This section helps us to start reclaiming our stories, our myths. As an introduction to the myths that humanity used to listen to and tell, here are my short presentations on the elements our myths used to contain—and still can! Please let me know what you think.
Here are additional notes for Stories We Used to Tell that correspond to individual slides:
slide 2: War, warriors, and heroes were not the main plot of humanity’s stories or myths for a very long time. Our social system of patriarchy would like you to think that war is the ultimate story of humanity. But that’s simply not true.
slide 3: And our ancient stories weren’t focused on just WHITE males either.
slide 4: We learn through stories, myths. The most fascinating topic around is the natural world and how we fit into it.
slide 5: Ancient myths tell us women invented writing, weaving fiber, and our concept of time.
slide 6: Animals and birds teach us how to live as part of an entire sustainable system. They also reflect intelligence, friendship, problem-solving, and compassion back to us.
slide 7: Life thrives on diversity and allows an abundance of innovation, color, eccentricities, passions, and individuality within community. Our myths used to reflect that as well.
slide 8: We are meant to be an integral (yet not dominant) part of the vast natural world. We are used to understand that LIFE was the wisest and that we have a lot to learn.
slide 9: We are meant to be an integral (yet not dominant) part of the vast natural world. We are used to understand that LIFE was the wisest and that we have a lot to learn.
slide 10: Violence, control, and male domination are key themes in the patriarchal myths we are currently inundated with. These destructive sensational myths don’t teach us much of anything about the natural world. But then, that’s not their raison d’être either.
slide 11: Wonder and awe often come from experiences where we recognize something much more magnificent than ourselves. Our hearts soften, our eyes grow wide ,and our whole being is annointed with humble joy.
slide 12: Our myths used to tell us about the power of LOVE, the grand wonder of LIFE, and the jaw-dropping honor of sharing this planet with astonishing others. We understood that Life is holy, Love is holy, the world is holy, we are holy.
slide 13: As a feminist comparative mythologist, I have researched why our current stories are so misguided and damaging to ourselves and the planet. My main focus is to reclaim sustainable myths so that we can re-story ourselves back into balance.
slide 14: I welcome your passion and participation in changing our stories with me!