Stories are not abstractions from life but how we engage with it. We make stories and those stories make us human. We awaken into stories as we awaken into language, which is there before and after us. The question is not so much "What do I learn from stories" as "What stories do I want to live?" Insofar as I'm non-dual with my narratives, that question is just as much,
"What stories want to come to life through me?"
David R. Loy, "The World is Made of Stories"
Sometimes I become overwhelmed with the events of the world, and have to refuse to watch the news, even the worthy information that colleagues send me. At such a crucial time in the evolution of humanity, such a long awaited and brief window, the old and ugly stories of war, of greed, of old patriarchal tribal war gods endlessly demanding blood and supremacy, and endless consumer economies that can lead only to collapse........... and both leading to the end of hope. No, you can't live with that. So I stop, and walk into the garden, and remember the stories that are sacred, the myths that renew and sustain.
It seems to me that we are every day planting and weaving the World Stories as tell our own stories in so many ways. And, whether we realize it or not, we are doing so in collaboration with many others. As the generative incubation of winter quietly approaches, may we remember how important our task really is, how little time we really have: to plant seeds for the future that ever grow, ever green, into stories of the Sacred Earth and our true community with All Beings.