Guide to Facilitating Energized Storytelling Circles

David M. Boje - Sept 9 2008; Revised Sept 14 2008; Revised Sep 25 2008 with Joe Gladstone

There are premodern ways of storytelling that call for a more ancient metaphysics. I think that modern positism, with its pension for turning storytelling into tools with instrumental focus, needs to be suspect. It is possible to enter a manner of storytelling and facilitation that harkens back to premodern methodology.

The point of this study guide is to explore Premodern Methodologies for sharing stories, for passing the Talking Stick, for transmuting energy, and developing new insights. I cvannot say its the way things were done many thousands of years ago. I can say that it was a time when stones were alive, when directions had energy, when there were energies of the body that affected how a storyteller told, and how people listened. There were ancient skills that with the industrial revolution, with the Enlightenment project, and the advent of positivism, rationalizm, and technologies are no more. The skills have withered. But there are some ways to revitalize some of the premodern storytelling ways, now and then.

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Thank you - David Boje & Joe Gladstone

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