Storytelling is a healing art and the organs of the body are instrumental to our wellbeing, if we take the time to listen to what the body is telling us.
US author, writer and teacher Nancy Mellon shared her invaluable wisdom at a recent online writing event for WriteWell.
She captured her deep insight drawn from mythology, medicine, biology and energetic healing into an award winning book, Body Eloquence.
Within each organ resides a quality, a story if you like that goes beyond its biological function.
Nancy, who’s also a psychotherapist, tells us that the heart, for instance, is not just a durable pump, sending oxygenated blood to every cell. It’s also a representation of goodwill; a heart-to-heart connection, or an openhearted friend, are universal stories we can all identify. But a hard-hearted person is one we all avoid.
Language, imagination and wellbeing are all interconnected. Using story, Nancy tells us, from a third person perspective can be remarkably healing and act as a safe container. Lessening the trauma that resides within us.
Dialogue also has a part to play in healing.
Not to be confused with the inner talk, a product of mind, bouncing back and forward and often going nowhere.
What Nancy means is that rich dialogue informs and directs. Our cells respond to the imagination of storytelling. For instance, ‘storytelling changes the energy of depression’.
A fascinating example of how the organs of our body shape our personality and behaviour is the pancreas and spleen, which processes and balances the blood. A person who is strong in this energy brings a sweetness to life and a stability to others. This is a character who we would all relate to in a story – the humble hero.
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