Are you thinking about writing your life story again, or rewriting something traumatic that still affects your behaviour?There are various ways to do that.
Later this year I will do some rewriting on the mental health stigma that happened to me and other people.
I was reminded of a session by Michael Williams, where he led transformative storytelling at a Lapidus event in Glasgow. He is a great talent and a gift to us all. He used the ancient Greek chorus technique. This means that you tell a group about your traumatic event, then they choose a sentence of your own words and repeat it back to you. I told about a traumatic event in my life- causing a fire in a friend’s house where me and my two kids were staying. This had been about twenty years before, and since then, I had always felt guilt, blame and shame. My story that I constantly repeated in my head was :
‘I could have killed my children’.
At the transformative storytelling group, the people who spoke my words back to me then went further and told me what a positive thing I had done. That I was a hero, I saved them, I got them out.
I broke down and wept.
The story became:
‘I saved my children from the fire.’
and this literally changed the story I had told myself and do tell myself.
The relief and the spaciousness that opened up inside of me is strange and amazing.
I would love to work with Michael again, to share his talents for others’ benefit.
Have a look at his website !