Pullman refined his own storytelling gifts orally, by recounting versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey to his middle-school students. He estimates that he’s told each epic at least thirty times. Indeed, he once caused a scene in a restaurant when he was retelling the Odyssey to his son Tom, then about five years old. “Every time we went out to dinner, I’d tell it to him in serialized form while we waited for our food to come,” he said. “I’d just gotten to the part where Odysseus has come back home in disguise as an old beggar. Penelope has taken Odysseus’s old bow down and told the suitors that she’ll marry whoever can string it. They all try, but none of them can do it. Then Odysseus picks it up, and he feels it all over—to make sure it’s still good, which it is—and then in one move he strings it. Of course, we know what’s going to happen next—he’s going to use it to kill the suitors—but just before that he plucks it just once, to hear the tone. Tom was so taken with the tension of the moment that he bit a piece out of his water glass. The waitress, who was coming toward us with our food, saw him do it, and she was so startled that she dropped her tray. There was food everywhere! It was chaos.”

From: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/12/26/far-from-narnia

Sky High by Earlie Hudnall

"What if Superman grew up as a black boy in America?"

The Sunday Kinfolk story, Black Superman, is slated for release in 2015. As the story is centered around racism in America, we’re inviting photographers who maybe interested in being part of the collaboration to submit an email inquiry with a link to your portfolio/website/Tumblr for further consideration.

I really appreciate everyone who has spread the word and reached out to us wondering how you can get involved.. here’s the chance to contribute to this portrait series highlighting black boys. 

This portion of the project is NOT limited to Chicago. In fact, next week, King Texas will start shooting in Brooklyn, NY so if anyone is interested in having their son, cousin, nephew, brother or family friend photographed, please contact me directly here. I’ll provide additional information at that time.

CG is a great medium, and I love it. The technology deserves a little more credit than it gets around here, because the computer scientists are so good. But we pride ourselves on saying, ‘It’s nothing without the stories.’
—  Jonas Rivera
something, that turned into something else - aka Holly being crazy, as usual

Unless you’re seeing something I’m not… no Dean, there’s no case here ~ Sam

This line… resonated with me. So I’m gonna have to babble some thoughts about it or it’s gonna bug me.

Because it all relates to the concept of interpretation and subtext and truth.

Sam is saying he can’t personally see anything in the situation/story that implies supernatural forces at work. That’s HIS INTERPRETATION, his reading, his truth.

BUT, he’s also acknowledging that the way he sees things may not be the ONLY way. He’s asking if Dean maybe sees things differently. He’s open to alternative interpretations/readings/truths (even though he thinks them unlikely).

Of course, his interpretation, his truth, is ultimately proved wrong.

Which goes to show -

what?

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The eye of Horus, or Wadjet, was found in a Carthaginian’s grave in the city and it is still painted on the prows of fishing boats, and worn as a charm all over the Mediterranean and the Middle East, in order to ward off dangers. This function is, I believe, one of the deepest reasons for telling stories in general, and fairy tales in particular: the fantasy of hope conjures an antidote to the pain the plots remember.

Marina Warner, author of the upcoming Once Upon A Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale, on storytelling, fantasy, and myth in the Mediterranean.

Image: Amulet with the Eye of Horus. Earthenware, Achaemenid artwork, late 6th-4th centuries BC. From the Tell of the Apadana in Susa. Louvre Museum.Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

What Story Do YOU Tell?

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Your ancestral hunter-gatherer is a natural storyteller!

As hunter-gatherer, your physical senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and perhaps even your sixth sense would have been highly attuned to stimuli and changes in your external environment because your very survival depended on it.

For example, if a noticeable hush overcame the jungle it would send up a red flag and your senses would be on high alert for the signs and sounds of a predator close by. Your mind would have gone to work surmising whether that predator was a lion or some equally threatening wilder beast, its whereabouts in relation to you, your fellow tribesmen and the vulnerable ones back at camp. You would have simultaneously begun thinking of how to safeguard yourself and your loved ones, and whether scaring the predator away or taking him down would be best approach.

In other words, the audible hush in the jungle would have triggered several story-lines to start running through your instinctive mind, all of which were intimately wired into your being to keep you and your tribe safe.

Your instinctive nature as a storyteller and interpreter is still with you – the only difference now is that our civilization has evolved such that, for the most part, the hunter-gatherer archetype is one that has lost its relevance to our modern society.

Our Primal Instincts, Today

It is really interesting to notice precisely how this fundamental ‘storytelling’ aspect that originally enabled us to survive as a species still get triggered in response to everyday situations today. The flight-or-fight response of the amygdala is still a part of our internal wiring, and is activated in situations we perceive at a primal level to be a ‘threat’ to our sense of security.

A critical point that often gets overlooked however, is that our understanding and awareness of ourselves has evolved exponentially since those hunter-gatherer times, and with them, the factors that we base our sense of ‘security’ and safety on have also evolved. Our collective attention has naturally and significantly shifted away from physical survival to a comparatively more sophisticated need for spiritual self-affinity, self-actualization and self-love.

Despite our evolution, the primal hunter-gatherer instinct to instantaneously piece a story together based on external cues does not and cannot help us meet our higher emotional and spiritual needs.

