ATH in the near future...


Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland:
Dear ATH readers, I want your stories about how love has provided healing in your life! Read more to get my submission guidelines.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this TEDxEast talk, V.O.I.C.E. project founder, poet and storyteller Sarah Kay entertains with poetry and storytelling weaving a riveting narrative of family history and imagination. Learn more about Sarah's work at www.project-voice.net.

 

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by Michael Berman

Invite your learners to each pick three questions that interest them to ask the person they are sitting next to, and then to report back what they find out to the rest of the class...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this month's offering, storyteller Michael Berman turns to the “power of water”. Using quotes from a variety of sources, he suggests questions which teachers and trainers can use to stimulate discussion about the ebb and flow of life on our planet. A useful warm-up or stand-alone exercise...

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Parents sometimes become storytellers whether they want to or not. This YouTube video is from the Minnesota Public Radio station and is about a mother answering her young daughter’s relentless questions about sex. It made me laugh so hard, I nearly cried! I hope you enjoy it, too!

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland, ATH Assistant Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
Reviewed by Keith Varnum

I have just released my first book and it’s about prayer. This book was a complete surprise to me and came about in a most unexpected way. Just over a year ago, I awoke from a disembodied voice dream that said: “The words will come. Write them down.” They did and I did! On New Year’s Eve 2010, I started writing my book at 6:00 pm and the majority of it was finished in 72 hours, including the selection of most of the accompanying photographs (which I also took). I am not necessarily saying this book was channeled, but it did come “through” me...

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Visual storytelling surpasses language barriers.  This video offers a brief conversation with BBC photographer Timothy Allen who participated in filming the BBC series called Human Planet. Although this BBC program aired in March of 2000, it is an extraordinary reminder of the beauty of our world, the diversity of our cultures and the ongoing need to increase awareness of our shared human condition. This is our story--of what it's like to be a human being living on planet earth.

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

I offer five of my favourite storytelling web sites for an array of seasonal tales and storytelling resources relevant to the month of December and the winter season. Enjoy...

 

 

 

 

 

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Moggys Tale: A Story Coaching Journey

by Michael Williams, PhD, Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

A middle-aged woman—a former librarian—stands before us, takes a deep breath, looks us in the eye and begins. Over the next five minutes she tells a story of a cat. The cat once belonged to her, in another place, in another time. Then the cat died. End of story.

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