The Truth of the Story you tell… or how to change your future by changing the story

your story gives you your lifeYour story is boring, repetitive, and fixed. You tell it the same every time the same way, and it gives you a life of gloom and doom, an ever narrowing, ever more impoverished version of the Life you could have.

This article is about blowing some life into your story, so you can have more life.

"Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them." - Allan Gurganus

Gurganus is right. The truth happens to everyone, but stories only happen to people who can tell them. And tell them well...

Professor Sexton recently told me about a new definition of reality known as the antenarrative: Ante: prior to, Narrative: the story. Prior to the story. Most of us miss it... it gets completely replaced by the story.

The antenarrative is the story that no one can tell.

Not even the people who were there. It is chaotic, without logic and disconnected. It is the way things actually happen. If you ask all the people present, all will tell a different story.

Narrative, the story, is crafted in retrospect.

originalA storyteller assembles selected puzzle pieces in 20/20 hindsight; the beginning, middle and end of the tale are now a foregone conclusion. If the storyteller chooses skillfully and arranges the antenarrative pieces artfully, his story will sparkle with fairy dust. If the storyteller chooses predictably and organizes the pieces chronologically, the story will smell like cat food. Your stories about your life smell like cat food.

Antenarrative happens to everyone. But stories only happen to people who can tell them. Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for making the narrative of his finely-crafted fiction feel as unvarnished and rough-hewn as antenarrative. In speaking of The Old Man and the Sea, he said,

"In stating as fully as I could how things really were, it was often very difficult and I wrote awkwardly and the awkwardness is what they called my style. All mistakes and awkwardnesses are easy to see, and they called it style." - Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir, p. 198

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9418412304_6379175118_oAfter the fact knowledge is always troublesome. When I ask you what happened, I get your interpretation, I get your platitudes, generalities, your opinion about what happened, instead of what happened, or at least the story, the narrative of what happened. This is not something you can work with and make it useful, especially when you want to go back and alter the story so the ending can be different... You could, you know.

Other teachers do voodoo to change your beliefs. In the work I do we change the story to tell. Beliefs cannot be worked on effectively, stories are. When you work on the story you alter your life.

This is the work we did in my very first program I created almost 30 years ago: Playground, it is never too late to have a happy childhood.

It was my simplest and most effective program to date.

It was a group program where people retold their life, under guidance, and by exacting precision, to get the "antenarrative" out from under the story, from under all the interpretations.

boring-storyIt is not what happens to you that creates your future, it is not what you do today that creates your future, it is what you say about it. The story.

The Playground altered the telling of the past sufficiently that the future could alter with it.

Tiny alteration, huge changes.

I myself went from architect hating every minute of working, to celebrated publisher, having more fun that I knew what to do with. Others halved their weight, turned their businesses around, found their soul mate, got married, seemingly without wanting to.

When the story changes your present changes, your future changes.

Much like in the movie "Back to the Future". In the movie the actual happening, the antenarrative changed, that is why it's a fantasy movie. But in a group like the Playground, you only detect the antenarrative, that you have buried under the story, and craft a better story from it.

I am interested in creating a group, Playground, again.

If you are interested, please let me know in the comments... so I can notify you when I have am ready to launch.

Footnotes

  1. Quoted, with my notes, from the monday morning memo. Listen to the original story: http://www.mondaymorningmemo.com/newsletters/listen/2125

Author: Sophie Benshitta Maven

award winning architect, magazine publisher, transformational and spiritual coach and teacher, self declared Avatar

16 thoughts on “The Truth of the Story you tell… or how to change your future by changing the story”

  1. I’ve seen the magic from your coaching me beneath the surface of two main incidents from my childhood and I’m very interested in participating in this!

  2. This is will be so much help! Maybe I’ll even wake up and start really living again. 🙂 Please do include me.

  3. I’d like to do this work. There is something that concerns me: what if I don’t have a great memory of the important incidents from my childhood? Am I am screwed or do I need to just chill out and give it the best I can? Thank you

  4. This is not the same program I have written about earlier. Not even similar. This is a beginner’s program, and my participation is limited to catching the one rule: to only mention facts, no commentary.

    Remembering important incidents won’t be crucial in this program to produce the result.

    I have decided that no one among my readers is ready to do the advanced program I was talking about in a previous post… So you qualify, and you are not screwed.

    The people that did the program never went into incidents of the type you mention and they still produced the extraordinary result.

  5. Because it uses my personal time, it is quite expensive, and I don’t think a lot of people are willing to pay for it. My dream was always for the groups to be self-managed, but watching the groups I saw in Adult Children of Alcoholics, the same stories were told again and again.

    So unless someone has the courage to stop the tendency to perpetuate the story… the Playground needs me, because I have no problem telling you off… lol. To take apart your story, to point out where it is a lie.

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