Thoughts That Illuminate


Retelling your Stories will Ensure your Future Looks Just like your Past

The word “story” is defined as “a narrative tale; true or fictitious, that is meant to report or give an
account of the matter.”  What is the narrative tale of your life?  It’s easy to find out.  Simply ask
someone you trust “what is the statement I most often use when talking about a person, event or
situation in my life?”  Or maybe you have gained enough awareness to do a mental review of your
thoughts when dealing with an experience in you life.  The narrative that goes on in your own mind
will give you enough information to see what your story is.  For me, just a quick look at my past
journals will reveal the story of my life; I had reported in my written venting how “no one supports me
emotionally”, “I’m always having to take care of the emotional needs or other”, “People don’t
appreciate what I do for them”, “Others can’t be trusted to care for me”.  What are your stories?
Maybe you feel you have to do it alone, or others always take advantage of you, or you have to
work hard to have the things you need.  Where did these stories come from?

Think of how a play on stage comes to fruition. First the writer has an idea in her mind. This idea
grows into a story.  She then transfers the story from her mind onto paper. This script gets handed
to actors so the ideas that came from the writer can come alive.  The “story” of our lives happens in
the same way. Your story is the script you wrote from the ideas in your own mind.  It is the play
called ‘your life’.  The writer is
You. The idea you had was one of a separated, guilty self and the
story is the many tales this separated self has as it goes about its ‘life’.  This script gets handed to
actors to act out so your ideas can come alive.

Why is it that the stories of our lives seem to be a “never-ending tale”? Because you gave the
actors these instructions; “you are to act according to this script. If you refuse, I will either replace
you or pretend that you said what I told you to say”.  This is the fail-proof plan to ensure that the
play goes on just as you think it should.  And it does go on and on and on…. just as it was written
because that is the writer’s wish.

Our smaller scripts are the off-shoots of the most imaginative story ever told; the story of the
shattering of heaven, the fall of the Son and the descent into darkness.  This is the greatest
fictitious tale of all.  The first line in this script reads; “The Son of God had the power to separate
from his Creator and make himself into something other than the Son.” This beginning line never
was, nor ever could be.  Therefore all other lines written after the first are utter fantasy.  The actors
can continue to act this fantasy out if that is what  the writer wants, but actors cannot make a play
Real Life.  

While we are playing out our sub-scripts this fact goes unnoticed because we have been acting in
this play for so long we think we are the actors and this play somehow has turned into our only
reality.  It feels as if we are watching a women get sawed in half and no one told us it was a magic
show.  But like the example of a magician sawing a women in half, if someone told us it was not real
we could begin to realize its all illusion and
“leave (the theater) with (our) laughter and (our) brother’
s joined with His.” (T.27.VIII.9:8)
 In order to leave the theater laughing we must begin to listen to
the Holy Spirit tell us; “it is not real”.  How can we do this?  We begin with willingness to see our
stories are not true.

“He bids you bring each terrible effect to Him that you may look together on its foolish cause and
laugh with Him a while.” (T.27.VIII.9:3)
 Each “terrible effect” is the outside appearance of a line in
our story.  We must bring the effect and the story line to Him and
“together we can laugh them both
away” (T.27.VIII.6:4)
 In other words, if a line in our story is “I have to do it all alone”, are we willing
to see that is not true and allow support and help to come to us?  If a line in our story is “I have to
work hard to have the things I need”, are we willing to allow grace and blessings to fill our days
without labor?  We are only if we are willing to let our story crumble.  What happens to our story of
“going it alone” if we have all the help we need?  What happens to our story of “no one cares for
me” if we feel the Presence of God caring for us every moment?  The Holy Spirit’s rewrite shatters
our story.  It shows us the story is not true.  So the question is: are we ready to release our story?  

When we see our story playing out in our lives, or hear our story being spoken by others or
ourselves, we have two choices. We can say, “It’s my story and I’m sticking to it” or we can simply be
willing to see it as just that; a story, not the truth, a fictitious tale, and let the Holy Spirit rewrite our
story with words of love, peace and joy.  Let’s resign from the position of script writer and let the
script be written for us. Only then will we see the true story of our Life.

“You
cannot make a voice that can drown out God's.  You cannot devise a thought system that
can separate you from Him.  You
cannot plan for your safety and joy better than He can.  You
need be neither careful nor careless; you need merely cast your cares upon Him because He
careth for you. You are His care because He loves you. His Voice reminds you always that all hope
is yours because of His care.  You cannot choose to escape His care because that is not His Will,
but you can choose to accept His care and use the infinite power of His care for all those He
created by it.” (Ref. T.5.VII.1:1-7)

Written by: Patti Fields