Stories play a large role in society – they are not only deeply intertwined bits of culture, history, and life, but they also shape our values and thoughts. So much so, that they can put you back in control over your emotions – and turn disheartenment back into inspiration. It seems, then, that the secret of shamanic 'medicine' is not mere ritual, superstition, and tradition: it is applied psychology with a different colored ribbon.
Originally shared by +Leon Rodgers
When did you stop dancing?
"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a shaman or medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence? Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experience the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves."
~ Gabrielle Roth