So that brings us to the question…

What Story Do YOU Tell?

What story do you tell yourself when someone doesn’t respond to your offer of love or friendship, a precious piece of your heart and soul?

Do you grieve the loss and move on? Or does it cause you to feel dejected, rejected, invalidated and unseen and to make up – and believe – a story about all the reasons why you aren’t loveable or deserving of being acknowledged, appreciated and seen?

What story do you tell yourself when you stand in your brilliance, sacredness and truth and those around you perceive you (and react) from a place of their own spiritual ‘stuckness’ or pain?

Do you stand strong in your convictions? Or do you make up – and believe – stories about not being good enough or not having anything worthwhile to share with the world?

What story do you tell yourself when you’ve invested in your education, career and self-care but have been unable create a life that is happy, fulfilling and honours your natural rhythm, inner knowing and pace?

Do you focus on the journey? Do you make up – and believe – a story about unhappiness, suffering and lack being your unfortunate, unshakeable lot?

Dissolving the Energetic Story

You can see from these examples that our natural storytelling abilities are very much at work, not only helping us shape our day-to-day experiences but flavouring the experiences we can expect in the future as well.

And, if you go just a bit deeper with this understanding, you will notice that the underlying messages in the stories you tell are often variations of spiritual themes that have been working their way into your life for some time – the ones that keep us out of alignment with our real self and stuck in a place of perceived limitation.

To liberate ourselves from that particularly limiting story we tell ourselves, we must understand that the relationships and experiences that ‘define’ you right now (for want of a better word) are all a reflection of our own recurring spiritual themes. For example, if you are unconsciously dealing with feelings of self validation, your outer relationships and experiences are likely peppering you with varying degrees of invalidation. This is simply a reflection of the universal intelligence that supports your fundamental human nature to flourish, grow and heal.

The point at which you start making up and believing stories about why you do not deserve to be validated however, is the point at which the metaphoric fog lowers onto your consciousness causing a spiritual blindness to your real self – a painful disconnection from the truth about who you really are as a magnificent, capable, intuitive Spirit, in the flow.

Now what if, in each moment, your experiences are being cleverly engineered by your higher consciousness so you can heal and learn from the spiritual information that becomes accessible once you’ve ‘mastered’ your current lesson, so to speak? There is immense value in considering this, as a possible reason particular experiences and situations make their way into your consciousness and life. Not only is there a degree of objectivity, reprieve and neutrality to be had, to truly see and grasp this dynamic at work enables you to keep your innate storyteller and its vivid imagination in check.

To take this notion one step further, the less than ideal experiences you have often arise and speak to a mutable, transient version of you that is ungrounded for the very reason that you are mid-way through the process of trying to integrate your spiritual information and self-understanding around a particular life theme. By consciously selecting and agreeing to engage only the experiences and opportunities that speak to your soul each day ie. by harnessing your intuition, you begin to fall out of vibrational affinity with a whole spectrum of these that do not honour who you are, your truth.

Once you integrate this into your perspective on life, you can begin to identify and dissolve the energetic stories that keep you defined, and which stand between you and true spiritual, physical, emotional and energetic freedom. You begin a natural process of refining and up-leveling the quality of your day to day experience of life. Your intuition is the ‘key’.

It is important to notice that self-awareness and intuition are two sides of the same coin. Your self-awareness/intuition is your gauge of the relationships and kinds of experiences that consistently honor, validate and support the person you really want to become.

It will not lead you astray.

Your intuition – not your storyteller – is your internal compass whose only purpose is to get you to a place where you are surrounded by precisely the people, encounters and events that want and need to access your magic by speaking directly to your soul.

By: Caroline Diana Bobart

"Why one writes is a question I can answer easily, having so often asked it of myself. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art." - Anais Nin

"Nobody believes me when I say that my long book is an attempt to create a world in which a form of language agreeable to my personal aesthetic might seem real. But it is true."  - J.R.R. Tolkien


Art: An illustration from Tolkien’s The Hobbit by Alan Lee.

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At New York Comic-Con, DC Entertainment gathered some of the freshest voices in comics for its all-star Women of DC Panel. See what drew Babs Tarr, Gail Simone, Marguerite Bennett, Caitlin Kittredge, Meredith Finch, Amanda Conner, Becky Cloonan and Amanda Salmons to a career in graphic storytelling.

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14. Under One Roof | One TIme

There are some newbies in the house! Welcome newbies to this little storytelling series. Poke around, you’ll have fun! 

If you have any recommendations for YouTubers that are *not* from The United States, Canada, UK or Australia, please leave them in the comments below!

Our storytellers this week:
Joe - http://youtube.com/itsokaytobesmart
Alison - http://youtube.com/ilikealison
Rodney - http://youtube.com/RodneyRocKme
Abby - http://youtube.com/abb3rz07

One Time is edited and curated by
http://youtube.com/lesliefoundhergrail

If you’d like to help One Time grow (weekly series, yess??) please consider donating here:
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12 Podcasts That Will Tell You A Fantastic Story

If you can’t get enough of Serial, you will LOVE these podcasts too.

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The Party: Part II - Charlie

Before continuing, read part one if you haven’t already.

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