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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

The Globe