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Narrativium and you

Julia and I arrived safely home from our musical journey out to the Midwest. We are very grateful to the friends and family who supported us along the way.  As we rolled along we began listening to The Globe, a collaboration between Terry Pratchett (surprise, surprise) and professor Ian Stwart and Dr. Jack Cohen.  In the book there is a scientific comparison between Discworld, which runs on magic,  and our world, which is run by the laws of nature and a little of what the book colorfully calls “narrativium”. Narrativium is the narrative that human beings weave into stories that can cause things to occur.

For example, the laws of nature “seem to forbid an earthbound object suddenly leaping up and landing on the Moon. That is not to say it won’t happen, only that you’d have to wait a very, very long time before it did. ‘These objects are on the Moon because centuries ago people told stories about it. First, she was a goddess and when full could turn men into werewolves. Then it changed into being another world. Nevertheless, there are several things on the Moon that came from Earth.’”

“Stories said that by harnessing swans or spheres containing dew men could fly there.” * Later, Jules Verne wrote a story about a giant gun in Florida that could fire a hollow cylinder to the moon. These stories drove us to essentially fire a hollow cylinder from Florida to the moon in 1969.

Our original flip phones were fashioned after Star Trek communicators; technology especially seems to be driven by narrativium.

Becoming aware of narrativium can help us. We are telling stories to ourselves and each other all the time and are not aware of how powerful these stories are in motivating our actions and molding our reality.  Negative stories keep us mired to a constrictive reality while the stories that fill us with expanded bliss open the door to opportunities for manifestation.

Dr. David Hawkings in his book Letting Go points out that even during The Great Depression there were people that did not buy into the collective story that everyone was broke and these individuals became or remained rich. If everyone around you is sick, you don’t have to buy into that story either.

We see how the story of marriage equality has manifested itself.  Perhaps awareness of narrativium in our lives can help us shift our focus from fear to manifesting a story where human rights and dignity are upheld as consistently as breathing.

May you know who you are within your tale.

*-taken from The Globe and a blog about it by Moonrouge at http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/004204.html

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David R. Hawkings’ new book Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender

On our travels this weekend, instead of listening to Agatha Christie’s Poirot stories or NPR in the car, we read aloud from a new book we downloaded for $3.99 by David R. Hawkings called Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender.   Mr. Hawkings, who wrote Power Vs. Force,  spends the first two pages talking about all the methods you may have tried to relieve your stress and anxiety.  His method is not something new and it isn’t associated with any religious or philosophical belief, so it can be used by anyone.

He suggests that a single emotion can spur millions of thoughts and while we are not ultimately our emotions, they are often the underlying key to our thoughts and actions.  He says mostly what we do with our emotions are:

Repress or Surpress them. This leads to disease, fatigue, the old blame/shame projection game and the like.

Expressing them.  Contrary to popular belief, expressing and giving vent to our negative emotions does not disperse them but actually strengthens them and gives them weight. (So while kvetching feels like you have scratched an itch, it makes you want to scratch more.)

Escape from them.  The entertainment, liquor and drug industries depend on this one. This  one maybe the most fun but often creates alcoholics, workaholics, addicts, bingers , and short- changes our pure celebratory enjoyment of life.

Since ‘like attracts like’, when we have negative emotions stored up, our mind will create situations to line up with those emotions.  So, if we have inner anger, we will create frustrating situations to be angry with.  If we are afraid, then the mind will attract fearful scenarios etc.

The letting go process, as we have gleaned so far, involves giving yourself permission to identify the feeling behind your thoughts and allow yourself to feel that feeling without resisting it, judging it, or getting sucked back into assigning thoughts to blame or define why that emotion is happening.  Don’t pay attention to the thoughts, just sit with the emotion and let it run its course, “without wanting to make it different or do anything about it.”  If we are present with it, we will notice a lightness around it, especially if we “surrender all efforts to modify it in any way.”  Removing the resistance to the emotion allows for the energy behind it to dissipate.

Of course since we have been stuffing our emotions for most of our lives, it will be a process to deplete our store of negative emotions.

We put it into practice today and by Jove, it worked!  We are looking forward to reading more of the book and utilizing this process further.  As Mr. Hawkings points out: “The person who has let go of a lot of inner negativity is surrounded by loving thoughts, loving events, loving people , and loving pets.”

May your dwellings be free from ants and your storehouses hold only an abundance of what brings you peace and joy.