The language of spiritual storytelling is the language of mythology, parable, riddles and magic and mystery. These are the language of the soul. Spiritual stories invite meaning and connection. Theology is the language of the mind and intellect.
The central story of the Western psyche (soul) is the story of The Search for the Holy Grail. In modern-day storytelling we see this kind of invitation in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
The Quest for the Holy Grail is not about going out to find an actual cup (though that’s typical of the early Christians who totally misunderstood the point); It is about you yourself being the cup. I am the chalice ready to be filled with inspiration when I empty myself of all my preconceptions and surrender to what is flowing into me – Insanely Gifted—Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel (from Chapter Full Body Listening).Jamie Catto.
These spiritual stories are not simply plots put together for your entertainment. They are guides to the journey of self-realization and wholeness. They point out the challenges along the way (The Fall of Icarus).
The legend of Icarus is a legend of Initiation. Icarus has attempted to reach the Sun-sphere prematurely, without adequate preparation, and is cast down. ~Rudolf Steiner
The spiritual story of The Search for the Holy Grail points toward the central question of everyone’s life. This is the question (Quest-I-On) “Whom does the Grail serve?” The Grail is not outside you. It is the wholeness within you that you are created to serve from.
Otherwise, the result is your inner King/Queen is wounded, and the result is that the Kingdom they rule becomes a wasteland. This is a metaphor for living a life where your only focus is self-interest.
The role of the storyteller is to invite you into liminal space. This is twixt and in-between space. This is where your overthinking mind is so absorbed in the story that there is an opening for transmission of wisdom and knowing. You are in heart space.
In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.” ― William Blake
Spiritual storytelling includes fairy tales. People say that fairy tales are quaint. In that sense they are correct. The fairy tale takes you into the etheric. This is the realm of ether. That place between matter and spirit. That place between form and the Formless. That place between time and Eternity.
This is that place that is neither this nor that. It is twixt and in between. It is beyond logic. As children we were so much more open to this dimension.
My intention is to write a series of reflections on my favourite spiritual stories and share them here at this website and probably produce a course on how to learn the power of spiritual storytelling.
I would begin with the following list of stories.
Spiritual Storytelling List
- The Wizard of Oz.
- Percival and The Search for the Holy Grail
- The Four Treasures of Ireland.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The Emperor has No Clothes.
- The Flight from Egypt
- The Fall of Icarus
- Song of Wandering Aengus
- Soul skin Sealskin.
- The Ugly Duckling.
- Skeleton Woman.
- It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.
Until I begin this project (following the writing of this Beginner’s Guide to the Spiritual Journey) I include here some links that I think you might find value in exploring.
The Wizard of Oz
- Book – The Wizard of Us – Transformational Lessons from Oz – Jean Houston.
- Video Course – The Wizard of Us
The Four Treasures of Ireland
The Song of Wandering Aengus
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Video Lecture on the Metaphysical meaning of this Fairy tale – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
The above sources, will I hope allow you to recognize these spiritual stories, are much more than entertainment for children. Recognize them as the language of soul connection.