Sunday, July 12, 2009

Telling Stories


To create a culture that reflects
a reverence for life,
we need
stories and symbols that heal and guide,
that help us remember we are part of a whole.
- Jan Phillips




Fulfilling our purpose in life
requires that we first know our truth
and then speak it:

in words, in poems, in song,
through stories and works of art,
in warm, fragrant loaves of bread & sumptuous soups,
in the quest for justice,
through the rocking of babies,
via the bringing of peace one breath at a time.


We are the Vision Holders.



We are the Storytellers.


We are seekers who know that there is
something greater than ourselves
and we are a part of everything that is.


We are those who know
we hold this planet in trust
for our children
and our children's children
and all the children
in every time and place.


We must tell our children stories
of possibilities and teach them
to dream their dreams into wakefulness,
to bring their visions to a world ready to see.

We need to teach our children that
if the people of this world
are blind to possibilities , not yet ready to see,
they must wake up the world,
dream it into wakefulness.


If no one ever teaches you
to dream the unlimited dream,
if no one ever teaches you to breathe
the breath of the universe in spring,
and if no one ever teaches you
to look at the midnight sky
and contemplate the concepts of forever,
if no one ever teaches you this,
then you will be forever separated
from your greatest being.

- Ramtha quote from
Maxine Jones' book Desperately Seeking Purpose



Storytellers pictured are works of art
created by Native American artists
from the various New Mexico pueblos.


Photo 1: Storyteller by Dena M. Suina, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 2: Storyteller by Diane Lucero, Jemez Pueblo
Photo 3: Storyteller by Vangie Suina, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 4: Storyteller by Carol Lucero-Gachupin, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 5: Storyteller by Chris Teller, Isleta-Tewa Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 6: Storyteller by Mary Lucero, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 7: Storyteller by Stella Teller, Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico
Photo 8: Storyteller by Cheryl Fragua, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico

(just some of the wonderful works of art in my storyteller collection)

11 comments:

Kamana said...

these are great figures you have!

Michelle Johnson said...

Your dolls are beautiful but it's the third picture from the bottom that's my favorite.

I agree we should always dream the world awake. Without dreams I don't think life could progress.

Have a great day.

Lucrecer said...

Wanted to stop by your blog and say hello. Looking forward to Unravelling with you.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Those are very fun detailed creations.

Looking forward to our unravelling together very soon!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Jennifer said...

The figures possess an interesting balance of nurturing and self expression. I love the line,"we must tell our children stories of possibilities..."

JP/deb said...

I love the photos and all the goodness this post holds ... especially love:

We must tell our children stories
of possibilities and teach them
to dream their dreams into wakefulness,
to bring their visions to a world ready to see.


Wonderfully wise words.

Peace,
JP/deb

Jeanneoli said...

I look forward to Unravelling with you!

Alexis said...

Hello fellow Unraveller! What a cool blog you have here!

Reya Mellicker said...

Oh yeah our species is seriously into narratives. Here in the blog world, we are especially into it, aren't we?

I love fairytales, folktales and myths of all kind.

These figures are beautiful, telling their tales.

Janet said...

I love storytellers! some of those are very different than the ones I've seen before. so charming!

elk said...

oh yout storytellers are a marvel to me , they make a delightful collection...your list of truths are so simply stated ....