Stories are Medicine drawn on 22 April 2013
Clarissa Pinkola Estes wrote "Stories are Medicine.’ Yes indeed they are. After completing my Masters of Education in Adult Education I was asked to teach beside my lecturers the most popular subject in Masters Autobiography and Life Long Learning. I co taught this subject for two years. In both my groups I guided them to write their life stories and than draw meaning and learning from stories by theorising their Lives. What a powerful and transformative process this was for all. I had experienced this during my Masters when I wrote 2 autobiographies.
Now in my current role educating, enabling and empowering the most vulnerable in our society stories are the foundation of transformation and change. I start working with each person by listening their stories. Hearing their voice and understanding their life stories is essential to working with each person individually.
Yes telling and listening to and reflecting on and learning from stories is medicine. Perhaps the most powerful way of healing our lives