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