One way to enter into the deep symbolic language of our soul is through a fairy tale. When we write a fairy tale, the words “Once upon a time” opens up a portal to another world. It takes us into shamanic terrain.
Every fairy tale is psychologically significant. The narrative and images that show up are metaphorical, not literal. These metaphorical images are powerful, because they’re working on all levels at once. They will show you perspectives that you wouldn’t have seen any other way, and doors that you didn’t know were there.
Our creative process isn’t linear–it will make leaps. While you write, you may find your left brain judging your writing and dismissing it. But just continue–letting go of your attachment to what you think this fairy tale should be and welcoming anything that comes. Let the writing be “image driven” — let whatever images show up write the tale and simply record what they have to say.
They do have something to say.
If you come to a place where you feel stuck, write the words “…and what I really want to say is…” and see what happens. Those words will drop you down into a deeper level of wisdom and insight.
The sacred brings surprise. If we already know what’s going to happen, we’re not in a sacred moment. When we write a fairy tale, we enter a sacred space where we don’t know what’s going to happen next. The more you realize that this fairy tale is a real place with real wisdom that you can tap into, the more it will reveal to you.
When you enter into the metaphoric domain, there’s an energetic expansiveness that wants to happen. When this space is opened, and can see options and possibilities that wouldn’t have come to you in any other way. The neurons in your brain will start to fire in a different way.
For more on fairy tales, as well as a process for you to follow when writing your own fairy tale, a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAVbcKlbDB4