How wonderful to be able to access a world of ancient wisdoms and amazing tales of wonder?
These stories will be told by ancient wisdom keepers and people of magic from all around the world and by the most modern of thinkers and explorers. Sit by the fire with an Eskimo and hear stories of the far north, or an Elder from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, or perhaps a Native American IndianÂ chief. Others storytellers may come from places more familiar and close to home, but whether from the far north, east, south or the west, the stories will be stories enlighten and delight.
The Nature & Content of the Stories
Our aim in the project is to create a treasure trove of wisdoms that we would give to the worldâ€™s children, a wealth beyond material accumulation.
We ask the storytellers to consider the following question, and pointers, to establish which story they would like to share …….
â€œIf you had only one story that you could tell to your children, grandchildren and children of the world; what would it be, the story with the power to make a difference?”
It may be the story of your childhood that was most precious to you; a story that opened your eyes to a greater possibility of living, to the magic of the universe and to your own essence.
It might be a story that brought you to stillness and a sense that you are safe, with fears falling away. Â Perhaps it opened you to the realisation of the love that you were capable of feeling.
The stories may be ancient and passed on from your ancestors, perhaps one that your own parent, grandparent or favourite elder used to tell you. It may be a familiar story such as the classic fairy tales.
The quality of the story may be inspirational, transformative and deep or light and joyous.
The story to choose is the one you feel that had/has the power to switch on the light inside, and give the courage to dare to shine.
If there is no particular story from your childhood that comes forth then perhaps it is a story from later in your life, something of direct personal experience, maybe something that you witnessed, or memories from an event that changed your perception and your capacity to live your own life.
Another way to consider which story to tell may be to ask yourself what story you would tell to yourself if you were able to go back and speak to the younger you at a time that you most needed love, guidance and support.
One thing that is essential is that the story told is the one from your heart, one which will shine through you in the telling, and will share your sense of magic, possibility or realisation with the listener. We are not asking for a performance but instead a transmission of truth, so that the intimacy of presence is available for the child to experience.
We are not electing to impose format and style upon the storyteller but again, in keeping with the importance of the true essence of the source of the wisdom, we invite the teller to use their own style.
We feel that this allows children with different preferences to find the places, stories and personalities that they naturally resonate with and it will help to keep it real and authentic rather than a formula.
The quality that we most wish to embrace is a sense of a trust through truth so that the children will get a feeling of intimacy and personal connection with the storyteller.
The stories all vary in style and length, from a few minutes through to an hour, with some are delivered in chapters as they are entire books extending over an hour. Storytellers include well known authors and teachers of enlightenment, artists, actors, indigenous leaders, musicians, environmentalists along with everyday people with amazing spirits who have want to share amazing parts of their lives and tales that made a difference to them.
The story content is very wide ranging, catering for very young children through to teenagers and young adults.Â The storytellers are invited to follow the guide below :
The subject matter must be open and not impose belief but instead open the mind and heart; encouraging curiosity, excitement, peace and wonder. The topics envisaged are as follows, and we are open to more ideas:
- Nature, respect for nature, magic of nature, love of the planet
- Unity, love, compassion and honouring
- Judgement, assumption, prejudice, tolerance
- Self Inquiry
- The power of laughter, smiles, joy and celebration
- Self belief, self healing and the power of the mind
- Creativity and imagination
We invite you to be a part of this project.Â We welcome Grandparents, or Elders â€“ Elders in terms of life wisdom, age doesnâ€™t really matter. We need great storytellers, entertainers, wisdom keepers, spiritual warriors and elders, from all cultures who would be willing to share on film, a story for the library.
So, if you have a story to share or know somebody that would be perfect for a story please let us know. Just fill in the form below :