c 1850-1860
This beaded bag is made from two pieces of brain tanned hide that are joined together with a green felt welt. The floral design uses both opaque and translucent seed beads. The beaver foot-shaped tab on the lower right is buckskin and four leather strings at top make up the closure. This bag has the same beadwork design on both sides.
Hide, glass beads.
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 9896

The Story Medicine We Need

At this time of simultaneous awakening and destruction, we need a set of story forms or motifs that fully support and empower those who are awakening to “re-story” humanity and restore balance to the planet.

My intention is to convene a conversation with other shift-shaping storytellers to explore the development of a story medicine taxonomy that life on the planet.

The main elements of the Story Medicine Taxonomy are:

  • Inclusive Life-Affirming Meta-Narratives. Duane Elgin coined a term and started a Wiki site called Great Transition Stories. I think this is a great start. The taxonomy will also overlay the many indigenous prophecies suuch as the Reunion of the Eagle and the Condor as elucidated in this excellent article.
  • The Awakening Journey. The Awakening Journey is the story of an individual’s journey to awaken to their unique gifts and bringing them to the world.  Here are a couple of blog posts that I have written about the Awakening Journey.  My intention is to next write a post about how the Awakening Journey is differentiated from it’s cousin the Hero’s Journey.
    04.16.2016 Beyond the Hero’s Journey: How the Stories We Tell Can Support a Planetary Awakening (The Catalyst)
    04.08.2016 Awakening to a Path Beyond the Hero’s Journey
  • The Collective Journey. As coined by Maya Zuckeman, the Collective Journey is the story of how two or more beings come together to form an entity that takes on a life of its own. Multiple awakening journeys, hero’s journeys, and other individual and collective journeys can feed into a collective journey.

If you are a shift-shaping storyteller and would like to weigh in on the conversation, please email