“The story – from Rumplestiltskin to ‘War and Peace’ – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

We Live By Stories

The way we think about ourselves in relationship to our world has a profound effect on the stories we live by, which tend to cluster around one of three statements:

A. As the most intelligent species, humans have dominion over the living earth. Its resources were put here for our use.

B. Humans have made a mess of things. The earth would be better off without us.

C. Humans are one of millions of species in an intricate, ever-evolving web of life.

Stories are like buried code, running in the background of news items, policy debates, family dinner conversations, and our own mind chatter. The stories we live by influence the language we use and determine what we tell ourselves about the current state of the world, our causal role, and our ability (or lack thereof) to make significant changes.

“Oh what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and setting of the sun, and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and equinox. This is what is the matter with us, we are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars, and love is a grinning mockery, because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the tree of life, and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilized vase on the table.”  ~ D.H. Lawrence

Explore Story

Restorying Lectures, Workshops, and Retreats – let go of old stories, reconnect with the wider community of life, share mythic tales, and explore ways to cultivate new stories.

Thriving on the Threshold – a journal of living between stories.

Join our forum to add your voice to the conversation, share resources, and find a wealth of inspiration for your exploration of the emerging New Story.

“We the People 2.0” Film Project

Restorying Resources

If you’ve attended a Restorying workshop, find materials here for ongoing exploration, journaling, and inspiration. Note: this page is password protected. You received your password in the follow-up email with the evaluation survey link. Please contact us if you haven’t received it. Enjoy and keep in touch.

Further Exploration

This Manifesto of the Dark Mountain Project exposes the crisis of the crumbling myth of progress, founded on the myth of our separation from and triumph over nature.

British writer and story weaver Sharon Blackie is working on a new book, “If Women Rose Rooted, Like Trees.” It offers a revisioning of a ‘Heroine’s Journey’ for our time, guiding stories which capture our imaginations and remind us that there are other ways of belonging to the world than those that have damaged the planet. More exquisite writing and stories on her website, Re-enchanting the Earth and magazine, Earthlines.

Two recent films challenge the cultural stories that we were born into and take for granted. “Fall and Winter” presents a compelling alternative drawn from human history that is being reinterpreted today. “What a Way to Go” encourages us to look unflinchingly at the negative fallout from our current stories, so we will be free to reconsider the stories we want to live by.

This piece by David Korten dares to ask the question, Is it possible that the human future depends upon a new sacred story—a story that gives us a reason to care? He shows that it’s a story already embraced by a majority, although it has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation.

Read a thoughtful article by Charles Eisenstein about why we need a new story.

Hildy Gottlieb’s TEDx Tucson talk on Creating the Future is a brilliant look at how a positive vision of the future inspires innovation and collaboration. And why it’s far better than flogging problems to get solutions.

And another by Jill Bolte Taylor about the connection between mental health and global health.

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