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Each day we explore a pair of archetypes that reflect a time period of our lives. Participants then compose a story about a life event to uncover its inner meaning. Seeing aspects of your life story in a new light helps clarify your past, as well as the present, and facilitate a shift that can bring insight into your path for the future.
In line with brain plasticity research, it has been proven that writing about life experiences rearranges memories to produce new perspectives in our relationship to what we see on the page. Writing becomes more than therapeutic, it becomes transformative and empowering. Reaching into the events of your life allows you to locate deeper layers of wisdom and find the healing that can lie within them. After each morning/afternoons writing session, participants gather in small groups to experience the release and tenderness of sharing their story with others.
Navigating the cycle from birth to death provides you with a foundation to write your autobiography as well as help reframe events to mine them for the learning opportunities and recognise how much you have grown.
As the writer Juliet Bruce said, “Once you understand...that life is an unfolding story and that you are the storyteller who can shape and play with it on the page, then use that page as you would a roadmap, you gain tremendous power in your life.”
The written exercises can be done electronically or by hand. Bring either a laptop or notebook and pen depending on your preference. It is much quicker to type/edit if a laptop is an option for you.
Marcus has been employed as a workplace trainer and has delivered personal development focused workshops for over a dozen years. He currently works as a teacher and a writer. While running short courses he found that many people who had fallen into ruts made significant shifts in their lives after writing about their life’s events and accomplishments. After developing an interest in archetypal psychology and narrative therapy, he has led workshops teaching people to reinterpret events in their lives, so that difficulties are seen as the middle of a person’s story, not the end. In exposing the concept of the hero’s journey, he encourages people to see their lives as a grand adventure to be lived, rather than a humdrum existence to be endured.